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Scientists have found ways to send messages from brain to brain, and developed methods to scan a person's gray matter and sketch an image of their thoughts. It's only a matter until they can read your mind, right? Don't worry. While great advances in understanding the brain are being made, no one's going to be taking a sci-fi worthy peek inside your cranium anytime soon. The emerging field of brain decoding is the science of taking scans of brain activity and reconstructing what the person was looking at or thinking about. Strap someone into an MRI, show them images or... Read more »
In Tolman Hall, Seth Rosenfeld, author of "Subversives," connected the dots from Edward Tolman's stand against the UC loyalty oath to the Free Speech Movement. (UC Berkeley photo by Barry Bergman) If you’ve ever been to Tolman Hall, you probably reached it not by rigid adherence to a series of mechanical steps — start at West Circle, go up Hilgard Way, first right to the end of Morgan Hall, then first left and voila — but by navigating via the map in your head. That is, you pictured its location, and figured out a suitable route. Edward Tolman, kindly experimenter... Read more »
A decade ago, Aaron Fisher was a nanny in Manhattan for a successful actor (don’t ask who; he can’t tell) after giving up his dream of being a famous rock musician in San Francisco. Feeling at loose ends one night, the Wesleyan-University-trained guitarist scanned the Web and randomly applied for a post-baccalaureate in psychology at Columbia University. Emily Becklund is among the first to sign up for UC Berkeley’s post-baccalaureate in psychology (Photo/Yasmin Anwar) Fast-forward to 2013, Emily Becklund was working in Los Angeles as a personal assistant for the reality TV Kardashian family and feeling similarly adrift. “I had... Read more »
The Science of Awe! Can psychologists chart what happens when nature blows your mind? This month in "Sierra" magazine features an article on the work being explored in Professor Dacher Keltner's lab. The research centers on inner city kids getting out in nature. A graduate student in Dacher's lab, Craig Anderson has a starring role. The article follows: By Jake Abrahamson A few years ago, I ran Utah’s Green River with a group of 13-year-olds. Our first day was a grueling, 26-mile slog through mostly flat water, with a few Class I and II rapids as our prize. I knew... Read more »
Johnny Depp has an unforgettable face. Tony Angelotti, his stunt double in “Pirates of the Caribbean,” does not. So why is it that when they’re swashbuckling on screen, audiences worldwide see them both as the same person? UC Berkeley scientists have cracked that mystery. Researchers have pinpointed the brain mechanism by which we latch on to a particular face even when it changes. While it may seem as though our brain is tricking us into morphing, say, an actor with his stunt double, this “perceptual pull” is actually a survival mechanism, giving us a sense of stability, familiarity and continuity... Read more »
Have you ever seen a crowd of people looking off into the distance, perhaps toward a passing biker or up to the top of a building? There’s a good chance you looked there, too, instantly, even without paying attention to the individuals in the group. How can we tell where a crowd is looking with so little effort? Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Denver have discovered that we rely on a specialized visual process known as “ensemble coding” to perceive where a crowd is looking. Their new study shows that we are able to... Read more »

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Department Highlights

Postbac Certificate Program Application Timeline:  Enrollment can begin in fall or spring semester. The deadline for spring 2015 enrollment is December 1, 2014.

2015-2016 Psychology Graduate Application Timeline.  The application for Fall 2015 admission opened September 2, 2014.  The application deadline is November 21st.  Interview invitations will be sent via email on December 23rd.  Interviews will be on January 22nd and 23rd, 2015.

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...
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: What Sends Teens Toward Triumph or Tribulation

BLOGS:
Professor Tania Lombrozo's NPR blog:  Is it Time to Reappropriate Pink?

Professor Art Shimamura's blog: In the Brain of the Beholder: The Slow Art Movement: It's More than Meets the Eye

The Departmental Lecturership Committee is delighted to announce that Assoicate Professor Tania Lombrozo will give a Faculty Lecture on Wednesday December 3, 2014 at 3pm in 5101 Tolman Hall.  The title of her talk is: "Explanation: the Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful"

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Calendar of Events

Cortical field specializations for encoding shape and rhythm of sound

December 01 • 16:00:00 • Tolman Hall
Room: 
3105

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: "Generosity Across Contexts"

December 02 • 14:00:00 • Evans Hall
Room: 
648

Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions Program Online Information Session

December 05 • 12:00:00 • Online

December Commencement 2014

December 20 • 10:00:00 • Haas Pavilion

Positive Computing

January 21 • 12:00:00 • Tolman Hall
Room: 
5101