The New York Times, April 29, 2016
Monotasking gets a makeover
As much as people would like to believe otherwise, humans have finite neural resources that are depleted every time we switch between tasks, which, especially for those who work online, Ms. Zomorodi said, can happen upward of 400 times a day, according to a 2016 University of California, Irvine study. “That’s why you feel tired at the end of the day,” she said. “You’ve used them all up.”
The Atlantic, April 29, 2016
The voter-ID fight in Missouri
“Missouri is one of those swing-ish states where you’ve got Republican control and the thinking is that this could make a difference, like North Carolina,” said Rick Hasen, a professor of law of the University of California, Irvine, and election-law expert.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 17, 2016
A sociologist who found colleges ‘adrift’ becomes an education dean
As he prepares to become dean of the School of Education at the University of California, Irvine, Richard Arum is far more optimistic about the promise of higher education than might be expected from his and Josipa Roksa’s 2011 book, Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses, and its 2014 sequel, Aspiring Adults Adrift: Tentative Transitions of College Graduates.
Daily Mail, April 28, 2016
Are some people born killers? Biggest ever brain imaging study of mass murderers reveals they are wired differently
Research by Professor Jim Fallon, a neuroscientist at the University of California, Irvine, has also been studying the brains of psychopaths using brain imaging. He found low activity in the orbital cortex seems to be involved in sociopathic behaviours and have trouble suppressing rage and violence.
Reuters, April 28, 2016
Not all cranberry supplements prevent urinary tract infections
“Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are very common, particularly in women, and result in major costs related to antibiotic use, hospitalizations as well as time lost from work,” said Dr. Deborah Wing, a gynecology professor at University of California, Irvine, who was not involved in the study. “Approaches to either prevent or treat UTIs which are based on use of food products could reduce some health care costs and minimize human pain and suffering,” Wing told Reuters Health by email.
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