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ISR News Releases

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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Psychological paradox: Emotionally step back to move forward

September 29th, 2008

When you’re upset or depressed, should you analyze your feelings to figure out what’s wrong? Or should you just forget about it and move on? New research suggests a solution to these questions and to a related psychological paradox: Processing…

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