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Professor Jim Lepkowski (left) and his fellow authors donated royalties from their survey methodology textbook to benefit student education and research, including the work of Charles Cannell Fund Award recipient Ashley Bowers (right).

Authors donate royalties to advance Survey Methodology

August 8th, 2011

Survey methodology ­— the analysis of sources of error in surveys, including the bias and variability that affect data quality — has long been a field of study, but typically as an addendum to such concentrations as sociology or statistics.…

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George Alter to direct ISR Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research

August 2nd, 2011

NEW: Read a profile of Alter, “George Alter: History from the bottom up” ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Historian George Alter has been appointed Director of the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), part of the University of Michigan Institute for…

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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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Nicky Newton: 2011 Libby Douvan Junior Scholar in Life Course Development

June 7th, 2011

Nicky Newton left her home and “a very grounded upbringing” in Christchurch, New Zealand, at 17 to study flute. Years of intense work, including study with the principal flute player of the Vienna Philharmonic, Wolfgang Schulz, eventually landed Newton a…

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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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Learning Secrets: Caplan at 80

June 7th, 2011

There were points in Nate Caplan’s life when he didn’t know what he would become—a psychologist or an artist. He grew up during the depression outside Richmond, Virginia, with a sure drawing hand and a longing to leave the South.…

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University of Michigan Institute for Social Research awards $137,000 in fellowships

June 7th, 2011

The Institute for Social Research (ISR) at the University of Michigan recently awarded $137,000 in fellowships intended to support innovative social science research at the university. [table id=4 /]

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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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