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Religion is a potent force for cooperation and conflict, research shows

May 17th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.— Across history and cultures, religion increases trust within groups but also may increase conflict with other groups, according to an article in a special issue of Science.

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OMG! Texting ups truthfulness, new iPhone study suggests

May 16th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Text messaging is a surprisingly good way to get candid responses to sensitive questions, according to a new study to be presented this week at the annual meeting of the American Association for Public Opinion Research.

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Many U.S. families are underwater with debts: U-M study

May 8th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—As the country emerges from the Great Recession, a substantial number of U.S. families are underwater – and not just with their mortgages.

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How much money parents give to college-age kids: U-M study

May 3rd, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—More than 60 percent of young adults between the ages of 19 and 22 received some financial help from mom and dad, according to a new University of Michigan study.

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Retirement plans after the Great Recession: U-M study tracks the changes

May 2nd, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—New research shows that 40 percent of older Americans postponed retirement in the wake of the Great Recession.

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Global warming: New research emphasizes the role of global economic growth

May 1st, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—It’s a message no one wants to hear.  To slow down global warming, we’ll either have to put the brakes on economic growth or transform the way the world’s economies work.

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Job slowdown in April halts growth in overall confidence

April 27th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Consumer confidence remained largely unchanged at improved levels in April as consumers were still hopeful about future job gains despite disappointing recent developments, according to economist Richard Curtin, director of the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers.

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The Generation X Report: Food in the lives of GenXers

April 26th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Generation X adults prepare an average of 10 meals a week, and eat out or buy fast food an average of three times a week, according to a University of Michigan report that details the role food plays…

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Small ‘neural focus groups’ predict anti-smoking ad campaign success

April 25th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Brain scans of a small group of people can predict the actions of entire populations, according to a new study by researchers from the University of Michigan, the University of Oregon and the University of California at Los…

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Productivity? For Brady West it’s a slam dunk

April 18th, 2012

Brady West is the winner of the 2011-2012 Charles Cannell Fund in Survey Methodology.

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