Inconsistent witness testimony an all too common problem

June 2017

Different witnesses of a shooting at a bar in Appleton, Wisconsin remember the event differently -- a common problem, according to Elizabeth Loftus, a distinguished professor of social ecology.

"Anytime you have a group situation where something happens and you question witnesses about it, you end of up with lots of variation," Loftus told the USA Today Network in Wisconsin.

Ariana Grande benefit concert after Manchester attack signals resilience

June 2017

Just two weeks after the Manchester, England terrorist attack that killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert, the performer held an all-star benefit concert for the victims.

The show signaled resilience, and a way to wrest control of the narrative away from the terrorists, according to Roxane Cohen Silver, professor of psychology and social behavior.

Social Ecology hires two new faculty members to collaborate with Institute for Interdisciplinary Salivary Bioscience Research

May 2017

The School of Social Ecology has hired two new assistant professors, Jenna Riis and Kate Kuhlman, to work in the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior, effective July 1, 2017. Both plan to develop research collaborations with the Institute for Interdisciplinary Salivary Bioscience Research, which uses saliva to better understand important issues such as stress, heart disease risk, animal wellness, infectious diseases and much more.

Quas wins 2017 Outstanding Community Researcher award

May 2017

Jodi Quas, a professor of psychology and social behavior, has won the 2017 Outstanding Community Researcher award from the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science, a campus-wide institute that helps shuttle discoveries from the lab into practice.

The award recognizes a UCI faculty member who has demonstrated commitment to collaborative research partnerships with a community organization.

You didn't build that: why remembering your good fortune can be good for you and others

May 2017

Life is shaped by factors beyond a person's control -- unearned advantages and undeserved disadvantages. But how much someone recognizes that often depends on whether they've benefited from or been hindered by those external factors, according to research by Paul Piff, assistant professor of psychology and social behavior.