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Department Highlights

Perception Science Summer Internship Program for High Schoolers

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...

How Nature Makes Us Healthier and Happier

Kristophe Green and Dacher Keltner 


Over 100 studies have shown that being in nature—or even watching it in videos—benefits our brains, bodies, feelings, thought processes, and social interactions.

Humans have long...

David Attenborough's Planet Earth II can make you HAPPIER and can even reduce stress

The research confirms that even short engagement with nature shows leads to significant increases in positive emotions including awe, contentedness, joy and amusement

A new international study claims that watching nature programmes like...

Artificial Intelligence/Natural Stupidity- Podcast

On this week's episode of Think Again–a Big Think Podcast, Alison Gopnik and host Jason Gots discuss play, artificial intelligence, and the trouble with "parenting" as a verb.
Surprise "conversation starter" interview clips in this episode...

Faculty Blogs and Columns

Professor Alison Gopnik
Wall Street Journal Column

Alumni Stories

I have moved back from Cardinal country to Bear Country and I'm establishing a Marriage and Family Therapy practice in the Rockridge area, eventually fading out my Redwood City practice totally to...

Graduated in 1967 and began teaching in Oakland.  It didn't take long to think "someone ought to be able to run schools better than this"!   So I went back to school in school administration and...

Kristel is currently in private practice as a Somatic Psychotherapist in San Francisco.  After graduating from Cal she pursued studies in Yoga, Insight Meditation and Bodywork through a year long...


Fri, 03/24/2017
Speaker: Elisabeth Camp
Wed, 03/29/2017
Speaker: Mark D'Espostio, Dan Krawcyzk, Tony Chen, Ian Robertson, Michael Merzenich, Adam Gazzaley, Sandra Chapman
Wed, 04/05/2017
Speaker: Dr. Claude Steele, Dr. Waldo Martin, Jr., Dr. Eva Nogales
Fri, 04/07/2017
Speaker: Felipe de Brigard