Divisions & Units - Social Sciences

Hang in there. As couples age, humor replaces bickering

December 3, 2018

Honeymoon long over? Hang in there. A new UC Berkeley psychology study shows those prickly disagreements that can mark the early and middle years of marriage mellow with age as conflicts give way to humor and acceptance. Researchers found that as couples aged, they showed more humor and tenderness towards one another.

Susan Ervin-Tripp, pioneering psycholinguist and feminist, dies at 91

November 28, 2018

Susan Ervin-Tripp, a psycholinguist acclaimed for her pioneering studies of bilingualism and language development in children, native Americans and immigrants, died earlier this month in Oakland from complications of an infected cut. She was 91.

Meet our new faculty: Ethan Katz, history and Jewish studies

November 26, 2018

Ethan Katz, who received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is joining the faculty as an associate professor of history and Jewish studies.

I’m a Berkeleyan: Teddy Lake

November 20, 2018

Third-year political science major Teddy Lake serves on the ASUC Senate, where she is proud to help raise the voice of UC Berkeley’s queer and trans community.

To predict the future, the brain has two clocks

November 20, 2018

New research from UC Berkeley neuroscientists shows the neural networks supporting anticipation are split between two different parts of the brain, depending on the task at hand. One type relies on memories from past experiences. The other on rhythm. Both are critical to our ability to navigate and enjoy the world.

Meet our new faculty: Jón Steinsson, economics

November 14, 2018

Jón Steinsson, who received his Ph.D. from Harvard, is joining the faculty as the Chancellor's Professor of Economics.

Was it a ‘Blue Wave’ or not? Experts to break down Election Day

November 14, 2018

What should we make of last Tuesday’s election, where midterm turnout was the highest it has been in a century, Democrats gained control of the House and showed surprising strength in GOP states like Texas and Georgia? Berkeley News sat down with political science professor Robert Van Houweling, an expert in voter behavior and legislative dynamics, to talk about what the results might mean for 2020 and what to expect from a divided government.

Take a bow, freshman improv grads: You slayed it

November 8, 2018

Undergrads, if you’re willing to set aside your mobile devices, embarrass yourself in front of strangers and take one for the team – personal glory be damned – here’s a class for you. Psych 24 is a one-unit, pass/no pass UC Berkeley freshman seminar that uses madcap improvisational theater to teach about the science of the human mind.

Chronically anxious? Deep sleep may take the edge off

November 6, 2018

Extreme angst is on the rise nationally and globally, especially among teens and millennials. Among other factors, preliminary findings from UC Berkeley sleep researchers Matthew Walker and Eti Ben Simon point to a chronic lack of deep restorative sleep, indicating that non-Rapid Eye Movement (NREM) sleep plays a key role in calming the overactive brain.

What to watch for as the votes roll in — advice from a Berkeley expert

November 6, 2018

Berkeley News sat down with professor Jack Citrin, an expert on political behavior and California politics who has taught at UC Berkeley since 1970, to talk about how he’ll spend election night, which races matter and where politics go from here.