Social science

Two half-full beers on a sandy beach

UC’s most buzzworthy research of 2018

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

UC Irvine texting teens

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.

True and false signs

Administrations change, but tendency to believe threats does not

Research shows political views predict whether people trust false information about dangers — no matter who's in office.

high-heeled shoes

How Payless fooled the fashionistas

How the low-cost shoe retailer duped influncers into spending $600 for a pair of cheap, $20 shoes.

Aerial shot of a suburban neighborhood

Racial bias taints neighborhoods — and residents, research reveals

The health and well-being of residents is jeopardized by bias about where they live.

Married couple on a couch

Hang in there. As couples age, humor replaces bickering

A study of longtime married pairs finds less rancor and more tenderness as time goes by.

Cute puppy in the grass

So cute you could crush it?

If you've ever wanted to pinch a baby's cheeks, you've suffered from cute aggression. Here's what that means.

Family around a Thanksgiving table

How to avoid a Thanksgiving battle over politics

Don't want to get into it with your in-laws? Here's three tips to keep things civil over the holidays.

Free shipping

The true cost of free shipping

Online shopping isn’t helping the climate-change fight — but there are simple solutions.

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