UCLA Professor and Psychologist Annette L. Stanton

The Konza Praire Has a Stark Kind of Beauty

Annette L. Stanton is a distinguished professor and the department chair of psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research focuses on how people adjust to health-related hardships and identifying the factors that help them through the process. Sitting in our new green room at the ASU California Center at the Herald Examiner, the “How Do We Begin Again?” panelist spoke about passion fruit, her favorite place to go on UCLA’s campus, and the way she deals with stress.

Why Is It so Hard to Mourn the Vast Number of COVID Dead? | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Why Is It so Hard to Mourn the Vast Number of COVID Dead?

An Empathy Scientist Reveals How Our Brains Get in the Way of Comprehending Calamity on This Scale

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the first U.S. death from COVID-19 on February 29. Within a month, more than 1,000 Americans were dying on a single day. …

Can Anything Cure the Pandemic of Waiting and Worrying? | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Can Anything Cure the Pandemic of Waiting and Worrying?

A Psychologist of Uncertainty Has Some Ideas to Help Us Cope With This Unprecedented Time

The sources of uncertainty are numerous right now. Will my job still be there when the pandemic ends? When can I see my friends and family again? Is it safe …

Modern Ideas About Genes Were Conceived in 18th Century Asylums

Long Before Mendel Bred His Peas, Doctors Claimed Heredity Explained Madness

Sitting at my desk, reading the archived pages of an old British anthropological journal, an entry from 1899 caught my eye. The police at New Scotland Yard had a “Central …

How Digital Technology Is Making Us Subservient, Anxious, and Uncertain

The Threat of Constant Surveillance Provokes Fears That We're Losing Our Liberty and Autonomy

In the anxious years since 9/11, surveillance has become one of the essential infrastructures for 21st-century social life, commerce, and government. With an endless number of drones, sensors, scanners, archives, …