Social and Behavioral Sciences
Gov’t Instability Prompts Support for Lighter-Skinned Candidates Among Both Blacks and Whites, Study Shows
Government instability prompts both Black and White Americans to show a preference for lighter-skinned over darker-skinned political candidates, researchers at New York University, the University of Chicago, and Rutgers University have found.
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
– New York University
Interaction During Reading Is Key to Language Development
A new University of Iowa study finds babies make more speech-like sounds during reading than when playing with puppets or toys—and mothers are more responsive to these types of sounds while reading to their child than during the other activities.Media embedded: Image(s)
Language Learning and Development
– University of Iowa
Social Networks as Important as Exercise and Diet Across the Span of Our Lives
UNC-Chapel Hill researchers show how social relationships reduce health risk in each stage of life.
– University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
New Democracy Dataset to ‘Revolutionize’ Democracy Research
A five-year collaboration between the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, has resulted in a new, public dataset for researchers of democracy. The first of its kind, the newly released Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) dataset provides scholars with vast research opportunities on hundreds of aspects of democracy.
– University of Notre Dame
Project Removes Pets from Abusive Environment
Some domestic and sexual abuse survivors delay or refuse safe shelter because they can't take their companion animals with them. A collaborative project offers foster care for pets so survivors will be more likely to seek their own protection.
– Northern Michigan University
Religious Beliefs Don’t Always Lead to Violence
Study shows thinking from God’s perspective can reduce bias against others.Media embedded: Image(s)
– Carnegie Mellon University
Study Shows Racial Bias in Media Coverage of Celebrity Domestic Violence
Athletes, musicians and actors who commit acts of domestic violence continue to face heightened scrutiny, and new research from the University of Maryland reveals that the news coverage of such cases is often racially biased.Media embedded: Image(s)
– University of Maryland, College Park
Year-Round Distribution of Earned Income Tax Credit Has Significant Benefits, Says Study
The Earned Income Tax Credit aids millions of Americans each year, lifting many out of poverty – but spacing it out in multiple payments could significantly reduce recipients’ dependence on payday loans and borrowing from friends and family, suggests a recent University of Illinois study of a pilot program in Chicago.Media embedded: Image(s)
– University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
New RTI Press Book Encourages Homeowner Energy Saving Using Behavioral Science
A new book published by RTI Press and co-edited by RTI International's Brian G. Southwell explores the behavioral factors behind individual homeowners' use of energy, and what might change those behaviors.Media embedded: Image(s)
Innovations in Home Energy Use: A Sourcebook for Behavior Change
– RTI International