Every few seconds, our eyelids automatically shutter and our eyeballs roll back in their sockets. So why doesn’t blinking plunge us into intermittent darkness and light? New research led by UC Berkeley shows that the brain works extra hard to stabilize our vision despite our fluttering eyes... Read more
When you’re suddenly able to understand someone despite their thick accent, or finally make out the lyrics of a song, your brain appears to be re-tuning to recognize speech that was previously incomprehensible. UC Berkeley neuroscientists have now observed this re-tuning in action by recording... Read more
Congratulations to Steve Hinshaw, for his recently announced award from the Society for Research in Child Development, for Distinguished Contributions to Child Development. This award Is given in recognition of an SRCD member’s continuous lifetime contributions to the scientific body of knowledge... Read more
Social Psychologist Claude Steele has been awarded the Scientific Impact Award by the Society of Experimental Social Psychology (SESP) along with Joshua Aronson of NYU/Steinhardt. The Scientific Impact Award is intended for “a specific article or chapter offering a theoretical, empirical, and/or... Read more
Professor Emeritus Sheldon Zedeck "A Long Search for Better Prediction of Academic Performance: Non-cognitive Predictors" The presentation focused on Shelly's career efforts to search for, develop, and implement fairer testing processes that yield a more diverse workforce and student body than... Read more
A new study shows that when you finish your spouse’s sentences or answer a fill-in-the-blank question, you’re engaging the brain’s relay station for memories, an area that until now was largely neglected by scientists studying language. A cross-section of the brain with the hippocampus colored... Read more
Although our department is well known for its studies of emotion in humans. Ph.D. candidate Mikel Delgado, from the Jacobs Lab ( jacobs.berkeley.edu ) , recently published the first experimental study in a wild animal on the emotion of frustration, using the Berkeley campus fox squirrels. As just... Read more
Netflix binge-watching versus a hike in the woods. A cheeseburger versus kale salad. Fentanyl versus Tylenol. New UC Berkeley research suggests our brain activity could be influenced to make the healthier choice. Our brain activity could be nudged in the direction of making more healthy choices. (... Read more