Social science

Spoiler alert

Spoiler alert: spoilers make you enjoy stories more

Did someone spoil the next episode of "Game of Thrones"? They might have done you a favor.

UC Riverside karma

When selling good karma goes bad

A new UC Riverside study shows how beliefs affect responses to requests for help.

UC Berkeley power Paradox

Why does power make us lose our way?

What makes us steal candy and cut people off in our Priuses, explained by UC Berkeley's Dacher Keltner.

Helicopter parents UC Merced

New book shows pros and cons of 'helicopter parenting'

A UC Merced professor explores the ramifications of this hands-on approach to raising kids.

UC San Diego climate change

How to talk about climate change so people will act

Want to motivate individuals to stop global warming? UC San Diego research points to a successful strategy.

UC Santa Cruz virtual reality

Experiencing the 6-by-9 world of solitary confinement

The Guardian's virtual reality project with a UC Santa Cruz professor puts viewers inside a concrete cell.

UCLA poverty health study

Inadequate financial savings tied to childhood health risks

UCLA study finds wealth is a greater predictor than income for obesity and illness in kids.

Sesame Riverside

Children trust ‘smart’ characters on television

New UC Riverside study finds that figures viewed as clever help preschoolers model problem-solving behavior.

UC Riverside cheating

Cheaters never win, new study finds

A UC Riverside sociologist's experiment shows that selfish behavior lowers levels of happiness.

Tom K. Wong UC San Diego

From Riverside’s Casa Blanca to the White House

A UC San Diego professor discusses his journey from undocumented to White House policy adviser on immigration.

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