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Matrix News

Research Teams

Published August 17, 2022

Matrix Announces Research Teams for 2022-2023

Social Science Matrix has selected six new Matrix Research Teams for the 2022-2023 academic year. Matrix Research Teams are groups of scholars who gather regularly to explore or develop a novel question or emerging field in the social sciences. This year’s funded teams — three faculty-led teams and three student-led teams — were chosen following review by a cross-disciplinary panel of faculty members.

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Science

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Published July 29, 2014

Mind Readers At Work

A team of researchers led by UC Berkeley neuroscientists are getting closer to decoding imagined speech from the brain.

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Research Highlights

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Published July 29, 2014

Arroyos and Socionatures

A UC Berkeley geographer explores a mystery to better understand the relationship between human-caused and natural phenomena.

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Research Highlights

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Published July 29, 2014

When Companies Manage Cities

UC Berkeley political scientist Alison Post’s new book explores the consequences of privatizing urban infrastructure.

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Research Highlights

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Published July 22, 2014

Do You Trust the Police?

A team of UC Berkeley researchers are helping devise new methods for measuring levels of trust between local communities and the police.

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