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Wendy Garcia-Nava came to USC with support from the Neighborhood Academic Initiative. Photo by Gus Ruelas.

A Prophetic T-shirt

May 14, 2015

There’s a snapshot of Wendy Garcia-Nava as a fourth-grader that’s downright prophetic: She’s standing by a fountain in Pardee Plaza, shyly waving at the camera. The T-shirt she’s wearing reads:…

Meet three USC Dornsife graduating seniors: Shea Livingston, Karen Arcos and Thomas Armstrong.

Three of the Best

May 13, 2015

Shea Livingston After Shea Livingston’s grandfather died in 2010, she and her mother were sorting through his papers when they found an extraordinary document: a leather-bound graduation program embossed with the words…

In a recent Barbra Streisand Lecture, psychotherapist Esther Perel explored the complexities of sustaining desire in long-term relationships and offered recommendations for rekindling eroticism. Photos by Susan Bell.

Unlocking Erotic Intelligence

May 7, 2015

When Esther Perel arrived at USC to deliver a Barbra Streisand Professor Lecture on April 27, she began by talking about her recent TED Talk on infidelity. “Monica Lewinsky started the day and I closed the day,”…

Known for his creative and visionary research on crime and schizophrenia, Sarnoff Mednick was a trailblazer who was not afraid of controversy. Photo courtesy of Laura Baker.

In Memoriam: Sarnoff Mednick, 87

April 23, 2015

Sarnoff Mednick, professor emeritus of psychology at USC Dornsife, has died. He was 87. Mednick died on April 10 in Toledo, Ohio. He suffered from Parkinson’s disease and dementia. Mednick was the first scientist to…

Assistant Professor of Psychology Henrike Moll, director of USC Dornsife’s Minds in Development Lab. Photo by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

Understanding Suspense

April 9, 2015

Here’s a psychology experiment you can try at home: Watch a Hitchcock film with someone and observe how they respond as the story unfolds. Hitchcock’s plots are like the Swiss watches of suspense, designed to…

Shopping while hungry may lead you to spend more than 60 percent more and buy more non-food items than less hungry customers, research by Norbert Schwarz indicates.

Binder Clip, Anyone?

March 26, 2015

It’s almost lunchtime. You are hungry, but decide to stop at an office supply store before eating to pick up a few items. New research by USC Dornsife’s Norbert Schwarz, Provost Professor of Psychology and…

Daphna Oyserman, Dean’s Professor of Psychology at USC Dornsife and co-director of the USC Dornsife Mind and Society Center. Photo by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

When I Grow Up, I Will Be...

March 4, 2015

Devil’s Night in Detroit, the eve before Halloween when youths traditionally tear up the town, got Daphna Oyserman thinking. Oyserman had just arrived in nearby Ann Arbor for her doctoral studies at the University of…

A delegation from Singapore gathers with Daphna Oyserman (second from left) at the USC University Club to discuss Oyserman’s School-to-Jobs intervention program. Photos by Pamela J. Johnson.

‘Overwhelmingly Positive’

January 27, 2015

After implementing Daphna Oyserman’s School-to-Jobs (STJ) intervention program in its school systems, a delegation from Singapore has visited USC to meet with Oyserman about follow up. Oyserman, Dean’s Professor…

Arthur Stone, director of the USC Dornsife Center for Self-Report Science and professor of psychology, leads the Day Reconstruction Method (DRM) conference at USC. Stone helped to develop the DRM. Photos by Matt Meindl.

Moment of Truth

January 15, 2015

How happy are you? For a scientific evaluation, well, there’s an assessment tool for that. Much research on well-being makes use of the Day Reconstruction Method (DRM), a methodology developed in 2004 by a team…

Joseph Dorri, 30, is graduating with a degree in psychology and ambitions to work in the federal government. Photo by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

The Only Way is Up

December 22, 2014

In 2009, Joseph Dorri hit rock bottom. After clashing with his Iranian-born parents over his university and career plans, the community college graduate left home in September 2008 determined to make it on his own. After…