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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Jonathan Schooler
October 01, 2015

When a commercial jet crashed on landing in San Francisco, it was ultimately determined that the plane had slowed to an unsafe speed during approach — and no one in the cockpit noticed in time to prevent the accident.

With pilots assigned to monitoring aircraft position, speed, altitude and an array of other automated functions as they appear on a computer screen during flight, how could such a major lapse occur? Easily, suggests a new study, which posits that the nature of the task itself is a recipe for failure.

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August 31, 2015

Professor Richard Mayer is the winner of the 2015 Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) Outstanding Book Award for his book, Computer Games for Learning: An Evidence Based Approach.

July 23, 2015

The National Football League and General Electric today named UC Santa Barbara’s Scott Grafton as one of the six final winners of the Head Health Challenge I. - See more at: http://www.news.ucsb.edu/2015/015777/keeping-your-head-game

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May 14, 2015

The Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences is pleased to acknowledge the achievements of its graduate students for the 2014-15 academic year. These achievements include a number of published papers, travel & dissertation awards, presentations at conferences, fellowships, scholarships, grants, and teaching awards.

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