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ABC News, April 20, 2022
Number of the day, powered by FiveThirtyEight.

  1. That’s the percentage-point net support for legalizing marijuana (support for legalization minus opposition to legalization) among Republicans, according to polling from Civiqs. And as FiveThirtyEight contributor Michael Tesler [UCI professor of political science] writes, that’s significant because congressional Republicans’ opposition to legalization is increasingly out of step with where their own rank-and-file members stand on the issue. Read more from Michaelon how the politics of pot have changed in the last 20 years.

Salon, April 15, 2022
Rest doesn’t just mean sleep: What “downstate” means, and why you need more of it
So what if we eased off a little? …That’s the premise of Sara C. Mednick’s reassuring and practical new book, “The Power of the Downstate: Recharge Your Life Using Your Body’s Own Restorative Systems.” Mednick, [UCI professor of cognitive science], … wants to help us connect the dots between sleep and exercise, diet and meditative work, so we can actually feel more rested — and more energetic. Salon talked to her recently about how to build a better day, so we can enjoy a better night.

OpenMind, April 11, 2022
Your Brain on Red Alert
Immersion in a sea of crisis narratives ultimately takes a toll on our well-being, reports psychologist Alison Holman, [associate professor of nursing], of the University of California, Irvine. In a survey study of media consumption habits after the 9/11 attacks, Holman and colleagues found that when people watched more than one hour per day of TV news related to the attacks, they had more post-traumatic stress symptoms up to three years later than did those who watched less.

Tech & Learning, April 20, 2022
Are Phones Good for Students?
For a 2020 study, Candice Odgers, a University of California, Irvine professor of psychological science, and a colleague analyzed previous studies that examined the link between phone and technology use and anxiety, depression, and overall mental health. “When you do that, you find that most of the studies find no association,” Odgers says. … “It’s a really unrealistic expectation that kids will shut off their phones,” Odgers says. “So the smart and progressive way to look at this is to engage with young people where they live – and spend the majority of their time in some cases – and teach them how to do that responsibly.”

KPCC, April 15, 2022 (Audio)
Mental Health Week: How The Pandemic Has Challenged And Changed Relationships Between Parents And Kids, And Tips For How To Navigate It
Today on AirTalk, guest host Mariana Dale hosts the final conversation in our weeklong series on mental health, focusing specifically on how the pandemic has affected parents, kids and the relationships they share. She’s joined by a panel of expert guests — UCI Psychology [Associate] Professor and Licensed Psychologist Jessica Borelli, Nakeya Fields, Leslie Priscilla Arreola-Hillenbrand and Juventino Hernandez Rodriguez.

Previously “In the News”