Social science

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Political hashtags like #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter make people less likely to believe the news

When news stories include a catchy hashtag, readers perceived the topic to be less socially important and more partisan.

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Comedian Maz Jobrani on noticing the good in his life

How writing down three good things every day helped the stand-up see the positive in life.

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How gratitude can help you bounce back from setbacks

It's not just for Thanksgiving — gratitude can help us overcome thought patterns hardwired in our brains.

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If dogs could talk

How we interact with pit bulls sheds light on the ways we reproduce social inequality, says Katja Guenther.

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How to have better conversations with friends, family — or anyone

Hate small talk? Find yourself having the same arguments? Some tips to make things better this holiday season.

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Kids these days

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

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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.

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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.