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Donald Trump’s ego may be the size of his financial empire, but that doesn’t mean he’s the picture of mental health. The same can be said about the self-esteem of people who are living from paycheck to paycheck, or unemployed. New research from UC Berkeley underscores this mind-wallet connection... Read more »
When it comes to getting out of a tricky situation, we humans have an evolutionary edge over other primates. Take, as a dramatic example, the Apollo 13 voyage in which engineers, against all odds, improvised a chemical filter on a lunar module to prevent carbon dioxide buildup from killing the crew. Humans have an evolutionary edge on other primates, like chimpanzees, when it comes to problem-solving (iStockphoto) UC Berkeley scientists have found mounting brain evidence that helps explain how humans have excelled at “relational reasoning,” a cognitive skill in which we discern patterns and relationships to make sense of seemingly... Read more »
It’s easy to get caught up in the rush of materialism, which has been shown to undermine happiness. There’s a simple antidote: Practice gratitude. As the holiday shopping season moves into high gear, it’s easy to get caught up in the rush of spending. But consider this conclusion from recent scientific research: Materialistic people are less happy than their peers. They experience fewer positive emotions, are less satisfied with life and suffer higher levels of anxiety, depression, and substance abuse. Why is this the case—and how can we avoid falling into the unhappiness trap of materialism this holiday season? One... Read more »
BERKELEY — We spend one-third of our lives sleeping, and yet it is only in the last decade or so that scientists have begun to really understand why. Among other things, UC Berkeley sleep researcher Matthew Walker has linked sleep deprivation to psychiatric disorders, obesity, risky behavior, post-traumatic stress disorder, learning and memory loss in old age. UC Berkeley neuroscientist Matthew Walker is featured in “Sleepless in America,” a documentary that airs this Sunday, Nov. 30, on the National Geographic Channel (National Geographic photos) This Sunday, Nov. 30, Walker and other scientists will be featured in the captivating documentary Sleepless... Read more »
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 »

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Department Highlights

Videos - The Man and the Maze: Honoring the Legacy of Edward Tolman Conference

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

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: How Humans Learn to Communicate with their Eyes

BLOGS:
Professor Tania Lombrozo's NPR blog: What If Atheists Were Defined By Their Actions?

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

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Calendar of Events

December Commencement 2014

December 20 • 10:00:00 • Haas Pavilion

Genomics and the Brain Symposium

January 16 • 09:00:00 • Li Ka Shing Center
Room: 
245

Positive Computing

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

Affect contagion

February 04 • 12:00:00 • Tolman Hall
Room: 
5101

Susan Fiske

February 11 • 12:00:00 • Tolman Hall
Room: 
5101