blog postsResearch suggests sexual appeals in ads don’t sell brands, productsJun 22, 2017 10:30 am36971 views Sexy ads stick in the memory more but don’t sell the brand or product, according to research that analyzed nearly 80 advertising studies published over three decades.75 years later, why did Germans follow the Nazis into Holocaust?Aug 26, 2014 9:00 am28727 views A Minute With™... Peter Fritzsche, a historian of modern Germany'Race': A historian looks at Jesse Owens' impact on Germany and the U.S.Feb 17, 2016 8:15 am12419 views A Minute With...™ Peter Fritzsche, expert on Nazi GermanyQuestion of race not simple for Mexican Americans, author saysMar 5, 2014 9:00 am11468 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - About half of Latinos check "white" in response to the question about race on the U.S. Census. About half check "other race."Youth dating violence shaped by parents’ conflict-handling views, study findsNov 16, 2018 10:15 am10227 views Parents who talk to their children about nonviolent conflict resolution reduce children’s likelihood of abusing their dating partners – even if parents give contradictory messages advocating violence in some situations.Study shows diminished but ‘robust’ link between union decline, rise of inequalityAug 21, 2018 9:45 am8463 views A new study shows a diminished but “robust” link between the decline of unions and the rise in wage inequality.Did news coverage turn Americans against the Vietnam War?Sep 5, 2017 11:30 am7593 views News coverage of the Vietnam War did not have the effect on popular support that many believe, says a University of Illinois researcher. When a minor becomes pregnant, must schools notify the parents?Jun 28, 2010 9:00 am6561 views A Minute With™... Sandra Kopels, a lawyer and social workerNo ‘narcissism epidemic’ among college students, study findsOct 9, 2017 8:30 am5111 views Today’s college students are slightly less narcissistic than their counterparts were in the 1990s, researchers report in a new study – not significantly more, as some have proposed. The study, reported in the journal Psychological Science, analyzed data from 1,166 students at the University of California, Berkeley in the 1990s, and from tens of thousands of students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of California, Davis in the 2000s and 2010s. All of the students completed the Narcissism Personal Inventory, the oldest and most widely used measure of narcissism.Police Training Institute challenges police recruits' racial biasesAug 1, 2016 9:15 am4079 views In early 2014, months before the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and shortly after the Black Lives Matter movement got its start, Michael Schlosser, the director of the Police Training Institute at the University of Illinois, began offering police recruits classes that challenged their views about race and racism, introduced them to critical race theory and instructed them in methods to de-escalate potentially volatile encounters with members of minority groups.Paper examines links between parents’ earnings, gender roles, mental healthAug 11, 2017 9:00 am4051 views New research out of the University of Illinois suggests that some mothers’ and fathers’ psychological well-being may suffer when their work and family identities – and the amount of financial support they provide – conflict with conventional gender roles.Do politics or protests have a place in sports?Sep 28, 2017 12:30 pm3915 views A U. of I. professor who specializes in the history of sports says it’s not realistic to see sporting events as free of politics or protestWhat does the tax reform bill mean for the middle class?Dec 20, 2017 10:45 am3461 views The current tax bill fits with a 30-year trend that doesn’t favor income from work, says sociologist Kevin LeichtHow has Twitter changed news coverage?Oct 22, 2015 11:30 am3341 views A Minute With...™ Alecia Swasy, professor of business journalismFirst dogs in the Americas arrived from Siberia, disappeared after European contactJul 5, 2018 1:00 pm3263 views A study reported in the journal Science offers an enhanced view of the origins and ultimate fate of the first dogs in the Americas. The dogs were not domesticated North American wolves, as some have speculated, but likely followed their human counterparts over a land bridge that once connected North Asia and the Americas, the study found.The ethical dilemmas inherent in school social workJul 6, 2010 9:00 am3168 views A Minute With™... Sandra Kopels, a lawyer and social workerStudy: Early career choices appear to influence personalityDec 10, 2018 8:15 am3131 views In the state of Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany, 16-year-old students in middle-track schools decide whether to stay in school to pursue an academic career or enroll in a vocational training program. A new study offers evidence that the path they choose influences their personality years later.Counseling, antidepressants change personality (for the better), team reportsJan 6, 2017 10:30 am3022 views A review of 207 studies involving more than 20,000 people found that those who engaged in therapeutic interventions were, on average, significantly less neurotic and a bit more extraverted after the interventions than they were beforehand.Feeling anxious? Check your orbitofrontal cortex and cultivate your optimism, study suggestsSep 22, 2015 10:00 am2847 views A new study links anxiety, a brain structure called the orbitofrontal cortex, and optimism, finding that healthy adults who have larger OFCs tend to be more optimistic and less anxious.Mass