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Department Highlights

Watch These Frustrated Squirrels Go Nuts

Although our department is well known for its studies of emotion in humans. Ph.D. candidate Mikel Delgado,
from the Jacobs Lab (...

Brain’s hippocampus helps fill in the blanks of language

A new study shows that when you finish your spouse’s sentences or answer a fill-in-the-blank question, you’re engaging the brain’s relay station for memories, an area that until now was largely neglected by scientists studying language....

Our brain activity could be nudged to make healthier choices

Netflix binge-watching versus a hike in the woods. A cheeseburger versus kale salad. Fentanyl versus Tylenol. New UC Berkeley research suggests our brain activity could be influenced to make the healthier choice.

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Couples study ties anger to heart problems, stonewalling to back pain

If you rage with frustration during a marital spat, watch your blood pressure. If you keep a stiff upper lip, watch your back.  New research from UC Berkeley and Northwestern University, based on how couples behave during conflicts, suggests outbursts of anger predict cardiovascular problems...

Faculty Blogs and Columns

Professor Alison Gopnik
Wall Street Journal Column

Alumni Stories

I recently (July 2013) joined the faculty of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences. Prior to moving to Vanderbilt, I served as Associate Professor of...

I received my undegraduate psych degree in 1976, after taking classes for two yearts at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

At the time, I was trying to sort out how I might combine my...

At the age of 41, I decided I would like to get a degree in psychology.  I went 3 years to a community college and transfered in to UC Berkeley at the age of 44.  I graduated in 2 years (2004)...