Divisions & Units - Social Sciences

What makes us click? Ask an online dating expert

January 2, 2018
Skyler Wang, a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at UC Berkeley, has been tracking cultural trends in online dating. He refers to the practice as “relationshopping.”

UC Berkeley psychology research inspires art world's first 'empathy center'

December 19, 2017
Can art penetrate the walls that divide us and make us kinder? A Minneapolis museum, inspired by UC Berkeley psychology research, plans to find out.

Trump taps L&S alumna to lead FDIC

December 14, 2017

Jelena McWilliams, a Yugoslavian immigrant with degrees from UC Berkeley, has been nominated to lead the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, which regulates the nation’s banking system.

Offbeat brain rhythms during sleep make older adults forget

December 14, 2017
Like swinging a tennis racket during a ball toss to serve an ace, slow and speedy brainwaves during deep sleep must sync up at exactly the right moment to hit the save button on new memories, according to new UC Berkeley research. While these brain rhythms, occurring hundreds of times a night, move in perfect lockstep in young adults, findings published today in the journal Neuron show that, in old age, slow waves during non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep fail to make timely contact with speedy electrical bursts known as “spindles.”

NEH grants support six L&S humanities projects

December 13, 2017

The National Endowment for the Humanities today announced $12.8 million in financial support for humanities research across the country, including funding for College of Letters & Science projects that deal with the works of Herman Melville, the rise of the Chinese meritocracy, the preservation of rare musical instruments, slave conspiracies, the relationship of Mexican women to the Catholic church and politics and the Nazi-era theft of music.

For aspiring triple major, classical piano is a way of life

December 11, 2017
Christopher Richardson has been playing the piano since he was 8 years old. He’s a sophomore at UC Berkeley, and intends to triple major in music, economics and molecular and cell biology. He’s on the pre-med track and is considering going into oncology.

OWLs provide welcome nest for re-entry students

December 8, 2017
UC Berkeley undergraduates Kelly Richeson and Gina Niceforo are proud to be Bears. But the 56-year-old retired Ventura County firefighter and the 37-year-old former South Lake Tahoe waitress are equally glad to be OWLs. They’re members of Older Wiser Learners (OWLs), a support group on campus that’s gaining popularity with Berkeley’s 1,660-plus undergraduate re-entry students, who are defined as age 25 and older and having had at least a five-year absence from college.

War Footing: A Cal Expert's Take on the North Korea Situation

November 27, 2017
Evaluating the objective risk of war in North Korea is difficult, but UC Berkeley political science professor Steven Weber has a better vantage on the situation than most.

Six UC Berkeley faculty elected AAAS fellows

November 20, 2017
Six UC Berkeley scientists are among the 396 newest fellows elected to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for “advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished.”