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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November 28, 2012

Leda Cosmides and John Tooby

Climbing Down Inside the Human Operating System:
Exploring the Evolved Programs that Run our Species
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 / Free
4:30 PM Reception
5:30 PM Lecture
Corwin Pavilion
UC Santa Barbara

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November 26, 2012

They say that the eyes are the windows to the soul. However, to get a real idea of what a person is up to, according to UC Santa Barbara researchers Miguel Eckstein and Matt Peterson, the best place to check is right below the eyes. Their findings are published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.

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November 01, 2012

UC Santa Barbara has reported an important discovery in the interdisciplinary study of split-brain research. The findings uncover dynamic changes in brain coordination patterns between left and right hemispheres.

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