Social science

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.

UC Berkeley word atlas

How your brain files away words

View a colorful "semantic atlas" built by UC Berkeley scientists that illustrates how we process language.

UC Berkeley childhood book

Reinventing childhood in the 21st century

What are the differences between helicopter and "frontier" parenting? A UC Berkeley professor explores.

UCLA laughter study

Friends or not? Just a second of laughter can reveal relationship status

A UCLA study finds that listeners across the globe can tell a lot from your laugh.

Unemployed smokers have a harder time finding a job

Smokers struggle to find jobs, get paid less

A new study supported by UC has found that tobacco use while unemployed could make job prospects go up in smoke.

UC Berkeley canvassing study

UC Berkeley alums find canvassing reduces transgender prejudice

A new study finds that 10-minute talks can shift opinion as profoundly as 14 years of social change.

UC Riverside Immortality Project

Flitting through eternity

UC Riverside provides some new insight into the physical basis of near-death experiences.

UC Merced in-home parenting study

UC Merced study: In-home parent training levels field for low-income kids

New research shows home visits by trainers can close cognitive development gaps.