Social science

Students slumped in a classroom

Anxiety ‘epidemic’ brewing on college campuses

Rates of worry have doubled since 2008, researchers find.

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Media exposure to mass violence can fuel cycle of distress, study shows

Researchers found graphic news exposure can fuel anxiety while promoting more media consumption.

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American parents (still) prefer boys — and it's hurting their daughters' test scores

Family bias can explain a non-trivial part of the observed gender disparities in math performance.

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New center to address immigration policy debates in real time

U.S. Immigration Policy Center at UC San Diego aims to bring data-driven research to decision makers, media and the public.

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How to engage in difficult but respectful dialogue

‘3 Practices’ work especially well. A two-day workshop explored the technique.

Ochan Otim and sachets

Researcher finds dangerous levels of metals in liquor sold in Uganda

UCLA Extension’s Ochan Otim found traces of arsenic, chromium and lead in the spirits.

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Teens who seek solitude may be on the right track

While loneliness is often correlated with depression, choosing to be alone can actually be good for you.

UCSF stress meditation group

Can short-term stress make the body and mind more resilient?

A new UCSF study is testing a theory about how much stress is good for us.

UC Merced professors sitting together

New project aims to predict people likely to use firearms in suicides

Shocking stats about suicide by firearm (the most common method in the U.S.) move professors to action.

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An easy life hack to make weekends more refreshing

Does treating your weekend like a vacation make you happier? A working paper says yes.

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