Psychology

Glass polar bear

Can artificial intelligence tell a polar bear from a can opener?

How closely do deep learning computer networks mimic the human brain? There's still a long way to go, psychologists find.

Mona lisa face at 3 angles

The importance of being tilted

New findings show how a tilt of the head facilitates social interaction, with potential benefits for people with autism.

Colorful old man in a chair illustration

The mystery of the super-ager

Researchers are trying to figure out the secret to some elderly people's success.

Someone writing their New Year's resolutions

How to rethink your New Year's resolutions (according to science)

The question-behavior effect, a cognitive quirk, can set your new actions up for success.

UC Irvine texting teens

Growing up digital

A new lab investigates the smartphone generation.

Four people fight during the holidays

3 easy strategies for dealing with difficult relatives

Why does your family know how to push your buttons? They installed them. Here's how to take stress out of the holidays.

True and false signs

Administrations change, but tendency to believe threats does not

Research shows political views predict whether people trust false information about dangers — no matter who's in office.

Aerial shot of a suburban neighborhood

Racial bias taints neighborhoods — and residents, research reveals

The health and well-being of residents is jeopardized by bias about where they live.

Married couple on a couch

Hang in there. As couples age, humor replaces bickering

A study of longtime married pairs finds less rancor and more tenderness as time goes by.

Cute puppy in the grass

So cute you could crush it?

If you've ever wanted to pinch a baby's cheeks, you've suffered from cute aggression. Here's what that means.

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