Social science

UC Riverside Robert Rosenthal

From Timothy Leary's office to the company of giants

How Robert Rosenthal brought behavioral psychology to the masses with “Pygmalion in the Classroom.”

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Rethinking what we teach about California's missions

There are ghosts to be reckoned with in our state and its history, which an entirely new field aims to address.

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Risk tolerance: It's in your DNA

Large study identifies genetic variants linked to risk tolerance and risky behaviors.

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The importance of being tilted

New findings show how a tilt of the head facilitates social interaction, with potential benefits for people with autism.

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The mystery of the super-ager

Researchers are trying to figure out the secret to some elderly people's success.

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How to rethink your New Year's resolutions (according to science)

The question-behavior effect, a cognitive quirk, can set your new actions up for success.

Lisa Materson and Ellen Hartigan-O'Connor, associate professors of history, read from their new book

The female historians unearthing women's stories

A new Oxford handbook restores women to their rightful place on the world's stage.

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UC’s most buzzworthy research of 2018

A looming beer shortage, the gender paradox and consumer products dominated the conversation this year.

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Growing up digital

A new lab investigates the smartphone generation.

Four people fight during the holidays

3 easy strategies for dealing with difficult relatives

Why does your family know how to push your buttons? They installed them. Here's how to take stress out of the holidays.

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