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Passive Facebook use undermines how a person feels

February 27th, 2015

ANN ARBOR—Using Facebook only to scroll through your news feed or browse other people’s profiles can have a negative impact on your well-being, says a University of Michigan researcher. Ethan Kross, U-M associate professor of psychology, and colleague Philippe Verduyn…

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Opportunities—and some challenges—face more racially diverse United States

February 25th, 2015

ANN ARBOR—The United States is becoming racially diverse more quickly than at any time in its history, and current projections show that by 2050 nonwhites will outnumber whites in this country for the first time, according to a University of…

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Mining big data for Cupid’s arrows

February 12th, 2015

ANN ARBOR—Online dating has revolutionized the way people look for love. About a third of all people who were single at some point in the last 10 years have used dating websites, and a quarter of those have married or…

Understanding antisocial traits that overlap helps predict behavior outcomes

February 12th, 2015

ANN ARBOR—It’s not surprising that teens involved in fighting, vandalism, theft and other bad behaviors often have problems later in life as adults. But predicting which kids will continue to get into trouble with the law or have psychiatric or…

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Richard Gonzalez directs ISR Research Center for Group Dynamics

February 11th, 2015

ANN ARBOR—Richard Gonzalez was appointed Director of the Research Center for Group Dynamics at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research (ISR), effective Jan. 1, 2015. Gonzalez will serve a five-year term. He succeeds ISR research scientist Jerome Johnston,…

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Consumer sentiment highest in decade in January

January 30th, 2015

ANN ARBOR—Consumer optimism rose in the January 2015 survey to its highest level in the past decade, according to the University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers. Conducted by the U-M Institute for Social Research since 1946, the surveys monitor consumer…

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U-M survey reveals how personal concerns, income shape consumer attitudes about energy

January 28th, 2015

ANN ARBOR—Americans are just as concerned about energy’s impact on the environment as they are about its affordability, according to first-year results of the University of Michigan Energy Survey. Consumers also express much greater sensitivity to higher gasoline prices than…

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ISR addition is latest U-M project to achieve LEED Gold Certification

January 26th, 2015

ANN ARBOR—The Thompson Street addition to the U-M Institute for Social Research (ISR) has received LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes…

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Consumer sentiment highest in eight years in December

December 23rd, 2014

ANN ARBOR—Consumer confidence reached its most favorable level in the December 2014 survey since the last cyclical peak was set in January 2007, according to the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers. Conducted by the U-M Institute for Social…

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E-cigarettes surpass tobacco cigarettes among teens

December 16th, 2014

ANN ARBOR—In 2014, more teens use e-cigarettes than traditional, tobacco cigarettes or any other tobacco product—the first time a U.S. national study shows that teen use of e-cigarettes surpasses use of tobacco cigarettes. These findings come from the University of…

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