January 16, 2018

Cosmides was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1957. She received her bachelor’s degree in 1979 from Radcliffe College, and her PhD in 1985 from Harvard University. At Harvard, she worked closely with famed evolutionary theorist Robert L. Trivers. She is currently Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Dan Conroy-Beam
January 08, 2018

Dan Conroy-Beam and Zoe Liberman have been named 2017 Association for Psychological Science Rising Stars. The APS Rising Star designation is presented to outstanding psychological scientists in the earliest stages of their research careers post-PhD.

Professor Jim Roney
July 06, 2017

Professor Jim Roney, PBS graduate Adar Eisenbruch, and current graduate student Rachel Grillot were honored with the 2017 Margo Wilson Award for the best paper published in Evolution and Human Behavior for their paper: Eisenbruch, A. B., Grillot, R. L., Maestripieri, D., & Roney, J. R. (2016). Evidence of partner choice heuristics in a one-shot bargaining game. Evolution and Human Behavior, 37, 429-439.

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August 11, 2016

UC Santa Barbara Professor Zoe Liberman finds infants learn about food preferences — what’s good, what’s bad and who will eat what — in a social context

(Santa Barbara, Calif.) — If you want your baby to love broccoli, you better love it, too, because that tiny human is watching you to learn which foods are good and bad. That’s one of the takeaways in anew paper by a UC Santa Barbara researcher who investigated the way infants reason in socially smart ways about food.

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June 09, 2016

The Human Behavior & Evolution Society announced that Psychological & Brain Sciences Professor Leda Cosmides and Department of Anthropology Professor John Toobey are the 2016 winners of the HBES Lifetime Career Award for Distinguished Scientific Contribution.

February 25, 2016

Shame is a painful emotion, one we do our best to avoid. And yet it is universal among cultures. Why would we evolve something that makes us lie, evade and worse? One prominent theory holds it’s a malfunction, an ugly pathology we’d be better off without.

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June 01, 2015

Beatles versus Rolling Stones. Ironman versus the Incredible Hulk. Deep dish versus thin crust. Such differences of opinion among family and friends rarely end in serious squabbles. Let the conversation turn to political parties, however, and lively disagreements can become downright ugly. - See more at: www.news.ucsb.edu/2015/015424/fox-news-or-msnbc#sthash.JFtM030z.dpuf

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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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