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May 20, 2013
In a remote fishing community in Venezuela, a lone fisherman sits on a cliff overlooking the southern Caribbean Sea. This man –– the lookout –– is responsible for directing his comrades on the water, who are too close to their target to detect their next catch. Using abilities honed by years of scanning the water's surface, he can tell by shadows, ripples, and even the behavior of seabirds, where the fish are schooling, and what kind of fish they might be, without actually seeing the fish. This, in turn, changes where the boats go, and how the men fish.
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April 30, 2013

Individuals with schizophrenia may show impairments in remembering personal facts and memories, but they are still able to accurately and reliably assess their own personality traits, according to new research published in Clinical Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

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April 30, 2013

Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology, researchers at UC Santa Barbara have identified organizational features of human brain anatomy that support coordinated changes in functional brain activity when an individual is at rest, attending to a visual task, or remembering something such as a word or face. Their work was highlighted in a recent issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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April 25, 2013
Feeling frisky? If so, chances are greater your estrogen level –– and, perhaps, fertility –– are hitting their monthly peak. If not, you're more likely experiencing a profusion of desire-deadening progesterone, and the less fertile time in your cycle. Oh, the power of hormones.
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April 23, 2013
The human brain is one of the most complex systems both in terms of its structural organization and of the diverse functionality that structure supports. One of the great challenges in modern neuroscience is to understand how human cognitive function arises from interactions between different regions of the brain.
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April 20, 2013

Keynote address at the 25th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science:

Unity in a Modular World

Thursday, May 23, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Salons 2 & 3

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April 17, 2013
In the latest rankings by the Centre for Science and Technology Studies at Leiden University in the Netherlands, UC Santa Barbara has placed second on the annual list of the top 500 major universities in the world in terms of impact in the field of the sciences. This represents a jump of five places from last year's annual ranking of the top 500.
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April 03, 2013

Diversity training programs lead people to believe that work environments are fair even when given evidence of hiring, promotion or salary inequities, according to new findings by psychologists at the University of Washington and other universities.

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Michael Mrazek
March 26, 2013

If you think your inability to concentrate is a hopeless condition, think again –– and breathe, and focus. According to a study by Michael Mrazek and Jonathan Schooler at UC Santa Barbara, as little as two weeks of mindfulness training can significantly improve one's reading comprehension, working memory capacity, and ability to focus. Their findings were recently published online in the empirical psychology journal Psychological Science.

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March 05, 2013
"The future looks bright for the field of psychological science. The Observer presents the 2013 class of movers and shakers, young luminaries who are propelling science into new directions. This marks the first of a multi-part series, so you can look forward to reading about more stars throughout the spring."
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