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  • Dog Jealousy: Study Suggests Primordial Origins for the ‘Green-Eyed Monster’

    This will not surprise most dog owners: Dogs can act jealous, finds a new study from the University of California, San Diego. Darwin thought so, too. But emotion researchers have been arguing for years whether jealousy requires complex cognition. And some scientists have even said that jealousy is an…

  • Friends Are the Family You Choose: Genome-Wide Analysis Reveals Genetic Similarities Among Friends

    If you consider your friends family, you may be on to something. A study from the University of California, San Diego, and Yale University finds that friends who are not biologically related still resemble each other genetically.

  • Cal-BRAIN Kickstarts California Efforts to Map the Brain

    The California budget signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on June 20 creates a statewide research grants program called Cal-BRAIN, an initiative led by UC San Diego. With an initial allocation of $2 million, Cal-BRAIN – short for California Blueprint for Research to Advance Innovations in Neuroscience – is…

  • UC San Diego Names New Dean of Arts and Humanities

    Cristina Della Coletta, a professor of Italian and an associate dean at the University of Virginia, has been appointed dean of the Division of Arts and Humanities at the University of California, San Diego. Effective Aug. 15, 2014, the appointment follows an extensive national search.

  • UC San Diego Names New Dean of Social Sciences

    Carol Padden, an award-winning scholar of sign languages and a longtime member of the University of California, San Diego community, has been appointed dean of the Division of Social Sciences at UC San Diego, effective Oct. 1, 2014. The appointment follows an extensive national search.

  • 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,…

  • 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…

  • 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.

  • 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…