Psychology

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Toddlers can spy deception in others

Even tots younger than 2 can tell when someone's trying to pull a fast one.

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Pet therapy: Students increasingly bringing “emotional support” animals to college

Nobody claims the dorms are evolving into petting zoos. But animals are gaining a toehold (clawhold?) in Cal residences.

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Who’s the ‘enviest’ of them all?

Research suggests young adults are more envious than their elders – and about more things.

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The Grand Challenge of combating depression

Genetic study of 100,000 people will be the largest ever on a single disorder.

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Mission impossible?

Humans just aren't cut out for tedious jobs like monitoring a computer screen — even if the consequences of failure are dire.

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Uncovering the secrets of the adolescent brain

Big data study will explore the developing minds and brains of 10,000 children.

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Babies time their smiles to make their moms smile back

A toddler-like robot allows researchers to confirm their findings — and to help study non-verbal children and adults.

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The shifting concept of 'home'

New book examines how conventional nuclear-family-in-suburbia model has evolved into unique ‘lifespaces’ in 21st century America.

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Male or female? It's not always so simple

Researchers are studying the biological origins of sexual orientation and gender identity.

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How awe makes us generous

A new study from UC Berkeley and UC Irvine finds that feeling small in nature makes us more generous to other humans.

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