Society & Psychology

Dating To a Science: UCSB Researchers Study Patterns in Assortative Mating

While doing matrix models of mate choice, Conroy-Beam saw a correlation between specific traits, despite the traits being assorted randomly throughout individuals in the simulation. 
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The Scientists’ Declassified Guide to Talking About Climate Change

Through these conversations you — better than any scientist — have the opportunity to find and address misinformation, misunderstanding and fear.
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UCSB Professor Investigates Cognitive and Neurocognitive Effects of Being an Interpreter

Whether or not there is a cognitive advantage due to the bilingual experiences of interpreters is still in debate.
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Tango of the Valkyries: What Makes Music Sound Different or the Same?

“What my lab and I asked was: ‘How would listeners categorize music if we used tasks from relational category experiments?’” 
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Ethics in the University Setting: An Interview With Doug Thrower

What safeguards are put in place to prevent the university from engaging in unethical research practices? To find out, Serhat Suzer spoke to Dr. Doug Thrower.
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Science and Ethics in History, the Ivory Tower and Beyond

Public confidence in science is important. In order to preserve this confidence, we must recognize its shortcomings.
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UCSB Anthropologists Identify Common Misconceptions About Child Marriage Among Americans

The questionnaire was designed to ascertain the participants’ understanding of the legality of child marriage.
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The Balancing Act: “Using and Refusing the Law”

There is a struggle, as Hale describes, between “using” the law to advance one’s interests and “refusing” the tenets of it which invalidate one’s way of life.
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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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