UCI News

Irvine Standard, Aug. 31, 2019
Money Magazine Ranks UC Irvine No. 1
Move over, Princeton, Stanford and Harvard – UC Irvine was just named America’s best college, based on a comparison of 744 colleges by Money magazine. … On any given day, UC Irvine students are designing robots to help homebound children, building the next generation of wireless transceivers and creating new kinds of lasers. Three former faculty members have received Nobel Prizes.

The Atlantic, Sept. 4, 2019
A Rare Universal Pattern in Human Languages
“One of the big divisions in the field of linguistics right now is whether it’s useful to think about language as a code for communication or whether it’s more useful to think about language as something like a mathematical language,” says Richard Futrell, an assistant language-science professor at UC Irvine. This controversy is often described as a fight over whether linguistic universals exist ….

Psychology Today, Aug. 21, 2019 (Book review)
Believe Nothing You See
In his entertaining, mind-disrupting book, The Case Against Reality, University of California, Irvine cognitive scientist Donald Hoffman challenges readers to follow him into a world—for him, the “real” world—in which all of our perceptions are mere hunches devoid of objective truth. Hoffman argues that humans’ representations of reality contain only enough information to maintain safety and reproductive fitness. It’s a long way to go, but he is as clear-eyed a guide as one could hope to have to the end of the world as we know it.

Weedmaps, Sept. 4, 2019
Mixing Marijuana and Antidepressants: What You Need to Know
Daniele Piomelli, Ph.D., director of the University of California, Irvine, Center for the Study of Cannabis, said, “Truth be told, there is precious little work done” on this topic. “There have been a few trials that looked at CBD or THC for anxiety and depression going back to the 1980s,” he said. “In general, the results have been positive, showing that cannabis has some effectiveness in countering mood disorders.” But, he added, the number of study participants was so small — just 25 in one case — “that it’s impossible to draw any medical conclusions.”

Well+Good, Sept. 4, 2019
Self Care is a Lifeline For Many Women—But It’s Not Enough
“Our current culture is so focused on productivity that we over-schedule ourselves from the morning till the night,” explains Jessie Borelli, PhD, associate professor of psychological sciences at the University of California, Irvine. “If left to our own devices, we probably won’t just naturally build opportunities for enjoyment or pleasure into our daily lives.” So we create self care moments and calendar appointments to force us to do these necessary actions.

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