Social Sciences News

Hot streak: Finding patterns in creative career breakthroughs

Social Sciences News - Fri, 09/07/2018 - 18:58
You've likely heard of hot hands or hot streaks—periods of repeated successes—in sports, financial markets and gambling. But do hot streaks exist in individual creative careers?

Smiling doesn't necessarily mean you're happy

Social Sciences News - Fri, 09/07/2018 - 12:24
Smiling does not necessarily indicate that we are happy, according to new research at Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS).

Mobile platforms can give refugees access to vital information when they arrive in Australia

Social Sciences News - Fri, 09/07/2018 - 11:10
Waves of asylum seekers emerging from conflict zones in Myanmar, Syria, Sudan, Iraq, Yemen and elsewhere are expected to add more than one million people to global resettlement needs this year.

Clinton lost US election because Democrats were too inclusive—study

Social Sciences News - Fri, 09/07/2018 - 11:07
Hillary Clinton may have lost out to Donald Trump in the battle for the US Presidency because the Democrats were too willing to welcome others with differing views to theirs into their political party, a new study reveals.

Teacher turnover is a problem – here's how to fix it

Social Sciences News - Fri, 09/07/2018 - 10:56
Each school year, a good portion of parents find out that their child's teacher is leaving for a job at another school or a different kind of job all together. An average of 16 percent of public school teachers change schools or leave teaching every year. This is over half a million teachers nationwide.

Does being smart and successful lower your chances of getting married?

Social Sciences News - Fri, 09/07/2018 - 10:50
Having a committed partner and good family relationships are important to most people. Countless novels, fairy tales and movies have told romantic stories about love that endear us to the idea of romantic love.

Put unused and 'lazy' land to work to ease the affordable housing crisis

Social Sciences News - Fri, 09/07/2018 - 10:25
Greater Melbourne officially became home to 5 million people last month – that's almost 90% of the state's population. With these figures in mind, the state government is taking important steps to address the growing affordable housing crisis.

Shared lifetime of grandmothers and grandchildren significantly increased since 1800s

Social Sciences News - Fri, 09/07/2018 - 09:55
The importance of grandmothers in the lives of their grandchildren has changed. The shared lifetime between grandmothers and their grandchildren has a fundamental effect on how grandparents and grandchildren influence each other. A study conducted by biologists at the University of Turku, based on Finnish parish registers, indicates that, in this agrarian society, the shared lifetime of grandchildren and their grandmothers was short.

Video: Understanding the benefits of school diversity in the majority-minority age

Social Sciences News - Fri, 09/07/2018 - 09:50
As soon as 2043, if not before, the U.S. Census Bureau predicts that the United States will become a "diverse-majority" country – meaning that more than 50 percent of Americans will identify as non-white.

The link between meat and social status

Social Sciences News - Fri, 09/07/2018 - 09:35
Eating meat is a symbol of power and status, and those who see themselves as having lower socio-economic status prefer meat, and eat more meat, due to this perception, according to new research from Monash University and the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).

Researcher explains why ex-'Cosby Show' actor endured 'job shaming' for his Trader Joe's gig

Social Sciences News - Fri, 09/07/2018 - 08:38
Most teenagers have heard a similar admonishment from their parents: "Why don't you get a real job?"

Word detectives: Science may help finger opinion columnist

Social Sciences News - Fri, 09/07/2018 - 03:30
Language detectives say the key clues to who wrote the anonymous New York Times opinion piece slamming President Donald Trump may not be the odd and glimmering "lodestar," but the itty-bitty words that people usually read right over: "I," "of" and "but."

Why the 'solid South' of midcentury US politics was not so solid

Social Sciences News - Thu, 09/06/2018 - 17:47
In 1938, an ambitious young Texas congressman named Lyndon Johnson voted for a bill called the Fair Labor Standards Act, which established the minimum wage. Most of Johnson's Democratic Party colleagues joined him.

No 'changing room moment' for men as they age

Social Sciences News - Thu, 09/06/2018 - 12:49
Men, unlike women, do not suffer from the 'changing room moment' when they suddenly realise they are too old for certain types of clothes, according to new research from the University of Kent.

Working long and hard? It may do more harm than good

Social Sciences News - Thu, 09/06/2018 - 11:40
Nearly half of people in the EU work in their free time to meet work demands, and a third often or always work at high speed, according to recent estimates. If you are one of them, have you ever wondered whether all the effort is really worth it?

Four ways to defend democracy and protect every voter's ballot

Social Sciences News - Thu, 09/06/2018 - 11:30
As voters prepare to cast their ballots in the November midterm elections, it's clear that U.S. voting is under electronic attack. Russian government hackers probed some states' computer systems in the runup to the 2016 presidential election and are likely to do so again – as might hackers from other countries or nongovernmental groups interested in sowing discord in American politics.

The secret to a happy marriage—flexible roles

Social Sciences News - Thu, 09/06/2018 - 11:30
Between 2005 and 2010, one in ten married couples in Indonesia got divorced, according to data from the Supreme Court. In 70% of the cases, the wife initiated the divorce. The trend has only increased since then, rising by 80% between 2010 and 2015.

Students stressed about college? Texting mom or dad can help

Social Sciences News - Thu, 09/06/2018 - 10:35
The secret to helping your children cope with the pressures of college – without crippling their growth and development – could be tucked in your pocket.

Quotas get more women on boards and stir change from within

Social Sciences News - Thu, 09/06/2018 - 10:20
Mandated quotas are raising the number of women appointed to top company posts in Europe and sparking a cultural push for gender equality, but entrenched networks are getting in the way of achieving true boardroom diversity, according to researchers.

Lost generation? 2008 crisis still weighs on Millennials

Social Sciences News - Thu, 09/06/2018 - 03:40
Marco Saavedra had just graduated from college in 2011 three years after the global financial crisis erupted and just as the Occupy Wall Street movement was picking up steam.