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An in-depth look at some of our faculty and their research.
Andrew Todd

Andrew Todd

Assistant Professor of Psychology

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Cam Hostinar: Helping Children Cope With Stress

Cam Hostinar: Helping Children Cope With Stress

Cam Hostinar is one of the newer members of the faculty, but her research on early-life stress is already making an impact.

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Karen Bales: Expert on Pair Bonding

Karen Bales: Expert on Pair Bonding

Professor Bales studies prairie voles (Microtus ochrogaster) and titi monkeys (Callicebus cupreus), because, like humans, both species form adult pair-bonds, and the males help care for infants.

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Manipulating Memory: Brian Wiltgen

Manipulating Memory: Brian Wiltgen

By Andrew McCullough - How does memory work? How do neurons in the brain allow us to remember past experiences? Understanding how the brain encodes and retrieves memories fascinates Brian Wiltgen, associate professor of psychology. Wiltgen and his colleagues use cutting-edge tools and techniques to understand how the brain remembers.

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Possible Personalities: Wiebke Bleidorn

Possible Personalities: Wiebke Bleidorn

By Maya Weeks - How do different environments change the way we act, think, and feel? What lasting impacts do experiences have on our behavior and mindset? Associate Professor of Psychology Wiebke Bleidorn studies the relationships between genes and their environments, environmental influences on personalities, and personality-trait change in relation to life events.

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Ron Mangun: Attention to Training New Generation of Neuroscientists

Ron Mangun: Attention to Training New Generation of Neuroscientists

Professor Ron Mangun likes UC Davis so much that he came here twice — the first time from Dartmouth College and Medical School in 1992, and then again from Duke University in 2002. With each arrival, he helped to propel UC Davis to the forefront of the field of cognitive neuroscience.

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Simine Vazire: Studying Self-Knowledge

Simine Vazire: Studying Self-Knowledge

Simine Vazire tackles one of the oldest and most fundamental questions in psychology—how well do we know ourselves?

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Susan Rivera: From First-Generation Student to Professor

Susan Rivera: From First-Generation Student to Professor

Growing up in the industrial city of Gary, Indiana, Susan Rivera never dreamed that she would one day head a neuroscience lab researching cognitive development.

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What Happened When? How the Brain Stores Memories by Time

What Happened When? How the Brain Stores Memories by Time

By Andy Fell - Before I left the house this morning, I let the cat out and started the dishwasher. Or was that yesterday? Very often, our memories must distinguish not just what happened and where, but when an event occurred -- and what came before and after. New research from the University of California, Davis, Center for Neuroscience shows that a part of the brain called the hippocampus stores memories by their "temporal context" -- what happened before, and what came after.

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