Scott T. Grafton, professor of psychological and brain sciences, for establishing brain imaging technology as a tool for cognitive neuroscience and its novel application to normal, plastic and pathological motor behavior.
Heroes. Warhorses. Ex-servicemen and women. Whatever your name for them, veterans are a major reason why the country exists, and Abraham Lincoln’s call to “care for him who shall have borne the battle” rings as true now as it did two centuries ago.
The human mind is capable of not only being cognitive and registering experiences but also of being introspectively aware of these processes. Until now, scientists have not known if such introspection was a single skill or dependent on the object of reflection. Also unclear was whether the brain housed a single system for reflecting on experience or required multiple systems to support different types of introspection.
Mary MacLean, a post-doctoral fellow in Barry Giesbrecht's Attention Lab, just received news that she has been awarded a Post-doctoral Fellowship from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. The fellowship is a 2-year award that will fund Mary's work investigating the neural mechanisms of conscious control over visual attention.
In a recent study, researchers from University of California at Santa Barbara hypothesized that science, as a notion, “contains in it the broader moral vision of a society in which rationality is used for the mutual benefit of all.” As such, it “facilitates moral and prosocial judgments and behaviors.”
Based on this premise, the researchers predicted that simply thinking about science leads individuals to behave in a more moral way. To investigate this potential link between exposure to science and moral behavior, the researchers set up four experiments.
Logan Fiorella has been selected as the UCSB nomination for the Distinguished Master's Thesis Award offered by the Western Association of Graduate Schools and University Microfilms International, for his research investigating the cognitive mechanisms underlying learning by teaching. The selection was made by a campus committee of UCSB faculty who evaluated nominees from departments across campus. Logan will now be considered for the award among other finalists from participating institutions.
"I do not believe Psychology will ultimately make useful theoretical progress unless we try to close the gap between philosophy and psychology that unfortunately was created some 170 years ago as psychology attempted to free itself from the perception that it was simply an academic aspect of natural philosophy."