killings happen randomly, yet rate has remained steady, study findsOct 18, 2017 9:00 am2702 views Mass killings may have increasing news coverage, but the events themselves have happened at a steady rate for more than a decade, according to a new study by University of Illinois researchers.Six Illinois professors named Guggenheim FellowsMay 2, 2016 12:15 pm2604 views Six professors at the University of Illinois have been named 2016 Guggenheim Fellows, bringing to 13 the number of U. of I. faculty members who have been honored with the fellowship over the last three years. This year’s fellows are Dennis Baron, Karin A. Dahmen, Craig Koslofsky, Mei-Po Kwan, Ralph W. Mathisen and Rebecca Stumpf.Report identifies factors associated with harassment, abuse in academic fieldworkOct 16, 2017 8:30 am2540 views College students considering careers in fields like archaeology or geology that require extensive work at remote field sites might want to find out how potential supervisors and advisers conduct themselves in the field. Do they establish clear ground rules for the behavior of everyone on the team? Are the rules consistently enforced? According to a new report, such factors likely influence whether students will witness or experience harassment while working far from home.Increased risk of suicide, mental health conditions linked to sexual assault victimizationAug 8, 2017 4:00 pm2503 views An analysis of nearly 200 independent studies involving more than 230,000 adult participants finds that having been sexually assaulted is associated with significantly increased risk of anxiety, depression, suicidality, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, obsessive-compulsive disorder and bipolar disorder.Study: Street gangs, crime serve as deviant leisure activities for youthsMay 23, 2017 9:45 am2486 views A new study by University of Illinois researchers suggests that gang membership and criminality serve as deviant leisure activities, fulfilling youths' needs for excitement, belonging and social support.Many young adults lack financial literacy, economic stability, study findsAug 24, 2018 9:30 am2477 views Many youths lack financial literacy and money-management skills, indicating an urgent need for educational programs that will help them enter adulthood better equipped to handle their financial affairs, a new study found.Group homes appear to double delinquency risk for foster kids, study saysFeb 28, 2008 9:00 am2437 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Group homes are generally the placement of last resort for children in foster care, and also one of the most expensive options for state child-welfare agencies.Why not have one national primary election for presidential nominees?Feb 16, 2016 10:45 am2293 views A Minute With...™ Mattias Polborn, professor of economics and political scienceIllinois sociologist wins MacArthur fellowshipOct 4, 2018 11:45 am2219 views Illinois sociologist Rebecca Sandefur has been named the recipient of a 2018 MacArthur fellowship, or “genius grant.”Study: Ancient mound builders carefully timed their occupation of coastal Louisiana siteMay 22, 2018 9:45 am2152 views A study of ancient mound builders who lived hundreds of years ago on the Mississippi River Delta near present-day New Orleans offers new insights into how Native peoples selected the landforms that supported their villages and earthen mounds – and why these sites were later abandoned.New book tells story of secret Hollywood studio that shaped the nuclear ageJan 14, 2019 2:30 pm2141 views Two Illinois professors tell the story of a secret Hollywood studio at the heart of the Cold War and the early nuclear age.Beyond the big ads: teaching kids ad literacy and nutrition in grade school classroomsFeb 4, 2016 1:45 pm2103 views The Super Bowl will feature car ads, beer ads, food ads – but probably none for carrots. Most food ads, game time or anytime, are pitching less-healthy fare. Kids are often the target. Do they understand what an ad is? Who made it and why? Advertising professor Michelle Nelson worked with an Illinois school district to develop an advertising literacy curriculum that also promotes healthy eating. Distracted much? New research may help explain whyOct 5, 2016 8:15 am2092 views A new study offers evidence that one’s motivation is just as important for sustained attention to a task as is the ease with which the task is done.Preschoolers form body images – but parents are unaware, study saysOct 5, 2016 8:45 am2071 views Preschoolers may express awareness about body-image issues – but their parents may miss opportunities to promote positive body-image formation in their children because parents believe them to be too young to have these concerns, new research suggests.Historian’s new book tells neglected history of black gay menMar 15, 2016 9:45 am2067 views Black gay men were largely missing in both black and gay history, so Kevin Mumford, who specializes in both, set out to tell their story. “I wanted to reclaim a history that had been washed over, that had been overlooked,” said Mumford, a University of Illinois history professor. He wanted to show how “black gay lives matter.”Honey bee researcher Gene Robinson elected to National Academy of MedicineOct 15, 2018 8:15 am2056 views Entomology professor Gene Robinson, an international leader in honey bee research, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine “for pioneering contributions to understanding the roles of genes in social behavior.” Robinson directs the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Study: Spirituality, not