UCI News

Orange County Register, Sept. 13, 2016
UC Irvine cracks top 10 in U.S. News and World Report rankings for second straight year
For the second straight year UC Irvine is one of the best public universities in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report’s prestigious annual rankings released Tuesday. Irvine, part of the University of California system, ranked ninth among all public universities, sixth among California institutions and 39th overall.

CBS Los Angeles, Sept. 13, 2016
UCI study links selfies to happiness
Taking selfies and sharing them with friends can help make you a happier person, according to a new study at the University of California, Irvine. Yu Chen is the lead author of the study and a postdoctoral scholar in UCI’s Department of Informatics. … “Our research showed that practicing exercises that can promote happiness via smartphone picture taking and sharing can lead to increased positive feelings for those who engage in it,” Chen told UCI News.

Mashable, Sept. 14, 2016
UC Irvine’s esports arena is for competitive gaming
The world’s first esports arena at a public university is opening its doors this September and it’s decked out with everything an competitive could ever want. The University of California, Irvine’s esports arena is set to open Sept. 23, giving the school’s competitive gaming teams and communities access to 80 high-end computers and consoles.

KTLA 5, Sept. 14, 2016
Selfies & happiness UC Irvine study
UC Irvine computer scientists find that regularly snapping selfies, and sharing photos with your friends can make you happier person. These researchers say that this is especially important for returning college students because they are facing many sources of pressure.

Maine Public Broadcasting, Sept. 13, 2016
Researcher says juvenile offenders’ brains not fully baked
Elizabeth Cauffman, a professor of psychology and social behavior, education and law at the University of California, Irvine, researches the brain development of teenagers and young adults, many of whom commit much more serious crimes than joyriding. Her work has played a key role in recent Supreme Court decisions that abolished both the death penalty and life without parole for juvenile offenders.

Wired, Sept. 1, 2016
We’re all living in a ‘conceptual prison’: Our brains perceive a fraction of reality to keep us alive
Seeing may be believing but, says cognitive scientist Donald Hoffman, it shouldn’t be. … Hoffman, a professor at University of California, Irvine, … has spent 30 years studying how perception misses the mark. … “Every bit of information that you process costs calories, meaning that’s more food you need to kill and eat. So an organism that sees all of reality would never be more fit than one tuned only to see what it needs to survive.”

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