UCI News

Governing Magazine, Sep. 11, 2018
The Myth That Crime Rises as Prisons Shrink
Charis E. Kubrin, UCI professor and Bradley J. Bartos, UCI doctoral candidate write, “In just a few years, the state has passed a series of legislative bills and ballot measures intended to reduce its massive prison population. One of them was Proposition 47. … We recently published a study that was the first effort to systematically evaluate Prop 47’s impact on crime in California. Our research found that the proposition had no appreciable impact on crime in the year following its enactment.”

Psychology Today, Sep. 12, 2018
Young Children Value Kindness over Winning in a Conflict
Barbara W Sarnecka, UCI associate professor writes, “In a recent series of experiments in my lab at the University of California, Irvine, we probed toddlers’ thinking about winners and losers, bullies and victims. … Children in our study … did not like a winner who knocked an opponent down. This suggests that already by the age of 21-31 months, children’s liking for winners is balanced with other social concerns, including perhaps a general preference for nice or helpful people over aggressive ones.”

Deseret News, Sep. 11, 2018
Social media may be better for your teen than you thought
Adults are almost hard-wired to worry about how kids are spending their time … says Candice Odgers, a professor of psychological science at the University of California Irvine. … Yes, many kids are struggling, Odgers says, and yes, the phone may be playing a role, but it’s a “big mistake to look at these associations and (say) the phones are causing the mental health problems and leave it at that.”

Quartz, Sep. 10, 2018
There are two ways to multitask, but only one works
Originally ran in The Conversation and included in a previous article list.In offices, people get interrupted repeatedly throughout the day. … Interruptions cost the United States an estimated $650 billion a year. University of California, Irvine computer scientist Gloria Mark estimates that it takes 25 minutes, on average, to get back to task! Some people in the study never did.

The Dodo, Sep. 7, 2018
People Just Discovered This Incredible Shark Likes To Eat Plants
It’s a well-known fact across the world that sharks are carnivores. Movies and legends have been created based on this universal fact — but now, scientists from the University of California, Irvine, have discovered a type of shark that actually prefers plants over meat.

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