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Friday, April 21, 2017

Objectivity and Trained Judgment: Toward an ethnography of experimental psychology

Seminar | April 21 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Emily Martin, New York University

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Historians of psychology have described how the "introspection" of early Wundtian psychology largely came to be ruled out of experimental psychology settings by the mid-20th century. In this talk I will take a fresh look at the years before this process was complete -- from the vantage point of early ethnographic and psychological field expeditions and from observing several current psychology...   More >

Monday, April 24, 2017

Radio, Podcast, and Contemporary Cultural Criticism: John Horn and Glynn Washington, moderated by Chloe Veltman

Lecture | April 24 | 6:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater

 Townsend Center for the Humanities, Arts + Design

John Horn is host of KPCC’s The Frame, a daily arts and entertainment program. Glynn Washington is host and executive producer of Snap Judgment on National Public Radio. Chloe Veltman is senior arts editor at KQED.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Cognition Colloquium: Tracking early vocabulary development with smartphones

Colloquium | April 28 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Stephan Meylan, UC Berkeley

 Department of Psychology

Our own Stephan Meylan will present his work on, "Tracking early vocabulary development with smartphones."

Saturday, April 29, 2017

California Cognitive Science Conference

Conference/Symposium | April 29 |  Li Ka Shing Center

 Office of Undergraduate Research

The Cognitive Science Student Association is pleased to host the ninth annual California Cognitive Science Conference (CCSC) held in April at UC Berkeley. The theme for CCSC 2017 is Mistakes. We will be exploring this exciting topic through the lenses of psychology, neuroscience, linguistics, anthropology, computer science, philosophy and more.

The CCSC is an annual all-day symposium bringing...   More >

The Science of Burnout: What Is It, Why It Happens, and How to Avoid It

Seminar | April 29 | 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 Joan Halifax, Upaya Zen Center; Christina Maslach, UC Berkeley; Elizabeth Bromley, UCLA

 Emiliana Simion-Thomas, UC Berkeley

 Greater Good Science Center

At this day-long seminar, led by GGSC Science Director Emiliana Simon-Thomas, Ph.D.--with special guests celebrated compassion teacher Joan Halifax, Ph.D., burnout expert Christina Maslach, Ph.D., and UCLA psychiatrist Elizabeth Bromley, M.D., Ph.D.--you’ll explore the characteristics of burnout, its negative consequences, and the individual and organizational factors that make it more or less...   More >


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Monday, May 1, 2017

The Future of Media in the Trump Era: Dave Pell, moderated by Deirdre English

Lecture | May 1 | 6:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater

 Townsend Center for the Humanities, Arts + Design

Dave Pell is the founder and editor of NextDraft, a curated compilation of daily news and analysis. Deirdre English is former editor-in-chief of Mother Jones magazine.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Teaching in Summer Workshop

Workshop | May 2 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | 442 Stephens Hall

 Jake Grumbach, AC Faculty Member, Political Science; John Stehlin, AC Faculty Member, Geography

 American Cultures

The American Cultures (AC) Center extends an invitation to all summer to attend our ‘Teaching in Summer’ workshop. Although this workshop will discuss the opportunities and obstacles of teaching AC courses, in particular, we will also spend significant time discussing general approaches to teaching courses in the summer, and therefore want to extend this invitation to all who might find value in...   More >


  Registration opens February 28. Register online by April 25.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Two axes of subordination: How immigration shapes racial dynamics in the U.S.

Colloquium | May 3 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Sapna Cheryan, Associate Professor, University of Washington

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

The study of racial prejudice in psychology developed primarily based on research studying African Americans and Whites. The recent precipitated growth of Latinos and Asian Americans in the United States underscores the need for a framework that integrates more groups.

The current work proposes that racial and ethnic minority groups are disadvantaged along two distinct dimensions of perceived...   More >

My Love Affair with the Brain: May Movie at Moffitt

Film - Documentary | May 3 | 7-9 p.m. | 405 Moffitt Undergraduate Library


Spend Wednesday evening of RRR week learning more about your brain, and how it can thrive! This delightful documentary follows renowned brain scientist and UC Berkeley professor emerita of anatomy, Dr. Marian Diamond, introducing us to her groundbreaking accomplishments at a time when so few women entered her field, as well as her entertaining teaching style and charming personality.

 Must have a UCB student ID for entrance.


Thursday, May 4, 2017

Post-Baccalaureate Program for Counseling and Psychology Professions Online Information Session

Information Session | May 4 | 12-1 p.m. |  Online

 UC Berkeley Extension

Whether you are a career changer or already working in the field, understand how this program can help you plan an academic program of study and initiate the graduate- school application process.


  Make reservations online

Social Science Matrix Open House: A Gathering and Celebration

Reception | May 4 | 4-6 p.m. | Barrows Hall, 820 Barrows Hall

 Social Science Matrix

Please join us on May 4th, 2017 between 4pm-6pm for a celebration of a successful year at Social Science Matrix, UC Berkeley's hub for cross-disciplinary social-science research.

Invite your friends colleagues to come to our Open House, where you can:

- Enjoy food and drink while learning about the programs and events offered by Social Science Matrix.

-...   More >

 Please RSVP if you plan to attend.


  RSVP online by May 3.

