Social science

Tetris blocks

Tetris: It could be the salve for a worried mind

New research suggests the classic video game represents “flow” — a state of blissful distraction.

How to study less and learn more

Ditch the highlighter. Stop re-reading over and over again. Quiz yourself instead. 

Marlen Ríos-Hernández sits on stairs

A Ph.D. in punk? Only at UC Riverside

Doctoral candidate Marlen Ríos-Hernández takes a scholarly approach to the mosh pit.

A man and a woman at a microphone

Why we think women sound shrill

Why do men seem to speak with more authority? Because we've engineered them to sound that way, says Tom McEnaney.

A row of pigeons on a plank

Just like pigeons, people tend to flock

Are we rational? Sure. But crowd panics, market bubbles and other collective actions seem to be built into our species. 

Science of happiness moves to the workplace

Surveys find more than half of American job seekers cite the need for more meaningful work, engagement and recognition.

Anatomy of fake news

Students have created a website that shines a light on the modern scourge of bogus “news”

Sleep deprived girl in classroom

How poor sleep can ruin your social life

People found sleep-deprived individuals to be more socially unattractive, and felt lonelier after interacting with them.

Left-handed child at blackboard

What being left-handed says about culture

The number of left-handed people in a society can help explain its norms, new study finds.

Smartphones act as digital security blankets in stressful social situations

When people are in awkward social situations, their phones offer comfort and relieve feelings of isolation — without even turning them on.