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May 2013

Diana Deutsch was featured in a New York Times article on after speaking in a one-day symposium on auditory hallucinations. In addition, an interview with her is featured on NPR's RadioLab.

March 2013

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.

The Atlantic reported on research by Gail Heyman showing that while a majority of American parents lie to their children, nearly all Chinese parents do and see less harm in it, too.

Karen Dobkins appears in a TEDx America's Finest City video: "The Space Between Kansas and Oz." Dobkins was also quoted by the Scientist in a story on brain adaptations among deaf people.

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.

Fans of the TV show "Downtown Abbey" were enraged by a media spoiler revealing a major character's death, and The Week cited research led by Nicholas Christenfeld to temper the anger.

January 2013

BBC News and TIME reported on research led by Gail Heyman on lying to children in the U.S. and China.

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.

November 2012

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.

Live Science reported on research by Christine Harris debunking the popular idea that women in the fertile phase of their cycle prefer more masculine men.

Financial Times reported on research by Chris Bryan showing that framing matters: People were less likely to cheat when encouraged to think of themselves as cheaters if they did.

October 2012

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.

June 2012

Research by Nicholas Christenfeld and post-doc, alumna Laura Mickes was cited in a San Francisco Chronicle article on how women’s humor can fail in the workplace

In an article about Hollywood blockbusters, Colorado Springs Independent referenced findings by Nicholas Christenfeld that stories are not spoiled by “spoilers”

Live Science on wrongful convictions based on misidentification by eyewitnesses cited work led by John Wixted 

May 2012

Nicholas Christenfeld of Psychology weighed in on a UT San Diego story about employee personality tests

Christopher Bryan  was quoted in The Atlantic on the public perception of B.F. Skinner’s behavior modification techniques 

February 2012

Los Angeles Times story on synesthesia’s blended senses include the work of graduate student David Brang

ScienceNOW reported on study about how the brain processes metaphors and quoted commentary by V.S. Ramachandran

Study on infants’ cognitive development by Karen Dobkins and graduate student Katie Wagner, suggesting babies may be experiencing something akin to synesthesia, was featured on BigThink

Story in Huffington Post surveying studies on beauty included the golden-ratio work of Stephen Link and alumna Pamela Pallett

Science 2.0 story on training your toddler to have perfect pitch featured Diana Deutsch

January 2012

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.

BBC News ran a feature on the ongoing mirror-therapy work of V.S. Ramachandran, starting with treating the phantom-limb pain of amputees in the mid-’90s and now moving on to osteoarthritis.

December 2011

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.

November 2011

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

A Discover Magazine article a on study suggesting that finches may have their own grammatical rules included comment from Tim Gentner of Psychology

Stuart Anstis of Psychology explained a “beating hearts” visual illusion to New Scientist blog

Daily Tech covered research coauthored by John Wixted of Psychology finding that the hippocampus may play a larger role in memory than previously thought

KQED’s “MindShift” cited work by Hal Pashler of Psychology that doesn’t find evidence to support the popular notion of learning styles

Larry Squire published in Journal of Neuroscience regarding new understandings of the role of the hippocampus in memory.

Undergraduate Theresa Tran wins 2nd place and an iPad in the Cengage Psychology video contest thanks to student votes. See her humorous and informative entry on youtube.

Diana Deutsch has been awarded the Science Writing Award for Professionals in Acoustics for her article in Scientific American Mind, "Speaking in Tones".

October 2011

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

New Scientist short with video on a visual illusion referred to Stuart Anstis of Psychology

September 2011

Spoilers don't ruin stories! Nicholas Christenfeld and Jonathan Leavitt received plenty of attention in the media for his recent findings on story endings. The Colbert Report and MSNBC.

California Watch ran story on report, led by Hal Pashler of Psychology, saying there is little scientific evidence to support the theory of “learning styles”

MSNBC reporting on the arrest of the “Toe Suck Fairy” cited V.S. Ramachandran of Psychology on foot fetishes

Big Think ran piece on recent mirroring research by Piotr Winkielman of Psychology

August 2011

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 study

Study 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)

July 2011

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

Australian science magazine Cosmos referred to starling research by Tim Gentner of Psychology in a story about the evolution of language

MedIndia story on how listening to music while jogging and biking makes you “deaf” quoted Diana Deutsch of Psychology

May 2011

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)

March 2011

ScienceNews story, appearing in U.S. News & World Report, on how brains guesstimate quoted Ed Vul of Psychology