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September 27, 2017

Before you read on, look for toothbrushes in the photo above. Find them? Both of them? If you’re like the vast majority of people, you honed in on the one near the sink, but probably took a moment or two before seeing the other, much larger one hanging on the wall. Although it is technically much more visible and not out of context, for a while at least, your brain excluded that enormous blue toothbrush in your visual search.

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June 29, 2017

PBS Professor Mary Hegarty was awarded the Raymond Nickerson prize for the best paper in Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied for 2016. Graduate students Alex Boone and Trevor Barrett were co-authors on the paper.

Hegarty, M., Friedman, A., Boone, A. P., & Barrett, T. J. (2016). Where are you? The effect of uncertainty and its visual representation on location judgments in GPS-like displays. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 22(4), 381-392.

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June 21, 2017

Your doctor is an expert with many years of experience. So when she tells you, upon reviewing all the fancy tomographic imaging you had done, that the tenderness in your breast is just some minor irritation, you want to believe her and leave it at that.

But is she right?

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June 05, 2017

The fields of science and engineering are dominated by men. So, there’s an effort across the nation to encourage young women to become scientists and engineers. Some girls on the South Coast are learning about those fields in an unusual way.

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May 09, 2017

Humans have multiple learning systems, all functionally and anatomically distinct from one another. UC Santa Barbara mathematical psychologist Gregory Ashby has devoted his career to identifying and exploring them, and his work has paid off.

For his breadth of research and for his more recent advances in neuroscience, Ashby has been awarded the 2017 Howard Crosby Warren Medal by the Society of Experimental Psychologists (SEP).

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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."

Barry Giesbrecht and Tom Bullock
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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