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The New York Times (AP), May 15, 2018
Singing the Blues: Study of Pop Music Finds Rise in Sadness
For the report in the journal Royal Society Open Science, researchers at the University of California at Irvine looked at 500,000 songs released in the UK between 1985 and 2015, and categorized them according to their mood. “‘Happiness’ is going down, ‘brightness’ is going down, ‘sadness’ is going up, and at the same time, the songs are becoming more ‘danceable’ and more ‘party-like,'” co-author Natalia L. Komarova told The Associated Press. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Atlantic, May 15, 2018
Identical Twins Hint at How Environments Change Gene Expression
Erika Hayasaki, associate professor in the Literary Journalism Program at the University of California, Irvine, writes: “Twin studies have historically been some of the most valuable genetic research tools in the world—contributing a century of data to our knowledge of human behavioral, medical, and physical traits.”

Harvard Business Review, May 16, 2018
5 Questions New Working Parents Should Ask Themselves
Researchers at UC Irvine found that parents in 11 countries spend nearly twice as much time with their kids as they did 50 years ago, with moms spending almost an hour more each day than in 1965 and dads spending nearly an hour each day with kids (as compared with 15 minutes in 1965). [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

HowStuffWorks, May 16, 2018
Pulling Off the Perfect Power Nap
Sara Mednick is an associate professor of psychology at the University of California, Irvine and author of the book “Take a Nap! Change Your Life.” The book is based on more than 15 years of research into the cognitive and physical benefits of napping, including significantly improved performance on tests ranging from visual perception to creativity. Napping is not for everybody (or every business), says Mednick, but here’s what she and other sleep researchers have learned about the neuroscience of naps and the recipe for the most effective workday siesta.

Quartz, May 15, 2018
Are people who don’t use Facebook more productive?
“In general, there’s no hard data showing that people who are on Facebook are more or less productive. There is an argument to be made, however, that some Facebook use at work is associated with higher performance: in one study Gloria Mark of UC Irvine showed that Facebook use at work is associated with a more positive mood at the end of the workday.

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