Social science

Ethics Bowl at San Quentin Prison

How to find truth in today’s partisan world

The Ethics Bowl teaches you not to win or lose a debate, but something more important: how to think.

faded memory Instagram

Thank Instagram and Snapchat for your fading memories

Documenting your life may come at the cost of actually being able to remember it.

Spider scorpion UC Riverside

Spiders vs. scorpions

Spider fear is one of the most well-studied phobias, but a new study shows people are more afraid of scorpions.

Daniel Ciccarone with camera

Opioid crisis: This doctor’s street-level views could change the course of the epidemic

UCSF's Daniel Ciccarone explores opioid use up close to try to stem the rising tide of overdoses.

UC Riverside pain expectation

Does pain expected equal pain felt? Ask a kid

A science-backed strategy can help calm your kid before their next blood draw or shot.

Lantz Rowland poses in front of his tent outside Seattle, Washington.

The rise of California's tent cities

The extreme shortage of affordable housing is driving California's epidemic of homelessness.

Sequoia Thompson UCLA

Bus driver turned UCLA graduate steers life in new direction

Sequoia Thompson follows her dream of becoming a clinical psychologist and working with queer black youth.

UC Berkeley racial resentment study

Welfare backlash tied to white fear of declining status

Racial resentment is found to fuel opposition to government anti-poverty programs.

UC Berkeley Michael Pollan

Michael Pollan, on science, psychedelics and the human mind

The UC Berkeley professor talks his ‘trip’ through a whole new world on a new podcast.

Fulbright scholar Violet Barton

Mother and daughter become Fulbright scholars

Inspired by her daughter, Violet Barton applied to grad school, and now follows her to El Salvador on a Fulbright.

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