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ISR News Releases

New study analyzes why people are resistant to correcting misinformation, offers solutions

September 20th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Childhood vaccines do not cause autism. President Obama was born in the United States. Global warming is confirmed by science. And yet, many people believe claims to the contrary. In a study appearing in the current issue of…

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Emily Falk receives NIH Director’s New Innovator Award

September 13th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Emily Falk, a faculty associate at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research (ISR), has received the 2012 National Institutes of Health Director’s New Innovator Award. This prestigious honor, which awards up to $1.5 million for five…

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U-M Society 2030 consortium kicks off third year

September 11th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Society 2030, an innovative consortium bringing together University of Michigan researchers with corporate leaders to prepare for society’s changing age structure, kicks off its third year on September 19 with a meeting focusing on emerging assistive technologies, including…

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U-M’s Toni Antonucci to receive Distinguished Career Award

September 6th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—University of Michigan psychologist Toni Antonucci will receive the 2012 Distinguished Career Contribution to Gerontology Award from The Gerontological Society of America, the nation’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging. Antonucci is the associate vice…

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Exceptional upward mobility in the U.S. is a myth, international studies show

September 5th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—The rhetoric is relentless: America is a place of unparalleled opportunity, where hard work and determination can propel a child out of humble beginnings into the White House, or at least a mansion on a hill. But the…

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Consumer confidence improves slightly in August

September 4th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Consumer confidence improved slightly in August due to consumers’ more favorable evaluations of their present financial situations, 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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Why retire later? U-M experts show how to encourage longer careers

August 28th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—What if every U.S. worker got an automatic 10 percent pay raise at age 55?  According to a new University of Michigan study, most people would work quite a bit longer before they retired, to enjoy the extra…

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Chain of violence: Study shows impact on Palestinian and Israeli children

August 21st, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Children exposed to ethnic and political violence in the Middle East are more aggressive than other children, a new study shows.  And the younger children are, the more strongly they are affected, in a “chain of violence” that goes…

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Consumer confidence slips in July due to slower job growth, higher food prices

July 27th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Consumer confidence slipped in July, according to University of Michigan economist Richard Curtin, director of the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers. All of the overall decline was in how consumers viewed future prospects for…

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Generation X is surprisingly unconcerned about climate change

July 18th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—As the nation suffers through a summer of record-shattering heat, a University of Michigan report finds that Generation X is lukewarm about climate change—uninformed about the causes and unconcerned about the potential dangers.

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