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ISR News Releases

Understanding antisocial traits that overlap helps predict behavior outcomes

February 12th, 2015

ANN ARBOR—It’s not surprising that teens involved in fighting, vandalism, theft and other bad behaviors often have problems later in life as adults. But predicting which kids will continue to get into trouble with the law or have psychiatric or…

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Richard Gonzalez directs ISR Research Center for Group Dynamics

February 11th, 2015

ANN ARBOR—Richard Gonzalez was appointed Director of the Research Center for Group Dynamics at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research (ISR), effective Jan. 1, 2015. Gonzalez will serve a five-year term. He succeeds ISR research scientist Jerome Johnston,…

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Consumer sentiment highest in decade in January

January 30th, 2015

ANN ARBOR—Consumer optimism rose in the January 2015 survey to its highest level in the past decade, according to the University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers. Conducted by the U-M Institute for Social Research since 1946, the surveys monitor consumer…

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U-M survey reveals how personal concerns, income shape consumer attitudes about energy

January 28th, 2015

ANN ARBOR—Americans are just as concerned about energy’s impact on the environment as they are about its affordability, according to first-year results of the University of Michigan Energy Survey. Consumers also express much greater sensitivity to higher gasoline prices than…

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ISR addition is latest U-M project to achieve LEED Gold Certification

January 26th, 2015

ANN ARBOR—The Thompson Street addition to the U-M Institute for Social Research (ISR) has received LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes…

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Consumer sentiment highest in eight years in December

December 23rd, 2014

ANN ARBOR—Consumer confidence reached its most favorable level in the December 2014 survey since the last cyclical peak was set in January 2007, according to the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers. Conducted by the U-M Institute for Social…

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E-cigarettes surpass tobacco cigarettes among teens

December 16th, 2014

ANN ARBOR—In 2014, more teens use e-cigarettes than traditional, tobacco cigarettes or any other tobacco product—the first time a U.S. national study shows that teen use of e-cigarettes surpasses use of tobacco cigarettes. These findings come from the University of…

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Use of alcohol, cigarettes, number of illicit drugs declines among U.S. teens

December 16th, 2014

ANN ARBOR—A national survey of students in U.S. middle schools and high schools shows some important improvements in levels of substance use. Both alcohol and cigarette use in 2014 are at their lowest points since the study began in 1975.…

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Consumer sentiment brightens holiday spending

November 26th, 2014

ANN ARBOR—Consumer confidence posted its fourth consecutive monthly gain in November, rising to its highest level since July 2007, according to the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers. Conducted by the U-M Institute for Social Research since 1946, the…

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Why do so many seniors with memory loss and dementia never get tested?

November 26th, 2014

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Despite clear signs that their memory and thinking abilities have gone downhill, more than half of seniors with these symptoms haven’t seen a doctor about them, a new study finds. University of Michigan researchers and their…

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