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June 27, 2016

Not many kids have the chance to get up close and personal with a real human brain. But in Santa Barbara a growing number are doing just that, thanks to “The Brain Lady.”

Meet Karen Szumlinski, a professor in UC Santa Barbara’s Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences, whose “Brainiacs” outreach program to local schools perfectly blends her knowledge of brains and passion for education.

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June 20, 2016

Many traits make human beings unique, not the least of which is our ability to cooperate with one another. But exactly how we choose to do that — particularly with nonfamily members — can be complicated.

For men, that choice relies partially on perceptions of productivity and material benefit, just as it would have in an ancestral hunter-gatherer society. So finds a new study by UC Santa Barbara psychologists, which appears in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior.

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June 14, 2016

Inside Psychology 2016

Features include: Gauchos give back; The Evolution of Shame; New Faculty Emily Jacobs & Michael Goard; Honoring Jim Blascovich; Graduate and Undergraduate Awards; Alumni Profile Dachner Keltner; Staff Profile: Student Affairs Staff.

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June 14, 2016

Psychological and Brain Sciences is proud to confer 2016 Ph.D. degrees on the following students (from left) Deborah Barany (Dynamical Neuroscience), Anthony Scroggins, Jessica Cornick, Katie Koehler, Lauren Vucovich, Alexander Swan, Celeste Pilegard, Jeff Hunger, Randy Corpuz, and Matthew Cieslak. Congratulations to the graduates and their advisors!

June 10, 2016

Many UCSB pre-med students choose to build their professional foundations at the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, the only department on this campus that investigates the brain at all levels – from its molecular dynamics to perception and behavior. Its Biopsychology major has become a hub for future physicians intending to specialize in neurology, neuropsychiatry, and related fields. The major offers rigorous courses in neuroanatomy, neuropharmacology, and neurodevelopment, and excelling undergraduates can take some of these courses at the graduate level.

June 10, 2016

Psychological & Brain Sciences Professor Mike Miller is shown below completing exercises with the Defense Science Study Group. Professor Miller was appointed to the group to share his expertise in cognitive neuroscience which has been increasingly recognized by the defense community as able to provide insight into the human challenges faced by intelligence services.

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June 09, 2016

The Human Behavior & Evolution Society announced that Psychological & Brain Sciences Professor Leda Cosmides and Department of Anthropology Professor John Toobey are the 2016 winners of the HBES Lifetime Career Award for Distinguished Scientific Contribution.

June 06, 2016

In her time at UCSB, Enders has distinguished herself as an experienced undergraduate researcher. At the campus-based Center for Nanotechnology in Society, she assisted in research on public perceptions of the risks and benefits of hydraulic fracturing. As a participant in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Sustainability Research Program, she focused on sustainability psychology and took the lead on research design and statistical analyses.

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May 20, 2016

When the Ebola virus was ravaging western Africa in 2015, a curious thing happened: Americans whose chances of being infected were effectively zero became terrified of the disease. What’s more, some of these people began to advocate xenophobic policies that medical experts said would only make the situation worse.

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