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The virtual nature of the online world can lull users into a false sense of security. But the dangers are real, and cyberspace can leave a lasting mark on incautious visitors. Illustrations by Matthew Pla Savino.

Personal Net Worth

May 24, 2016

For many parents, the inexorable approach of puberty and those awkward teenage years sends a clear signal that it is time for “the talk.” The conversation in mind, however, has nothing to do with birds or…

Identity-based motivation helps students see their difficulties with school as signs that schoolwork is important, which in turn can improve academic performance, according to USC Dornsife researchers.

Digital game aims to motivate students

January 22, 2016

A USC professor’s program to motivate children to achieve success in school and at work will soon be translated into a digital game to help more students succeed academically. USC Dean’s Professor of Psychology…

Within Reach

Within Reach

November 16, 2015

When Zinahi Rodriguez turned 18, fresh out of high school, she took a retail job in downtown Los Angeles. She was excited. Her plan was to help support her parents, both garment workers, with whom she and a younger brother…

Confronted by odd moments of “cultural disinfluency,” people perform better on cognitive reasoning tests and are less likely to buy things. Photo: iStock.

Shocked into Clarity

October 29, 2015

Halloween-decorated plates at a Labor Day party. A bride in a green gown with her groom in a purple tuxedo and no wedding party. An obituary that declares of the deceased: “Regina had no hobbies, made no contribution to…

An estimated 40 percent of all Chinese children in rural areas — as many as 60 million — are left behind. Photo by Blazej Mrozinski.

Children and Adversity

September 10, 2015

Making a plan can mean the difference in overcoming a difficult childhood, while just thinking about those difficulties can drag down the child. A set of four new studies from researchers at USC and Southwest University in…

By shifting time metrics, we can motivate ourselves to accomplish goals. Photo by John Livzey.

Reining in Procrastination

May 6, 2015

Procrastination is the thief of time that derails New Year’s resolutions and delays saving for college or retirement, but researchers have found a way to collar it. The trick? Think of the future as now. “The…

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…

USC hosts a “Health and Wellbeing” conference to honor the opening of Dr. Verna and Peter Dauterive Hall, an interdisciplinary social sciences building on the University Park campus.

On Our Best Behavior

February 20, 2015

Doctors may be more likely to prescribe antibiotics inappropriately right before lunch, when they are hungry — or just before the end of the day, when they are tired, said Jason Doctor, associate professor of clinical…

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…

USC Dornsife's Daphna Oyserman, Dean's Professor of Psychology, shares her research during a Jan. 22 Dean's Special Lecture, explaining why we often achieve less than we aspire to and offering solutions to help attain our goals. Photos by Matt Meindl.

Meet Your Future Self

January 30, 2014

“If it’s not cool for a teenage boy in inner-city L.A. to do his science homework, then how will he ever become a brain surgeon?” This thorny question was asked by USC Dornsife Dean Steve Kay as he…