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Who’s the ‘Enviest’ of Them All?

“Mirror, mirror, on the wall – who’s the fairest of them all?” New research doesn’t have an answer to that. But it does show that what and how much we envy depends, at least in part, on how old we are. Older people are less envious than younger people. It also appears that both men and women are more likely to envy someone who is approximately their own age.

Click here to read more about Dr. Christine Harris and Nicole Henniger's work.


The Biennial Boynton Lecture

In honor of Dr. Robert Boynton (a former member of our department: 1974-1991), The Optical Society holds the biennial Boynton Lecture during its Fall Vision Meeting. This year, Dr. Don Macleod was selected to give a lecture on Color, Cones and Connectivity!


Edmund Fantino - In Memoriam

The Department of Psychology is deeply saddened by the death of Edmund J. Fantino, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Emeritus, who passed away September 22 in his home in Del Mar, surrounded by his loving family.

Please click here to read more about Edmund Fantino.


Uncovering the secrets of the adolescent brain

Our very own Dr. Sandra Brown, vice chancellor for research and professor of psychology and psychiatry, is coordinating a cross-disciplinary team to investigate the adolescent brain. "More than 10,000 children between the ages of 9 and 10 will be enrolled at 20 research institutions across the country and followed for 10 years." Click here and here to read more.

New Faculty

New Faculty

The Department of Psychology is happy to welcome its newest professors: Dr. Adena Schachner (PhD, Harvard) and Dr. Caren Walker (PhD, Berkeley) will be joining our developmental group, and Dr. Tim Brady (PhD, MIT) will be joining our cognitive group. We are excited to have them join the department!


Department Highlights

  • Experimental Design

    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

    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.

  • Huffington Post

    Health Guilt

    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.