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Social Sciences

How does society, and the manner in which humans behave, influence our world? Our social scientists transform the way we think about the economy, politics, basic motives of human behavior, and the nature of social interactions.

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“Vital signs” of Teaching Captured by Quick, Reliable In-class Evaluation

Edward Deci and Ronald Rogge report that a new 20-minute classroom assessment can reliably measure classroom instruction and predict standardized test scores.

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Tibetan Buddhism and Moral Personhood in Contemporary China

John Osburg studies why wealthy, urban Han Chinese are drawn to Tibetan Buddhism and the ways they integrate Buddhist principles into their lives.

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Women, Minority Judicial Nominees Receive Lower Ratings

Maya Sen’s study suggests that the American Bar Association’s sometimes-controversial ratings could be tilted against minorities and women.

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Video Gamers’ Aggression Linked to Frustration, Not Violent Content

Richard Ryan and his coauthors find that if you press someone’s competencies, they’ll become more aggressive—regardless of the game.

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Sorry, Cities: No Strength in Numbers

Gerald Gamm and his co-author find that infighting undermines large cities in state legislatures.

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Divorce Rate Cut in Half for Couples Who Discussed Relationship Movies

Discussing five movies about relationships over a month could cut the three-year divorce rate for newlyweds in half, report Ronald Roggee and his team.

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The Impact of Money on Policymaking

Lynda Powell’s prize-winning book about the influence of campaign contributions in state legislatures lays the foundation for more research.

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Depression Therapy Effective for Poor, Minority Moms

Screenings and short-term, relationship-focused therapy can relieve depression among minority mothers, Sheree Toth and her team find.

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Legacy of Slavery Still Fuels Anti-Black Attitudes in the Deep South

Slavery was abolished more than 150 years ago, but its political legacy endures.

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