News and Research

New study links a gene variant with smiling and laughter. Researchers at UC Berkeley and Northwestern University have found that a gene involved in the regulation of serotonin makes some of us more prone to spontaneous smiles and bursts of laughter, according to their study just published in the journal Emotion. Specifically, researchers looked at two versions of the gene variant known as 5-HTTLPR, and found that people with the short version were more likely to smile and laugh while looking at Far Side and New Yorker cartoons and humorous clips from the movie Strangers in Paradise. Researchers videotaped the... Read more
When UC Berkeley psychologist Dacher Keltner attended the Hollywood premiere of the new Pixar movie Inside Out – which opens Friday in theaters nationwide – he was thrilled to see children running around the purple (not red) carpet yelling, “I’m Fear,” “I’m Sadness” or “I want to be Anger.” Video courtesy of Pixar Animation Studios Kids typically don’t like to identify, let alone broadcast, difficult feelings, including the ones that loom large inside the head of the movie’s central character, 11-year-old Riley, as she struggles with her family’s relocation from Minnesota to San Francisco. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzVY_Cu7DEQ So a movie like Inside... Read more
New study shows we can use our sense of smell not just to identify objects, but to navigate. Like homing pigeons, humans have a nose for navigation because our brains are wired to convert smells into spatial information, new research from UC Berkeley shows. While humans may lack the scent-tracking sophistication of, say, a search-and-rescue dog, we can sniff our way, blindfolded, toward a location whose scent we’ve smelled only once before, according to the UC Berkeley study published today in the journal PLOS ONE. Similar investigations have been conducted on birds and rodents, but this is the first time... Read more
On May 5, 2015, the GSI Teaching and Resource Center hosted a reception to honor Outstanding Graduate Student Instructors (OGSIs). From the Department of Psychology award certificates were presented to the six OGSIs, and one from the Graduate School of Eduation. The OGSI Award is in recognition of excellence in teaching. Congratulations to our OGSIs! In the picture in the slideshow, left to right: Alice Verstaen Megan Norr Dyan Connelly Christopher Adalio Winners not present: David Bourgin Bona Kang* - Graduate School of Education Anna SapozhnikovaRead more
This internship offers advanced high-school students the opportunity to be involved with cutting-edge research in vision science. In this immersive experience, students will be involved in every step of the research process, and will be working alongside Whitney lab members to create and test novel research paradigms. Additionally, students will learn advanced computer coding and statistical analysis techniques that are fundamental to a successful career in all scientific fields. Please visit our website to learn more about the program. Program Dates are: July 20th- August 14th, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm weekdays. We are accepting applications for Summer 2015. http://www.perceptionscienceinternship.com/#!about/c1ee0Read more
Professor Rich Ivry been selected to receive the Distinguished Service Award from the Division of Social Sciences in the College of Letters and Sciences. The award is designed to encourage and reward faculty members who have been exceptionally generous and effective in both undergraduate and graduate service, and who have made extraordinary contributions to department and to campus. The award will be presented at a reception held on May 6 in the Durant Hall Atrium from 4:00 – 6:00 pm.Read more

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Admissions are made on a rolling basis, although the deadline for fall 2014 enrollment is July 31, 2014 and the deadline for spring 2015 enrollment is December 1, 2014.   For Berkeley’s academic year calendar, please see http://registrar.berkeley.edu/CalendarDisp.aspx?terms=current - See more at: http://psychology.berkeley.edu/content/post-baccalaureate-overview#sthas...
Each year, over 200 Graduate Student Instructors across UC Berkeley are chosen for their outstanding work in the teaching of undergraduates. The Outstanding GSI Awards are given to the best GSIs of the year, nominated by the course instructor. Congratulations to the Outstanding GSI Award - See more at: http://bioegrad.berkeley.edu/news/congratulations-outstanding-gsis#sthas...
Each year, over 200 Graduate Student Instructors across UC Berkeley are chosen for their outstanding work in the teaching of undergraduates. The Outstanding GSI Awards are given to the best GSIs of the year, nominated by the course instructor. Congratulations to the Outstanding GSI Award - See more at: http://bioegrad.berkeley.edu/news/congratulations-outstanding-gsis#sthas...
Each year, over 200 Graduate Student Instructors across UC Berkeley are chosen for their outstanding work in the teaching of undergraduates. The Outstanding GSI Awards are given to the best GSIs of the year, nominated by the course instructor. Congratulations to the Outstanding GSI Award - See more at: http://bioegrad.berkeley.edu/news/congratulations-outstanding-gsis#sthas...
Each year, over 200 Graduate Student Instructors across UC Berkeley are chosen for their outstanding work in the teaching of undergraduates. The Outstanding GSI Awards are given to the best GSIs of the year, nominated by the course instructor. Congratulations to the Outstanding GSI Award - See more at: http://bioegrad.berkeley.edu/news/congratulations-outstanding-gsis#sthas...
Each year, over 200 Graduate Student Instructors across UC Berkeley are chosen for their outstanding work in the teaching of undergraduates. The Outstanding GSI Awards are given to the best GSIs of the year, nominated by the course instructor. Congratulations to the Outstanding GSI Award - See more at: http://bioegrad.berkeley.edu/news/congratulations-outstanding-gsis#sthas...
Each year, over 200 Graduate Student Instructors across UC Berkeley are chosen for their outstanding work in the teaching of undergraduates. The Outstanding GSI Awards are given to the best GSIs of the year, nominated by the course instructor. Congratulations to the Outstanding GSI Award - See more at: http://bioegrad.berkeley.edu/news/congratulations-outstanding-gsis#sthas...
Each year, over 200 Graduate Student Instructors across UC Berkeley are chosen for their outstanding work in the teaching of undergraduates. The Outstanding GSI Awards are given to the best GSIs of the year, nominated by the course instructor. Congratulations to the Outstanding GSI Award - See more at: http://bioegrad.berkeley.edu/news/congratulations-outstanding-gsis#sthas... DahlCarla España, Benjamin Griggs (GSE), Jennifer Kanady, Jason Lee, Samuel Sakhai, and Jared Saletin

Videos of Faculty Research Lectures

Professor Stephen Hinshaw's New York Times Op-Ed:  Expand Pre-K, Not A.D.H.D.

Professor Alison Gopnik's Wall Street Journal Column: SMARTER EVERY YEAR? MYSTERY OF THE RISING IQS

BLOGS:
Professor Tania Lombrozo's NPR blog: Don't Believe in Evolution? Try Thinking Harder

Professor Art Shimamura's Psychology Today blog: In the Brain of the Beholder: How We Frame Emotions Through Facial Expressions

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Calendar of Events

Graduate Program Fair

August 03 • 11:00:00 • Alumni House
Room: 
Toll Room

Feminism and the Abomination of Violence

October 15 • 17:00:00 • Wheeler Hall
Room: 
Maude Fife Room, 315

Investigating the Neural Basis of Complex Spatial Behaviors Under Natural and Learned Conditions in Freely Flying Bats

December 04 • 14:00:00 • Hearst Memorial Mining Building
Room: 
390

Summer Opportunities Fair

February 10 • 15:00:00 • Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union
Room: 
Pauley Ballroom