Dept. of Psychology
Recharging your brain, one neuron at a time
New brain regeneration methods offer hope for aging minds, from improving memory to battling depression.
Feb 24, 2014
Head games: How the mind works when gambling
Tiny ‘rat casino’ offers insight into possible treatments for compulsive gambling.
Feb 18, 2014
Valentine’s Day survival 101
Valentine’s Day expectations can be a recipe for disaster, says a UBC psychologist who specializes in human sexuality.
Feb 12, 2014
Gambling research pioneer to lead new centre at UBC
Leading gambling psychologist Luke Clark will serve as inaugural director of the Centre for Gambling Research at UBC.
Jan 28, 2014
The power of the crowd
In the age of Kickstarter, tech-savvy scientists explore new ways to engage the public in their research.
Jan 16, 2014 - by Basil Waugh
Lessons from Walter Mitty: when is daydreaming a good thing?
As the remake of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is about to debut on Christmas Day, a UBC researcher talks about how daydreaming can be good for your brain.
Dec 19, 2013
Self-worth boosts ability to overcome poverty
For people in poverty, remembering better times – such as past success – improves brain functioning and increases their willingness to seek help from crucial aid services.
Dec 17, 2013
Gift giving 101
UBC’s Elizabeth Dunn on how to make the most of Christmas gift giving and how it really is better to give than receive.
Dec 9, 2013
Scientists find brain region that helps you make up your mind
One of the smallest parts of the brain is getting a second look after new UBC research suggests it plays a crucial role in decision making.
Nov 24, 2013
Social networks make us smarter
The secret to why some cultures thrive and others disappear may lie in our social networks and our ability to imitate, rather than our individual smarts, according to a new University of British Columbia study.
Nov 13, 2013
Horrors of war harden group alliances
Experiencing the horrors of war can cause people to have a greater affinity for members of their own group, according to new UBC research.
Nov 7, 2013
Healing an invisible wound
In advance of Remembrance Day, Marvin Westwood talks about helping veterans deal with PTSD-related symptoms.
Nov 6, 2013
Scientists reduce behaviours associated with problem gambling in rats
With the help of a rat casino, UBC brain researchers have successfully reduced behaviours in rats that are commonly associated with compulsive gambling in humans.
Oct 29, 2013
Boo! Why we love the trick, and not just the treat, of Halloween
UBC Psychology Professor Sheila Woody talks about our fascination with terror
Oct 28, 2013
How to spot a liar
Forensic psychologist Stephen Porter looks for truth in the nonverbal cues.
Oct 24, 2013
Genes predispose some people to focus on the negative
A new study finds that some people are genetically predisposed to see the world darkly.
Oct 10, 2013
Environmental awareness? There’s an app for that
A PhD student at UBC’s Okanagan campus uses a smartphone app to measure ways children, adults become eco-stewards
Oct 3, 2013
Making eye contact doesn’t always help your cause
New research shows that making eye contact, long considered an effective way of bringing someone to your point of view, may actually make people more resistant to persuasion.
Oct 2, 2013
Big Gods: How religion transformed cooperation and conflict
A new book by UBC Psychology Professor Ara Norenzayan Big Gods asks big questions about spirituality.
Sep 16, 2013
Poverty impairs cognitive function
Poverty consumes so much mental energy that those in poor circumstances have little remaining brainpower to concentrate on other areas of life, new research finds.
Aug 29, 2013