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ISR News Releases

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Premature deaths of black Americans alter politics, health care

May 4th, 2015

ANN ARBOR—If a million black Americans who died prematurely had been alive to vote in the 2004 elections, the outcome in several key races would have been very different, a researcher at the University of Michigan and colleagues found. In…

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Consumer optimism rises in April, spending outlook remains favorable for 2015

May 1st, 2015

ANN ARBOR—Consumer optimism rose in April of 2015 to its second highest level since 2007—only below the January 2015 level, according to the University of Michigan (U-M) Surveys of Consumers. Conducted by the U-M Institute for Social Research (ISR) since…

Tom Paskus and Lydia Bell of the NCAA talk with ISR's Maggie Levenstein. Photo by Michael McIntyre/ISR.

Well-being of student athletes: Symposium attracts broad interest

April 27th, 2015

How many college athletes actually make it into the pros? How many think they will? Does participating in competitive sports protect from high-school and college substance use, or does it lead to increased use? Does the type of sport matter?…

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Leaders who can read the crowd do better

April 22nd, 2015

Ann Arbor—Performers call it “reading the crowd” or “sizing up the audience.” However you put it, new research from University of Michigan professor Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks shows this skill, which he calls emotional aperture, isn’t just important for performers. It can…

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Consumers spring ahead in 2015

March 30th, 2015

ANN ARBOR—Consumer optimism reached a ten-year peak of 95.5 in the 1st quarter of 2015—its highest level since the 3rd quarter of 2004, according to the University of Michigan (U-M) Surveys of Consumers. Conducted by the U-M Institute for Social…

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Simple equation: Moms talking math to preschoolers equals knowledgeable kids

March 19th, 2015

ANN ARBOR—Preschool children improve their math skills when their mothers talk to them about math during meal times. The new study by researchers at the University of Michigan and Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile offers insight for parents on fostering…

Modern Revolving Door

Stopping the revolving door: Study finds sepsis survivors return to hospital for preventable reasons

March 11th, 2015

Targeting post-hospital care for each patient could avoid expensive rehospitalizations ANN ARBOR, Mich.— They’re alive thanks to the most advanced care modern hospitals can provide. But for survivors of sepsis, the hospital door often looks like a revolving one, a…

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Consumers remain optimistic in February

February 27th, 2015

ANN ARBOR—Consumer optimism was affected in February by lower gas prices and an unusually harsh winter. The small overall decline from January still left consumer confidence at the highest levels in eight years, according to the University of Michigan (U-M)…

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Passive Facebook use undermines how a person feels

February 27th, 2015

ANN ARBOR—Using Facebook only to scroll through your news feed or browse other people’s profiles can have a negative impact on your well-being, says a University of Michigan researcher. Ethan Kross, U-M associate professor of psychology, and colleague Philippe Verduyn…

U.S. Race Groups and Projected Growth

Opportunities—and some challenges—face more racially diverse United States

February 25th, 2015

ANN ARBOR—The United States is becoming racially diverse more quickly than at any time in its history, and current projections show that by 2050 nonwhites will outnumber whites in this country for the first time, according to a University of…

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