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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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August 29, 2014

Psychology Researchers at UCSB and Griffith University in Australia identify origin and purpose of the facial expression for anger

(Santa Barbara, Calif.) — The next time you get really mad, take a look in the mirror. See the lowered brow, the thinned lips and the flared nostrils? That’s what social scientists call the “anger face,” and it appears to be part of our basic biology as humans.

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February 10, 2014

It’s widely acknowledged that a common threat unites people. Individuals who were previously separated by social class, race or ethnicity come together, forming new cooperative alliances to defeat a common enemy. But does it take an external threat — an attack like Pearl Harbor or 9/11 — to make these social divisions melt away?

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