Last updated on 05/20/13. (Source)
Former psychology faculty, UC President, and UC San Diego Chancellor Richard Atkinson has donated $3.5 million to the National Academy of Sciences to create a $200,000 prize "to recognize and support scientists in improving our understanding of how the mind works." Read more.
Chronicle of Higher Education story on the problems in priming research cites at length Hal Pashler, the "most prolific of the Replicators." Pashler's work is also cited in a Sunday New York Times op-ed.
Facebook is more memorable than books or faces, finds a study by Nicholas Christenfeld, Christine Harris and alumna Laura Mickes. Coverage ranged from the Wall Street Journal to Cosmopolitan and included the Los Angeles Times, Salon, U-T San Diego, Gizmag, Mashable, PC Magazine, ScienceNOW and TIME, among others. Christenfeld appeared on KPBS-FM and TV. The LiveScience coverage enjoyed wide national and international pick-up, while Scientific American also included commentary by John Wixted.
“Seeds of Persuasion”: Lead story package in ThisWeek@UCSanDiego on getting people to better citizens includes research by James Fowler of Political Science and Chris Bryan of Psychology.
Feb. 6: Craig McKenzie of Psychology and the Rady School of Management will talk about “Business and Psychology: Decision Making, Rationality and Creativity” at this quarter’s Social Sciences Supper Club.
APA Monitor has a cover story on embarrassment which prominently features work by Christine Harris; the digital edition of the magazine includes video interview on the subtle signs and the consequences of the social emotion.
Wall Street Journal and CNN, among others, reported on research by graduate student Evan Carr with Piotr Winkielman, presented at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting: Smiles have a thing or two to say, it seems, about human pecking order.
NBC News, the Business Standard of India, the UK’s Daily Mail, U.S. News and World Report, the Detroit Free Pressreported on research by Diana Deutsch and Kevin Dooley, presented at the Acoustical Society of America's annual meeting, suggesting that genetics may help explain perfect pitch.
Don’t know much about charter schools: Education Week reported on a new paper -- coauthored by Julian Betts of Economics with UC President Emeritus Richard Atkinson of Cognitive Science/Psychology and published in the journal Science – demonstrating that the best, most rigorous (lottery-based) studies of charter schools reflect only the best schools and must be supplemented with “value-added” approaches for all the rest. KPBS and The San Diego Reader, among others, also reported.
New Scientist ran video and blog posts on visual illusion originally developed by Stuart Anstis; the magazine’s “Culture Lab” blog featured V.S. Ramachandran on his favorite place to reflect and seek inspiration.
Psychological scientists are doing sound research in the quest for the elusive crossroads where words and music meet. Diana Deutsch featured in the cover story of the Association for Psychological Science's Observer.
Now that’s funny: New York Times ran story on research by Psychology alumna and current post-doc Laura Mickes, with Nicholas Christenfeld, showing that, contrary to gender stereotype, men may not be the much funnier sex. Sydney Morning Herald also ran a piece as did UK’s Chortle; and Salt Lake Tribune re-published LA Times editorial
Diana Deutsch has been awarded the Science Writing Award for Professionals in Acoustics for her article in Scientific American Mind, "Speaking in Tones".
Funny Finding: Men Win Humor Test (by a Hair); research by Psychology alumna and current post-doc Laura Mickes, with Nicholas Christenfeld and New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff – continued to generate coverage and conversation: Good Morning America ran a weekend edition segment; TIME ran a piece and Scientific American broadcast a “60-Second Mind” podcast; Los Angeles Times had an editorial that was also distributed on the McClatchy wire and picked up widely around the nation; UPI piece enjoyed international distribution
Leslie Carver and Karen Dobkins of Psychology, coauthors on a big study led by UC Davis showing that autism risk in sibling is much higher than previously thought, were featured on the talk-show KPBS “Midday Edition” and on KPBS News; WebMD and several others mentioned UC San Diego involvement in the studyStudy on “mental abacus,” coauthored by David Barner of Psychology, was featured in American Scientist and New Scientist
Forbes blog, LiveScience and Deccan Herald ran stories on research by Piotr Winkielman of Psychology showing that mirroring another’s body language sometimes reflects poorly on the mimic, as did MSNBC, the French Tribune, the Business Insider and the Daily Mail (UK)
Keith Rayner is awarded the the Carnegie Cetenary Professorship, given to nominees of the highest academic standing who will contribute to academic/scientific developments in the Scottish universities in their particular fields, whether in teaching or research or in both, in emerging as well as established disciplines or in interdisciplinary fields.
New Scientist feature on the link between sounds and particular sensory perceptions cited research by V.S. Ramachandran of Psychology, with alumnus Ed Hubbard, and also the work of Benjamin Bergen of Cognitive Science
John Wixted has been awarded Experimental Psychology's most prestigious and oldest award, the Howard Crosby Warren Medal for his research. With this award, he joins the elite company of notable psychologists, such as Karl Lashley, B. F. Skinner and Larry Squire. (see more)