The evolutionary advantage of the teenage brain

Research is showing that the behaviors of teenagers aren’t just there to annoy parents. They serve a real evolutionary purpose.

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Why experts are urging social distancing to combat coronavirus outbreak

The virus is already in our communities, so the focus now is to reduce the damage from the disease.

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Overcoming the ‘us vs. them’ mentality

A student-veteran helps at-risk teens overcome the gang culture mindset of hating ‘the other.’

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Feeling anxiety about coronavirus? A psychologist offers tips to stay clearheaded

We spoke with stress expert Elissa Epel about the difference between anxiety and panic, and steps you can take to stay calm and prepared.

Professor Eric Walle with Penelope and her mom, Jessica Mohatt, in a scene from the new Netflix docu-series "Babies."

New 'Babies' series on Netflix features UC Merced professor

Eric Walle explores why babies who walk have vocabularies that are significantly larger than those who crawl.

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Find social media frustrating? Try empathy

Many walls are put between us by social media. But we can start breaking them down by putting ourselves in another's shoes.

A young woman pitches an idea

How to successfully pitch your ideas

To successfully pitch ideas to project leaders, base your approach on their identity as an idealist or pragmatist.

Message on paper that says I panic when someone says I need to talk to you

Can you change your personality?

It may be possible, scientists say.

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Payback or pay back? Children understand revenge before reciprocity, study says

Gratitude is not innate in young children but learned (around the age of 7), researcher says.

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Brain scans could flag children’s future mental health problems

The findings could pave the way for earlier, more effective diagnoses of attention deficit disorder and more.