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Psychologist’s research supports gay marriage decision

When a panel of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down gay marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana this week, the justices cited work by UC Davis professor of psychology Gregory Herek. In the 40-page opinion, Judge Richard A. …
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How brain structures grow as memory develops

Our ability to store memories improves during childhood, associated with structural changes in the hippocampus and its connections with prefrontal and parietal cortices. New research from UC Davis is exploring how these brain regions develop at this crucial time. Eventually, …
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Obama’s BRAIN Initiative: UC Davis reaction

President Obama yesterday announced the broad outlines of a major new plan to study the human brain. The President is proposing a budget of about $110 million in 2o14 for the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies initiative, drawn from …
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Memorial Day special: Let There Be Light

In 1945, legendary director John Huston was assigned by the US Army to make a documentary about men returning from war with “shell shock” or “psychoneurosis” — what we would now call post-traumatic stress disorder. But after the documentary, “Let …
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Routing brain traffic for maximum alertness

A new UC Davis study shows how the brain reconfigures its functional connections to take best advantage of our knowledge of situations and minimize distractions. “In order to behave efficiently, you want to process relevant sensory information as fast as …
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Video: Paul Ekman on compassion, deceit and facial recognition

Paul Ekman, a world-renowned behavioral neuroscientist and the inventor of the Facial Action Coding System (FACS) visited the UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain last week. In this video, Clifford Saron talks to Ekman about his work on compassion …
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UC Davis expert testifies at Prop 8 trial

UC Davis psychology professor Gregory Herek is testifying today for plaintiffs seeking to overturn Proposition 8, the state ballot measure passed in 2008 that bans gay marriage in California. Herek, an internationally recognized authority on prejudice against lesbians and gay …
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Pride, before or after a fall

Keeping up appearances — continuing to take pride, even when your circumstances are down — might seem shallow, but it has real psychological benefits, according to this article in today’s New York Times. Recent research shows that people who look …
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Obama transition: expectations, pressures and pitfalls

(Contributed by Clifton Parker) President-elect Barack Obama will inherit an agenda of staggering uncertainty as the nation struggles with a fading economy while stuck in two wars overseas. His success, UC Davis scholars say, depends in large measure on temperament and …
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Tennis and visual perception

Disputing line calls has sometimes seemed like a second sport at tennis tournaments, especially Wimbledon. Now a detailed study by UC Davis psychologist David Whitney and colleagues at the Center for Mind and Brain shows that umpires are pretty good …
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