News – 2017-2018

Autistic Siblings and Vaccination Rates

A recent study by Professor Karen Dobkins finds that California kids with an autistic older sibling are less likely to be vaccinated. KPBS reports on this fascinating New England Journal of Medicine article.

Read the article here

Kids Praised for Being Smart Are More Likely to Cheat

New research from Professor Gail Heyman finds that kids praised for being smart are quicker to give up in the face of obstacles, and are also more likely to be dishonest and cheat. Read more about these intriguing findings here.

EdX Course - "The Science of Parenting"

Professor David Barner launched a free, online course “The Science of Parenting” in mid-August on the edX platform. “My goal is to train students to reason about the science of parenting – how to be savvy consumers of science,” said Barner. On Sept. 7, Barner hosted an “Ask Me Anything“ live chat on Reddit about the course and parenting in general. Enrollment in the class is ongoing. Click here to read more!

2017 Keith Rayner Memorial Awardees Announced

Congratulations to Katherine Hebert and Annemiek D. Barsingerhorn on receiving the 2017 Rayner Memorial Award. The Rayner Memorial Award is given to a graduate student presenting at the biannual European Conference on Eye Movements (ECEM) to recognize outstanding early career contributions to research on eye-movement measurement techniques to study perceptual or cognitive processes.

Click here for more information about this prestigious award.

Reducing Racial Bias in Children

Co-authored by Professor Gail Heyman and published in Child Development, an international study suggests that one way to reduce implicit racial bias is by teaching young kids to distinguish among faces of a different race. The study shows promising results for a simple touch-screen app. A first-person piece written by Heyman for the Conversation also describes the research and was picked up by such outlets as and the Associated Press. Click here to read more! 

Times Higher Education World University Rankings for Psychology

The 2018 Times Higher Education World University Rankings’ table for psychology places UC San Diego’s Department of Psychology at No. 11! Click here for the full list of top universities for psychology. 

Professor David Barner Honored with a Chancellor's Award

Join us in congratulating Professor David Barner, who was honored with a Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Postdoctoral Scholar Mentoring. This prestigious award is given in recognition of the mentors who contribute to making UC San Diego one of the top research institutions in the nation. Click here to read more!

Less Than Skin Deep

How sensitive is the human sense of touch? Sensitive enough to feel the difference between surfaces that differ by just a single layer of molecules, shows a new study co-led by Professor V. S. Ramachandran, along with Darren Lipomi of the Jacobs School of Engineering. The study could pave the way for developing electronic skin and prosthetics that can feel, as well as for advanced haptic technology for virtual and augmented reality. Click here to read more about this study.

Social, Climbing: Tackling Tough Issues

UC San Diego’s Annual Report features two examples of how we address trenchant social problems: eyewitness research by Professor John Wixted that seeks to improve criminal justice and the upward mobility work being done through the Yankelovich Center that aims to restore the American Dream.

Click here to read the report.

Shaming People About Their Lifestyle Habits Does Nothing to Improve Their Health

Religions and reality TV shows may turn to shame to get results but evoking the feeling in a medical setting can be harmful, suggests this piece in The Conversation, citing 2014 research by Professor Christine Harris. Click here to read the article!

The 9 Most Important Scientific Studies for Parents of 2017

Compiled by parenting website Fatherly and reported in the Huffington Post, the list includes a study by Professor Gail Heyman. The study suggests it’s possible to reduce implicit racial bias in young children by teaching them to distinguish among faces of a different race. Click here to read the article!

The Science of Parenting

A free online class by Professor David Barner starts up again Jan. 23. Offered on the edX platform, the course teaches how to be a better parent – and a better consumer of parenting advice. Click here to learn more and sign up at edX!

NSF's Best of 2017

The National Science Foundation’s Science360 news service picked as its best video of the year one that features the work of Professor Rain Bosworth. Bosworth and colleagues are investigating perception and cognition in both deaf and hearing babies. Read more here

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