February 23, 2022

The SAGE Center lecture by Steven Strogatz, originally scheduled for February 24, has been rescheduled for June 2, 2022.

August 20, 2021

The SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind is happy to announce that our lecture series will return after a 19-month absence. Please continue to visit for the most current information on speakers and dates.

August 19, 2021

As the 2021-22 academic year approaches, the SAGE Center encourages everyone who attends our lectures and other events to stay abreast of campus updates regarding COVID-19 protocols.

August 18, 2021

The Foundations Institute (TFI), a collaboration between the SAGE Center and the Max Planck Society, is a vibrant community of scholars working together to challenge conventional thinking across the scientific and intellectual disciplines. The goal of TFI is to speed up scientific progress by intensively seeking out and re-evaluating the often decades-old foundational ideas, assumptions, methods and models on which day-to-day scientific work is built. Learn more at

March 24, 2020


Why Study the Individual? A Workshop to Discuss Applying an Idiographic Lens to the Study of the Brain
Hosted by the SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind
Santa Barbara Inn
March 24-25, 2020

Invited Participants:

  • Dr. Alison M. Bell (U of Illinois)
    Professor, Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science & Technology
  • Dr. Adriene Beltz (U of Michigan)
May 22, 2019

On April 30th, 2019, the SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind at the University of California, Santa Barbara brought together prominent scholars to discuss the lessons Cultural Psychology can provide about finding solutions to some of the most critical issues presently faced by humanity. The talks covered diverse topics related to discrimination and intergroup relations, health among aging populations, and environmental action in the face of accelerating climate change. For more information, visit

January 29, 2019

Don’t forget to join us for the Kavli Brain Showcase, a half-day symposium (12-6pm) highlighting the wide range of brain-related research from departments across UCSB.

The event will include:

  • Research highlights from new faculty and postdocs
  • A special SAGE lecture from speakers Dr. Charles Spence and Chef Jozef Youssef
  • Lunch, coffee, and a catered reception

Come get to know others in the UCSB brain community. Expand your network & your mind!

July 18, 2018

The SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind invites highly-motivated applicants for the SAGE Junior Fellows Program. This unique fellowship supports the intellectual development of early-career UCSB postdoctoral scholars across the University. Fellows will form a group bound by a common pursuit: to understand the mind and brain through a variety of complementary disciplines.

For more details, visit the SAGE Junior Fellows site.

January 30, 2018

The SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind, when permitted by our speakers, provides livestreaming of our public lectures via Zoom ( For more information, contact John Hajda at

January 30, 2018

Select SAGE Center lectures are available on the SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind Vimeo channel at Videos are posted according to permission from the speakers.

March 20, 2017

On November 30, 2016, SAGE Center speaker Dacher Keltner, Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, joined UCSB Professors David Sherman (Psychological & Brain Sciences) and Anna Brusutti (Film & Media Studies) for a post-screening discussion of the Disney Pixar film Inside Out, for which Professor Keltner was a consultant.

October 26, 2016

The Carsey-Wolf Center and SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind are co-sponsoring a free public screening of the Disney Pixar film Inside Out followed by a Q&A with film consultant and SAGE speaker Dacher Keltner. UCSB Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences David Sherman and UCSB Professor of Film & Media Studies Anna Brusutti will co-moderate the discussion.

May 31, 2016

The SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind is happy to announce the philanthropic support of SAGE Publications, Inc. for the SAGE Visiting Scholar Program through the 2020-21 academic year. Via the SAGE Visiting Scholar Program, the SAGE Center fulfills its mission of fostering the study of brain, mind and behavior by bringing the top researchers and practitioners--from a broad array of disciplines and from around the world--to UC Santa Barbara. These scholars give public lectures—for which total annual attendance exceeds 1500—and interact with faculty, postdoctoral scholars, students and community members. The interdisciplinary work at the SAGE Center offers far-reaching explanations of human phenomena, such as social interactions, stress, conflict resolution, decision making, consumer economics, criminality, and much more.

