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Ever notice how Harry Potter’s T-shirt changes from a crewneck to a henley shirt in the “Order of the Phoenix,” or how in “Pretty Woman,” Julia Roberts’ croissant inexplicably morphs into a pancake? Don’t worry if you missed those continuity bloopers. Vision scientists at UC Berkeley and MIT have discovered an upside to the brain mechanism that can blind us to subtle visual changes in the movies and in the real world. Continuity bloopers happen in lots of movies, and we rarely catch them. Scientists explain why that’s a good thing They’ve discovered a “continuity field” in which we visually... Read more »
The 2014 Roger Brown Award will be presented to Dan Isaac Slobin, UC Berkeley, for his contributions to the field of language acquisition at the 13th International Congress for the Study of Child Language to be held in Amsterdam this summer. The Awards Ceremony will take place on Friday, July 18, 2014. For more information about the research of Prof. Slobin, please see his homepage . Congratulations Dan!Read more »
First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in a baby carriage – and then what? That was the question bugging UC Berkeley psychologist Robert Levenson in the 1980s when the U.S. divorce rate peaked at around 50 percent. So in 1989, he and fellow psychologists — John Gottman at the University of Washington and Stanford University’s Laura Carstensen — launched a longitudinal study of 156 middle-aged and older couples in the San Francisco Bay Area who had survived the slings and arrows of early wedlock, and were in it for the long haul. Gene and Barbara Ferguson have... Read more »
Aiming for happiness can stress you out. White and Asian students feel at a disadvantage in college admissions. And striking powerful poses before a job interview (hands on hips, feet spread, chin up) can make you come across as more hirable. These are among the UC Berkeley findings that psychologists will share at this week’s annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology in Austin, Texas. More than 3,500 scientists and scholars have registered for the Feb. 12-15 conference that is popular with UC Berkeley psychology faculty, researchers and students. A key theme at this year’s conference is... Read more »
How do we appreciate a work of art? Why do we like some artworks but not others? Is there no accounting for taste? Awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to explore connections between art, mind, and brain, Shimamura considers how we experience art. In a thoughtful and entertaining manner, the book explores how the brain interprets art by engaging our sensations, thoughts, and emotions. It describes interesting findings from psychological and brain sciences as a way to understand our aesthetic response to art. Beauty, disgust, surprise, anger, sadness, horror, and a myriad of other emotions can occur as we experience art. Some... Read more »
Professor Tania Lombrozo has been named the recipient of the Early Investigator Award from the Society of Experimental Psychologists. As such, she will become a Lifetime Fellow of the Society of Experimental Psychologists, the oldest and most prestigious honorary society in Psychology, and join a highly select group of distinguished empirical scientists. The membership elects only a handful of Fellows each year, one of which can be the Early Investigator. Congratulations Tania. For more information, please see her website: Concepts and Cognition LabRead more »

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Department Highlights

Summer Sessions 2014 - Enroll now!

Videos of Faculty Research Lectures

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

Fall 2013, Psychology welcomes three new faculty members: Aaron Fisher, Mahesh Srinivasan, and Linda Wilbrecht

Professor Alison Gopnik's Wall Street Journal Column: THE KID WHO WOULDN'T LET GO OF 'THE DEVICE'

Professor Tania Lombrozo's NPR blog: Yes, We Do Know What You'r Thinking

Professor Art Shimamura's blog: In the Brain of the Beholder

WORKSHOPS: The Department is sponsoring a series of educational events this coming year, with 1-day workshops led by our faculty.  These Workshops are of interest to clinicians and the general public.

Save the dates:

Practical Clinical Psychopharmacology: From A to Z (Adderall to Caffeine to Zoloft), Instructor: David Presti, Friday, May 2nd

Understanding Human Emotions: Implications for Clinical Practice, Instructor: Robert Levenson, Saturday, May 10th

DSM-5: Changes, Challenges, and Opportunities, Instructor: Ann Kring, Friday, May 16th

PhD Alumni Reunion - June 5th, 2014 The reunion will create a casual setting for UC Berkeley PhDs from all areas of psychology, along with their families, to return to Cal and reconnect with old friends, classmates, and other graduate alumni.

Calendar of Events

Trends in Anger Treatments and Links to Affective Science

April 16 • 12:00:00 • Tolman Hall

An Introduction to the Inner Game: The Path to High Performance

April 16 • 12:30:00 • Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse

Post-Baccalaureate Program for Counseling and Psychology Professions Online Information Session

April 16 • 17:00:00 • Online

A Conversation About Neuroscience and Law

April 17 • 12:00:00 • UC Berkeley Campus
Selznick Seminar Room, JSP building--2240 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley 94720

Book talk with Professor Stephen Hinshaw on the ADHD Explosion

April 17 • 16:10:00 • Tolman Hall
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