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Resolved to quit smoking? Brain scans reveal likely success

March 31st, 2011

Brain scans showing neural reactions to pro-health messages can predict if you’ll keep that resolution to quit smoking more accurately than you yourself can. That’s according to a study published recently in Health Psychology, a peer-reviewed journal.

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It’s all in a name: ‘Global warming’ versus ‘Climate change’

March 31st, 2011

More people believe in “climate change” than in “global warming,” according to a University of Michigan study published in Public Opinion Quarterly. “Wording matters,” says Jonathon Schuldt, a Ph.D. candidate in the U-M Department of Psychology who co-authored the study…

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Many U.S. women have children by more than one man

March 31st, 2011

The first national study of the prevalence of multiple partner fertility shows that 28 percent of all U.S. women with two or more children have children by more than one man. The study was presented April 1 in Washington, D.C.,…


To Russia, for data

March 31st, 2011

ISR political scientist Ronald Inglehart was among the winners of an international grant competition from the Russian Federation’s Ministry of Education and Science, designed to attract leading scientists from around the world to Russian educational institutions. Winning scientists partner with…


What to do with all the data

March 31st, 2011

Early this year, ICPSR Acquisitions Director Amy Pienta conducted a webinar on creating a data management plan, and more than 500 researchers from all over the world participated. “Data management plans are now a hot topic among the research community,”…

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Fifty years of change in population studies

March 30th, 2011

Fifty years ago, when the ISR Population Studies Center was founded, the burning issues in population studies looked starkly different from today. Rising birth rates—coupled with increased longevity—were raising widespread fears that the world’s resources would be overwhelmed. The Population…

Study illuminates the ‘pain’ of social rejection

March 25th, 2011

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Physical pain and intense feelings of social rejection “hurt” in the same way, a new study shows.The study demonstrates that the same regions of the brain that become active in response to painful sensory experiences are activated during…


Building for the Future

September 8th, 2010

In 1965, after years of wandering from one temporary location to another, the Institute for Social Research (ISR) opened the doors of its new building on Thompson Street with celebration and a collective sigh of relief. Three years later, the…


Two U-M ISR studies named to NSF “Sensational 60” list

May 28th, 2010

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Two long-term studies conducted by the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research (ISR) have been included in a National Science Foundation list of 60 scientific discoveries or advances that have had a major impact on…


Burns reappointed Director of ISR Center for Political Studies

February 25th, 2010

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Nancy Burns has been re-appointed Director of the Center for Political Studies at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research (ISR). A political scientist who has studied the reasons for gender differences in political participation, she…

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