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The default-mode network of the brain shows increased activity when subjects read stories that deal with their core values. Image courtesy of Sarah Gimbel/USC.

Deep thinking in the brain may be spurred by stories with moral quandaries

January 11, 2016

Everyone has at least a few non-negotiable values. These are the things that, no matter what the circumstance, you’d never compromise for any reason — such as “I’d never hurt a child,” or…

Archaeology at El Zotz

USC Dornsife archaeologist discovers Maya royal burial

January 7, 2016

Thomas Garrison was four hours away from camp down a bumpy jungle road — headed into the city to get treated for poisonwood exposure — when he got the call from his co-director Edwin Román. “You need…

Herzliya is located on the central coast of Israel, one of the world's most rapidly aging nations.

Psychology’s Mara Mather to teach course in new partnership with Israeli institute

January 6, 2016

Come spring, students will have an opportunity to study gerontology subjects in the home of one of the world’s most rapidly aging populations: Israel. Professor Mara Mather, who holds joint appointments at USC Dornsife…

Emily Liman: Sparkling Study

Neurobiology scientists discover new mechanism for detecting sour taste

January 4, 2016

Researchers have discovered a new way that taste cells detect sourness, a sensation that is linked to acidity. Of the five basic tastes, sour remains the most mysterious — to the point that the tongue’s sour…

USC Dornsife’s writers pick their favorite stories from 2015

USC Dornsife’s writers pick their favorite stories from 2015

December 31, 2015

The writing staff in the USC Dornsife Communication department has the privilege of working with some of the most brilliant and inspiring students, faculty members and alumni on the planet and telling their stories. Reflecting…

Top 5 videos of the year

Top 5 videos of the year

December 30, 2015

From student move-in day on campus to emerging presidential candidate poll numbers to an analysis of Abraham Lincoln’s physique, USC Dornsife videos covered a range of fascinating topics in an entertaining and…

Our Top 10 stories from 2015

Our Top 10 stories from 2015

December 29, 2015

   10 — A rescue mission Alumnus Jamie Brisbin, a participant in the USC Wrigley Institute’s “Catalina Semester” program, today works as a pararescueman for the U.S. Air Force Special…

Psychologists say that making resolutions can be helpful, but caution people to think carefully before deciding exactly what their goals will be.

Self-control expert offers 6 tips for creating successful New Year’s resolutions

December 28, 2015

Unfortunately, USC Dornsife researchers have not unlocked the key to keeping you from sleeping through your 5 a.m. spin class or avoiding the 4 p.m. trip to the vending machine. But John Monterosso, an expert on the…

According to political experts, clicking “like” and signing online petitions will not supplant showing up in efforts to address issues such as gay rights and gun control.

Is the Internet fueling social change or giving license to engage in lazy activism?

December 22, 2015

In 2011, political uprisings were rampant throughout the world — from the Arab Spring that started in Tunisia and swept through more than 15 other Arab countries — to Occupy Wall Street protesters huddled in New…

This Leiopathes coral is estimated to be more than 4,200 years old.

Oceanic fossils suggest current climate models misrepresent El Niño

December 17, 2015

An analysis of fossil corals and mollusk shells from the Pacific Ocean reveals there is no link between the strength of seasonal differences and El Niño, a complex but irregular climate pattern with large impacts on…