Older adults are more easily distracted
While engaged in a physical task requiring effort, such as driving a car or carrying grocery bags, older adults are more likely than younger adults to be distracted by items irrelevant to the task at hand, a University of California, Riverside, study reports. The study assessed the interaction between physical...
Boozing while breastfeeding impacts health of newborns
Studies have shown that consuming alcohol during pregnancy can alter the brain and behavioral development of gestating offspring. Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises against maternal alcohol consumption during pregnancy and state that there is no known safe level of consumption. What are the consequences, however, of...
Researcher-community partnership uses collaborative process to yield novel insights
Until recently, psychologist Kalina Michalska had never used community-based participatory research, or CBPR, in her work, but now she can’t imagine not using it. CBPR, which dates to the early 1930s, is an intensive research approach that involves partnerships between researchers and community members throughout the research process, giving communities...
Celebrity sightings have a built-in contradiction
UC Riverside research helps explain a tradeoff in human behavior
Do you act before you think or think before you act?
UC Riverside psychologists’ experiments explain which choice rules daily life
What guides our attention to faces in videos changes with age
UC Riverside study has implications for children’s television and autism spectrum disorder
Who benefits from brain training and why?
Joint UC Riverside and UC Irvine study shows “near transfer” predicts “far transfer”
Gay migration happens but not always to gay-friendly places, reports new study
Study also shows that straight people prefer to live in places that match their attitudes toward sexuality
Psychologist to lead research on Alzheimer’s in Riverside
UC Riverside study is part of a larger landmark study tracking older adults
Leader effectiveness may depend on emotional expression
When they don’t express negative emotions, women are seen as more effective leaders than men
Study of perception and memory in older adults will improve understanding of dementias
UC Riverside scientists will use a $2 million NIH grant to study the brain’s locus coeruleus
Scientists solve long-standing mystery by a whisker
UC Riverside mouse study shows where in the brain sensory input is transformed to movement
Grant facilitates research on behavioral development and cognitive aging over lifespan
UC Riverside psychologist Chandra Reynolds will lead the five-year research project
Diversifying the sciences
UC Riverside’s Khaleel Razak and Frances Sladek receive grants from the University of California-Hispanic Serving Institutions Doctoral Diversity Initiative
Genetic background may affect adaptions to aging
UC Riverside-led study evaluated individual differences in DNA methylation across 10 years in two Scandinavian samples of same‐sex aging twins
Psychologist to study how motor development changes infants’ learning experiences
John Franchak has long been interested in how learning a new motor skill, such as sitting or walking, changes how infants interact with their surroundings. He has now been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to pursue this research question. The four-year grant of nearly $755,000 will help...
Creating Through Crises
Fifteen UCR faculty members and staff offer tips on keeping a creative spirit in the age of COVID-19
Research advances understanding of how the brain focuses while ignoring distractions
UC Riverside mouse study has implications for treating neuropsychiatric diseases such as ADHD and schizophrenia
Couldn’t socially distance? Blame your working memory
UC Riverside-led study highlights critical role working memory capacity plays in social distancing compliance during early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic