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Michael Goard
February 16, 2016

Emily Goard Jacobs and Michael Jacobs Goard are alumni from the Neuroscience PhD Program entering class of 2004. Jacobs completed her thesis in the lab of Mark D’Esposito on the effects of estrogen on dopamine-dependent cognitive processes. Goard completed his thesis in Yang Dan’s lab on cholinergic neuromodulation of visual perception.

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January 25, 2016

Kyle Ratner’s innovative social psychology research has earned him Rising Star status from the Association for Psychological Science - See more at: http://www.news.ucsb.edu/2016/016347/rise

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January 06, 2016

Research on reducing racial bias conducted by graduate student Anthony Scroggins, Professor Diane Mackie featured in Pacific Standard. http://www.psmag.com/health-and-behavior/how-bonding-beats-bias

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December 07, 2015

How memory is created in our minds, and where, is generally understood by neuroscientists, as are the brain processes that go into decision-making. But researchers continually want to know more. For sufferers of dementia or schizophrenia hoping for a cure, that's a good thing. A study undertaken at UCSB's Brain Imaging Center and published recently in Nature Communications takes a look at the anatomy of the brain in an effort to understand how its controls work.

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December 03, 2015

UCSB Researcher John Protzko finds that beneficial effects of interventions to raise intelligence in young children fade over time.

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November 16, 2015

Celeste Pilegard has been awarded a 2015 American Psychological Association Dissertation Research Award (against very stiff nationwide competition). The award of $1000 is to be used to help offset Celeste's dissertation costs. Congratulations to Celeste!

October 26, 2015

Brenda Major profiled in UCSB Current and SPSP Webpage!

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October 09, 2015

Jim Blascovich, Distinguished Professor and the Co-Founder and Director of the Research Center for Virtual Environments and Behavior, is planning to retire in March of 2016. Over the past 40 years, the last 20 of which were spent at UCSB, Jim’s many contributions have indelibly changed the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences, the field of social psychology, and UCSB.

Matt Cieslak and Scott Grafton
October 01, 2015

Professors Mike Miller, Scott Grafton, and colleagues use brain scans to determine the mechanism behind cognitive control of thoughts

The human brain does not come with an operating manual. However, a group of scientists from UC Santa Barbara and the University of Pennsylvania have developed a way to convert structural brain imaging techniques into “wiring diagrams” of connections between brain regions.

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Jonathan Schooler
October 01, 2015

When a commercial jet crashed on landing in San Francisco, it was ultimately determined that the plane had slowed to an unsafe speed during approach — and no one in the cockpit noticed in time to prevent the accident.

With pilots assigned to monitoring aircraft position, speed, altitude and an array of other automated functions as they appear on a computer screen during flight, how could such a major lapse occur? Easily, suggests a new study, which posits that the nature of the task itself is a recipe for failure.

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