January 24, 2014

To address health issues related to head injuries — which may not appear until long after a player has retired — the NFL has teamed with GE to create the Head Health Challenge, a $20 million research initiative. Among the 16 round-one winners is Scott Grafton, a professor in UC Santa Barbara’s Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences and director of the campus’ Brain Imaging Center.

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January 15, 2014

UCSB Professor Miguel Eckstein and colleagues have found that when it comes to vision, the brain can perform more than one function without sacrificing time or accuracy.

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December 05, 2013

UCSB to host 2014 Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience: Registration Open till January 15, 2014

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Scott Grafton
December 04, 2013

Scott T. Grafton, professor of psychological and brain sciences, for establishing brain imaging technology as a tool for cognitive neuroscience and its novel application to normal, plastic and pathological motor behavior.

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November 07, 2013
Heroes. Warhorses. Ex-servicemen and women. Whatever your name for them, veterans are a major reason why the country exists, and Abraham Lincoln’s call to “care for him who shall have borne the battle” rings as true now as it did two centuries ago.
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October 16, 2013
The human mind is capable of not only being cognitive and registering experiences but also of being introspectively aware of these processes. Until now, scientists have not known if such introspection was a single skill or dependent on the object of reflection. Also unclear was whether the brain housed a single system for reflecting on experience or required multiple systems to support different types of introspection.
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October 01, 2013

Mary MacLean, a post-doctoral fellow in Barry Giesbrecht's Attention Lab, just received news that she has been awarded a Post-doctoral Fellowship from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. The fellowship is a 2-year award that will fund Mary's work investigating the neural mechanisms of conscious control over visual attention.

August 30, 2013

Logan Fiorella has been selected as the UCSB nomination for the Distinguished Master's Thesis Award offered by the Western Association of Graduate Schools and University Microfilms International, for his research investigating the cognitive mechanisms underlying learning by teaching. The selection was made by a campus committee of UCSB faculty who evaluated nominees from departments across campus. Logan will now be considered for the award among other finalists from participating institutions.

August 23, 2013

"I do not believe Psychology will ultimately make useful theoretical progress unless we try to close the gap between philosophy and psychology that unfortunately was created some 170 years ago as psychology attempted to free itself from the perception that it was simply an academic aspect of natural philosophy."

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August 06, 2013
Why is it that under certain circumstances paying full attention and trying hard can actually impede performance?
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