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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…

The Art and Science of Peppermint

The Art and Science of Peppermint

December 8, 2014

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“These patterns call out for explanation,” Arthur Stone says of Gallup World Poll data showing great variety among how people in various countries report their own well-being. Photo courtesy of Arthur Stone.

As Young as You Feel

November 20, 2014

The trajectory of how satisfied you are with life across the life span is driven, in part, by where you’re from. Using the Gallup World Poll, an ongoing survey of more than 160 countries, USC Dornsife’s Arthur…

Alumna, author and motivational speaker Barbara Jo “BJ” Gallagher is also an animal lover. Here, she holds her half Pekingese, half Chow, Fannie. Photo by Andy Stolarek.

Fan Your Feathers

November 19, 2014

It may look like she’s walking her dog, but Barbara Jo “BJ” Gallagher is actually sketching out plot lines for her next book in her head. Or she’s thinking about her next keynote speech. Gallagher is…

The Trojan Guardian Scholars program helps Lucero Noyola connect with her true inner power.

In My Opinion: All Grown Up

November 10, 2014

During my adolescence, my dad was never around; my mom was really dedicated to us, working full time at a school cafeteria to provide for our family. Consequently, entering middle school, my siblings and I had a lot of…