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Local Increases in Immigrants Didn’t Drive Voters to Trump

November 19, 2019

Did Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign benefit from voters’ fears of immigrants in communities experiencing greater demographic change? New research shows the answer is “no,” a finding that contradicts the conventional wisdom and which surprised even the political scientists who conducted t

‘Remain in Mexico’ Asylum Seekers Face Numerous Risks

October 29, 2019

New data from the U.S. Immigration Policy Center at UC San Diego show that many asylum seekers are returned to Mexico despite expressing fears that their persecutors can find and access them there. The asylum seekers also face violence and homelessness as they wait for their immigration hearings.

Study Identifies Religious Bias Against Refugees

October 10, 2019

When you hold constant national origin, religion is the most powerful source of discrimination against refugees to the United States – mattering more than gender, age, fluency in English or professional skill. Also: anti-Muslim bias prevails across the board in the U.S. but differs across subgroups.

Culture Shapes How We Learn to Reason?

June 24, 2019

Psychology research with children in the U.S. and China suggests there isn’t a universal trajectory for how abstract thought develops – and that culture may play a role.

UC’s New Electorate Project Reveals Initial Impact of Voter’s Choice Act

April 12, 2019

The Voter’s Choice Act is transforming voting methods in California: the how, where and when of voting. Is it also changing who votes?

STEM Career v. Parenting?

February 18, 2019

Researchers found that between four to seven years of the birth or adoption of their first child, 43 percent of women, and 23 percent of men, left their full-time STEM careers.

What Happened in the Past When the Climate Changed?

October 31, 2018

New research shows for the first time how the changing climate in Asia, from 5,000 to 1,000 years ago, transformed people’s ability to produce food in particular places. The computer model simulates crop failures and enables the co-authors to get at the causes of some dramatic historic and cultural changes.

Pictures Move People More than Words

January 29, 2018

We’ve all heard that a picture is worth a thousand words. Is that true though? While new research from psychology professor Piotr Winkielman makes no claims on quantifying just how many words a picture is really worth, it shows that a single picture has the power to sway people – changing how they behave – while a single word does not. Even a picture that’s barely seen, flashed on a screen for only 10 milliseconds, seems able to alter behavior.

Reducing Racial Bias in Children

October 12, 2017

An international team of researchers, including UC San Diego psychologist Gail Heyman, suggests that one way to reduce implicit racial bias in young children is by teaching them to distinguish among faces of a different race. A touch-screen app developed by the team shows promising results.

Kids Praised for Being Smart Are More Likely to Cheat

September 14, 2017

An international team of researchers reports that when children are praised for being smart not only are they quicker to give up in the face of obstacles they are also more likely to be dishonest and cheat. Kids as young as age 3 appear to behave differently when told “You are so smart” vs “You did very well this time.” The study, published in Psychological Science, is co-authored by UC San Diego developmental psychologist Gail Heyman.
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