Deep and meaningful relationships play a vital role in overall well-being. Past research has shown that individuals with supportive and rewarding relationships have better mental health, higher levels of subjective well-being and lower rates of morbidity and mortality. A paper published in Personality and Social Psychology Review provides an important perspective on thriving through relationships, emphasizes two types of support that relationships provide, and illuminates aspects where further study is necessary.
Psychology Researchers at UCSB and Griffith University in Australia identify origin and purpose of the facial expression for anger
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) — The next time you get really mad, take a look in the mirror. See the lowered brow, the thinned lips and the flared nostrils? That’s what social scientists call the “anger face,” and it appears to be part of our basic biology as humans.
New UCSB assistant professor Kyle Ratner received the award for research conducted while he was a Ph. D. student at NYU.
Kyle G. Ratner, May Ling Halim, and David Amodio. Perceived stigmatization, ingroup pride, and immune and endocrine activity: Evidence from a community sample of Black and Latina women. (2013). Social Psychological and Personality Science, 4, 82- 91.
Pictured below is the Chair of the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences Diane Mackie, along with award winners Angela Dominguez and Ben Sturgess, June 2014. The students were awarded the Marjorie Rose and Abdullah (Al) Nasser scholarship, which provides support to Psychology and Biopsychology graduating seniors on the basis of compelling family and personal circumstances and academic achievement. Scholarships were given to those who have succeeded academically in the face of unique and challenging obligations.
We’ve all heard the term “addictive personality,” and many of us know individuals who are consistently more likely to take the extra drink or pill that puts them over the edge. But the specific balance of neurochemicals in the brain that spurs him or her to overdo it is still something of a mystery.
“There’s not really a lot we know about specific molecules that are linked to vulnerability to addiction,” said Tod Kippin, a neuroscientist at UC Santa Barbara who studies cocaine addiction.
UCSB researcher shows that New Caledonian crows can perform as well as 7- to 10-year-olds on cause-and-effect water displacement tasks.
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) — In Aesop’s fable about the crow and the pitcher, a thirsty bird happens upon a vessel of water, but when he tries to drink from it, he finds the water level out of his reach. Not strong enough to knock over the pitcher, the bird drops pebbles into it — one at a time — until the water level rises enough for him to drink his fill.