Tag: Arts and Sciences

Imitation game: we unconsciously mimic the speech patterns of people who think like us

Imitation game: we unconsciously mimic the speech patterns of people who think like us

May 20, 2015

When we talk to a companion, psychologists tell us, we unconsciously mirror their posture, behavior, and speech patterns — monkey see, monkey do. New research from University of Rochester shows how certain social factors can modify this automatic behavior.

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Thinking alike changes how we speak

Thinking alike changes how we speak

May 19, 2015

As social creatures, we tend to mimic each other’s posture, laughter, and other behaviors, including how we speak. Now a new study from brain and cognitive sciences researchers shows that people with similar views tend to more closely mirror, or align, each other’s speech patterns. In addition, people who are better at compromising align more closely.

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Climate denialists in congress acting as NASA’s kryptonite

Climate denialists in congress acting as NASA’s kryptonite

May 12, 2015

If you are intent on convincing people there is no climate change, then the last thing you want is NASA — with all its heroism and accuracy — telling folks climate change is real. So, faced with this dilemma, climate denialist’s have come up with a clever solution: Get NASA out of climate change science.

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University to introduce Institute for Performing Arts

University to introduce Institute for Performing Arts

May 7, 2015

The institute will serve as a center for performance programs on the River Campus, aiming to further inspire students with or without prior training or experience to explore a variety of aesthetic art forms and opportunities. The institute will strengthen the relationships among the College, the Eastman School of Music, and the Memorial Art Gallery.

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Money in politics: What do donations buy?

Money in politics: What do donations buy?

April 27, 2015

An unethical, quid pro quo relationship between legislators and their donors is hard to prove and, experts say, unlikely for the vast majority of lawmakers. But some say the money flowing into the war chests of politicians affects their psyche, not their floor votes.

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Gloria Culver appointed dean of the School of Arts & Sciences

Gloria Culver appointed dean of the School of Arts & Sciences

April 21, 2015

Gloria Culver has been appointed dean of the School of Arts & Sciences, effective immediately. Culver has been serving as interim dean since July 1, 2014.

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Book looks at civil rights through Poitier’s films

Book looks at civil rights through Poitier’s films

April 18, 2015

At a time when the civil rights struggles of the 1950s and 1960s changed the face of America, Sidney Poitier was probably the most visible black actor in the movie industry. In a new book, The Poitier Effect: The Melodrama and Fantasies of Reconciliation, University of Rochester professor Sharon Willis maintains that while Poitier’s films provide a lens for viewing the possibilities of improved race relations, this perspective doesn’t tell the whole story.

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Carbon’s importance to ocean life’s survival 252 million years ago

Carbon’s importance to ocean life’s survival 252 million years ago

April 7, 2015

A new study demonstrates for the first time how elemental carbon became an important construction material of some forms of ocean life after one of the greatest mass extinctions in the history of Earth more than 252 million years ago.

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Lost at sea, found in fiction

Lost at sea, found in fiction

April 5, 2015

The portrait over the fireplace mantle had been staring down at Joanna Scott since she was a little girl. “I knew of him and knew he had disappeared at sea,” she says. “It really haunted me.” Much of what is known of this mysterious man is fabrication, a history he invented himself. Truth and his fictions collide in Scott’s latest novel, De Potter’s Grand Tour.

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