religion, is critical to black women's well-beingSep 24, 2014 9:00 am2035 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A number of studies have suggested that religion plays a critical role in black Americans' mental health and life satisfaction, aiding their ability to cope with personal and societal stressors. However, a new study indicates that spirituality, rather than religiosity, may be the element that is essential to black women's psychological well-being.Grant will fund child care, support for undergraduates with childrenNov 26, 2018 3:00 pm2003 views Low-income undergraduate students at the U. of I. who need assistance juggling the demands of parenthood and college will be able to get assistance through programs and services offered by the Child Development Laboratory.'Revealing Greater Cahokia' details research on ancient North American metropolisJan 22, 2019 8:15 am1935 views With a population between 10,000 and 30,000 in its heyday (A.D. 1050-1200) and a sprawling assortment of homes, storage buildings, temples, cemeteries, mounds and other monuments in and around what is now St. Louis and East St. Louis, Illinois, the ancient Native American city known as Greater Cahokia was the first experiment in urban living in North America. A new book, “Revealing Greater Cahokia, North America’s First Native City,” offers the most complete picture yet of a decade of archaeological research on a little-known part of the larger city and its precincts in East St. Louis.Why has Putin's Napoleonic 'cold charisma' made him so popular in Russia?Oct 9, 2015 11:30 am1868 views A Minute With...™ Richard Tempest, professor of Slavic languages and literaturesOptimistic people have healthier hearts, study findsJan 8, 2015 9:00 am1829 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - People who have upbeat outlooks on life have significantly better cardiovascular health, suggests a new study that examined associations between optimism and heart health in more than 5,100 adults.Two Illinois professors awarded NEH FellowshipsDec 15, 2016 3:00 pm1814 views Illinois professors Erik McDuffie and Carol Symes have been awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships for 2017.Emotional suppression reduces memory of negative eventsMar 13, 2018 8:15 am1812 views By peering at the brains of study subjects prompted to suppress negative emotions, scientists have gained new insights into how emotional regulation influences negative feelings and memories. They hope the findings will lead to new methods to combat depression.Professor makes legal case for schools to challenge cyberbulliesApr 3, 2018 10:00 am1786 views Schools have a limited ability to challenge cyberbullies, but an Illinois professor has made a legal study on how to change that.What was lost in the Notre Dame Cathedral fire?Apr 17, 2019 12:00 pm1715 views Notre Dame Cathedral, severely damaged by fire this week, is widely understood as “the beating heart of France,” with global significance beyond that, says one University of Illinois historian in a Q&A. Another notes how a key aspect of music as we know it today was invented for the cathedral’s unique resonant space, a soundscape lost in the fire.Children from chaotic homes benefit from time in child care, study findsNov 19, 2015 9:30 am1714 views Children in poverty from chaotic homes have better cognitive, social and behavioral outcomes if they spent 35 or more hours weekly in child care.Poor social, communication skills linked to peer rejection, bullyingOct 30, 2013 9:00 am1645 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Poor social and communication skills and psychosocial problems such as depression, low self-esteem and anger - all of which are often associated with disabilities - serve as risk factors for peer rejection and as predictors for bullying and victimization, according to a new study that was conducted at the University of Illinois.British Empire was a world of trouble, says historian in a new bookSep 28, 2015 11:15 am1632 views The British Empire was not the model of peace and stability, the “Pax Britannica,” as it’s often portrayed. Dissent and disruption were the rule, not the exception, according to Antoinette Burton, in her new book "The Trouble With Empire."Geeks may be chic, but negative nerd stereotype still exists, professor saysMar 3, 2009 9:00 am1570 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Despite the increased popularity of geek culture - movies based on comic books, video games, virtual worlds - and the ubiquity of computers, the geek's close cousin, the nerd, still suffers from a negative stereotype in popular culture. This may help explain why women and minorities are increasingly shying away from careers in information technology, says Lori Kendall, a professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Quality, quantity lacking in children's educational TV, study saysNov 12, 2008 9:00 am1542 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Commercial broadcasters are doing the "bare minimum and not much more" for children's educational programming, according to University of Illinois communication professor Barbara Wilson, one of two lead researchers on a study released today (Nov. 12) by the organization Children Now.Rat study reveals long-term effects of adolescent amphetamine abuse on the brainMar 30, 2016 9:15 am1533 views A study of rats given regular, high doses of amphetamine finds that those exposed to the drug at an age corresponding to human adolescence experience long-term changes in brain function that persist into adulthood.