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Chimpanzees may throw tantrums like toddlers, but their total brain size suggests they have more self-control than, say, a gerbil or fox squirrel, according to a new study of 36 species of mammals and birds ranging from orangutans to zebra finches. Scientists at Duke University, UC Berkeley,... Read more »
Attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most controversial and misunderstood medical conditions today. Skyrocketing rates of diagnosis and medication treatment have generated a firestorm of controversy. Alarming questions have been raised about ADHD in recent years, including: Why are one in nine children and adolescents in the U.S. now diagnosed with ADHD, with projected rates still rising? Why are nearly 70% of those diagnosed with ADHD prescribed medication? What is causing the fast-rising diagnosis and medication of adults ? What happens when over a quarter of all college students use stimulants for academic performance? What is driving the... Read more »
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 »

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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

From Representation to Inclusion

April 23 • 12:00:00 • Tolman Hall

Distinguished Teaching Award Ceremony

April 23 • 17:00:00 • Zellerbach Playhouse

How We Design

April 24 • 16:00:00 • Hearst Memorial Mining Building

Multimedia Extravaganza!

April 24 • 18:00:00 • Berkeley Arts Festival

CBB Colloquium

April 25 • 11:00:00 • Tolman Hall