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Department Highlights

A map of the brain can tell what you’re reading about

Too busy or lazy to read Melville’s Moby Dick or Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina? That’s OK. Whether you read the classics, or listen to them instead, the same cognitive and emotional parts of the brain are likely...

Farewell to Tolman Hall

This building was named after Edward Chace Tolman, a well-known psychologist who made several important contributions to the field, primarily in the areas of animal cognition and learning.

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The Wilbrecht lab was awarded a SFARI Foundation Winter 2019 Pilot Award

The Wilbrecht lab was awarded a SFARI Foundation Winter 2019 Pilot Award to study the influence of autism risk genes on reinforcement learning and corticostriatal circuit development. The research project...

Face it. Our faces don’t always reveal our true emotions

Actor James Franco looks sort of happy as he records a video diary in the movie “127 Hours.” It’s not until the camera zooms out, revealing his arm is crushed under a boulder, that it becomes clear his...

Graduate Student Highlights

Jonathan Reeves is a PhD candidate in the Clinical Science program at the University of California, Berkeley. His research aims to better understand, predict, and treat self-harm, suicide, and the...

Scientists at UC Berkeley and Western University in Canada have used brain imaging to map the cerebellum, a formerly underappreciated neural region that contains the vast majority of the brain’s...

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Alumni Stories

I graduated from Cal in 2009 with degrees in both Psychology and Social Welfare. I attinaed my Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy and my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Azusa Pacific...

Graduated in 1967 and began teaching in Oakland.  It didn't take long to think "someone ought to be able to run schools better than this"!   So I went back to school in school administration and...

I graduated in 1968 with my BA in psychology and went to the University of Arkansas and enrolled in their medical technology program.  The draft was after me and medical technology school wasn't...