News and Research

Have you ever seen a crowd of people looking off into the distance, perhaps toward a passing biker or up to the top of a building? There’s a good chance you looked there, too, instantly, even without paying attention to the individuals in the group. How can we tell where a crowd is looking with so... Read more »
Anytime we are using our coordination – whether taking a shot in golf or just reaching for a coffee mug – the cerebellum is at play. The small structure at the base of the brain is well-known to be critical in coordinating our movements, their precision and timing. But according to a growing body of research, the same predictive abilities the cerebellum brings to motor control also influence language and learning, and may even bring insight into thought disorders associated with schizophrenia. The cerebellum is “very deceiving – it looks quite small but it’s just jam packed with neurons, in... Read more »
Ever wonder why children can so easily figure out how to work the TV remote? Or why they "totally get" apps on your smartphone faster than you? It turns out that young children may be more open-minded than adults when it comes to solving problems. Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley have found that 4- and 5-year-olds are smarter than college students when it comes to figuring out how toys and gadgets work. Psychologist Alison Gopnik led the study along with her colleague Christopher Lucas from the University of Edinburgh. They wanted to find out what goes on in... Read more »
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 »

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Faculty Recruitment:  Higher-Level Cognition

Faculty Recruitment:  Systems Neuroscience

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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.

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: EVEN CHILDREN GET MORE OUTRAGED AT 'THEM' THAN AT 'US'

BLOGS:
Professor Tania Lombrozo's NPR blog: Awe, With And Without The Gods

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.

Distinguished 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

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: "Too Proud to Stop: Regret in Dynamic Decisions"

September 30 • 14:00:00 • Evans Hall
Room: 
648

CEU Workshop Series for Licensed Mental Health Clinicians Online Information Session

October 01 • 12:00:00 • Online

Making Sense of People in Cultural Ways

October 01 • 12:00:00 • Tolman Hall
Room: 
5101

A Significant Difference: Reflections on a Psychology Career

October 01 • 15:00:00 • Alumni House
Room: 
Toll Room

Finding a Faculty Sponsor for Undergraduate Research

October 01 • 16:30:00 • Durant Hall
Room: 
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