Social Sciences News

When consumers don't want to talk about what they bought

Social Sciences News - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 10:54
One of the joys of shopping for many people is the opportunity to brag about their purchases to friends and others.

Lifting of Saudi Arabia's ban on women driving poses policy challenges

Social Sciences News - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 10:03
This month Saudi Arabia will put an end to its ban on women driving, opening the way for millions of new drivers to navigate a country three times bigger than Texas. While the policy shift provides relief to women who lacked freedom of mobility, the long-term effects of ending the ban are far from clear and will present the Saudi government with several policy challenges, according to an issue brief by experts at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy.

How emotions shape work life

Social Sciences News - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 08:57
Jochen Menges, an expert in organisational behaviour, thinks that emotions matter profoundly for employee performance and behaviour. His studies bring nuance to our understanding of how employees wish to feel at work.

Professor says people are turning to 'socially mediated vigilante justice' to right perceived wrongs

Social Sciences News - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 08:34
The internet loves creating villains: People get caught on camera or social media behaving badly, the post or video goes viral and anyone with a computer or smartphone piles on and fans the flames.

'Face-to-face, humans are not good at violence': Randall Collins in conversation with Michel Wieviorka

Social Sciences News - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 08:12
Ten years ago, two major work about violence came out: "Violence: A Micro-Sociological Theory," by Randall Collins (Princeton University Press, 2008) and "Violence: A New Approach," by Michel Wieviorka (Sage, 2009). The two sociologists meet today to discuss their theories and renew the debate for The Conversation France.

Integrated approach is the best way to manage urban growth, expert says

Social Sciences News - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 07:03
Unwise government policy has given the Netherlands a serious traffic problem. For decades, spatial planning policy-makers have failed to take adequate account of the impact of individual travel behaviours, and of private car use in particular.

Genetic engineering researcher: Politicians are deaf to people's ethical concerns

Social Sciences News - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 05:54
While a many Danes question whether genetically modified foods are unnatural, this concern is much less apparent among politicians, according to Professor Jesper Lassen at the University of Copenhagen's Department of Food and Resource Economics. Lassen has investigated Danish attitudes about genetically modified foods since the early 90's.

Study finds less corruption in countries where more women are in government

Social Sciences News - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 10:15
A greater representation of women in the government is bad news for corruption, according to a new study published in the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization by researchers Chandan Jha of Le Moyne College and Sudipta Sarangi of Virginia Tech.

Nearly 70 percent of undocumented Mexican immigrants report discrimination

Social Sciences News - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 09:20
A new study from Rice University found that 69 percent of undocumented Mexicans living in high-risk neighborhoods near the California-Mexico border reported interpersonal discrimination due to being undocumented.

Fake Facebook account reveals how we fall for fake news

Social Sciences News - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 08:52
A fictitious Facebook account set up by a team of researchers at the University of Nottingham to mirror the sort of news feed users might encounter on their own Facebook pages has highlighted the difficulties in combating the spread of fake news, because of the way we assess news when it is presented via social media.

Why don't most people become radicalised?

Social Sciences News - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 05:22
To understand what leads people into violent extremism, scientists are turning the question on its head and asking why it is that most young people don't become radicalised.

Children in India exhibit religious tolerance, study finds

Social Sciences News - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 02:56
A new investigation of how children reason about religious rules reveals a remarkable level of acceptance of different religions' rules and practices.

ExCITe Center releases first national study of K-12 education makerspaces

Social Sciences News - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 15:38
Drexel University's ExCITe Center released Making Culture, the first in-depth examination of K-12 education makerspaces nationwide, revealing the significance of cultural aspects of making that enable learning. The research highlights how makerspaces foster a range of positive student learning outcomes, but also reflect some of the gaps in inclusion common in the STEM fields. The ExCITe Center is sharing its findings as part of National Maker Week to increase awareness of the importance of culture in makerspace design and sustainability.

Black + white = Not white: Understanding how multiracial individuals are categorized

Social Sciences News - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 13:46
How you perceive someone who is multiracial matters. Historically, the answer to that question for someone who was black-white multiracial had repercussions for who that person could marry, what school he or she could attend and other forms of discrimination the individual might experience.

Dads often earn more, even if they're not harder workers

Social Sciences News - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 12:57
When it comes to earning potential, it pays to be a dad, new UBC research suggests.

Study identifies key challenges when communicating potential policies

Social Sciences News - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 10:42
A team of Cambridge researchers sets out to define a new science for policy communications, with ambitions of finding the "Goldilocks zone" between too much and not enough information when informing both legislators and the public on complex issues.

Can watching pro sports on TV prevent crime?

Social Sciences News - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 10:02
The entertainment provided by televised sporting events has a significant effect on crime in Chicago, reducing the number of violent, property and drug crime reports by as much as 25 percent during the hours of a given game, according to a study by the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program. The study published in the Journal of Sports Economics in May.

Why electronic surveillance monitoring may not reduce youth crime

Social Sciences News - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 10:00
Last week, the Victorian government announced a new surveillance monitoring scheme directed at young criminal offenders aged 16 and older.

Women in communications earn less, experience negative company cultures and still face a glass ceiling

Social Sciences News - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 09:20
FIU's Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Center released the results of a national survey that found that women are more likely to be in middle management or junior level positions in the communication industries, while men dominate top management positions.

Study examines how corruption is concealed in China

Social Sciences News - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 07:51
When Chinese President Xi Jinping took office in 2012, he launched the most extensive anti-corruption drive since Maoist rule in China.