A decade ago, Aaron Fisher was a nanny in Manhattan for a successful actor (don’t ask who; he can’t tell) after giving up his dream of being a famous rock musician in San Francisco. Feeling at loose ends one night, the Wesleyan-University-trained guitarist scanned the Web and randomly... Read more »
The Science of Awe! Can psychologists chart what happens when nature blows your mind? This month in "Sierra" magazine features an article on the work being explored in Professor Dacher Keltner's lab. The research centers on inner city kids getting out in nature. A graduate student in Dacher's lab,... Read more »
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 »
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... 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,... Read more »

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