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Empathy

Age and Empathy: Middle-aged are most likely to feel your pain

February 1st, 2013

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Looking for someone to feel your pain?  Talk to a woman in her 50s. According to a new study of more than 75,000 adults, women in that age group are more empathic than men of the same age…

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Social networking: Gen Xers connect online as often as they socialize in person

January 31st, 2013

ANN ARBOR– Young adults in Generation X are as likely to connect with friends, family and co-workers online as they are in person, according to a University of Michigan study. In a typical month, adults in their late 30s report…

Jerome Johnston

Jerome Johnston directs ISR Research Center for Group Dynamics

January 24th, 2013

ANN ARBOR—Jerome Johnston has been appointed director of the Research Center for Group Dynamics, part of the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research. “I am delighted to make this appointment. Jere has interesting new ideas for supporting junior faculty,…

Media coverage, attitudes about Latinos drive immigration debate

December 7th, 2012

ANN ARBOR—The debate about immigration policies is shaped primarily by how one group feels about another—not solely based on economic concerns, according to a new University of Michigan study. White Americans’ feelings about Latinos, but not other groups, powerfully drive…

Aspiration, assets can lead youth down path to college

November 16th, 2012

ANN ARBOR—Aspiring to attend college is not enough for children who want to reach their goals. The chances of finishing high school and college are significantly higher for children for whom this aspiration is accessible and relevant in their daily…

Making sense of the 2012 presidential election

November 7th, 2012

In making sense of the 2012 elections, U-M political scientists came to the same conclusion about what led to President Obama’s victory: race and gender affected which candidate voters chose. Less than 24 hours after most ballots were counted –…

U-M ISR renews global partnership with Qatar University

November 5th, 2012

ANN ARBOR – The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research (ISR) renewed its partnership agreement with Qatar University’s Social and Economic Survey Research Institute (SESRI) on Nov. 3 in Doha, Qatar. The agreement expands on a 2008 partnership to develop…

Latest disability trends: Oldest old improving but Boomers doing worse

October 30th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—The oldest old are doing better and those approaching late life are doing worse.  But Americans between the ages of 65 and 84 are experiencing about the same level of disabilities as they did at the start of…

Consumer confidence posts a record gain in October

October 26th, 2012

ANN ARBOR—Consumers were more optimistic in the most recent survey about prospects for their own personal finances, according to University of Michigan economist Richard Curtin, director of the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers.  The Surveys, conducted by the…

U-M, community organizations promote global entrepreneurship

October 25th, 2012

ANN ARBOR—Fourteen Middle Eastern and North African entrepreneurs are at the University of Michigan to learn firsthand how to succeed in their fields, as part of a U.S. Department of State-sponsored program that partners U-M experts with southeastern Michigan community…

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