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Being Human

April 22, 2012

We humans are unique animals. Each of us may define what it means to be human differently. We place value in memory, form cultures, innovate, question the purpose of life, and dream of the future. Since the beginning of our…

Marine pilot Capt. Brian “Domo” Gilbert, who earned his bachelor’s in international relations in 2005, flew a helicopter CH-53E Super Stallion carrying an American flag (shown here on left) during a combat mission in Afghanistan and presented the flag to his alma mater. Photo courtesy of Brian Gilbert.

Pledging Allegiance

March 29, 2012

It is tradition for military personnel to fly an American flag over the Pentagon, military hospitals, a forward operating base (FOB) or inside an aircraft during mission flights in honor of someone or something important to…

A new study by researchers including Bosco Tjan of psychology suggests that facial recognition hinges on recognizing the face’s features more than the “holistic” picture they add up to create.

New Facial Recognition Research Turns Heads

March 20, 2012

A team of researchers that includes a USC Dornsife scientist methodically has demonstrated that a face’s features or constituents — more than the face per se — are the key to recognizing a…

Emotional Economics

Emotional Economics

February 17, 2012

You’re watching Steven Spielberg’s original Jaws for the first time. At the sound of the two threatening cello notes — dun dun — and the sight of a dorsal fin, tension builds and your heart beats like…

"We want undergraduates, graduates and colleagues not to take their visual surroundings for granted. And to think intelligently and questioningly about what use we make of images. And, in a sense, the use that images make of us." - Kate Flint, Provost Professor of English and Art History, leader of the USC Dornsife 2020 research cluster “Seeing 20/20: The USC Visual Studies Research Institute.”

The Future...Not What It Used to Be

January 31, 2012

A New American Narrative The year is 2042. If you are white and living in the United States, you are a minority, according to Census Bureau projections. “By 2042, the U.S. is going to look completely different in terms…

Oskar Schindler (second from right) puts a face on good human conduct, a theme explored in Glenn Fox's research on gratitude. The research of USC Dornsife's Fox has earned him an award from the Oskar Schindler Humanities Foundation. Schinder, who outwitted Hitler and the Nazis to save more Jews from the gas chambers than any other during World War II, is pictured here in Munich, Germany in 1946 with some of the people he rescued. Copyright © United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C./Leopold Page Photographic Collection.

From the Bottom of My Heart

January 20, 2012

Put yourself in the position of a Jew during World War II who escapes to France penniless and is forced to beg on the streets. A passerby gives you roasted peanuts — your first morsel of food in several days. You are…

Steven Lopez, professor of psychology in USC Dornsife, addresses a group of promotoras and family members of relatives who are mentally ill at a Casa de Salud private home in Puebla, Mexico. Photo by Ava Casados.

Mexico Program Targets Care for Mentally Ill

January 19, 2012

In a neighborhood in Puebla, Mexico, a dozen promotoras — health care workers who screen ill people to determine what level of doctor care they need — gathered at a private home for a platica — or chat…

USC Dornsife's Bosco S. Tjan (above) and USC graduate student Anirvan S. Nandy theorized in a new paper that peripheral vision is hindered by the visual experience formed in the brain during eye movements. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

USC Scientists Keep Their Eyes on Peripheral Vision

January 19, 2012

Two USC scientists are bringing peripheral vision into focus, showing that the way the brain sharpens its attention while the eyes are in motion leads to false assumptions about how objects should look. The eye’s…

The study of cancer survivors defined cognitive impairment as having problems in memory and thinking.

Surprising Results in USC Study of Twins

December 19, 2011

Older female cancer survivors are significantly more likely to suffer from long-term cognitive impairment after diagnosis and treatment compared to their twin sibling with no history of cancer, a USC study found. The risk…

An article written by Mary Helen Immordino-Yang titled “Musings on the Neurobiological and Evolutionary Origins of Creativity” will appear this month in <em>LEARNing Landscapes</em>.

An Inspirational Look at Poetry

December 14, 2011

Like it or not, most people take work home with them. Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, a neuroscientist and educational psychologist at USC, takes inspiration from home to work. Dissecting four poems written by her daughter Nora…