Social Sciences

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With Apple’s launch of new health tracking tools for the iPhone and medical researchers’ forays into Facebook to recruit clinical trial volunteers, Web and mobile apps are increasingly seen as a new source for health data. But psychologists are also looking to the Internet as a new source of information about the mind — and […]

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Nonprofit organizations dedicated to helping support public schools have grown dramatically over the past two decades. And they are raising a lot more money than a few years ago. But the growth hasn’t come close to offsetting the reduction in tax revenues for schools that came with the recent recession, according to a study by Indiana […]

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Social integration, including strong family ties, can protect one’s well-being and even reduce the impact high-risk genes have on health. Scientists call this phenomenon a gene-environment interaction. An Indiana University study focusing on substance abuse, however, found that a three-way interplay of gender, genetics and social integration produced the different outcomes for men and women. […]

Michael Reece, associate dean for research and graduate studies at IU School of Public Health-Bloomington points to new areas of research, including epidemiology.

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 The Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington has received a grant from Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Debby Herbenick, co-director of the school’s Center for Sexual Health Promotion, will pursue an innovative global health and development research project, titled “Development and Testing of the Female Pleasure Condom.” […]

Ethnographer Jason Baird Jackson takes us behind the scenes of IU Bloomington’s Mathers Museum and reflects on the future of museums in the 21st century.

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Many Americans are confused about the best ways to conserve water and have a slippery grasp on how much water different activities use, according to a national online survey conducted by an Indiana University researcher. Experts say the best strategy for conserving water is to focus on efficiency improvements such as replacing toilets and retrofitting […]

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An IU Bloomington study in collaboration with medical researchers from Karolinska Institute in Stockholm has found that advancing paternal age at childbearing can lead to higher rates of psychiatric and academic problems in offspring than previously estimated. Examining an immense data set — everyone born in Sweden from 1973 until 2001 — the researchers documented […]

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An Indiana University Bloomington study examining the viewing patterns of adults with autism and comparing them to people without autism found that gaze patterns among those with autism were surprisingly similar to one another and different from the control group. Using eye-tracking devices that measure the location of each participant’s gaze 300 times per second, […]

Models for Enabling Continuous Reconfigurability of Secure Missions, a five-year, $23.2 million cooperative agreement, will form a collaborative research alliance consisting of Indiana University, Penn State, Carnegie Mellon University, University of California Davis, University of California Riverside, and the Army Research Laboratory. The aim of the alliance is to create a science to detect and […]