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Ravenna Helson named as 2017 SPSP Legacy Honoree

The Society for Personality and Social Psychology has named Ravenna Helson as the 2017 Annual Convention Legacy Honoree. This program is designed to honor luminary figures in social and personality psychology and trace the impact of the scholar's seminal contribution to contemporary work … More


The Mind of an Achitect

A story about the IPAR study of creative architects has aired on 99% Invisible.This is a beautiful overview of the study and the fascinating participants involved, including rare audio recordings of interactions among some of the most eminent … More


IPAR Creativity Studies Come to Light

Recently there has been a flurry of activity and interest in the IPAR archives. Pierluigi Serraino, a prominent architect, author, and educator has just released a book based on the IPAR study of creativity in architects called "The … More


How You Fight With Your Spouse May Affect Different Body Parts

Emotions are known to influence health, especially when they are negative or intensely felt. Chronically angry, sad, frustrated or fearful people tend to become chronically unwell, though which emotions go with which conditions has not received much scrutiny in recent … More


Don’t cry because it’s over...

Don’t cry because it’s over​; smile because it happened.

Surely we’ve all heard platitudes like this one, little sayings that we repeat to ourselves or others to mollify the pain of regret. Regret isn't painful merely … More


Dr. Iris Mauss Receives 2015 Award for Distinguished Early Career Scientific Contribution to Psychology

Every year, the American Psychological Association (APA) recognizes a distinguished few scholars whose research has significantly advanced psychological science. This year, Dr. Iris Mauss, head of the Emotion & Emotion Regulation Lab ( More


Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton is awarded the Chancellor's Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence

For the past ten years, the Chancellor's Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence (CAAIE) has been presented to UC Berkeley faculty who have an extraordinary record of accomplishment in promoting diversity while advancing equity and inclusion … More


Bob Levenson wins Distinguished Contributions to Psychophysiology Award

At the 2015 annual meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research held in Seattle, Washington, IPSR Director Bob Levenson received the Distinguished Contributions to Psychophysiology Award, honoring his scientific contributions to the field, his mentoring, … More


Barefaced Lies in Barren Rooms: Deception is Less Successful in Impoverished Environments

Have you ever wondered why police interrogation rooms are so barren and sterile? Making suspects feel uncomfortable and powerless may actually make them worse at lying. A recent article published by Leanne ten Brinke (postdoctoral scholar at Haas), Poruz Khambatta (PhD stuent … More


Why It Helps To Give Yourself a "Mental Hug"

Are you being too hard on yourself? It may be time to pause for a moment and give yourself a "mental hug". As part of a series of campus-wide events held for this year's Reunion and Parents Weekend at Homecoming, Dr. Serena Chen presented research on self-compassion, which … More