New study links a gene variant with smiling and laughter. Researchers at UC Berkeley and Northwestern University have found that a gene involved in the regulation of serotonin makes some of us more prone to spontaneous smiles and bursts of laughter, according to their study just published in the... Read more
When UC Berkeley psychologist Dacher Keltner attended the Hollywood premiere of the new Pixar movie Inside Out – which opens Friday in theaters nationwide – he was thrilled to see children running around the purple (not red) carpet yelling, “I’m Fear,” “I’m Sadness” or “I want to be Anger.” Video... Read more
New study shows we can use our sense of smell not just to identify objects, but to navigate. Like homing pigeons, humans have a nose for navigation because our brains are wired to convert smells into spatial information, new research from UC Berkeley shows. While humans may lack the scent-tracking... Read more
On May 5, 2015, the GSI Teaching and Resource Center hosted a reception to honor Outstanding Graduate Student Instructors (OGSIs). From the Department of Psychology award certificates were presented to the six OGSIs, and one from the Graduate School of Eduation. The OGSI Award is in recognition of... Read more
This internship offers advanced high-school students the opportunity to be involved with cutting-edge research in vision science. In this immersive experience, students will be involved in every step of the research process, and will be working alongside Whitney lab members to create and test novel... Read more
Professor Rich Ivry been selected to receive the Distinguished Service Award from the Division of Social Sciences in the College of Letters and Sciences. The award is designed to encourage and reward faculty members who have been exceptionally generous and effective in both undergraduate and... Read more
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

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