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Joni Sasaki
October 16, 2013

Joni Sasaki, who earned her Ph. D. in 2012 in Social Psychology from UCSB Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences was the 2013 recipient of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology (SESP) Dissertation Award. Joni is an assistant professor at the Department of Psychology at York University in Toronto, Canada.

October 01, 2013

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.

August 30, 2013

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.

August 30, 2013

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.

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August 23, 2013

"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."

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August 06, 2013
Why is it that under certain circumstances paying full attention and trying hard can actually impede performance?
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July 23, 2013
Though humans generally have a tendency to look at a region just below the eyes and above the nose toward the midline when first identifying another person, a small subset of people tend to look further down –– at the tip of the nose, for instance, or at the mouth. However, as UC Santa Barbara researchers Miguel Eckstein and Matthew Peterson recently discovered, "nose lookers" and "mouth lookers" can do just as well as everyone else when it comes to the split-second decision-making that goes into identifying someone. Their findings are in a recent issue of the journal Psychological Science.
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June 12, 2013
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)

  • Rochelle Adriano
  • Meghan Connell
  • Desiree Garcia
  • Kevin Hopp
  • Brittany Merced
  • Irina Petkova
  • Ariel Szilagyi
  • Mary Rose Ty
  • Lauren Welch

Distinction in the Major:

May 30, 2013

PhD Candidate Cameron Brick of the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award from the UCSB Graduate Student Association. This award recognizes superior teaching contributions to UCSB.

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