SOC News

June 01, 2015

Dr. Shelly Gable, Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences, UCSB, has been named the recipient of the 2015 Muhlenberg College Alumni Achievement Award for Psychology. This award is given to an alumnus/a for distinguished and exceptional attainment in a specific field which reflects substantial credit on Muhlenberg College as the recipient’s alma mater. The award will be presented during a special ceremony in September 2015.

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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April 29, 2015

Social Psychology graduate student Molly Metz has been awarded a Wilbert J. McKeachie Teaching Excellence Award given by the Society for the Teaching of Psychology. The award, a plaque, and a check will be presented during the 2015 APA convention in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The teaching award winners will also be announced in the fall issue of Teaching of Psychology.

February 11, 2015

Psychological & Brain Sciences Professor Jim Blascovich was interviewed by KEYT as part of an announcement for the UCSB Center for Digital Games Research.

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December 05, 2014

Rep. Lois Capps, D-Santa Barbara, announced Friday that researchers at UCSB received a National Science Foundation grant to study the psychological response to the threat of Ebola.

The project, titled “RAPID: The Psychology of Fear: Cultural Orientation and Response to Ebola Threat,” received $128,202.

Ebola is one of the deadliest contagious diseases to emerge into the public consciousness in recent years, and it has been a source of much fear globally, despite the fact that the actual risk of contagion is quite low in many parts of the world.

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November 04, 2014

According to the conventional wisdom, American politics and politicians are more polarized now than they have been since the Civil War, reflecting a growing chasm between Democrats and Republicans. But what if the conventional wisdom is wrong? There’s no question that politicians are more divided; just look at their voting records. But what if the polarization of politicians reflects a common mistake about Americans — a widely held but false belief that Democratic and Republican voters are more divided than they actually are?

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