July 23, 2014

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.

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Corina Logan
July 21, 2014

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.

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June 13, 2014

The 2014 newsletter is here with articles about our department as the hub for intellectual life on campus, a partnership of the Brain Imaging Center with the NFL and GE, research in the Behavioral Pharmacology Laboratory run by Aaron Ettenberg, an article on Daphne Bugental's contributions to science, society, and UCSB, and many other news worthy items.

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David Hamilton & Gettysburg College President Janet Morgan Riggs
June 13, 2014

Each year, on Commencement and Reunion weekends, Gettysburg College and its Alumni Association recognizes exemplary graduates for their personal and professional accomplishments. Gettysburg College’s Distinguished Alumni Award is given to those who have achieved outstanding professional or civic accomplishments as Gettysburg alumni.

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Cassandra Nielsen
June 04, 2014

Cassandra Olivia Nielsen, recipient of the Jeremy D. Friedman Award, transferred to UCSB in fall 2012 and quickly became a champion for students in recovery from addictive behaviors. With passion, initiative and long-term vision, she embarked on the challenging task of creating the Gauchos for Recovery program, and she was the first recovery peer intern.

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May 30, 2014

Chairperson’s Award:

The recipients of the Chairperson’s award are students who have provided service to the Psychology department. (Peer Advisors and Psi Chi Officers)

Natalya Asadullina
Tessa Gagliardi
Nicoletter Harter
Molly Rose Morrissey
Irina Petkova
Emily Richberg
Emily Turner

Shelly Gable
May 29, 2014

Article by Brigitte Naughton, Science Editor of Daily Nexus, see original article posted on May 28, 2014

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May 28, 2014

Chelsea Lonergan was awarded third Place in the Social Sciences category at the Undergraduate Research Colloquium help in Corwin Pavilion on May 20th, 2014. Chelsea, who works with Mary Hegarty, won for her poster entitled: The Matthew Effect: Spatiality vs Gender Themes in Non-Gaming Females' Preferences for Video Games.

Anne Johnson, who works with Linda Juang won Honorable Mention for her poster "Bullying in Latino Students: Their Protective Factors and Well-Being.

Congratulations to our accomplished undergraduate researchers and to their faculty mentors.