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August 30, 2013

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.

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May 23, 2013

Headed by Prof. René Weber (Ph.D, M.D.), researchers from the Department of Communication have founded the Media Neuroscience Lab ( in the Department of Communication at University of California, Santa Barbara.

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April 03, 2013

Diversity training programs lead people to believe that work environments are fair even when given evidence of hiring, promotion or salary inequities, according to new findings by psychologists at the University of Washington and other universities.

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November 16, 2012

Dr. Brenda Major, Professor of Social Psychology at the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences, has been named the winner of the 2013 Kurt Lewin Award given by SPSSI, The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. Named for the late Kurt Lewin, a pioneer in the science of group dynamics and a founder of the Society, the award is presented annually for "outstanding contributions to the development and integration of psychological research and social action."

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June 26, 2012

Social psychologists from around the country and across the globe converged on UCSB June 26th 2012 to celebrate Dr. David Hamilton’s transition to research professor (no one called it retirement). Organized by two of Hamilton’s former students, Jeff Sherman (UC Davis) and Steve Stroessner (Barnard College, Columbia University), the two-day event featured a day of scholarly talks focused on Hamilton’s work, a celebration dinner attended by family, friends, and colleagues, and an excursion to the wine country of the Santa Ynez valley for locals and visitors.