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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.


How to convince vaccine skeptics — and how not to

UCLA and University of Illinois psychologists find a way to change minds.

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Summer romance: Will it last?

UC Irvine researchers apply scientific method to study of how we receive affectionate messages.

Study may show way to predict autism or psychosis in children with genetic disorder

UCLA-led research may help lead to earlier, more targeted intervention for people with DiGeorge syndrome.
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The sleep-deprived brain can mistake friends for foes

Without enough shut-eye, a smile can look more like a scowl. And the price for that mistake can be high.

What we know colors what we see

Perception is strongly influenced by prior knowledge, lending credence to the theory that the brain does not faithfully represent the environment but rather attempts to predict it.
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Intellectual pursuits may buffer the brain against addiction

Mice engaged in stimulating activities were less likely to seek out cocaine.
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Humans’ built-in GPS is our 3-D sense of smell

Our brains are wired to convert smells into spatial information, allowing us to navigate territory by following one's nose.