UCR Psychologists in the News

  • Book Smart and Street Smart: What Can We Learn About Human Memory from Pokémon?

    How does existing long-term memory affect working memory? That will be the topic of discussion Wednesday, Feb. 22, for the fourth lecture in the 2016-17 Seminar Series hosted by the Office of Research Integrity (ORI) within the Department of Research and Economic Development. The ORI series focuses on ethics and hot topics regarding research with human participants.

    Posted on 6 February 2017 | 3:32 pm

  • Understanding Individual Differences

    Aaron Seitz, a psychology professor at the University of California, Riverside and the director of the UCR Brain Game Center for mental fitness and wellbeing, and Susanne Jaeggi, an associate professor at the school of education at UC Irvine, have been awarded a $1.9 million grant to study memory training.

    Posted on 10 October 2016 | 11:45 am

  • Parents, Listen up: Children Keep Still During Prayer

    Preschool-aged children, and their parents, are more likely to view the physical actions of prayer (i.e., closing eyes, folding hands) to help with reflection and communicating with God. This is according to a new study by Rebekah Richert, a psychology professor at the University of California, Riverside. The paper, titled “Folding Your Hands Helps God Hear You: Prayer and Anthropomorphism in Parents and Children,” was published in Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion. The study was funded by the Social Science Research Council New Directions in the Study of Prayer Initiative and The John Templeton Foundation Gods in Minds Initiative.

    Posted on 23 August 2016 | 3:12 pm

  • Rio Olympics from A to Z

    With the opening ceremonies of the Summer Olympics scheduled Aug. 5, scholars from the University of California, Riverside are available to talk about a variety of topics related to Rio 2016, such as the history of the Olympic Games, the psychology of waiting, and health concerns of athletes.

    Posted on 1 August 2016 | 11:34 am

  • Tiger Moms are the Same Everywhere

    It doesn’t matter if you’re an American “tiger mom,” or a Chinese one, evidence shows that parents’ attempts to control children through psychological means (e.g., shaming children) are associated with academic and emotional distress in children. This is according to a new study by Cecilia Cheung, assistant professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside. Cheung’s study, “Controlling and Autonomy-Supportive Parenting in the United States and China: Beyond Children’s Reports,” was published in the journal Child Development.

    Posted on 14 July 2016 | 3:19 pm

  • UC Riverside Psychology Professor Awarded Early Career Research Grant

    Cecilia Cheung, assistant psychology professor at the University of California, Riverside has been awarded the American Psychological Association’s 2016 Developmental Psychologist Early Career Research Grant. The grant will be used to conduct research for a new study titled, “Where is the Pygmalion? The Role of Parents’ Expectation in Children’s Learning.”

    Posted on 12 July 2016 | 10:53 am

  • UC Riverside Psychology Professor Recruiting for New Study

    Megan Robbins, assistant professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside, is looking to recruit 150 same- and opposite-sex couples for a new study that will look at how couples interact in their daily lives.

    Posted on 3 February 2016 | 4:14 pm

  • A Natural Way of Making Your Brain More Efficient

    It’s unclear whether brain-training games actually help our brain, especially in the long term. While there may not be a “magic pill” to make our brains more efficient, gaining new knowledge and using existing knowledge in new ways can improve our attention span, according to new research by Rachel Wu, a psychology professor at the University of California, Riverside.

    Posted on 28 January 2016 | 9:03 am

  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Black History Month Experts

    UC Riverside scholars are available to discuss the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King and issues facing African Americans today.

    Posted on 11 January 2016 | 3:29 pm

  • Eyewitness Identification Reforms Not Always Supported by Data

    California is often a trendsetter on public policy. But when it comes to reforming the way law enforcement agencies and courts handle eyewitness identification evidence, the state may have benefited from a more cautious approach.

    Posted on 8 December 2015 | 2:02 pm

  • Federal Funding for Research Soars to $97 Million

    UC Riverside is celebrating $97 million received in federal grants during the fiscal year Oct. 1, 2014 through Sept. 30, 2015 – a record for the campus.

    Posted on 13 November 2015 | 8:08 am

  • Experts Available to Talk About Walt Disney’s ‘Fantasia’

    Walt Disney’s “Fantasia” will celebrate its 75th anniversary on Friday, Nov. 13. Film, music, and psychology experts at the University of California, Riverside are available to speak about the importance of the film, how it played a role in the emergence of animation and classical music, and the role films play in a child’s education and imagination. The statements below provide an example of what our experts can touch on; however, they can speak on other aspects of the film.

    Posted on 6 November 2015 | 5:00 am

  • Research and Scholarship

    “(Android rooting) is a highly unregulated area ... ripe for abuse by malware authors looking to gain access to all kinds of personal information” — Zhiyun Qian, assistant professor of computer science and engineering at the Bourns College of Engineering

    Posted on 20 October 2015 | 10:00 am

  • Awards and Honors

    A material created by UCR engineers is the key component of a swimsuit that won an international design competition for its ability to clean water as a person swims.

    Posted on 20 October 2015 | 8:00 am

  • The Best Way to Wait for Bad News

    Uncertainty. It causes more anxiety and stress than facing difficult news said Kate Sweeny, associate professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside. But is it possible to cope with distress during what could be a life-altering period of uncertainty?

    Posted on 16 October 2015 | 11:45 am

  • How Auditory Disorders May Be Linked to Brain Development

    Why does the brain act like playdough? It can be shaped easily until a certain age, after time it becomes harder to mold functionally, though achievable through experiences. What is it about that time period, that window during development that allows the brain to act that way? Those are questions three University of California, Riverside researchers are trying to answer.

    Posted on 15 October 2015 | 3:35 pm

  • What Were You Doing at 7 Last Night?

    What were you doing at 7 p.m. last night? Nothing out of the ordinary? Maybe dinner with a friend, or catching up on some TV. According to new study by a team of researchers led by David Funder, professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside, that seems to be the case for most people around the world.

    Posted on 7 October 2015 | 12:17 pm

  • UC Riverside Psychology Professor Named One of the Coolest Women in Science

    She’s making the world a happier place. Well, she’s trying her hardest to. Sonja Lyubomirsky, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside has devoted her research career to studying human happiness. And it’s earned her a spot in Business Insider’s list of “The 15 Most Amazing Women in Science Today.”

    Posted on 20 July 2015 | 12:26 pm

  • $7 million Grant Awarded to Study Childhood Influences on Cognitive, Physical Health by Midlife

    Psychologist Chandra A. Reynolds has been awarded a $7 million, five-year grant by the National Institute on Aging to study how early childhood influences versus recent influences affect cognitive and physical health by middle age.

    Posted on 25 June 2015 | 2:37 pm

  • Perceptual Training Boosts Contrast Sensitivity for Older Adults

    Older adults whose vision is affected by declining contrast sensitivity – which is a factor in the ability to detect and resolve details in low light – can improve their ability to see with perceptual learning training, according to researchers at UC Riverside and Brown University.

    Posted on 9 March 2015 | 10:06 am