UCI News

Today, Sept. 15, 2016
Snapping selfies does make you happy, researchers find
A new study suggests there is an upside to selfies: Taking them makes us feel more comfortable in our own skin.  This comes from the University of California, Irvine.  It shows that selfies not only boost the mood of those who took them, but those who saw them.

Daily Mail, Sept. 14, 2016
Selfies do make you happy: Study finds those who regularly snap pictures feel more confident and comfortable
Now, the University of California, Irvine has conducted ‘first-of-its-kind’ research that explores the effects photo taking has on self-perception, self-efficacy and pro-social behaviors. “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,” said lead author Yu Chen, a postdoctoral scholar in UCI’s Department of Informatics.

Nature, Sept. 14, 2016
Obesity: The fat advantage
Kidney specialist Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh at the University of California, Irvine, was one of the first to report these confounding results. He compares the situation to having the wrong sort of friend. It’s like “that guy who led you to prison, becomes your friend in prison”, he says. … By explaining a potential genetic mechanism, says Kalantar-Zadeh, the Memorial Sloan Kettering team has “brought this paradox to a higher level of understanding”.

U.S. News & World Report, Sept. 14, 2016
Tinnitus: The sound from inside your head
A 2016 study by researchers at the University of California, Irvine and Harvard Medical School found that people with tinnitus were 2 ½ times more likely to have problems with anxiety or depression in the previous year than people who don’t have tinnitus. Not surprisingly, the condition can interfere with people’s ability to sleep.

Orange County Register, Sept. 15, 2016
Census: O.C. continuing steady economic recovery, drawing more foreign-born residents
“The overall picture is one of steady economic improvement, though not so dramatic in the past year as in the nation as a whole,” said Susan K. Brown, an associate sociology professor at UC Irvine. “But Orange County was doing better to begin with in terms of unemployment and poverty.”

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