May 09, 2017

Marcus Vicari (Biopsychology Major, Class of 2017) is the recipient of the prestigious College of Letters and Science Frances Colville and Terry Dearborn Memorial Award. The award recognizes outstanding scholarship and contributions to the campus community by a graduating senior with a major in the Division of Mathematics, Life & Physical Sciences. It is given in memory of Frances M. Colville, Associate Professor of Physical Education (1955-1964) and Terry H. Dearborn, Associate Professor of Physical Education (1940-1964). Congratulations, Marcus!

May 05, 2017

Professor Richard Mayer has been chosen by the Association for Psychological Science (APS) to receive the 2018 James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award. The highest honor conferred by the APS, the Cattell Award recognizes distinguished APS members for a lifetime of outstanding contributions to applied psychological research.

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March 06, 2017

In recognition of Greg Ashby's "innovative and foundational theoretical and empirical work linking mind and brain in computational and mathematical models of learning and categorization” the Society of Experimental Psychologists awards Professor Greg Ashby the 2017 Howard Crosby Warren Medal.

The Warren Medal is the oldest award in psychology. Past winners include such luminaries as Karl Lashley, B.F. Skinner, Clark Hull, James Gibson, Harry Harlow, Donald Hebb, William Estes, Roger Sperry, Roger Shepard, and Daniel Kahneman (among others).

March 02, 2017

Distinguished Professor Rich Mayer is the 2018 recipient of the Association for Psychological Science's James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award for "a lifetime of outstanding contributions to applied psychological research."

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February 14, 2017

It’s universally accepted that the benefits of exercise go well beyond fitness, from reducing the risk of disease to improving sleep and enhancing mood. Physical activity gives cognitive function a boost as well as fortifying memory and safeguarding thinking skills.

But can it enhance your vision? It appears so.

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January 26, 2017

The energy was high as students filled the room and snacked on pizza at the first meeting of PBS-affiliated Society of Undergraduate Psychologists at UCSB. SUP@UCSB is open to all students and is dedicated to helping members effectively navigate the PBS majors, prepare for post-graduation education or training, and discover career pathway suitable for their specific attributes and skill set. SUP@UCSB meets every other Thursday--check out our Facebook page for updates on events and meeting locations.

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December 21, 2016

Stan Klein’s paper The Temporal Orientation of Memory: It's Time for a Change of Direction (2013) recently was recognized by the Journal of Applied Memory and Cognition (impact factor = 2.06) as one of the top 5 most cited papers in the journal’s history.

The paper argues that psychological research, philosophical analysis and common wisdom share the view that memory is subjectively positioned toward the past: That is, memory enables one to become re-acquainted with objects and events that transpired in one’s life.

December 14, 2016

Celebrated for its moving storyline and gorgeous animation, Inside Out (dir. Pete Docter, 2015) conjures a vivid portrait of resilience in eleven-year-old Riley and her animated emotions, who together face a difficult several days following a cross-country move. The film's exploration of Riley's emotional life reflects current neuroscience research, thanks in part to the work of UC Berkeley Professor Dacher Keltner (a UCSB alumnus), who served as a scientific consultant to the filmmakers.

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December 14, 2016


Juan Muñoz was named Tuesday (Dec. 6) as the sole finalist for the presidency of the University of Houston-Downtown, part of the University of Houston System.

Muñoz has served as the senior vice president for institutional diversity, equity and community engagement since 2009 and later was named vice provost for undergraduate education in 2010 and vice provost for student affairs in 2011. He has played a critical role in Texas Tech’s expansion in both undergraduate and minority enrollment.

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October 24, 2016

A new study by UCSB social psychologist Brenda Major suggests the reason many white Americans support Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election.

(Santa Barbara, Calif.) — In this election year of unprecedented acrimony, one of the most polarizing issues of all is rooted in what’s typically considered a national strength: diversity.

But as it turns out, according to UC Santa Barbara psychologist Brenda Major, not all Americans value the country’s multicultural ethos.

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