Psychology

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Five years ago, love won. Here's how research helps make progress possible

In 2015, the Supreme Court upheld a right to marriage for gay couples in Obergefell v. Hodges. One of the key elements to winning this battle was research — particularly one UC researcher's groundbreaking study in the 1940s that showed being gay was not a mental illness.

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FDA approves video game based on UCSF brain research as ADHD therapy for kids

This is the first video game therapeutic to be approved for the disorder in children.

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Feeling anxious? Why a cat may be your purr-fect companion

The emotions that benefit our relationships with cats.

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Newly funded COVID-19 research aims to protect the most vulnerable

Researchers across UC rapidly pivot from their usual research areas to address gaps in knowledge and care with COVID-19.

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Are we wired for romance?

Researchers find out how a newlywed's brain works.

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How (and why) coronavirus is changing our sense of time

Radical social changes brought have induced “temporal disintegration,” says psychologist E. Alison Holman.

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The science-backed answer to how to be happy in quarantine

A study reveals the one thing people can do to be just as happy during quarantine.

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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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