Divisions & Units - Social Sciences

Berkeley neuroscientists observe how the brain extracts meaning from noise

December 20, 2016
When you’re suddenly able to understand someone despite their thick accent, or finally make out the lyrics of a song, your brain appears to be re-tuning to recognize speech that was previously incomprehensible. UC Berkeley neuroscientists have now observed this re-tuning in action by recording directly from the surface of a person’s brain as the words of a previously unintelligible sentence suddenly pop out after the subject is told the meaning of the garbled speech.

History, museum and languages benefit from NEH awards for Berkeley projects

December 15, 2016
The National Endowment for the Humanities has announced awards to support UC Berkeley research on American slavery, rehousing of classical artifacts and translating Mayan and Egyptian hieroglyphs and other scripts.

UC Berkeley researchers determine it takes less than a second to tell humans from androids

November 28, 2016

It can be hard to tell the difference between humans and androids in such sci-fi TV shows as Westworld. But in real life, beyond our screens, the human brain takes less than a second to tell between reality and fantasy, according to new UC Berkeley research.

Research from UC Berkeley economists links voting to desire for social standing, discomfort with lying

October 11, 2016

With Nov. 8 just around the corner and some voters still straddling the fence about whether to even cast a ballot, a team of behavioral economists from UC Berkeley, the University of Chicago and Harvard University report some interesting findings about the much debated question of why people vote.

Graduate Admissions and Diversity Resources

The Graduate Diversity Office in the Division of the Social Sciences has compiled a list of resources for graduate admissions and diversity.  The resources include information about diversity at UC Berkeley, in addition to enrollment data for the Social Sciences Division.  These documents will be helpful to faculty and staff involved in the review process.

Berkeley-bound scholar rises from the depths of schizophrenia

August 18, 2016
Brandon Chuang starts a graduate program in clinical psychology after fighting off the demons of schizophrenia.

Berkeley neuroscientist goes inside the heroic snout of a rescue dog

August 17, 2016

Search-and-rescue dogs are prized for their ability to sniff out a hiker buried in deep snow. But how exactly do their noses work? UC Berkeley neuroscientist Lucia Jacobs is exploring the smell navigation mechanics of tracking dogs as well as smaller animals who use a similar olfactory GPS. Her research was featured on the PBS NewsHour Aug. 16, and is highlighted in the video below.

Study by Berkeley doctorate student of psychology shows rush of wild nature lowers PTSD

May 31, 2016
The Sierra Club and Berkeley psychology student, Craig Anderson, are studying the positive effects of adrenaline and stress on war veterans and at-risk teens. Their research shows that awe-inspiring and stress inducing activities in nature, like white water river rafting, can decrease symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Interview with International and Area Studies lecturer on personal safety

June 15, 2016
For insights about how individuals can stay safe, or at least safer, UC Berkeley Public Affairs turned to Bruce O. Newsome. A lecturer with the campus’s International and Area Studies program, Newsome teaches courses on global security risks, counterterrorism and counterinsurgency, intelligence and counterintelligence and international conflict.

Discover the hidden talents of L&S faculty and staff

June 6, 2016
You know them as faculty members, school officials, researchers, co-workers and alums. But they are artists, too, and part of a campus community that’s rich in both celebrated and hidden artistic talent. Click each photo to read, in their own words, a little about why the arts and design — including music, dance, painting, theater, architecture and photography — give them joy and insight.