Psychology

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Don't wait to have fun, science says

Our quest for just the right moment often means missing out on having a good experience.

UC Riverside Robert Rosenthal

From Timothy Leary's office to the company of giants

How Robert Rosenthal brought behavioral psychology to the masses with “Pygmalion in the Classroom.”

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Study identifies a new way by which the human brain marks time

With a little help from HBO's “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” scientists learn more about how we process the flow of time.

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Risk tolerance: It's in your DNA

Large study identifies genetic variants linked to risk tolerance and risky behaviors.

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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.

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The importance of being tilted

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

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The mystery of the super-ager

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

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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.

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