Social Sciences

How does society, and the manner in which humans behave, influence our world? Our social scientists transform the way we think about the economy, politics, basic motives of human behavior, and the nature of social interactions.

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Divorce Rate Cut in Half for Couples Who Discussed Relationship Movies

Discussing five movies about relationships over a month could cut the three-year divorce rate for newlyweds in half, report Ronald Roggee and his team.

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The Impact of Money on Policymaking

Lynda Powell’s prize-winning book about the influence of campaign contributions in state legislatures lays the foundation for more research.

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Depression Therapy Effective for Poor, Minority Moms

Screenings and short-term, relationship-focused therapy can relieve depression among minority mothers, Sheree Toth and her team find.

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Legacy of Slavery Still Fuels Anti-Black Attitudes in the Deep South

Slavery was abolished more than 150 years ago, but its political legacy endures.

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Psychologist Wins Top Personality Research Award

Andrew Elliot is awarded the 2013 Diener Award for his contributions to the field of personality psychology. He researches approach and avoidance motivation.

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Money Bags

Influencing Public Policy

A UR professor documents the subtle and not-so-subtle ways in which money buys influence.

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Scholar Pursues New Treatments for Autism

UR scholar pursues the biological and psychological mechanisms behind autism.

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Sheree Toth

Mt. Hope Family Center

Grant to Provide Treatment for Children Exposed to Trauma.

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Men Are from Mars Earth, Women Are from Venus Earth

Researchers conclude that men and women aren't as different as we think.

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