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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."

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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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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.

October 12, 2016

PBS Professor Mary Hegarty, SAGE Fellow Margaret Tarampi and PBS honors student Nahal Heydari show that framing spatial tasks as social eliminates gender differences.

Media coverage of the study includes articles in Huffington Post and Education Weekly.

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