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Social media tapped for insights into economics, political communication, parenting

January 25th, 2017

ANN ARBOR—University of Michigan researchers will use Big Data from social media to gain new insights into economics and the way people communicate about parenting and politics under two recently funded research projects. The projects will assemble research teams with…

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Bad vibrations: Phantom phone alerts linked to cell phone dependency

January 24th, 2017

ANN ARBOR—You’ve probably felt or heard it before: a buzz in your pocket or a ding from your purse. You think a message has come to your phone, but when you look, the screen is blank. Researchers call these “phantom…

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Teen use of any illicit drug other than marijuana at new low, same true for alcohol

December 13th, 2016

ANN ARBOR—Teenagers’ use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco declined significantly in 2016 at rates that are at their lowest since the 1990s, a new national study showed. But University of Michigan researchers cautioned that while these developments are “trending in…

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Vaping, hookah use by US teens declines for first time

December 13th, 2016

ANN ARBOR—Teens are lighting up less often when it comes to e-cigarettes and hookahs. A new study finds that the percentage of U.S. teens who vape declined in 2016—the first significant reversal of a rapid rise in adolescent vaping. The…

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Dementia on the downslide, especially among people with more education, study finds

November 21st, 2016

Positive brain health trend may cushion blow on society, but doesn’t lessen impact on individual patients and caregivers, U-M researchers say ANN ARBOR, MI — In a hopeful sign for the health of the nation’s brains, the percentage of American…

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High school jobs: Impact is different for whites and minorities

January 24th, 2013

ANN ARBOR — African American and Hispanic students are less likely than whites to work part-time in high school, according to a University of Michigan study. But those who do hold jobs tend to work longer hours, and are less…

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Video games intensify anti-Arab stereotypes, new study shows

January 15th, 2013

ANN ARBOR – Playing violent video games about terrorism strengthens negative stereotypes about Arabs, even when Arabs are not portrayed in the games. That is one of the findings of an innovative new study in the January issue of Psychology…

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Consumer confidence plunges in December

December 21st, 2012

ANN ARBOR—Confidence plunged in December as consumers confronted the rising likelihood that political gridlock would push the country over the fiscal cliff. Consumers were more pessimistic about their future finances, and more pessimistic about the outlook for the overall economy…

Teen smoking continues to decline

December 18th, 2012

ANN ARBOR— The 2012 national survey results from the Monitoring the Future study show a continuation of the declines in teen smoking in all three grades under study—grades 8, 10, and 12. Based on annual surveys of 45,000 to 50,000…

Rise in teen marijuana use stalls

December 18th, 2012

ANN ARBOR— National samples of 45,000 to 50,000 students in three grades (8, 10, and 12) have been surveyed every year since 1991 as part of the nationwide Monitoring the Future study. Among the most important findings from this year’s…

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