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Katie Graf Estes views double screens while she reviews research recordings

Research Areas

The UC Davis Department of Psychology contains five major "areas": Biological Psychology, Developmental, Perception-Cognition, Quantitative and Social-Personality. Boundaries between the areas are fluid, and students are encouraged to take seminars in all five.

Biological Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Perception, Cognition and Cognitive Neurscience
Quantitative Psychology
Social and Personality Psychology


Professor Oakes Receives Mentoring Award

Professor Lisa Oakes received the UC Davis Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Research. Professor Oakes was nominated for this prestigious award by current and former students in her Infant Cognition Lab. The award recognizes dedication to excellence in research and exemplary mentoring of undergraduate research projects. Undergraduate students mentored by Professor Oakes routinely present their research findings at the annual UC Davis Undergraduate Research Conference. 

Professor Charan Ranganath Publishes Widely Acclaimed Book "Why We Remember"

The Book is a New York Times and Los Angeles Times Bestseller

In "Why We Remember," Professor Charan Ranganath radically reframes the way we think about memory. Combining accessible language with cutting-edge research, he reveals the surprising ways our brains record the past and how we use that information to understand who we are in the present, and to imagine and plan for the future.

Professor Ledgerwood Receives Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology

Alison Ledgerwood was selected as the most recent recipient of The Society for Personality and Social Psychology's (SPSP's) Award for Distinguished Service to the Society. The award "recognizes distinguished service specifically to SPSP. Distinguished service may be in terms of a particular, significant activity that benefited the Society or cumulative contributions, performed over time, to the Society.

Findings by Professor Trainor & Dr. Emily Wright Published in PNAS

Professor Brian Trainor, former graduate student Emily Wright, Ph.D. (shown in photo), and their collaborators report exciting new findings that testosterone is a key hormone that drives gender-based differences in responses to social stress in mice, in a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The study encompassed six separate experiments with mice to isolate what changes in the brain drive these differences between males and females.