UCI News

The New York Times, Nov. 14, 2020
Take the Edge Off With Video Games
Recently, a group of researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of California, Irvine developed Tenacity, a game with the goal of increasing mindfulness. In a small study published in the journal Nature last December, they found that, over the course of several weeks, the game could subtly increase connectivity between several brain regions associated with attention. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

BBC, Nov. 16, 2020
Lockdown has affected your memory – here’s why
At the University of California Irvine, research is beginning on how the lockdown has affected people’s memories. It’s been reported that even some of those amazing people who usually remember events like buying a cinema ticket 20 years earlier because they have highly superior autobiographical memory are finding they are forgetting things.

AP, Nov. 13, 2020
West Coast governors urge COVID quarantine after travel
Andrew Noymer, a public health professor at the University of California, Irvine, said the voluntary element makes sense because the state can’t police whether people follow quarantine rules. If word got out that the state wasn’t enforcing restrictions, people would ignore it and “the whole thing becomes a farce,” he said. “I think it sets the right tone that these states are taking it seriously and that we have a bunch of hot spots in the USA,” Noymer said. “Nobody wants to become North Dakota.”

Everything Hertz, Nov. 16, 2020 (Podcast)
How false beliefs spread in science (with Cailin O’Connor)
Hosts Dan Quintana and James Heathers chat with Cailin O’Connor, [associate professor, logic & philosophy of science at] University of California, Irvine about the how false beliefs spread in science and remedies for this issue.

Orange County Business Journal, Nov. 16, 2020 (Opinion)
Opinion: Where is OC in Creating Innovation Industries?
Ken Murphy, UCI assistant professor of teaching, The Paul Merage School of Business and others write, “Chapman University’s A. Gary Anderson Center for Economic Research has harnessed a team that includes scholars from both Chapman and UC Irvine to create a regional innovation indicator. … The indicator takes a quarterly snapshot of how Orange County is doing versus other tech hubs across the nation. … As a bonus, the “Chapman-UCI Innovation Indicator” will provide the first look at how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected innovation economies.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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