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ISR News Releases

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Buying behavior can be swayed by cultural mindset

July 15th, 2013

ANN ARBOR—There are some combinations that just go well together: Milk and cookies, eggs and bacon, pancakes and syrup. But new research reveals that people with individualistic mindsets differ from their collectivist counterparts in ascribing value to those perfect combinations.…

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Consumer confidence remains high in June

July 1st, 2013

ANN ARBOR—Rising household wealth rather than resurgent jobs and wages was mainly responsible for the recent gains in consumer confidence, according to University of Michigan economist Richard Curtin, director of the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers.  Conducted by…

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You’re so vain: Study explores links between social media and narcissism

June 11th, 2013

ANN ARBOR—Facebook is a mirror and Twitter is a megaphone, according to a new University of Michigan study exploring how social media reflect and amplify the culture’s growing levels of narcissism. The study, published online in Computers in Human Behavior,…

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Consumer confidence surges in May

June 3rd, 2013

ANN ARBOR— A rising stock market and higher home prices prompted consumers to report their most improved financial situation in more than five years, according to University of Michigan economist Richard Curtin, director of the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys…

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Children of long-lived parents less likely to get cancer

May 28th, 2013

Aging parents may offer health benefits to children, says University of Exeter study involving U-M researcher   ANN ARBOR, Mich. —Old parents may be good for your health. Children of parents who live to a ripe old age are more likely…

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U-M’s ISR awards $250,000 to young, innovative researchers

May 28th, 2013

ANN ARBOR—The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research has awarded more than $250,000 in fellowships to 54 graduate students and researchers in its ongoing effort to support young scholars and innovative social science research. The Philip Converse and Warren…

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U-M pioneers hybrid online, on-campus class in survey methods

May 9th, 2013

ANN ARBOR— This June, the University of Michigan Summer Institute in Survey Research Techniques is offering an innovative class combining online education with traditional classroom instruction. The class – Introduction to Survey Methodology—is designed for busy professionals and students who…

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Live and Learn: Most GenXers are continuing their education

May 7th, 2013

ANN ARBOR—More than one in every 10 members of Generation X are enrolled in classes to continue their formal education, according to a new University of Michigan study released today.  In addition, 48 percent of GenXers take continuing education courses,…

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Consumer confidence withstands Boston bombing

May 1st, 2013

ANN ARBOR—The overall level of consumer confidence declined in April from March, but was identical to last April’s reading, according to University of Michigan economist Richard Curtin, director of the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers. The Surveys, conducted…

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Dramatic changes in global attitudes toward domestic violence

April 25th, 2013

ANN ARBOR—Global attitudes about domestic violence have changed dramatically since 2000, according to a new University of Michigan study that analyzes data from 26 low- and middle-income countries. Nigeria had the largest change, with 65 percent of men and 52…

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