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The New York Times, May 24, 2022
An Artist Asks, What Is Luxury Without the Logos?
Eric Spangenberg, a professor of marketing and psychological science at the University of California, Irvine, said that in the luxury market, “people are paying for the experience of acquisition” — the exclusivity of the shop, the customer service and, ultimately, the “status” associated with a brand. In an era of extensive collaborations and realistic replicas, that status can be found in many places. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

National Geographic, May 25, 2022
Climate change is eroding a precious resource: sleep
When outdoor nighttime temperatures topped 86°F, people lost an average of about 15 minutes a night. That may not sound like a lot, but it’s “actually quite a big deal,” says Sara Mednick, [professor of cognitive sciences], a sleep researcher at the University of California, Irvine. First off, other scientific studies suggest that those 15 minutes likely come from the uber-valuable “slow wave” sleep stage, she theorizes. We only get about an hour of that type of sleep a night, so taking away 15 minutes—or even five—cuts a big chunk of restorative time.

The Philadelphia Tribune, May 24, 2022
Editorial: Bad news pileup can lead to anxiety
Many researchers recommend limiting how often you consume bad news and the amount of time you spend reading it. “We’ve had so much news from COVID-19 and the economic breakdown to the reckoning with racial injustice combined with hurricanes and firestorms,” said Roxane Cohen Silver, a [Distinguished Professor of psychological science] at the University of California, Irvine. She adds that the political environment adds stress to all of this. “We’re not advocating that people put their head in the sand — just that people monitor the frequency and volume of news they consume.”

Verywell Mind, May 23, 2022
Severe COVID May Speed Up Cognitive Decline: Experts Explore Routes of Care
It’s a sentiment also held by Jessica Borelli, PhD, an associate professor of psychological science at the University of California, Irvine as well as a licensed psychologist. She says that we, as a society, often make false presumptions about when mental health care should begin and end, something that she says can actively harm people recovering from COVID, even if they appear past the direst symptoms.

HowStuffWorks, May 23, 2022
‘The Alcatraz of the Rockies’: Why No One Ever Escapes From ADX Florence
Keramet Reiter, [professor of criminology, law & society], at the University of California, Irvine, wrote a book about a Supermax prison in California called “23/7: Pelican Bay Prison and the Rise of Long-Term Solitary Confinement.” … Reiter says that there’s little evidence to support the rationale that near-total solitary confinement is an effective way to address prison violence. … “With Supermax prisons, we’ve essentially been running a mass experiment on the effects of long-term solitary confinement for the last two decades.”

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