Social Science Matrix

Friday, May 5, 2017

Cognition Colloquium: David Bourgin, "Putting the “me” back in recommendation: A comparative study of recommendation models from computer science and cognitive psychology"

Colloquium | May 5 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Tolman Hall, Room 5101

 David Bourgin, UC Berkeley

 Department of Psychology

Grad student David Bourgin will present some of his original research, "Putting the “me” back in recommendation: A comparative study of recommendation models from computer science and cognitive psychology."

Monday, May 8, 2017

Spatial release from masking and the precedence effect in asymmetric hearing loss: Berkeley Ear Club

Colloquium | May 8 | 4 p.m. | Tolman Hall, Beach Room 3105

 Richard Freyman, Communication Disorders U Mass. Amhearst

 Department of Psychology

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Cognitive Neuroscience Colloquia

Career Fair | May 9 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Max Bertolero

 Department of Psychology

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Selective Attention in the Service of Reinforcement Learning: 2017 Ghiselli Lecture

Lecture | May 10 | 3 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Professor Yael Niv, Princeton University

 Department of Psychology

On the face of it, most real-world world tasks are hopelessly complex from the point of view of reinforcement learning mechanisms. In particular, due to the "curse of dimensionality", even the simple task of crossing the street should, in principle, take thousands of trials to learn to master. But we are better than that.. How does our brain do it? In this talk I will argue that the limited...   More >

Friday, May 12, 2017

Departmental Poster Day: Featuring current research in Psychology

Presentation | May 12 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Tolman Hall, 2301 and 2304

 Silvia Bunge

 Department of Psychology

2nd-year graduate students and Honor's undergraduate students in Psychology will present their research. Whether you're a student, a professor, a postdoc, a lab manager, or a staff member, stop by to learn about current research in the department. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Hour: Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, 2015 (317 Minutes) In Japanese with English subtitles – Free and Open to the Public

Film - Feature | May 14 | 12:30-6:30 p.m. | 142 Dwinelle Hall

 Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, Director and Filmmaker

 Film & Media Studies

Ryûsuke Hamaguchi's "Happy Hour" (2015) is a seemingly picturesque melodrama about four women living in Kobe who quietly drift apart. The shadow of the 3/11 Earthquake, however, falls over the surface of the acclaimed and award-winning 317 minute epic. Director Q+A to follow.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Science at Cal Lecture - Why we sleep

Lecture | May 20 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Matthew Walker, Sleep and Neuroimaging Laboratory


Allow me to ask you a question: Can you recall the last time you woke up without an alarm clock feeling refreshed, not needing caffeine? If the answer is “no,” you are not alone. Two-thirds of adults fail to obtain the recommended 8 hours of nightly sleep. I doubt you are surprised by the answer to this question, but you may be surprised by the consequences. Routinely sleeping less than 6 or 7...   More >

Why we sleep

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Behavioral Health Sciences Department Information Session

Information Session | May 23 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 205 UC Berkeley Extension (Golden Bear Center)

 Stan Weisner

 UC Berkeley Extension

UC Berkeley Extension's Behavioral Health Sciences Department offers a wide array of professional and post-baccalaureate certificate programs intended for both professionals and paraprofessionals interested in the fields of health and mental health. Learn about the Post-Baccalaureate Program for Counseling and Psychology Professions, Certificate Program in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Studies,...   More >

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Russell De Valois Memorial Lecture Series

Lecture | June 1 | 4-5 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 William T. Newsome, PhD, Harman Family Provostial Professor, Vincent V.C. Woo Director of the Stanford Neurosciences Institute

 Department of Psychology

Monitoring Covert Visual Decisions via Neural Population Dynamics in Frontal Cortex

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The neural substrates of anxious temperament in non-human primates

Colloquium | August 23 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Andrew Fox, Assistant Professor, UC Davis

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

An extremely anxious temperament early in life is a risk factor for the later development of anxiety, depressive, and substance abuse disorders. Children with an extremely anxious temperament (AT), react to novelty with increased behavioral inhibition and increased levels of physiological arousal. Using a well-validated non-human primate model of AT, our group has been investigating the...   More >

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The Psychology of Brokerage

Colloquium | August 30 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Nir Halevy, Associate Professor, Stanford University

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

Third parties often shape dyadic interactions and relationships. Building on interdependence theory as an organizing conceptual framework, the current research explores when, why, and how third parties intervene in others' interactions, and illuminates previously unidentified similarities and differences between distinct types of third party influence.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The Vicarious Construal Effect: Seeing and Experiencing the World Through Different Eyes

Colloquium | September 6 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Clayton Critcher, Associate Professor, Haas School of Business

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Another Kind of Madness: A Journey Through the Stigma and Hope of Mental Illness

Social Event | September 28 | 4-5:15 p.m. | Haviland Hall, Social Research Library

 Social Research Library

Stephen Hinshaw grew up in Columbus, Ohio and attended Harvard and UCLA. A professor of Psychology (UC Berkeley) and Psychiatry (UC San Francisco), he is an international presence in clinical psychology/mental health, with over 320 articles/chapters and 12 books. He received a Distinguished Teaching Award in 2001; his Teaching Company (‘Great Lecture’) series, “Origins of the Human Mind,”...   More >