Social science

Group of young people at a protest

Kids these days

Humanity has been complaining about ‘kids these days’ across cultures and generations for at least 2,600 years.

Tired student doing homework

Using stimulants to cram for exams ruins sleep and doesn't help test scores

Students looking to gain an academic edge by taking Adderall and other stimulants will find it backfires.

Hannah Appel speaks to someone out of frame

A wealth of knowledge about debt

UCLA's Hannah Appel wants to unlock the potential collective power of America's $13.5 trillion in household debt.

G. Cristina Mora speaks at a UC Berkeley rally

What’s in a name? How the concepts of Hispanic and Latino identity emerged

UC Berkeley sociologist G. Cristina Mora explains the origins of the identity we celebrate during Hispanic Heritage Month.

Young people protesting climate change

Youth activism is on the rise

A wave of activism has been building for decades, and adults should pay attention, says professor Jessica Taft.

Greta Thunberg at the United Nations

Why Greta Thunberg is so powerful

Researchers analyze how Greta Thunberg’s moral framing influenced the impact of her United Nations speech.

Woman looking at reviews on her laptop

That online hotel review you wrote? It matters

Ratings act as free advertising for hotels with good reviews, a new study finds.

Heat map of the world's climate

Media creates false balance on climate science, study shows

About half of mainstream media visibility goes to climate-change deniers, many of whom are not climate scientists.

Sabrina Strings with her book

Where does fat phobia come from?

How did we become obsessed with thinness? It has to do with race, says sociologist Sabrina Strings.

Late night office

Who stalled the gender revolution?

Friendly attitudes toward gender equality increased for decades, then hit a speed bump in the '90s. The reason why might surprise you.

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