Congratulations to Professor Dacher Keltner for being awarded the 2015 Western Psychology Association (WPA) Social Responsibility Award for his phenomenal work on the Greater Good Project. The WPA Social Responsibility Award is given to individuals in recognition of substantial and influential work... Read more »
Highly anxious people have more trouble deciding how best to handle situations involving uncertainty, finding such situations distressing and immobilizing. But why is this the case? New research from UC Berkeley published online this week in Nature Neuroscience suggests that people prone to high... Read more »
Recently Professor Allison Harvey published findings that support effectiveness of cognitive and transdiagnostic approaches to treating sleep disorders. The article was published by the American Psychological Association. "Traditionally the development of psychosocial treatments has involved... Read more »
Get an introduction to the latest scientific findings on addiction's effect on the brain in this incisive talk with UC Berkeley professor Mark. D'Esposito. Understand how certain circuits in the brain that normally guide goal-directed behavior are malfunctioning in the throes of addiction through a... Read more »
UC Berkeley scientists have discovered that chronic stress activates a hormone that reduces fertility long after the stress has ended, and that blocking this hormone returns female reproductive behavior to normal. While the experiments were conducted in rats, the researchers are optimistic that... Read more »
They may outwit the chess Grandmaster Kasparov, but can machines ever be as smart as a three-year-old? Instead of trying to produce a programme to simulate the adult mind, why not rather try to produce one which simulates the child’s? – Alan Turing, 1950. In an “Ideas Lab” discussion at Davos on 20... Read more »
“Want chocolate?” asks Dacher Keltner, opening his hand to reveal three foil-wrapped sweets. To a writer arriving at Keltner’s office on the UC Berkeley campus for a morning interview, it’s the perfect gesture: spontaneous, humble, and warmly human. The social psychologist and professor is the... Read more »
Untreated hearing loss can have devastating and alienating repercussions on a person’s life: isolation, depression, sapped cognition, even dementia. Yet only one in five Americans who could benefit from a hearing aid actually wears one. Some don’t seek help because their loss has been so gradual... Read more »
Donald Trump’s ego may be the size of his financial empire, but that doesn’t mean he’s the picture of mental health. The same can be said about the self-esteem of people who are living from paycheck to paycheck, or unemployed. New research from UC Berkeley underscores this mind-wallet connection... Read more »