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How to fail properly and often

How to fail properly and often

March 19, 2019

Julia Maddox, director of the University’s Barbara J. Burger iZone in Rush Rhees Library, talks about creating a safe space for students to try things, and fail, while reducing the pressure to have to succeed all the time.

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Applying psychology to online dating

Applying psychology to online dating

March 19, 2019

“There’s the old saying that you have to kiss a lot of frogs to find a prince—and I think that really applies to online dating,” says professor Harry Reis in an NBC News post on how to be better at online dating, according to psychology.

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Conservative audiences no less interested in <em>Captain Marvel</em>

Conservative audiences no less interested in Captain Marvel

March 18, 2019

“The myth that female- or minority-led films struggle at the box office has been debunked again,” writes Bethany Lacina, an associate professor of political science, in an analysis for the Washington Post.

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Watching for ‘bright lines’ during the Trump presidency

Watching for ‘bright lines’ during the Trump presidency

March 12, 2019

In a study spanning the first 18 months of the Donald Trump presidency, the non-partisan Bright Line Watch research group found large areas of agreement as to what constitutes critical democratic principles, but little agreement over which have been violated.

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Does awe lead to greater interest in science?

Does awe lead to greater interest in science?

March 6, 2019

In a recent study, participants who watched awe-inducing nature videos or virtual reality simulations consistently reported greater interest in science and greater awareness of gaps in their knowledge.

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When the federal debt hits $22 trillion

When the federal debt hits $22 trillion

February 19, 2019

Professor and campaign finance expert David Primo appeared on Wisconsin Public Radio to discuss the importance of the national debt, which has hit levels not seen since the aftermath of World War II.

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When parenting teens, keep calm and don’t carry on

When parenting teens, keep calm and don’t carry on

February 19, 2019

In a new study, Rochester psychologists found that mothers and fathers who were less capable of dampening down their anger are more likely to resort to harsh discipline aimed at their teens, and that fathers in particular were not as good at considering alternative explanations for their teens’ behavior.

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‘Drifting open eyed into insanity’

‘Drifting open eyed into insanity’

January 28, 2019

Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation has acquired a remarkable collection of 52 personal letters from author and early feminist reformer Charlotte Perkins Gilman, who minces no words when it comes to motherhood, marriage, and depression.

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Common test of mental state understanding is biased

Common test of mental state understanding is biased

January 24, 2019

A new Rochester study has shown that a widely accepted test for assessing a patient’s ability to understand the mental state of another is biased against the less educated and against racial and ethnic minorities.

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White fans like white NFL players more and black players less since anthem protests

White fans like white NFL players more and black players less since anthem protests

January 22, 2019

Writing in the Washington Post political scientist Bethany Lacina shows how the gap in the popularity of black and white NFL players with white fans has increased since 2016.

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