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Professor Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton has been selected as the recipient of the 2015 Chancellor’s Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence. The selection committee was inspired by both his extensive scholarly impact and his deep commitment to campus efforts on increasing intergroup awareness,... Read more
Teenagers and adults who go to bed late on weeknights are more likely to gain weight than their peers who hit the hay earlier, according to a new study from UC Berkeley that has found a correlation between sleep and body mass index. Berkeley researchers analyzed longitudinal data from a nationally representative cohort of more than 3,300 youths and adults, and found that for every hour of sleep they lost, they gained 2.1 points on the BMI index. This gain occurred roughly over a five-year period. Moreover, exercise, screen time and the number of hours they slept did not mitigate... Read more
Professor Lucia Jacobs has found that people can create a map in their heads with scents as location markers. NPR replicates the experiment with a master sommelier, and discovers that olfactory navigation is lot more successful if you have a sophisticated nose. Listen to the interview on "All Things Considered" with Professor Jacobs discussing olfaction. Professor Jacobs is also partt of a team that was just funded by NSF, via the "Ideas Lab" competition on "Cracking the Olfactory Code" ( treeoflife/article/the-ideas- lab-concept-assembling-the- tree-of-life-and-avatol/ ), to study olfactory navigation. The Jacob's lab is the largest of the three - 7... Read more
Professor Robert Knight has been awarded the 2015 Faculty Award for Excellence in Postdoctoral Mentoring. This award comes with a $3,000 prize and will be presented to him at the National Postdoc Appreciation Day Reception at the Bancroft Hotel (2680 Bancroft Way) on Thursday, September 24 from 4-6 pm . The award sponsored by the Berkeley Postdoctoral Association and the vice chancellor for research, acknowledges faculty “who have gone above and beyond their academic obligations by fostering the professional and scientific development of postdoctoral researchers, while providing guidance, support, and a successful work environment.” Click here to learn more about Professor Knight's research.Read more
Like Duke Ellington’s 1931 jazz standard, the human brain improvises while its rhythm section keeps up a steady beat. But when it comes to taking on intellectually challenging tasks, groups of neurons tune in to one another for a fraction of a second and harmonize, then go back to improvising, according to new research led by UC Berkeley. These findings, reported today in the journal Nature Neuroscience , could pave the way for more targeted treatments for people with brain disorders marked by fast, slow or chaotic brain waves, also known as neural oscillations. Tracking the changing rhythms of the... Read more
Hello Alumni and Friends! After four outstanding years of astute and inspiring leadership, Rich Ivry is stepping down as chair and returning to full time teaching and research. Our Department flourished under Rich’s leadership and guidance, and we are all very grateful for his hard work, steadfast commitment, and cheerful demeanor no matter what the circumstance. I am excited and honored to begin serving as Chair of Psychology. I look forward to maintaining and building upon the success our Department has achieved over the past several years. I have been at Berkeley for over 16 years, including service as Vice... Read more

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Toward a coordination account of early word learning

November 30 • 12:00:00 • Tolman Hall

From motor habits to abstract tasks: sequences in animals and humans

November 30 • 15:00:00 • Tolman Hall

Cadence Model and Temporal Critical Bands

November 30 • 16:00:00 • Tolman Hall

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: "Testing Models of Rational Inattention"

December 01 • 14:00:00 • Evans Hall

The Comparative Neuroscience of Emotional Feelings

December 02 • 12:00:00 • Tolman Hall