Society & Psychology

UCSB Researcher Illuminates Serotonin Trajectories, Density in the Brain

New research describes using fractional Brownian motion to create predictive “descriptions and manipulations” of the serotonergic matrix.
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Understanding the Social Implications of COVID-19

The May 12 session of “Issues, Approaches, and Consequences of the COVID-19 Crisis” featured Professors Heejung Kim, David Sherman and Robin Nabi. 
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Having Vivid or Bad Dreams During the Pandemic? You’re Not Alone

The phenomenon of unusual sleep experiences during the pandemic may be due to “emotional overloading,” according to Professor Steve Smith.
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Partisanship, Racial Politics, Public Health and the Planet

Ian Carrillo seeks to add another dimension to a debate in environmental sociology.
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The Economics of the COVID-19 Crisis with Peter Rupert

Rupert introduced the Mortensen-Pissarides model for unemployment to the S.I.R. model for infectious diseases to estimate the effects of COVID-19 on the labor force.
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UCSB Professors Discuss Uncertainty in COVID-19 Datasets

The seminar is the third of the UC Santa Barbara’s interdisciplinary COVID-19 Webinar series.
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Gender Diversity and the New Discoveries It Brings to Neuroscience

Jacobs spotlights the issue that is common in science — the underrepresentation of both female researchers and scientific studies about women. 
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UCSB Natural Science Departments Conduct Spring Quarter Lab Classes Remotely

With the transition from in-person to online lab classes, lab instructors, TAs and students are learning to adapt to the new format.
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Better Together: The Evolution of Commitment and Altruism in Relationships

The paper aimed to answer two questions: Why do people care about the commitment of others, and why do we use gifts and other acts of kindness to display our own commitment?
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UCSB’s Fourth Annual Zero Waste Festival Highlights Sustainability and Waste Reduction

The festival, held at Storke Plaza, featured over a dozen on-campus organizations and local businesses that are dedicated to reducing Goleta’s waste output.
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National Society of Black Engineers at UCSB Provides Black S.T.E.M. Students “Encouragement” and “Knowledge”

NSBE also frequently collaborates with another MESA engineering program partner, Los Ingenieros, as well as UCSB’s College of Engineering.
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A Rooted Conversation About Hair

The conversation about natural hair in the African American community has been a hard one, riddled with misconceptions that lend to discriminatory practices both within and outside of the workplace.
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New English Course at UCSB Offers Students a More Personal Understanding of Climate Change

Ken Hiltner developed and teaches English 23, or “The Climate Crisis: What It Is and What Each of Us Can Do About It,” known colloquially as Climate Crisis 101.
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Former UCSB Professor Faces Paper Retractions, Suspicions Regarding Anomalous Data

The investigations into Pruitt’s data will no doubt have an enormous impact on Pruitt, his collaborators and the broader field of animal personality research.
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