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Teens unlikely to be harmed by moderate digital screen use

(Association for Psychological Science) Parents and pediatricians alike may worry about the effects of teens' screen time, but new findings from over 120,000 adolescents in the UK indicate that the relationship between screen time and well-being is weak at best, even at high levels of digital engagement. Show More Summary

will trade associations exacerbate growing economic inequality in the united states? a guest post by howard aldrich

Howard Aldrich is the Kenan Professor of Sociology at UNC-Chapel Hill. This post examines an important question at the intersection of economic and political sociology, the role that trade groups have in American politics. This post originally appeared on Howard Aldrich’s blog and is reposted with permission. An essay prepared for a special section of the […]

Benefits of renting a home may be underrated

(University of Stirling) Renting rather than owning a home may not be as expensive as many people think, according to financial research from the University of Stirling.

Study looks at strategies used by African-American women facing intimate partner violence

(University at Buffalo) African-American women in abusive relationships use a variety of strategies pulled from three general categories to survive intimate partner violence (IPV), according to a new University at Buffalo study recently published in the journal Social Work.

Macaques, like humans, know how well they can recall memories

(American Association for the Advancement of Science) Researchers have pinpointed a brain region monkeys use to evaluate their ability to recall memories. To date, this metamemory process, which requires a higher level of self-reflection about our own cognition, was thought by some to be unique to humans, though this research suggests otherwise.

Malaria transmission may increase when more parasites are transferred via mosquito bite

(PLOS) Mosquitos carrying a greater number of malaria-causing parasites may be more likely to cause infection in the people they bite, according to a new study published in PLOS Pathogens.

Travis Hirschi (R.I.P.) and “Acting White”

January 12, 2017 Posted by Jay Livingston The day I heard that Travis Hirschi had died was the same day I read this Vox article by Jenése Desmond-Harris about “acting White.” I sensed a common element, but what was it? Both Hirschi and Desmong-Harris were questioning widely held ideas. Show More Summary

is college an intrinsic good? (on how we talk about schools vs. education)

(I made some edits from an earlier version to better distinguish sociologists of education from ed reformers.) Teaching a graduate seminar on sociology of education this quarter has helped me to realize that I’m actually a sociologist of schools rather than a sociologist of education.  By that I mean that sociologists of education (as I’m calling […]

Study: Vulnerable young women of color most likely to need abortion financial assistance

(University at Buffalo) Abortion fund patients who get aid to help pay for abortions are younger and more likely to be African American when compared to general abortion patients in the US, according to the findings of a study just published online in the journal Social Work in Health Care.

Researchers reveal that not all violent acts are equal

(Queen Mary University of London) People from different nationalities make similar judgements and decisions about the severity of different violent acts -- a finding that could help international organisations, such as the UN and World Health Organisation to better manage crime and violent behaviour -- according to research led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

Building London's Houses of Parliament helped create clean-air laws

(Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Britain's dazzling Houses of Parliament building, constructed from 1840 until 1870, is an international icon. But the building's greatest legacy may be something politicians and tourists don't think about much: the clean air around it. Show More Summary

Offenders' deadly thoughts may hold answer to reducing crime

(Iowa State University) It's something many of us may say in anger, but don't really mean. However, for a small percentage of the population homicidal thoughts are very real. Matt DeLisi, an Iowa State University professor of sociology...Show More Summary

Conservation practices may leave African indigenous populations behind

(Penn State) Conservation and logging groups in Central and West Africa are failing to fully incorporate local concerns into management, marginalizing the livelihoods of the local population, according to Nathan Clay, Ph.D. candidate in geography, Penn State.

Online dating booming but how much does education matter?

(Queensland University of Technology) Online daters are most likely to contact people with the same level of education as them, but are less fussy about an intellectual match as they get older, according to QUT research. 'Things change...Show More Summary

Instagram documents rising hookah use

(University of Southern California) Social media is giving researchers insight into the rising use of hookah, according to a study from USC. Hookah, smoked through a water pipe and also known as shisha, has harmful health effects similar to cigarettes. Show More Summary

Teaching Medical Students To Rethink Race

Sociology thoroughly embraces the “social construction” of race — that the ways we see, interpret, and act upon people’s “race” are actually created and maintained because of social norms. This line of thinking hasn’t caught on everywhere and medicine — especially since the completion of the Human Genome Project — often treats race as a biological, scientific […]

Cyber Crime

By Sally Raskoff We’ve been hearing a lot about “cyber” crime lately. Are cyber crimes increasing? What is the impact of cyber crime on society? If we have a phone, most of us get those annoying phone calls, most of...

Incentive pay schemes can affect employee well-being

(University of East Anglia) Incentive-related pay schemes can stress rather than motivate employees, according to new research by the University of East Anglia.

Obituary: Zygmunt Bauman

I was sorry to hear leading social theorist Zygmunt Bauman passed away on Sunday. For a generation of sociologists who came of age between the late 80s and, well, now, Bauman was a permanent presence in the specialist journals and book catalogues. Show More Summary

Why better choices depend on 'libertarian paternalism'

(University of Florida) Nudging people toward better behavior through policy can be effective, but can face resistance if people feel their autonomy is threatened.

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