News and Research

Harrison Gough passed away on Sunday, May 4, 2014. Prof. Gough was a long-time member of our Department. He joined the Department in 1949, straight from his PhD program at Minnesota and remained at Berkeley for his entire career. He served as Chair of the Department from 1967 - 1972 and was instrumental in starting the Institute of Personality and Assessment (IPAR), now known as the Institute of Personality and Social Research (IPSR). He retired as an emeritus professor in 1986. Prof. Gough was a distinguished and well-honored personality psychologist. He is perhaps best known for his personality instrument, the... Read more »
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, Stanford, Yale and more than two-dozen other research institutions collaborated on this first large-scale investigation into the evolution of self-control, defined in the study as the ability to inhibit powerful but ultimately counter-productive behavior. They found that the species with the largest brain volume – not volume relative to body size – showed... 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 »

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Department Highlights

Campus Shared Services is here!

Postbac Certificate Program Application Timeline:  Enrollment can begin in fall or spring semester. Admissions are made on a rolling basis, the deadline for spring 2015 enrollment is December 1, 2014.

Welcome to the 2014-2015 Academic year! Friday, August 29th, Noon to 1:30 pm. Join the advising team and your peers at the Psychology Majors welcome luncheon to kick off the academic year!  More information to come.

2015-2016 Psychology Graduate Application Timeline.  The application for Fall 2015 admission will open September, 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: FOR POOR KIDS, NEW PROOF THAT EARLY HELP IS KEY

BLOGS:
Professor Tania Lombrozo's NPR blog: Three Things Everyone Should Know Before Growing Up

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.  Please check back for the fall, 2014 workshops.

Distinguised Faculty Lecture:  The Departmental Lecturership Committee is delighted to announce that Professor of the Graduate School Christina Maslach will give the Distinguished Faculty Lecture on Wednesday October 1, 2014 at 3pm in the Alumni House. Maslach is internationally known for her ground-breaking research on job burnout and its applications to policy and practice.

Calendar of Events

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

August 20 • 12:00:00 • Online

New Graduate Student Orientation

August 25 • 09:00:00 • Tolman Hall
Room: 
Warner Brown Room

Welcome to the 2014-2015 Academic year!

August 29 • 12:00:00 • Tolman Hall
Room: 
Breezeway

Fall Day of Service

September 07 • 09:00:00 • Sproul Plaza

Finding a Faculty Sponsor for Undergraduate Research

September 08 • 16:30:00 • Durant Hall
Room: 
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