Lied-to Children More Likely to Cheat and Lie

People lie – we know this. People lie to kids – we know this, too. But what happens next? Do children who’ve been lied to lie more themselves? Surprisingly, the question had not been asked experimentally until Chelsea Hays, then an undergraduate student in psychology at the University of California, San Diego, approached professor Leslie Carver with it.

March 18, 2014General, Research, Alumni, Social Sciences

Facebook Feelings Are Contagious, Study Shows

Published in PLOS ONE, the study analyzes over a billion anonymized status updates among more than 100 million users of Facebook in the United States. Positive posts beget positive posts, the study finds, and negative posts beget negative ones, with the positive posts being more influential, or more contagious.

March 12, 2014General, Science & Engineering, Social Sciences

Raising an Army of Armchair Activists?

Social media may fuel unprecedented civic engagement. Digital networks might make possible mass protest and revolution – think “Arab Spring.” But sometimes and maybe even most of the time, a new study suggests, the accomplishments of online activism are much more modest.

March 04, 2014General, Alumni, Social Sciences

Citizen Monitor: Recruiting Voters to Improve Their Own Democracies

Funded by USAID for $1.38 million, a research team led by UC San Diego’s Clark Gibson will run experiments with information and communications technology in the upcoming elections in South Africa. They are seeking to increase citizen participation in the electoral process, including the monitoring of Election Day.

January 30, 2014Society & Politics, Social Sciences

When a Doctor’s Visit Is a Guilt Trip

Have you ever left a doctor’s office feeling ashamed or guilty?  Chances are one in two that you answered “yes,” according to research from the University of California, San Diego. And what happened next? Perhaps you were motivated to make changes in an unhealthy behavior. Or, did you just lie to that doctor on subsequent visits? Avoid him or her? Maybe even terminate treatment entirely?

January 16, 2014General, Health & Medicine, Social Sciences

Unsafe at Any Level: Very Low Blood Alcohol Content Associated With Causing Car Crashes

Even “minimally buzzed” drivers are more often to blame for fatal car crashes than the sober drivers they collide with, reports a University of California, San Diego study of accidents in the United States.

January 16, 2014General, Health & Medicine, Social Sciences

Growing the UC San Diego ‘House’ of Korean Studies

A grant for nearly $600,000 will boost Korean studies at UC San Diego for the next five years. The 2013-18 grant – awarded by the Academy of Korean Studies’ Korean Studies Promotion Service, an organization supported by the South Korean Ministry of Education – both recognizes UC San Diego as an “overseas leading university for Korean studies” and will build future capacity in a novel way.

January 09, 2014

A Lever for Local STEM Education

“It’s basic physics: You can only lift a small rock above your own head, but if you press a lever you can move a giant boulder,” says Mica Pollock, professor of education studies in the UC San Diego Division of Social Sciences and director of the Center for Research on Educational Equity, Assessment and Teaching Excellence.

January 09, 2014Students, Reaching Out

No Strings Attached sends cash to poor people – with no strings attached. The nonprofit was co-founded by UC San Diego development economist Paul Niehaus. Called “crazy” by many, Niehaus and his colleagues are being honored by Foreign Policy magazine as “Leading Global Thinkers” of 2013. And a top charity evaluator has just rated GiveDirectly as its No. 1.

December 05, 2013Giving, Giving

Parents’ Use of Government Assistance Drives Use in Next Generation

Does the use of government assistance by parents make their children more likely to use welfare, too? Yes, suggests research coauthored by University of California, San Diego economist Gordon Dahl.

November 14, 2013Social Sciences, Society & Politics, Social Sciences

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