Social science

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.

Couple in the sun UCLA

Climate change is making it harder for couples to conceive

Research finds warming temperatures have a negative effect on fertility, birth rates.

Lyft Uber UC Davis

How ride-hailing could improve public transportation instead of undercutting it

With the right rules, ride-sharing apps could enhance public transit.

Ethics Bowl at San Quentin Prison

How to find truth in today’s partisan world

The Ethics Bowl teaches you not to win or lose a debate, but something more important: how to think.

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