According to the conventional wisdom, American politics and politicians are more polarized now than they have been since the Civil War, reflecting a growing chasm between Democrats and Republicans. But what if the conventional wisdom is wrong? There’s no question that politicians are more divided; just look at their voting records. But what if the polarization of politicians reflects a common mistake about Americans — a widely held but false belief that Democratic and Republican voters are more divided than they actually are?
An innovative research replication initiative has generated results that have important implications for eyewitness memory. The project confirms earlier findings that asking witnesses to provide a verbal description of a suspect can impair their ability to select that suspect from a lineup — the so-called “verbal overshadowing” effect.
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.