Why midlife crises are different than the ones that come before and after

August 2017

Coping with crises requires resilience: a method of getting through challenges, whether that's unloading with a friend, exercising, meditating or something else. The challenge for many people is that once midlife hits, the crises change. That's because midlife is so different than the times before and the times after, according to Jutta Heckhausen, a professor of psychology and social behavior.

The health benefits of happiness and optimism

August 2017

Happy, optimistic, positive people live longer and healthier lives. And they even have better reactions to severe health challenges such as asthma, HIV and cancer.

"Happier people experience stress differently, they perceive their stress as less severe and don’t react to it as strongly. In fact, smiling while stressed can actually reduce heart rate and blood pressure," Sarah Pressman, assistant professor of psychology and social behavior, told Mashable.

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Prentiss Foundation gift creates research opportunities for Institute for Interdisciplinary Salivary Bioscience Research

Gift will help lab expand real-life application of non-invasive salivary testing.

A $150,000 gift from the Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Foundation will enable a new direction for the Institute for Interdisciplinary Salivary Bioscience Research: to translate basic scientific research into clinically useful information and methods.

The gift will fund a project to explore the feasibility of using saliva – rather than blood – to monitor lithium levels in patients taking lithium medications.

New MFI report details how far businesses move

Most relocating businesses stay local, report shows

Large business relocations may draw splashy headlines and bring jobs and revenue to a city, but a new data analysis shows that such moves are much rarer – and less beneficial – than thought.

Findings detailed in the latest quarterly report from UCI’s Metropolitan Futures Initiative reveal that only a third of company relocations in Southern California cross city borders, just 6 percent cross county borders, and nearly a quarter are to sites less than half a mile away.

Candice Odgers joins Department of Psychology and Social Behavior

July 2017

Candice Odgers, a research professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke University, is joining the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior as a professor.

Odgers studies how social inequalities and early adversity influence children's future health and well-being. Her current research examines how new technologies, such as mobile phones and web-based tools, can be used to understand and improve young people's lives.

Salivary bioscience research has arrived, and the School of Social Ecology is at the center of it

July 2017

Vials upon vials of frozen saliva -- from babies exposed to secondhand smoke, from military nurses in training, from captive cheetahs in the zoo -- are stored in the freezers at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Salivary Bioscience Research. The vials, and the lab, form the heart of the fast growing field of salivary research.

Scientists at the School of Social Ecology, across the University of California system and around the world are partnering with the lab to test saliva for markers that reveal stress levels, reproductive hormones, environmental chemicals and many other things.