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August 17, 2016

Brain scans of musician Sting give Professor Scott Grafton insight into how the rocker forges musical connections in his mind.

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July 12, 2016

When children learn how to tie their shoelaces, they do so in discrete steps — making a loop or tugging at the lace. Through repetition, these individual motions merge into elemental actions called “chunks” that remain so organized even after extensive practice.

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July 11, 2016

Dr. Emily Jacobs, Assistant Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of California, Santa Barbara, has been invited by the National Academy of Sciences to the 28th Annual Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium. The gathering, which convenes in November, is considered the Academy’s premiere activity for distinguished young scientists.

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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February 29, 2016

Arriving home from work to find your partner toiling away in the kitchen, odds are you’ll jump in and help. That’s human nature. But if you’re flat out ordered to help? That’s a different story.

Remove the perception of choice and you’re in fact more likely to recoil from cooperation and go a different direction altogether. Maybe you suddenly have other plans for dinner.

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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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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!

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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