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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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July 23, 2013
Though humans generally have a tendency to look at a region just below the eyes and above the nose toward the midline when first identifying another person, a small subset of people tend to look further down –– at the tip of the nose, for instance, or at the mouth. However, as UC Santa Barbara researchers Miguel Eckstein and Matthew Peterson recently discovered, "nose lookers" and "mouth lookers" can do just as well as everyone else when it comes to the split-second decision-making that goes into identifying someone. Their findings are in a recent issue of the journal Psychological Science.
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June 12, 2013
Chairperson’s Award:

The recipients of the Chairperson’s award are students who have provided service to the Psychology department. (Peer Advisors and Psi Chi Officers)

  • Rochelle Adriano
  • Meghan Connell
  • Desiree Garcia
  • Kevin Hopp
  • Brittany Merced
  • Irina Petkova
  • Ariel Szilagyi
  • Mary Rose Ty
  • Lauren Welch

Distinction in the Major:

April 30, 2013

Individuals with schizophrenia may show impairments in remembering personal facts and memories, but they are still able to accurately and reliably assess their own personality traits, according to new research published in Clinical Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

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April 30, 2013

Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology, researchers at UC Santa Barbara have identified organizational features of human brain anatomy that support coordinated changes in functional brain activity when an individual is at rest, attending to a visual task, or remembering something such as a word or face. Their work was highlighted in a recent issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Michael Mrazek
March 26, 2013

If you think your inability to concentrate is a hopeless condition, think again –– and breathe, and focus. According to a study by Michael Mrazek and Jonathan Schooler at UC Santa Barbara, as little as two weeks of mindfulness training can significantly improve one's reading comprehension, working memory capacity, and ability to focus. Their findings were recently published online in the empirical psychology journal Psychological Science.

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