Left-handed child at blackboard

What being left-handed says about culture

The number of left-handed people in a society can help explain its norms, new study finds.

Smartphones act as digital security blankets in stressful social situations

When people are in awkward social situations, their phones offer comfort and relieve feelings of isolation – without even turning them on.

Information overload has been around since the 1800s

There are striking similarities between 19th and 21st century mass media consumption habits and their effects on society.

Moral decision making is rife with internal conflict

New findings challenge the popular notion that we rely on our "guts" and don't think through challenging questions of right and wrong.

Trump, Merkel and another foreign leader

Reeling from the news? Train your brain to feel better with these 4 techniques

Tips from neuroscience can help you cope with events outside your control.

Two women laughing

Can you tell a fake laugh from real?

People around the world know genuine laughter when they hear it. Do you? Take the test.

Anna Song with two packs of cigarettes

Multimillion-dollar grant brings nicotine and cannabis policy center to campus

The new center positions UC Merced and the San Joaquin Valley as leaders in public health.

UC Santa Cruz autism child

Autistic people want to socialize — they just may show it differently

Research on social signals in autism suggests new ways to meet their needs.

Republicans and Democrats agree on climate change — they just don't realize it

The key to fixing climate change isn't convincing people it's real: it's getting them to choose policy over party.

Whitewater rafting paddle

Nature is proving to be awesome medicine for PTSD

The awe we feel in nature can dramatically reduce symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

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