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Social Sciences - 29.10.2018
Beermats to boost conversations in pubs and tackle loneliness in older men
29 October 2018 Specially-designed beermats have been created to highlight the important role traditional pubs have to play in tackling loneliness in older men. As traditional pubs decline, and face-to-face socialising is replaced by social media, researchers at the University of Bristol have examined the role pubs play in the lives of men over 65.

Social Sciences - Administration - 24.10.2018
How online technologies are transforming transnational organised crime
Experts from Cardiff University are leading on a major new research project which will assess how new technologies are influencing transnational organised crime (Cyber-TNOC). Professor Mike Levi, Dr Luca Giommoni and Professor Matthew Williams, criminologists at the School of Social Sciences, along with Professor Pete Burnap from the School of Computer Science and Informatics, have secured funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to investigate the ways in which criminals are making use of cyber and allied technologies.

Social Sciences - 24.10.2018
From Minutes to Months
Governments and police forces around the world need to give greater consideration to the potential harm caused by mass and social media following terror events, a report concludes. Academics at Cardiff University's Crime and Security Research Institute (CSRI) lead an international team of analysts from the University of New South Wales, Michigan State University and the Canadian Society of Evidence Based Policing to learn the lessons from researching recent terror attacks in the UK, US, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.

Social Sciences - 23.10.2018
Cultural stereotypes drive negative perceptions of undocumented immigrants
Heated political rhetoric on immigration has dominated the media for the past few years, with politicians including President Donald Trump often portraying undocumented immigrants as dangerous criminals. According to new University of Chicago research , that kind of dialogue may be fostering a national sentiment of fear and hostility toward already disadvantaged populations.

Social Sciences - 22.10.2018
Non-English speaker less likely to get automated suicide-prevention advice from Google
Do people with suicidal thoughts see potentially life-saving information when they go online? It may depend on the language they're using, research shows. Sebastian Scherr, an assistant professor at KU Leuven's School for Mass Communication Research, has discovered that when it comes to online searches not all languages are created equal.

Social Sciences - Health - 22.10.2018
Is big-city living eroding our nice instinct?
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Social Sciences - 17.10.2018
Fact or fiction? Novels come top for reading skills
Fact or fiction? Novels come top for reading skills
Young people who read fiction have significantly stronger reading skills than their peers who do not, according to new findings from UCL. Researchers from the UCL Institute of Education (IOE), analysed data from more than 250,000 teenagers aged 15, across 35 industrialised countries* who had taken part in the Programme of International Student Assessment (PISA).

Social Sciences - 16.10.2018
Youth violence lower in countries with complete ban on corporal punishment
A study published today in the BMJ Open shows that in countries where there is a complete ban on all corporal punishment of children there is less fighting among young people. There was 31% less physical fighting in young men and 42% less physical fighting in young women in countries where corporal punishment was banned in all settings, compared with those where corporal punishment was permitted both at school and at home.

Social Sciences - 15.10.2018
Birmingham renews valuable European research partnership
Women are using Mumsnet to swap advice on dealing with financial inequality and men who do not pay their fair share. The finding comes from a Goldsmiths, University of London and University of Birmingham study that analysed four months' worth of discussion threads on the Mumsnet website, with titles such as 'Is he tight or am I just a princess?' and 'Is he tight or am I expecting too much?'.

Social Sciences - 12.10.2018
How violent protest can backfire
When a protest group with strong public support turns violent, people may perceive them as less reasonable. In turn, this leads people to identify with them less, and ultimately become less supportive, according to a new study by Stanford sociologist Robb Willer. Protestors are not helping their cause when they turn violent toward their opposition.

Social Sciences - 03.10.2018
Trial housing project creates pathway to homeownership and frees up social housing
Trial housing project creates pathway to homeownership and frees up social housing
A trial housing development on a 34-unit apartment block in North Melbourne has helped people come off social housing waiting lists, thanks to a unique partnership between University of Melbourne, Melbourne City Mission, Resilient Melbourne and the City of Melbourne. The Barnett Model (formerly Melbourne Apartments Project or MAP) Final Report released today demonstrates the model's effectiveness in helping social housing tenants become home owners in cases where they may have been priced out of the market.

