UCI News

Good Morning America, July 30, 2018
Moms being shamed for leaving kids unattended ignites heated parenting debate
Researchers at University of California, Irvine, have studied just how people reacted to this topic by using short descriptions in which a parent left a child unattended. Participants were then asked to estimate how much danger they felt the child was in. … “What has changed seems to be social norms, moral judgments, the idea that children should never be left alone and that a parent who leaves a child alone is negligent or abusive,” Barbara W. Sarnecka, a cognitive scientist at the University of California, Irvine, told “GMA.”

China Daily, July 29, 2018
Chiway Education’s US deal shows investment in aviation schools timely
Jan Brueckner, a professor at the University of California, Irvine, who specializes in aviation, public and urban economics, said the shortage of pilots is not unique to China. The US faces its own squeeze on aviation talent because many of the current crop of pilots are aged 65, the mandatory retirement age. “It’s a combination of increased demand, plus a sort of generational cycle in the population of existing pilots,” Brueckner said. “Moreover, airline traffic is increasing very rapidly in Asia compared with other parts of the world, so Asia is going to have the biggest need for pilots.”

Orange County Register, July 27, 2018
New studies find women have superior memories, 40 percent of seniors suffer depression
Yet the science is solid and backed by the Department of Cognitive Sciences at UC Irvine, the Medical Care Corporation in Newport Beach, [Dr. William] Shankle’s own clinic and the Neurosciences Institute at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian. Called “Gender Differences in Memory Across the Human Lifespan,” the massive study involved 681,428 subjects, aged 15 to 110. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

San Diego Union Tribune, July 26, 2018
Commentary | How new U.S. immigration policy is hurting domestic violence victims
Jane Stoever, clinical professor of law at UC Irvine School of Law, writes, “As the director of the UC Irvine Law Domestic Violence Clinic, I have witnessed the triple jeopardy that immigrant abuse victims face. Immigrant women and girls suffer heightened rates of abuse and are twice as likely as non-immigrant females to experience domestic violence. They typically endure horrific histories of abuse and contend with compounded language, cultural and economic barriers to escaping abuse. Finally, fear of deportation, … prevents many abuse victims from coming out of the shadows.”

Entrepreneur, July 26, 2018
10 Ways to Boost Your Confidence Quickly, According to Science
Take a selfie. … According to a study from the University of California, Irvine, taking lots of selfies can boost your self-esteem. In the study, researchers followed a group of 41 students, asking them to take three types of photos every day …. Each type of photo made the subjects happier, however when they took selfies, they reported the highest levels of increased self-confidence.

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