Social science

Bullying happens to popular teens, too

You'd think that the popular kids don't get picked on, but as a teenager's social status rises, they're more apt to be bullied. Increased social combat may be to blame.
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Lied-to children more likely to cheat and lie

When adults are dishonest with their offspring, the children mirror that behavior.

Yes, selfies are a thing — and we're learning from them

All those self-portraits are opening our eyes to social trends.

You should be ashamed — or maybe not

Sociologist examines the ubiquity of shame and its role in aggression and depression.

Barbie: narrowing girls' career horizons?

Girls who play with Barbie dolls tend to see fewer career options available to them, compared with the options available to boys.

Berkeley’s Wikipedian-in-residence is a first

Scores of Cal undergrads are working to research and write articles for Wikipedia. Their coach is the first Wikipedian-in-residence at a U.S. college or university.
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Marriage, like fine wine: better when well aged

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in a baby carriage — and then what?

Whirlwind tour of spirituality

Students, faculty and staff explore the world’s great faith — and non-faith — traditions.

Undergrad research opportunities address social issues

More than half of all UC undergrads work on research projects while at UC, an experience that can be transformative.

Mental toll of 'tiger parenting'

Authoritarian parenting aims for children's success — but often results in depression, anxiety and poor social skills.