UCI News

The New York Times, Feb. 8, 2016
Study links sleeplessness and false confessions
“It’s true, this is a far cry from confession to a murder. But we do know we can also get people to confess to things with more serious consequences,” said Elizabeth Loftus, a cognitive psychologist at the University of California, Irvine, and one of the study’s authors.

KTLA 5, Feb. 8, 2016
UC Irvine scientist working to prevent mosquitoes from spreading Zika virus
Professor Anthony James of UC Irvine is working to eradicate mosquitoes that carry the Zika virus. Chip Yost reports from Irvine for the KTLA 5 News ….

Smithsonian, Feb. 9, 2016
Sleepy suspects are way more likely to falsely confess to a crime
“Many of these interrogations involve these extreme techniques,” says study coauthor Elizabeth Loftus, a psychology and social behavior professor at the University of California, Irvine. “Given that many people are often interrogated when they are sleepy after long periods of staying up, there is a worry that investigators may be getting bad information from innocent people.”

Michigan Radio, Feb. 8, 2016
Flint’s struggles began with GM’s move to suburbs in 1940s, historian says
According to a new book by Andrew Highsmith, Demolition Means Progress: Flint, Michigan and the Fate of the American Metropolis, the problem began long before that. The book examines the history of Flint and the events and decisions that led to many of the city’s problems – including unemployment, depopulation, crime, racial segregation and inequality, among others. … Listen to the interview with Andrew Highsmith, professor of history at the University of California, Irvine.

Al Jazeera, Feb. 9, 2016
Cubans stranded in Central America try to reach the U.S.
“[The migrants] were an incredible piece of propaganda at the beginning of the Cold War,” Anita Casavantes Bradford, a professor of Chicano/Latino studies at the University of California, Irvine, told Al Jazeera. “The government decided to regularize their status because it was a tool of Cold War foreign policy. It was a way of encouraging outward migration from Cuba to discredit the Castro regime,” she added.

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