With deep sadness, we announce the passing of Distinguished Professor Keith Rayner, Atkinson Family Chair of Psychology at UC San Diego. Keith was the world’s leading expert in the study of the cognitive mechanisms underlying the ability to read in children and adults. Keith left a deep mark on his colleagues in his discipline, as well as the dozens of students and scholars he has mentored throughout the world across his forty-year career.
Keith's full obituary is located here.
Aimee Chabot attended an event at the NSF headquarters, honoring her military service and scientific achievements. See more details here.
Global Thought Leaders 2014
Dr. Ramachandran has been included amongst the "Global Thought Leaders 2014", a list of influential thinkers developed by researchers at the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute and MIT.
Welcome Christina Gremel!
The Department of Psychology is happy to welcome its newest professor, Dr. Christina Gremel. Professor Gremel received her Ph.D. at the Oregon Health & Sciences University and did post doctoral research at the National Institutes of Health. She is a behavioral neuroscientist who studies the neural basis of decision making. We are excited to have her join the department! Click here to see a recent interview with Christina.
Welcome New Graduate Students!
The Psychology department is very pleased to welcome our incoming class of new graduate students. We look forward to their contributions to the department and the scientific community!
Women in Cognitive Science Award
Prof. Keith Rayner has been awarded the Women in Cognitive Science Outstanding Mentor Award. The award recognizes, "scientists who have demonstrated sustained, effective mentorship of female students and who have also served as a research advisor or supervisor to one or more female students".
In the first empirical study of its kind, Dr. Christine Harris and former honors student, Caroline Prouvost find that humans are not the only social species to display jealous behaviors. Dogs do so too, suggesting that jealousy is likely hard-wired and may not require complex cognitive attributions. This research has been featured widely in the media. To learn more, check out the New York Times, Washington Post, Time, NPR’s “All Things Considered" or just google dog jealousy.
Kids don't always have to be stubborn ... at least if you ask them in the right way. New research by Dr. Christopher Bryan demonstrates that changing a couple simple words in your request to a child for help (i.e., asking them to "please be a helper" versus just "please help") can have positive behavioral consequences, perhaps through appealing to aspects of their central identity and character. To find out more, see the story in The New York Times, NBC Today, Yahoo! News, and NPR.
Exploring Experimental Design
Have you ever thought about what it takes to design a successful experiment? How do you know that you’re asking the right questions? Students from Gail Heyman’s Topics in Learning Science class are here to help! Their short film is designed to guide students new to the idea of experimental design through the basics of the scientific method.
Lying, Cheating Kids
A new study by Chelsea Hays and Dr. Leslie Carver finds that children who have been lied to are more likely to lie and cheat themselves. Read more on NBC San Diego.
Research by Nicole Henniger, Dr. Ryan Darby, and Dr. Chris Harris reveals that emotional experiences during patient-physician interactions are crucial in determining how individuals make subsequent medical decisions. Huffington Post covers the story.