Psychology

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And now, the winner of the Ig Nobel Prize ...

Richard Vetter's work on how spiders terrorize those who study them nets him a parody Nobel.

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‘Awe walks’ boost emotional well-being

Awe leads to more positive feelings, and helps us intervene with negative ones, study says.

Boy in a pile of marshmallows

The marshmallow test, revisited

Children will wait longer for a treat to impress others, new psychology experiments show.

Health care worker sitting on ground frustrated

Job burnout is a billion-dollar problem. Can we fix it, despite COVID-19?

Labor Day is here — a perfect time to reflect on job burnout, a problem that’s gotten worse with the pandemic. But the current workplace upheaval is also an opportunity to make real change, says UC Berkeley researcher Christina Maslach.

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Being a selfish jerk doesn’t get you ahead, research finds

Nice guys and gals don’t finish last after all.

Rebecca Covarrubias in a group of first-gen students

First-gen faculty leader: Rebecca Covarrubias

The social psychology professor documents the experiences of students who are the first in their family to attend college.

Woman in office playing with fidget spinner

Do fidget spinners really work?

The study will assess whether a high-tech fidget device increases focus and relieves anxiety in adults with ADHD.

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Ready for a cognitive workout?

Joint UC Riverside-UC Irvine study seeks volunteers to assess memory training.

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Do we know what we want in a romantic partner? Probably no more than a random stranger would

It sounds like the setup for a reality show, but science says it's true: Our stated preferences may not be so meaningful.

Richard Matthew at desk

What’s next: The future of compassion

How to ward off emotional exhaustion as the pandemic continues.

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