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Congratulations to Professor Dacher Keltner for being awarded the 2015 Western Psychology Association (WPA) Social Responsibility Award for his phenomenal work on the Greater Good Project. The WPA Social Responsibility Award is given to individuals in recognition of substantial and influential work that facilitates peace, freedom, social justice and/or the protection of this planet’s natural environment ( http://westernpsych.org/wpa-awards-and-fellows-information/ ). The award will be presented at the WPA convention in Las Vegas this spring.Read more »
Highly anxious people have more trouble deciding how best to handle situations involving uncertainty, finding such situations distressing and immobilizing. But why is this the case? New research from UC Berkeley published online this week in Nature Neuroscience suggests that people prone to high anxiety have a tougher time reading the environmental cues that could help them avoid bad outcomes. “An important skill in everyday decision-making is the ability to judge whether an unexpected bad outcome is a chance event or something likely to reoccur if the action that led to the outcome is repeated,” said Professor Sonia Bishop, principal... Read more »
Recently Professor Allison Harvey published findings that support effectiveness of cognitive and transdiagnostic approaches to treating sleep disorders. The article was published by the American Psychological Association. "Traditionally the development of psychosocial treatments has involved consensus among groups of skilled clinician researchers, while medication treatments have often been discovered by serendipity. There have recently been calls for increased use of scientific methods as the optimal path to derive efficient and effective treatments, and there are a number of examples of the use of science to derive psychosocial treatments. Indeed, while summarizing discouraging results from recent medication trials for treatment of... Read more »
Get an introduction to the latest scientific findings on addiction's effect on the brain in this incisive talk with UC Berkeley professor Mark. D'Esposito. Understand how certain circuits in the brain that normally guide goal-directed behavior are malfunctioning in the throes of addiction through a slideshow that depicts recent brain-scanning techniques. Dr. D'Esposito also explains novel cognitive and pharmacological treatments in clinical settings. Here's the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhLhSSppylY&feature=youtu.beRead more »
“Want chocolate?” asks Dacher Keltner, opening his hand to reveal three foil-wrapped sweets. To a writer arriving at Keltner’s office on the UC Berkeley campus for a morning interview, it’s the perfect gesture: spontaneous, humble, and warmly human. The social psychologist and professor is the cofounder of the Greater Good Science Center, a university-affiliated organization devoted to researching and educating others about positive psychology—the science behind happiness, empathy, compassion, and similar emotions. Keltner, an expert on social intelligence and communication, is a best-selling author whose work is regularly featured in the New York Times and on NPR, among other outlets... Read more »
UC Berkeley scientists have discovered that chronic stress activates a hormone that reduces fertility long after the stress has ended, and that blocking this hormone returns female reproductive behavior to normal. While the experiments were conducted in rats, the researchers are optimistic that blocking the gene for the hormone – called gonadotropin inhibitory hormone (GnIH) – could help women overcome the negative reproductive consequences of stress. Stress is thought to be a major contributor to today’s high levels of infertility: Approximately three-quarters of healthy couples under 30 have trouble conceiving within three months of first trying, while 15 percent are... Read more »

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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 next deadline is June 1st for Fall 2015 admission.

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 1-YEAR-OLDS FIGURE OUT THE WORLD

BLOGS:
Professor Tania Lombrozo's NPR blog: Considering 'The Philosophy Of The Web'

Professor Art Shimamura's Psychology Today blog: In the Brain of the Beholder: How We Frame Emotions Through Facial Expressions

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Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: "When “Strategy” Hurts: Suboptimal Behavior in Strategy-Proof Mechanisms"

April 28 • 14:00:00 • Evans Hall
Room: 
648

Pillow Talk: What Science Says About How to Sleep Better

April 28 • 17:10:00 • South Hall
Room: 
210

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

April 29 • 12:00:00 • Online

How Our Emotional Lives Change and Mature: Changes and New Strengths

April 29 • 12:30:00 • Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse

Theoretically Speaking Series — Cryptography: From Mathematical Magic to Secure Communication

April 29 • 17:45:00 • Berkeley City College Auditorium