Social Sciences - 01.10.2018
A first : cross-country study looks at social integration among minority adolescents
An international research group has published the conclusions of a study focused on juvenile delinquency among ethnic and religious minorities from five different Western countries. Through the prism of delinquency, the study examines the social integration of minorities and concludes that interaction with public institutions and the living conditions of these young people contribute to different patterns of integration depending on the country.

Social Sciences - 28.09.2018
Ghent University starts search for 21 top professors
( 28-09-2018 ) During the next few years, the faculties at Ghent University will closely collaborate with each other in the realisation of ten interdisciplinary projects of major social impact. Ghent University is creating 21 new professorships which they will begin to fill as of this autumn. The announcement in 2017 that Ghent University intended to invest in a project of interdisciplinary research generated a great deal of interest within the institution.

Social Sciences - Life Sciences - 28.09.2018
Bold male birds fall faster and harder for their partners
Research from Oxford University has revealed that bold male birds focus on forming strong relationships with their future breeding partners while shy male birds play the field. A new study from the Department of Zoology, Oxford University, has found that the individual personalities of male great tits influences how they bond with their future breeding partner.

Social Sciences - 10.09.2018
New data reveals scale of drug and alcohol finds in Welsh prisons
Cardiff University's Wales Governance Centre has presented new findings on drugs, alcohol and homelessness to the House of Commons' Welsh Affairs Committee. The Committee held an evidence session at the National Assembly in Cardiff as part of its inquiry into prison provision in Wales. The Wales Governance Centre's Dr Robert Jones was questioned by MPs on the new data and on his previous Imprisonment in Wales Factfile.

Health - Social Sciences - 29.08.2018
Put to the text: addiction treatment sessions SMS study
Put to the text: addiction treatment sessions SMS study
Said the study was the first to evaluate the effectiveness of SMS appointment reminders for alcohol addiction treatment sessions. "There is good evidence for the effectiveness of SMS reminders in improving attendance to medical appointments, however there is limited evidence for addiction services," Dr Gullo said.

Life Sciences - Social Sciences - 23.08.2018
Dominant men make decisions faster
Dominant men make decisions faster
Men who exhibit high social dominance make faster decisions than low-dominance men even outside a social context, finds a large behavioral study from EPFL. Hierarchies exist across all human and animal societies, organized by what behavioral scientists refer to as dominance. Dominant individuals tend to climb higher up the hierarchy ladder of their particular society, earning priority access to resources.

Social Sciences - Computer Science - 21.08.2018
Project will build AI models to explain, predict and influence the social world
Data-driven models are increasingly used to simulate and make predictions about complex systems, from online shopping preferences and the performance of the stock market to the spread of disease and political unrest. But while powerful methods in machine learning and computational social science improve at predicting the future, they often lack the ability to explain why those results occur, rendering these models less helpful for shaping interventions and policy.

Psychology - Social Sciences - 21.08.2018
New research sheds light on why suicide is more common in autistic people
People who hide their autism by 'camouflaging' to try to fit into society, or who don't receive correct support are at higher risk of suicide, according to new research. Researchers from the University of Nottingham's School of Psychology and the Universities of Coventry and Cambridge worked closely with a group of autistic people who had experienced mental health problems, self-injury or thoughts of ending life, to design a new innovative study that has just been published in the journal Molecular Autism.

Social Sciences - 20.08.2018
Understanding urban issues through credit cards
Understanding urban issues through credit cards
Digital traces from credit card and mobile phone usage can be used to map urban lifestyles and understand human mobility, according to a report led by UCL, MIT and UC Berkeley. Credit Card Records (CCRs) are currently used to measure similarities in purchasing activity, but for the first time researchers have used the data along with Call Detailed Records (CDRs) to understand the daily rhythms of human mobility and communication.