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First-Year Investigations: Tienju Wang

November 3, 2011

Tienju WangDallas, TexasBiological Sciences It took nine hours of studying for an advanced placement biology exam and a touch of delirium for Tienju “Nikky” Wang to make up her mind. At a young age she aspired to…

Decisions, Decisions

Decisions, Decisions

November 1, 2011

Everything in life requires making decisions. Even deciding when — or if — to get out of bed. “Or choosing what to wear,” said Wendy Wood, Provost Professor of Psychology and Business. “How much…

Mapping the Moral Domain

Mapping the Moral Domain

October 25, 2011

In politics, as in war, everyone believes morality is on their side. And the mingling of political beliefs with moral certainty makes compromise all but impossible, according to Jesse Graham, assistant professor of…

Sonia Narang (B.A., psychology, '99) is director of leadership and development for Sony Pictures Entertainment in Los Angeles, Calif. Photo by Carlos Puma.

The Morale Booster

October 18, 2011

Sonia Narang was living in New York City when during her sister’s visit they found a rat in the apartment. “Remember this was New York City, OK?” Narang said. The pair stayed up all night cleaning. Narang…

In the experiment, people were given popcorn before entering a theatre – some buckets were fresh; others were stale.

Habit Makes Bad Food Too Easy to Swallow

September 8, 2011

Do you always get popcorn at the movies? Or snack while you’re on the couch watching television? A new paper by USC researchers revealed why bad eating habits persist even when the food we’re eating doesn’t…

USC Dornsife's Giorgio Coricelli measured activity in the brain associated with rewards and social reasoning.

Peer Pressure? It's Hardwired Into Our Brains

September 8, 2011

The rewards outweigh the risks — when you’re in a group, anyway. A new USC study explains why people take stupid chances, when all of their friends are watching, that they would never take by themselves. …

USC Dornsife professors Michael Waterman and Margaret Gatz have been awarded honorary degrees.

USC Dornsife Professors Receive Honorary Degrees

July 29, 2011

Waterman Presented Honorary Doctorate by Ambrosia Viramontes-Brody Michael Waterman, widely regarded as the founding father of computational biology, openly admits he has never taken a biology course. There was however a…

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, assistant professor of psychology at the Brain and Creativity Institute housed in USC Dornsife, and alumnus Thomas Denson, who earned his Ph.D. in psychology from USC Dornsife in 2007, were recognized as “rising stars” by the Association for Psychological Science.

Making Their Mark

June 21, 2011

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, assistant professor of psychology at the Brain and Creativity Institute housed in USC Dornsife, and Thomas Denson, a USC Dornsife alumnus, were recently lauded by the Association for Psychological…

USC Dornsife professor Beth Meyerowitz works with a student.

Meyerowitz Joins the Office of the Provost

June 21, 2011

USC Dornsife professor Beth Meyerowitz is joining the Office of the Provost as vice provost for faculty and programmatic development, reporting to Elizabeth Garrett, USC provost and senior vice president for academic…

Lead author Darby Saxbe, a psychology postdoctoral fellow in USC Dornsife.

Study Examines Stress Levels for Couples

June 2, 2011

A new study found that it isn’t enough for couples to relax together for their stress levels to fall at the end of the day. Men find it easier to chill if their wives are still busy. Women prefer hands-on help: Their…