Divisions & Units - Social Sciences

Fox squirrels use 'chunking' to organize their favorite nuts

September 12, 2017
Like trick-or-treaters sorting their Halloween candy haul, fox squirrels apparently organize their stashes of nuts by variety, quality and possibly even preference, according to new UC Berkeley research.

Emoji fans take heart: Scientists pinpoint 27 states of emotion

September 6, 2017

A new UC Berkeley study challenges a long-held assumption in psychology that most human emotions fall within the universal categories of happiness, sadness, anger, surprise, fear and disgust.

Berkeley scientists link more education to better cognitive functioning later in life

August 28, 2017

Higher levels of education are tied to later ages of peak cognitive functioning, according to new research published today in the journal PLoS One.

Feeling bad about feeling bad can make you feel worse

August 10, 2017
Pressure to feel upbeat can make you feel downbeat, while embracing your darker moods can actually make you feel better in the long run, according to new UC Berkeley research.

Rare audio of indigenous languages saved a century later

August 8, 2017
UC Berkeley researchers have begun to preserve rare audio of indigenous California languages thanks to a new, non-invasive technology — bringing us a step closer to understanding the area’s oldest cultures.

Hey Siri, an ancient algorithm may help you grasp metaphors

June 27, 2017
New UC Berkeley research suggests that Siri and other digital helpers could someday learn the algorithms that humans have used for centuries to create and understand metaphorical language.

Dementia patients may die sooner if family caregivers are mentally stressed

June 26, 2017
Patients with dementia may actually die sooner if their family caregivers are mentally stressed, according to a new UC Berkeley study.

Berkeley scholar's two books on U.S. politics earn high honors

June 20, 2017
Eric Schickler, a leading scholar of American politics and chair of UC Berkeley’s Department of Political Science, is receiving four awards from the American Political Science Association for two books he wrote about U.S. politics that were published in 2016.

Dressmakers found to have needle-sharp 3D vision

June 13, 2017
Haute couture can be credited for enhancing more than catwalks and red carpets. New research from UC Berkeley suggests that the 3D or “stereoscopic” vision of dressmakers is as sharp as their needles.

Puberty hormones trigger changes in youthful learning

June 1, 2017
A UC Berkeley study of mice reveals, for the first time, how puberty hormones might impede some aspects of flexible youthful learning.