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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.

Professor Richard Fenno Jr

Pioneering Research on Congress Now Online

After more than 50 years with the University, political science professor Richard Fenno Jr.'s lifetime of scholarly work is now available to researchers around the world via the web.

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New York Stock Exchange

The stock market doesn’t care about elections

David Primo analyzes the connection between elections and the stock market, citing his research on corporate political spending, shareholder approval, and stock market volatility. (Photo: Scott Beale / Laughing Squid)

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The Capital

Four political science researchers earn top awards

Lynda Powell, Gerald Gamm, G. Bingham Powell Jr., and Hein Goemans were recognized for their award-winning research. (Photo: Flickr/Steve Hajjar)

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Rhesus Monkey with Red Flower

“Red Effect” Sparks Interest in Female Monkeys

Culture or biology? Coauthors Andrew J. Elliott and Benjamin Hayden seek to uncover what causes humans’ response to the color red.

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Honduran Migration

Why Hondurans Migrate to the U.S.

Daniel Reichman argues that the real origins of Central American refugee problem are economic—and so is the solution. (Photo credit: Flickr/USDA)

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Teacher with Classroom

“Vital signs” of Teaching Captured by Quick, Reliable In-class Evaluation

Edward Deci and Ronald Rogge report that a new 20-minute classroom assessment can reliably measure classroom instruction and predict standardized test scores.

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John Osburg with Monk

Tibetan Buddhism and Moral Personhood in Contemporary China

John Osburg studies why wealthy, urban Han Chinese are drawn to Tibetan Buddhism and the ways they integrate Buddhist principles into their lives.

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Judge's Hand Striking Gavel

Women, Minority Judicial Nominees Receive Lower Ratings

Maya Sen’s study suggests that the American Bar Association’s sometimes-controversial ratings could be tilted against minorities and women.

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Video Gamer on Couch

Video Gamers’ Aggression Linked to Frustration, Not Violent Content

Richard Ryan and his coauthors find that if you press someone’s competencies, they’ll become more aggressive—regardless of the game.

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Paper Airplane made of Money

Sorry, Cities: No Strength in Numbers

Gerald Gamm and his co-author find that infighting undermines large cities in state legislatures.

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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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Money Flag

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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