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ISR News Releases

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Seemed all right to me: Differences in feelings of tension contribute to divorce

November 1st, 2017

ANN ARBOR—Women are twice as likely as men to file for divorce, and a new University of Michigan study sheds a little light on why. The study, which followed 355 couples over the course of 16 years, found that while…

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Surge in consumer confidence

October 27th, 2017

ANN ARBOR—Consumer sentiment surged in October, reaching its highest level since the start of 2004, according to the University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers. This was only the second time that the Sentiment Index was above 100.0 since the end…


Minor parole violations behind high rate of reincarceration

October 3rd, 2017

ANN ARBOR—People convicted of felonies are more likely to return to prison if they are sentenced to prison rather than probation, according to a University of Michigan study. The study adds new evidence to the argument that a key driver…

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As retirement age creeps up, health of those close to retirement is getting worse

October 3rd, 2017

ANN ARBOR—Ten years from now, Americans born in 1960 will be able to start collecting their full Social Security retirement check, at the age of 67. That’s two years later than their parents, because of a change in the federal…

Approximately 20 million adults traveled from their home area to another area to be able to watch the solar eclipse, usually seeking a higher degree of totality, according to ISR's Jon Miller.

A record number of Americans viewed the 2017 solar eclipse

October 2nd, 2017

ANN ARBOR—Eighty-eight percent of American adults viewed the August total solar eclipse directly or electronically. This audience of 215 million adults is nearly twice the size of the viewership of recent Super Bowl football games. A national study of American…


ISR Faculty honored by U-M President Schlissel for public engagement

October 2nd, 2017

At his annual Leadership Breakfast on Tuesday, October 2, President Mark Schlissel announced the effort to boost faculty public engagement. He also announced the recipients of two new presidential awards recognizing public engagement and its impact. Public engagement by faculty…

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Consumers demonstrate resilience

September 29th, 2017

ANN ARBOR—Consumer sentiment slipped in September due to the expected impact of the hurricanes on the economy and on gas prices. Importantly, the impact was quite small and has already begun to fade, according to the University of Michigan Surveys of…

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James S. Jackson to receive U-M Distinguished Diversity Scholar Career Award

September 28th, 2017

James Jackson, Daniel Katz Distinguished University Professor of Psychology, RCGD research professor, and former director of ISR, will be awarded the University of Michigan’s inaugural Distinguished Diversity Scholar Career Award. The award recognizes Jackson for his “innovative research on the…

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Studies find contaminated Flint water likely impacted the health of adults, not just children

September 26th, 2017

ANN ARBOR — In late 2015 and 2016, a number of studies and media reports focused on the public health crisis in Flint, Mich. in which lead from aging pipes leached into the city’s water supply. The emphasis, for the…

Researchers use two-way windows and mirrors to observe how people move around in our most familiar environment: home.

Home sweet HomeLab

September 21st, 2017

New U-M lab provides a space for researchers to study how we live in our most familiar environment Click here for a video about the new lab space. ANN ARBOR—Fredda Clisham washes her hands at a bathroom sink—something she’s done…

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