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Breaking Curveball Too Good to Be True

October 15, 2010

Curveballs curve and fastballs go really fast, but new research suggests that no pitcher can make a curveball "break" or a fastball "rise." Led by Arthur Shapiro of American University and Zhong-Lin Lu of USC College, the…

Sarah Bottjer, professor of biological sciences and psychology, discovered in her latest study that the basal ganglia pathway in zebra finches has two parallel circuits, rather than a single neural circuit as previously thought. Photo credit Eric O’Connell.

A Real Tweet

July 22, 2010

Loud and lively singers, some liken the sound of finches to toy trumpets -- ka-ching, beep-beep, oi, a-ha, or da-de-da! Both male and female zebra finches sound off in chattering trills and calls. However, it is only the male…

Richard F. Thompson, holder of the William M. Keck Chair in Psychology and Biological Sciences in USC College, is most famous for being the first to identify and map neural circuits involved in classical conditioning. Photo credit Phil Channing.

A Golden Scholar

April 13, 2010

Richard F. Thompson — a world-leading behavioral neuroscientist who has spent nearly a half-century researching the physical basis of memory — has won the American Psychological Foundation's 2010 Gold Medal…

Crime novelist, trained psychologist and USC College Ph.D. graduate Jonathan Kellerman. Photo credit Blake Little Photography.

Reading the Mind

January 27, 2010

Many budding writers would give anything to get inside the heads of best-selling authors to learn their secrets to success. Crime novelist Jonathan Kellerman ’74 can spare them the trouble. As a trained psychologist,…

Allen Azizian’s award will allow him to spend a year in Armenia studying cognitive deficits in patients with schizophrenia.

USC College's Allen Azizian Named Fulbright Scholar

January 4, 2010

Allen Azizian, adjunct assistant professor of psychology in USC College, has been selected as a Fulbright Scholar for 2009-10. One of three USC faculty members to receive this prestigious award, Azizian will spend a year in…

Wendy Wood, Provost Professor of Psychology and Marketing, is one of 20 new faculty members at USC College.

Meet New College Faculty

October 16, 2009

View all of the new USC College faculty members. Wendy Wood Gives New Meaning to "Old Habits Die Hard" Wood, passionate and articulate about her research, is a highly regarded social psychologist who studies attitude and…

As director of the Office for At-Risk Individuals, Daniel Dodgen ’86 helps to provide psychological support to individuals affected by natural and man-made disasters.

‘In the Midst of Chaos, There Is Hope’

September 3, 2009

As he drove along the Gulf Coast from Mobile, Ala., to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, USC College alumnus Dr. Daniel Dodgen witnessed destruction the likes of which he had never seen."The scope of the disaster was…

Mystery Loves Company: A Discussion with the Kellermans

It’s a Family Affair

August 26, 2009

Suspense novelist Jonathan Kellerman ’74 and his wife, novelist Faye Kellerman joined their son, novelist and playwright Jesse Kellerman and their daughter, budding novelist Aliza Kellerman in a fascinating conversation…

Antonio Damasio Featured in Discover Magazine

Antonio Damasio Featured in Discover Magazine

January 28, 2009

Antonio Damasio, holder of the David Dornsife Chair in Neuroscience and professor of psychology and neurology in USC College, was featured in an article titled "Speed Freaks," which appeared in Discover Magazine's special…

Mind Games

Mind Games

December 1, 2008

These days older adults are turning to a variety of methods to keep their brains active and maintain their cognitive abilities: Crossword puzzles. Sudoku. Nintendo has even created “Brain Age,” a video game billed…