SAGE Publications, Inc. Pledges Continued Support for the UCSB SAGE Center Visiting Scholar Program

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."

About the SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind at UCSB

The SAGE Center was established in 2005 by the University of California through the generous support of SAGE Publications, Inc. While housed in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences, the SAGE Center fosters a broad interdisciplinary study of the brain, mind and human behavior by hosting distinguished visitors, speakers and scholars. To learn more visit or call us at 805-893-4334.


Fabian Soto, Former SAGE Junior Fellow, named APS Rising Star

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.


Ed Diener, Center for the Science of Human Resilience Lecture, October 14 at 4 pm

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).

Ed Diener is one of the leading pioneers in scientific research on well-being. Indeed, he has been nicknamed “Dr. Happiness” based on the sheer volume and depth of his body of work. His groundbreaking research has taken him and his research team across the globe in his efforts to understand the causes, correlates, and consequences of psychological well-being; including work on the Masai in East Africa, slum dwellers in Kolkata, the Amish in America, and Forbes’ top 400 richest Americans. He is chiefly responsible for coining and conceptualizing the term “Subjective Well-Being" -- how people experience the quality of their lives. His empirical examination of happiness around the world over the past 25 years has contributed enormously to the understanding of human existence.

Diener received his B.A. in Psychology from California State University and his Ph.D from the University of Washington. He has spent his career at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he is the Joseph R. Smiley Distinguished Professor of Psychology (Emeritus).

Further information about Dr. Diener can be found here:

Dr. Diener's talk is sponsored by C-Shore, with additional generous support from the SAGE Center, the Broom Center and the Deans of Social Science and Mathematical and Life Sciences.


Daniel Levitin lecture, Tuesday April 21, 8 pm, Campbell Hall

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.

Tickets priced at $15--$5 for UCSB students--are available by calling (805) 893-3535 or visiting the Arts & Lectures website.

SAGE Center Forum on Social Psychological Interventions

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.

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