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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


Dr. Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton Speaks on NPR's 'So Well Spoken'

In a world where the standards of political correctness seem to be waning in some areas yet waxing in others, race and ethnicity continue to be tricky topics in everyday conversation. A recent segment on NPR's news series So Well … More


IPSR Scholars Head To The Mile High City

The Society of Experimental Social Psychology (SESP) held its annual conference in Denver, Colorado this September, giving IPSR scholars a chance to present their research in the Mile High City.


Softening the Sting Of Rejection

Rejection hurts – not only emotionally, but, as research has demonstrated, on a physical level as well. However, sometimes rejection doesn’t actually sting that badly.  A recent article by Drs. Maya Kuehn (recent Berkeley PhD graduate), Serena Chen (current faculty member), … More