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I'll Have What She's Having: How Peer Pressure Does—and Doesn’t—Influence Our Choices

New research by Vanderbilt marketing professor Kelly Haws helps explain why we match our friends' orders at a restaurant—but not exactly.
30-Aug-2019 12:50 PM EDT Add to Favorites

When it comes to investing, love at first sight doesn’t always pay off

It's very easy to get too attached to a particular investment—even when there are better options out there. New research by Vanderbilt business professors explains why it happens, and how to avoid it.
20-Aug-2019 5:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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When Legislatures Can and Can’t Check Executive Powers

The largest analysis of gubernatorial executive orders to date reveals important nuances that explain how and when legislatures are able to constrain executive power.
29-Jul-2019 3:50 PM EDT Add to Favorites

The momentum myth: Staggering primaries didn’t affect outcome of 2016 nominating contests

During the 2016 primary season, voters didn't shift their preferences based on who was winning, according to a massive analysis of more than 325,000 tracking poll results.
29-Jul-2019 3:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Blow Your Diet? Admitting It to Someone Might Help You Do Better Next Time.

Disclosing a lapse in self control, like straying from a diet or spending too much on something frivolous, can help you do better next time if you truly feel guilty about it, but insincere confessions can actually make you more likely to slip up...
10-Jul-2019 2:30 PM EDT Add to Favorites

First step towards a better prosthetic leg? Trip people over and over

The first step a Vanderbilt team took in addressing a challenge in lower-body prosthetics was coming to understand the way people with two legs catch themselves, accomplished by covering test subjects with motion-capturing sensors.
19-Jun-2019 9:30 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Human rights treaties benefit the world’s most oppressed

By incorporating the role of dissent, a new theory of treaty effects shows that international human rights agreements, even if they don’t work perfectly, can still greatly benefit some of the world’s most vulnerable people.
17-Jun-2019 11:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Quick DNA test for malaria drug resistance is life-saver, holds promise for other diseases

Drug-resistant malaria is prevalent in Southeast Asia and may spread. Doctors currently can tell whether powerful malaria drugs will work through or a DNA duplication method that allows for optical detection of a disease’s biomarkers, but it's...
12-Jun-2019 2:30 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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