SAGE Publications has also pledged an additional contribution to the extant SAGE Center endowment. This pledge will, in time, create a sustainable funding source for the SAGE Center. Per Michael Gazzaniga, Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences and Director of the SAGE Center, "UCSB and the greater research community are indebted to SAGE Publications for its continued support of the SAGE Center. For many scientists, engineers, humanists and artists, the study of the brain and mind is a 'frontier' for discovery and creativity, for settling many questions about what it means to be human. We couldn't be more thrilled with the enduring support of SAGE Publications, which has been a friend to us and UCSB for years."

December 23, 2015

Dr. Fabian Soto, SAGE Junior Fellow from 2011-13, has been named a 2015 Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science. The Rising Star designation recognizes outstanding psychological scientists in the earliest stages of their research career post-PhD whose innovative work has already advanced the field and signals great potential for their continued contributions. Dr. Soto, who is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Florida International University, was recognized for his research on the neural and computational mechanisms of learning and generalization that mediate object categorization and causal learning.

September 28, 2015

The UCSB Center for the Science of Human Resilience (C-Shore) is proud to announce Professor Ed Diener as its inaugural speaker.

Dr. Diener will speak on "The Exciting New Science of Well-being" on October 14, 2015 at 4 pm in the SAGE Center Conference Room (Psychology Building 1312).

April 08, 2015

UCSB Arts & Lectures, in association with the SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind, is presenting "The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload," a lecture by Dr.  Daniel Levitin, on Tuesday, April 21 at 8 pm in Campbell Hall.

Dr. Levitin, also author of the New York Times No. 1 best-seller This Is Your Brain on Music, is the James McGill Professor of Psychology, Behavioural Neuroscience, and Music at McGill University in Montreal.

December 11, 2014

Read Phillip Ehret's article on the SAGE Center Forum on Social Psychological Interventions, featuring Tim Wilson (University of Virginia), Nicole Stephens (Northwestern University) and David Yeager (University of Texas, Austin) and moderated by David Sherman (UCSB). The event was held at UCSB on November 3, 2014.

October 31, 2014

The SAGE Center is now accepting applications for the Junior Fellow post-doctoral program. Four postdoctoral positions will be available beginning on September 1, 2015. This is a three-year fellowship. For primary consideration, apply by February 1, 2015, although we will accept applications until the positions are filled.

October 13, 2014

One of the most exciting areas in psychological science centers on work in real-world settings where psychological interventions have been shown to lead to long-term beneficial outcomes.

SAGE Center Distinguished Fellow Timothy Wilson, the Sherrell J. Aston Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia, featured this work on psychological interventions in his book: Redirect: Changing People's Behavior by Changing Their Stories.

May 26, 2014

Paul Thompson's May 27 SAGE Center lecture has been postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date.

December 19, 2013

Dr. Svante Pääbo, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig and February 2014 SAGE Center Distinguished Fellow, was featured in the New York Times article "Toe Fossil Provides Complete Neanderthal Genome" on December 19, 2013.

December 05, 2013

The 2016 Kavli Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience will be held at the University of California, Santa Barbara from June 20 through July 1.

March 22, 2012

The SAGE Center is now accepting applications for the Junior Research Fellowships Post-Doctoral Program. For primary consideration, apply by March 1, 2013, although we will accept applications until the positions are filled.

December 03, 2011

Tod Machover, Muriel R. Cooper Professor of Music and Media at the MIT Media Lab, was the SAGE Center Distinguished Fellow for December 2011 and January 2012.

Machover is Director of the Media Lab's Hyperinstruments and Opera of the Future Groups and was dubbed “America’s most wired composer” by the Los Angeles Times.

April 02, 2011

Nolan Gasser, composer, pianist, musicologist, and architect of Pandora Radio’s Music Genome Project was the Sage Visiting Scholar during February 2011, delivering four lectures and one performance on such topics as “Music, Science, and the Art of Living” and “Speculum Mundi: Music as a Reflection of Culture.” A description of his visit appeared in the Santa Barbara Independent.