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Cultivating Wisdom: U-M studies identify a promising way

July 12th, 2011

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Adopting a psychologically distanced perspective enhances wisdom, according to a University of Michigan study just published online in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.

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Anger motivates people to vote, U-M study shows

June 7th, 2011

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Though pundits and candidates suggest there is too much anger in politics, the emotion does have a potential benefit—it significantly motivates citizens to vote, according to a University of Michigan study.

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Obama’s election reduced perceptions of racism, but boosted opposition to race-related policies

May 26th, 2011

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Many Americans changed their perceptions of discrimination and racism after Barack Obama became the nation’s first black president. This belief that racial biases had softened, however, did not translate to positive feelings about policies that address racial disparities,…

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African-American men who feel ‘in control’ are less likely to experience depressive symptoms

May 24th, 2011

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—A new University of Michigan study found that African American men between the ages of 35 and 54 who experience discrimination also suffer from significant levels of depressive symptoms.

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Persuasive speech: The way we, um, talk sways our listeners

May 16th, 2011

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Want to convince someone to do something? A new University of Michigan study has some intriguing insights drawn from how we speak.

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Air pollution near Michigan schools linked to poorer student health, academic performance

May 4th, 2011

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Air pollution from industrial sources near Michigan public schools jeopardizes children’s health and academic success, according to a new study from University of Michigan researchers.

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Working a lot in high school can short-change students’ future

April 11th, 2011

High school students who work more than 15 hours a week during the school year may be short-changing their futures, risking long-term education and health. New research from the University of Michigan, tracking young adults through their 20s nationwide, suggests…

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Revealing the roots of a riot

April 1st, 2011

In July 1967, an early morning police raid of an unlicensed bar—or blind pig—on 12th Street in Detroit set off looting, fires, and shooting that soon escalated out of control. By the time the civil disturbance ended six days later,…

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Wake up, Mom!

March 31st, 2011

Working mothers are two-and-a-half times as likely as working fathers to interrupt their sleep to take care of others, according to an ISR study providing the first known nationally representative data documenting substantial gender differences in getting up at night,…

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Monitoring the Future Study identifies 2010 teen drug use and smoking trends

March 31st, 2011

Marijuana use is rising, ecstasy use is beginning to rise, and alcohol use is declining among U.S. teens, according to the 2010 Monitoring the Future Study of a nationally representative sample of American teens. The ISR survey also found that…

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