UCI News

CBS2, Feb. 28, 2019 (Video)
New Video Of Officers Stopping Attack On Therapist
Tonight we spoke with the Associate Professor of psychology at UC Irvine, Jessica Borelli, who says she’s never had a client turn on her but she knows it can happen. … “The reality is that is there is a risk. There’s a risk probably when you are in any profession when you are interacting with people.” … Professor Borelli hopes this doesn’t deter anyone who wants to study psychology.

Vox, Feb. 28, 2019
Congress asked top experts for a plan to cut child poverty in half. Here it is.
The report estimates that child poverty costs us $800 billion to $1.1 trillion every year due to increased crime, worsened health, and lower earnings when poor kids become adults. There is no one approach to reducing it, the committee concludes, but it did outline four separate options policymakers could pursue — two of which would cut child poverty in half in the next decade. … The committee that drafted the study comprises a who’s who of child poverty researchers, including [UCI Distinguished Professor of education] Greg Duncan, (who chaired the group) ….

Finance & Commerce, Feb. 21, 2019
Why corporate tax incentives don’t get results
Amihai Glazer, professor of economics, University of California, Irvine writes, “In my own research as an economist studying corporate welfare, I have found and reviewed much evidence on the effectiveness of tax and other incentives. My conclusion: Incentives just don’t work.”

Psychiatric News, Feb. 28, 2019
Researchers Use Cell Phones to Help Homeless Youth
Alyson Zalta, Ph.D., an assistant professor of psychological science at the University of California, Irvine …. said that positive feedback from the youth is important, since many of them had negative perceptions or experiences with mental health care going into the study. It also helps to address concerns voiced by skeptics who wondered if youth would take advantage of mental health resources offered on the smartphones. “This feedback tells us youth very much want resources to address their mental health concerns,” she said.

Conde Nast Traveler, Mar. 1, 2019
How Color Affects You When You Travel
The hues of Iceland’s Blue Lagoon, Santorini’s bright shores, the Maldives’ turquoise waters: The cool color of the ocean or the blues of the sky can be calming, partly because of the associations we have with being outside, says Donald Hoffman, Ph.D., a professor of cognitive science at the University of California, Irvine. Evolutionarily, a source of water is key to survival, too, potentially triggering positive emotions.

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