Interdisciplinary Projects

To emphasize truly interdisciplinary work, Interdisciplinary Seed Grants involve at least one social scientist as lead, plus members of two or more UC Davis departments.
Latino Responses to Stereotype Threat (2015-16)

Latino Responses to Stereotype Threat (2015-16)

This project addresses a fundamental gap in our understanding of how Latinos perceive, process, report and react to discrimination and stereotyping.

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Child Maltreatment, Empathy, and Memory: A Longitudinal Study (2015-16)

Child Maltreatment, Empathy, and Memory: A Longitudinal Study (2015-16)

Empathy is often considered foundational to moral development. A lack of empathy interferes with conscience development and promotes aggressive behavior. This project aims to obtain pilot data on child maltreatment, empathy, and memory for federal and foundation grant applications.

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Development of an ERP Outcome Measure for Treatment Studies in Autism Spectrum Disorder (2015-16)

Development of an ERP Outcome Measure for Treatment Studies in Autism Spectrum Disorder (2015-16)

A child’s ability to successfully recognize an emotion in a face, coupled with the ability to then follow that face’s gaze towards a novel object, allows him or her to appropriately process and react to that object. This project seeks to develop an Event Related Potentials (ERP) paradigm for measuring gaze following and object processing that is ideal for use as an outcome measure for treatment studies.

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Music-evoked remembering in the age of Big Data (2014-15)

Music-evoked remembering in the age of Big Data (2014-15)

This two-year project, representing researchers from psychology, statistics and linguistics, will expand research on memory by imaging how the brain encodes memories with music. The project will also create a website that lets visitors share memories a piece of music evokes.

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Political Institutions, Climate Change, and Adaptation in the Agricultural Sector (2014-15)

Political Institutions, Climate Change, and Adaptation in the Agricultural Sector (2014-15)

This project by researchers in political science and the environmental science and policy will study how political institutions affect policy on climate adaptation, and whether certain political processes enhance the sustainability of responses in the agricultural sector.

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Gut Microbes and Infant Cognitive Development (2014-15)

Gut Microbes and Infant Cognitive Development (2014-15)

This collaboration between researchers at the Center for Mind and Brain and the Foods for Health Institute will bring together cutting edge developmental science and biochemistry to examine the connection between maternal and infant nutrition and microbiota on cognitive development. This project was funded in January, 2015.

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