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Does Knowing High-Status People Help or Hurt?

How happy you are may have something to do with who you know—and where you come from. Lijun Song, assistant professor of sociology, set out to discover whether knowing high-status people helped or harmed mental health, using depressive symptoms as...
2-Oct-2015 4:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Scientific Literature Overstates Psychotherapy’s Effectiveness in Treating Depression

New analysis shows that the scientific literature paints an overly rosy picture of the efficacy of psychotherapy for depression comparable to the bias previously found in reports of treatments with antidepressant drugs.
24-Sep-2015 4:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Student-Designed App Unites Coffee Community

Vanderbilt students built a social media app to share knowledge and opinions about third wave coffee and coffee shops.
29-Sep-2015 11:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

First Circularly Polarized Light Detector on a Silicon Chip


Invention of the first integrated circularly polarized light detector on a silicon chip opens the door for development of small, portable sensors could expand the use of polarized light for drug screening, surveillance, etc.
21-Sep-2015 12:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Open Borders-Not Giant Wall- Is Best Solution for Immigration Issue

Immigration expert Robert Barsky describes the experiences of undocumented migrants, all around the world, bringing to life the challenges they face from the moment they consider leaving their country of origin, until the time they are deported back...
16-Sep-2015 1:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

How Your Brain Decides Blame and Punishment—and How it Can be Changed


Juries in criminal cases typically decide if someone is guilty, then a judge determines a suitable level of punishment. New research confirms that these two separate assessments of guilt and punishment – though related -- are calculated in...
14-Sep-2015 8:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Study: Consumers Will Covet Control After Terrorism Strikes

If terror strikes increase in the United States, some consumers will keep buying as they always have, but others will withdraw from certain markets to minimize their risk. Researchers say the key issue control. Does a person feel like her or she...
10-Sep-2015 2:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Evidence That Earth's First Mass Extinction Was Caused by Critters, Not Catastrophe


In the popular mind, mass extinctions are associated with catastrophic events, like giant meteorite impacts and volcanic super-eruptions. But the world’s first known mass extinction, which took place about 540 million years ago, now appears to...
2-Sep-2015 11:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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