Each year, on Commencement and Reunion weekends, Gettysburg College and its Alumni Association recognizes exemplary graduates for their personal and professional accomplishments. Gettysburg College’s Distinguished Alumni Award is given to those who have achieved outstanding professional or civic accomplishments as Gettysburg alumni.
UCSB Social Psychologist Brenda Major has been awarded the Scientific Impact award by the Society of Experimental Social Psychology (SESP), along with Jennifer Crocker of Ohio State University.
The Scientific Impact Award honors the authors of a specific article or chapter offering a theoretical, empirical, and/or methodological contribution that has proven highly influential over the last 25 years.
In a recent study, researchers from University of California at Santa Barbara hypothesized that science, as a notion, “contains in it the broader moral vision of a society in which rationality is used for the mutual benefit of all.” As such, it “facilitates moral and prosocial judgments and behaviors.”
Based on this premise, the researchers predicted that simply thinking about science leads individuals to behave in a more moral way. To investigate this potential link between exposure to science and moral behavior, the researchers set up four experiments.
Headed by Prof. René Weber (Ph.D, M.D.), researchers from the Department of Communication have founded the Media Neuroscience Lab (http://medianeuroscience.org) in the Department of Communication at University of California, Santa Barbara.