psychological science

Baby sitting at the feet of their mother next to a briefcase

Study debunks belief that maternal employment harms kids

Study shows mother’s work status is not associated with children’s achievement or behavior.

Karen Rook

All the lonely people

UC Irvine psychologist Karen Rook can trace her interest in how loneliness affects the elderly to her childhood, when she saw a much-loved, once-robust grandmother decline markedly after losing her husband. Unable to manage the family farm on her own, her grandmother moved into an apartment. After breaking her hip in a fall, she ended […]

Researchers gauge post-disaster resilience

UCI-led team of social scientists assesses post-disaster community resilience.

Salvatore R. Maddi

Finding the positive side of stress

Professor Salvatore R. Maddi has changed the way many view stress. Not only is it an unavoidable part of life, he argues, it can be good for us.

Salvatore R. Maddi

Stressing the positive

Psychologist Salvatore R. Maddi remembers when one of his graduate students at the University of Chicago showed him an article in Family Circle that warned, “Stress can kill you, so you need to stay away from it.” That was a popular theory in the 1970s, but Maddi was skeptical. He’d already done studies indicating that stress could […]

Elizabeth Loftus

Lawyers tend to be overconfident, study finds

Study co-authored by UCI’s Elizabeth Loftus finds lawyers overly optimistic about case outcomes.

Helping Chileans heal

Roxane Cohen Silver, UCI expert on trauma and coping, advises leaders of quake-stricken country on ways to promote psychological recovery.

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Older = happier

UCI’s Susan Turk Charles attributes study finding to seniors’ ability to better regulate emotion.

Neuroscientist James Fallon

Killer instinct

It’s a lecture UC Irvine neuroscientist James Fallon has delivered around the world, even on the hit TV show “Criminal Minds.” Discussing the biological traits of murderers, Fallon describes how he correctly identified 30 killers out of 70 subjects in a double-blind experiment simply by studying their brain scans. Audiences are fascinated. But a couple years ago, […]