Psychology

Psychology and Biology Double Major Receives Undergraduate Research Award

June 11, 2019
Psychology and biological sciences senior Wenzhe Li rotated through two labs at UC Davis before finding her research passion: cytoplasmic dynein, a motor protein used for intracellular transport. Li conducts research in the lab of Richard McKenney, an assistant professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology. She was awarded the Ronald and Lydia Baskin Research Award, given to a graduating senior for excellence in research in the biological sciences.

Q&A: Psychology Alum/Professor on the Importance of Undergraduate Research

June 06, 2019
Jonathan Helm got his first taste of psychology research during his second year as a UC Davis undergraduate. After earning three UC Davis psychology degrees, Helm is now an assistant professor of quantitative psychology at San Diego State University. He recently collaborated with one of his former UC Davis professors on a study that found growing up in impoverished urban neighborhoods more than doubles your chances of developing a psychosis-spectrum disorder by middle adulthood. We asked him some questions about his journey from student to faculty researcher:

Journal Honors Psychologist Gregory Herek for Pioneering Work on Sexual Prejudice

May 16, 2019
Gregory Herek, professor emeritus in the Department of Psychology, devoted nearly 40 years to studying prejudice against sexual minorities, anti-gay violence and AIDS-related stigma. The "Journal of Homosexuality" recently commemorated the broad impacts of his research with a special issue, with articles on a range of new studies that build on Herek’s work.

UC Davis Psychologist Receives Early Career Award for Research on Personality Change

May 07, 2019
Wiebke Bleidorn, an associate professor of psychology, was recently selected by the European Federation of Psychologists' Associations to receive its 2019 Comenius Early Career Psychologist Award. The award is given to a young psychologist from Europe for original contributions to psychology.

Five New Chancellor’s Fellows Make Their Mark

January 29, 2019
Five faculty in the UC Davis College of Letters and Science — an artist, a poet, a psychologist, a mathematician and a physicist — have been named to the 2019 class of Chancellor’s Fellows, the university’s annual honors program recognizing associate professors for high achievement in the quality and excellence of research and teaching.

Do You Have a Healthy Personality? Researchers Think They Can Tell You

November 27, 2018
What are the most psychologically healthy personality traits? Scholars have been interested in characterizing the healthy personality as long as they have been trying to understand how people differ from one another. Researchers from UC Davis have identified a healthy personality prototype in a recent study using a contemporary trait perspective.

What Makes Trauma Memories Different?

November 16, 2018
The sexual assault and child pornography conviction of former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar. The child sex abuse scandal of Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky. Hundreds of priests accused of sexual misconduct that took place over many years. These and other shocking cases — in addition to shattering public confidence in once-trusted officials and the institutions that employed them — raised the question in people’s minds: How well can anyone remember events that happened years, and even decades, earlier?

UC Davis Professor’s Paper Spawned Legacy of Research

September 27, 2018
Little did Phillip Shaver realize when he co-authored a scholarly article on romantic love in 1987 that his findings would transform the study of interpersonal relations. The Society of Personality and Social Psychology recently announced that it will celebrate the legacy of the UC Davis College of Letters and Science distinguished professor emeritus during its Feb. 7–9, 2019, convention in Portland, Oregon.

Markers of Cellular Aging Improve During Insight Meditation Retreat

August 03, 2018
Telomeres, which act as as protective “caps” at the end of DNA strands, tend to shorten as cells age. A recent study by researchers at the UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain found that the average telomere length in immune cells increased instead in individuals who participated in a month-long Insight meditation retreat. This is the first study to show changes in telomere length occurring over such a short time span.