Social science

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‘Black’-sounding name conjures a larger, more dangerous person

People envision an unknown ‘black’-named character in similar ways to an unknown ‘white’-named male convicted of assault.

LAPD officers

Predictive policing test substantially reduces crime

Results of months-long project in Los Angeles suggest method could succeed in cities worldwide.

Japanese American draft resisters at Tule Lake camp

Center shatters myth of 'quiet' Japanese Americans imprisoned in camps

Asian American Studies Center project collects evidence of resistance during the war years.

pensive elderly woman

More than 750,000 elderly Californians ‘unofficially’ poor

1 in 5 older adults have incomes above the federal poverty level, but still struggle to pay their expenses.

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The shifting concept of 'home'

New book examines how conventional nuclear-family-in-suburbia model has evolved into unique ‘lifespaces’ in 21st century America.

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A teaching moment in the Ashley Madison hack

Why did people make their personal information so easily available to a company that facilitates cheating?

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Declawing the ‘tiger mom’

Sociologists debunk idea that Asian American academic achievement is due to unique cultural traits or values.
girl with pennies

Why are some children more giving than others?

A new study finds the answer may lie with family income.
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A visionary, a genius, and the human genome

In 2000, two dogged researchers defied the odds to become the first in the world to assemble the DNA sequence of the human genome.
Women in computing photo illustration (iStock)

Breaking the 'bro' barrier

Tech companies are funding research to find strategies to recruit and retain women and minorities in computer science majors.

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