Social science

UC Berkeley Hurricane generosity

How generosity in disasters flows in both directions

Sharing what we have activates pleasure circuits in the brain, says the Greater Good Science Center.

teens online relationships UC Irvine

Teens’ online friendships just as meaningful as face-to-face ones

Digital communication can even provide more benefits but also carries more risks.

UC Davis oxytocin

Blocking the 'love hormone'

A new study finds that blocking oxytocin works better than Prozac to help stressed mice.

UC San Diego smart child

Kids praised for being smart more likely to cheat

How we encourage our kids affects their ability to deal with setbacks honestly, a new study shows.

Keepon UC Santa Cruz Leila Takayama

Love 'em or hate 'em, robots are here to stay

Here's how we make them better, says psychology prof.

UC Berkeley Bunge

More education linked to better cognitive functioning later in life

Higher levels of education may help stave off age-related cognitive decline, researchers find.

emotions map UC Berkeley

Emoji fans take heart: Scientists pinpoint 27 states of emotion

Enjoyable GIFs actually reveal the full range of the human heart.

Latina health cultural context

Seeing health in a cultural context

Belinda Campos' studies find the Latino approach to relationships reduces anxiety, among other benefits.

UCLA sleeping teenager

Why one teenager may need more — or less — sleep than another

New study finds the sweet spot for adolescent rest.

UCLA multitask

What do we lose when we multitask?

Answer: a lot. But we still find a way to retain important facts, a new study finds.

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