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February 11, 2015

Psychological & Brain Sciences Professor Jim Blascovich was interviewed by KEYT as part of an announcement for the UCSB Center for Digital Games Research.

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December 19, 2014

The article “What Memory Is” by Psychological & Brain Sciences Professor Stanley B. Klein is the inaugural feature in the CrossWires initiative from the neuroscience journal WIREs Cognitive Science (Wiley Publishers). In CrossWires, a new, potentially controversial theory is presented and comments are invited and solicited.

December 05, 2014

Rep. Lois Capps, D-Santa Barbara, announced Friday that researchers at UCSB received a National Science Foundation grant to study the psychological response to the threat of Ebola.

The project, titled “RAPID: The Psychology of Fear: Cultural Orientation and Response to Ebola Threat,” received $128,202.

Ebola is one of the deadliest contagious diseases to emerge into the public consciousness in recent years, and it has been a source of much fear globally, despite the fact that the actual risk of contagion is quite low in many parts of the world.

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November 04, 2014

According to the conventional wisdom, American politics and politicians are more polarized now than they have been since the Civil War, reflecting a growing chasm between Democrats and Republicans. But what if the conventional wisdom is wrong? There’s no question that politicians are more divided; just look at their voting records. But what if the polarization of politicians reflects a common mistake about Americans — a widely held but false belief that Democratic and Republican voters are more divided than they actually are?

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