Psychology and Social Behavior graduate program placed in top 25 among public universities in annual list
The doctorate (Ph.D.) program in the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior is ranked #19 among public universities in the country by U.S. News and World Report, and 36th overall out of 220 universities.
A joint project of the UCI Newkirk Center for Science & Society, University of Michigan Law School and Michigan State University College of Law, the NRE was founded in 2012 in conjunction with the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University School of Law. The registry, which relies entirely on public information, collects, analyzes and disseminates detailed data on every known exoneration since 1989. These are the cases in which a person was wrongly convicted of a crime and later cleared of all the charges based on new evidence.
Azim Shariff, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior is quoted in South China Morning Post for his research on Artificial Intelligence. In this article, Shariff's research alludes to the issues that Artificial Intelligence faces under today's technological limits.
Stressful events are a catalyst for polarized beliefs
People who experience adversity are likely to become more extreme in their existing political beliefs, according to a recent study led by Roxane Cohen Silver, Professor of Psychology & Social Behavior.
Both the number of past stressful events and those occurring over the prior year consistently predicted more firmly held opinions, whether conservative or liberal.
“We found that adults who experience a range of adverse events over their lifetimes, such as serious illness or a community disaster, are more likely to express extreme or polarized views on a variety of topics. This appears to be the case even when those topics, such as political opinions, have little or nothing to do with the adverse events they encountered,” Cohen Silver said. “Our study suggests that traumatic experiences may lead to long-lasting changes in a person’s tendency to become more polarized in his or her political attitudes.”
David Feldman, Professor of Planning, Policy and Design, is quoted in CBC News for his insight towards the status of the California drought after the recent rainstorms. In the article, he illustrates the importance in recognizing other larger problems besides simply knowing whether the drought in California is over.
Nícola Ulibarrí, Assistant Professor of Planning, Policy and Design, wrote a feature for The Sacramento Bee. In light of the recent events with Oroville Dam, she educates readers on the need to "strengthen the regulatory process to ensure safer operations of dams." In this article, she outlines the steps needed to reduce the likelihood of the country's dams from failing.
Charis Kubrin, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, is quoted in Wired for identifying the fatal assumptions about immigration and crime that the Trump administration has based their executive orders on. Citing research, she illustrates that there is no evidence to support his claims that immigration and crime are connected.
Charis Kubrinand Carroll Seron, Professors of Criminology, Law and Society, is featured in The Mercury News for their research on AB 109, the first of its kind. Kubrin explains that the recent death of Whittier Officer Keith Boyer is not an accurate reflection of the current trends and research associated with AB 109.