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Jason Zevin, associate professor of psychology and linguistics at USC Dornsife, is a co-author on a recent study in <em>The Journal of Neuroscience</em>, which finds that the predictive power of our brains might play an important role in human communication. Photo by Michelle Boston.

The Brain Is a ‘Prediction Machine’

April 30, 2014

Our brain activity is more similar to that of speakers we are listening to when we can predict what they are going to say, a team of neuroscientists has found. The study, which appears in The Journal of Neuroscience, provides…

Jacob Soll

A Case for Balancing Your Checkbook

April 28, 2014

As the United States was spiraling into one of its worst financial collapses in history, Jacob Soll found an interesting parallel in France’s “Sun King.” The USC professor learned that Louis XIV, better…

Arthur Stone, visiting professor of psychology, joins USC Dornsife as director of the new Center for Self-Report Science. In his role, Stone looks forward to collaborating with partners from across USC Dornsife and the university. Photo courtesy of Arthur Stone.

The Science of Self-Reporting

March 6, 2014

When you visit your doctor you typically fill out a medical questionnaire, or “self-report”: Are you allergic to any medications? Are you experiencing any pain? How would you describe your pain? While some of the…

Associate Professor of Psychology and Linguistics Jason Zevin studies how people learn to read and speak, specifically how the brain’s architecture responds to what language is being learned. His recent research focuses on the similarities and differences between English and Chinese speakers. Photo by Michelle Boston.

Mind Your Language

February 18, 2014

Most teachers and parents will tell you that certain words prove more challenging to pronounce for a child learning to read. Jason Zevin explains why. Take the word pint. If young Scarlet is familiar with the words…

USC Dornsife welcomes Naomi Levine (left), Gabilan Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences and Earth Sciences, and Smaranda Marinescu, Gabilan Assistant Professor of Chemistry. Levine's research explores climate change effects while Marinescu focuses on sources for clean, renewable energy. Photos by Erica Christianson.

Superlative Scientists

February 6, 2014

Although Naomi Levine has taken 20 cruises off Bermuda, she spent no time lounging by the pool. These were research trips she took as a doctoral student to collect microscopic organisms such as photoplankton and bacteria. Her…

USC Dornsife’s School of Philosophy has made two prestigious faculty hires this year with Professor John Hawthorne and Associate Professor Jonathan Quong. Photos courtesy of John Hawthorne and Jonathan Quong.

Developing a New Philosophy

February 4, 2014

People take notice when in the space of a few years, you surge to No. 11 from 46 in the national Philosophical Gourmet Report rankings, as USC Dornsife’s School of Philosophy has done. The school’s impressive…

USC Dornsife's Daphna Oyserman, Dean's Professor of Psychology, shares her research during a Jan. 22 Dean's Special Lecture, explaining why we often achieve less than we aspire to and offering solutions to help attain our goals. Photos by Matt Meindl.

Meet Your Future Self

January 30, 2014

“If it’s not cool for a teenage boy in inner-city L.A. to do his science homework, then how will he ever become a brain surgeon?” This thorny question was asked by USC Dornsife Dean Steve Kay as he…

Arriving from the University of Oxford, philosopher Ralph Wedgwood is drawn to the abstract. His desire to ask the big questions and challenge the norm goes way back. Photo by Roger Snider.

On the Origin of Ralph

January 28, 2014

First you should know that Ralph Wedgwood’s first name is pronounced the old-fashioned English way so that it rhymes with waif. He explained the history of this pronunciation on his USC Dornsife School of Philosophy…

In his role as Warschaw Chair, Robert Shrum will encourage students to engage in politics. He will connect them with elected officials, candidates and their staff members from across the political spectrum to discuss and analyze relevant issues. Photo courtesy of Robert Shrum.

Shrum Named Warschaw Chair in Practical Politics

January 14, 2014

Robert Shrum, a veteran political consultant with experience guiding presidential, senatorial and gubernatorial campaigns, joins USC Dornsife as the Carmen H. and Louis Warschaw Chair in Practical Politics on June…

Gen. David Petraeus at a meeting with members of USC CREATE during his recent daylong visit to campus as USC Judge Widney Professor. Photo by Tom Queally.

Petraeus’ Surge Across Campus

October 17, 2013

Retired Gen. David Petraeus officially became “Professor Petraeus” to USC students last week — lecturing on energy and the United States economy, meeting with student veterans and cheering the football team…