blog postsResearch suggests sexual appeals in ads don’t sell brands, productsJun 22, 2017 10:30 am34582 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.'Race': A historian looks at Jesse Owens' impact on Germany and the U.S.Feb 17, 2016 8:15 am5357 views A Minute With...™ Peter Fritzsche, expert on Nazi GermanyNo ‘narcissism epidemic’ among college students, study findsOct 9, 2017 8:30 am4753 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.75 years later, why did Germans follow the Nazis into Holocaust?Aug 26, 2014 9:00 am4532 views A Minute With™... Peter Fritzsche, a historian of modern GermanyPolice Training Institute challenges police recruits' racial biasesAug 1, 2016 9:15 am3810 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 am3520 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.What does the tax reform bill mean for the middle class?Dec 20, 2017 10:45 am3346 views The current tax bill fits with a 30-year trend that doesn’t favor income from work, says sociologist Kevin LeichtCounseling, antidepressants change personality (for the better), team reportsJan 6, 2017 10:30 am2762 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 am2605 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.Six Illinois professors named Guggenheim FellowsMay 2, 2016 12:15 pm2557 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.Mass killings happen randomly, yet rate has remained steady, study findsOct 18, 2017 9:00 am2547 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.Did news coverage turn Americans against the Vietnam War?Sep 5, 2017 11:30 am2296 views News coverage of the Vietnam War did not have the effect on popular support that many believe, says a University of Illinois researcher. How has Twitter changed news coverage?Oct 22, 2015 11:30 am2202 views A Minute With...™ Alecia Swasy, professor of business journalismReport identifies factors associated with harassment, abuse in academic fieldworkOct 16, 2017 8:30 am2018 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.Distracted much? New research may help explain whyOct 5, 2016 8:15 am1935 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.Why not have one national primary election for presidential nominees?Feb 16, 2016 10:45 am1842 views A Minute With...™ Mattias Polborn, professor of economics and political sciencePreschoolers form body images – but parents are unaware, study saysOct 5, 2016 8:45 am1805 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.When a minor becomes pregnant, must schools notify the parents?Jun 28, 2010 9:00 am1791 views A Minute With™... Sandra Kopels, a lawyer and social workerQuestion of race not simple for Mexican Americans, author saysMar 5, 2014 9:00 am1765 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."Two Illinois professors awarded NEH FellowshipsDec 15, 2016 3:00 pm1765 views Illinois professors Erik McDuffie and Carol Symes have been awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships for 2017.Beyond the big ads: teaching kids ad literacy and nutrition in grade school classroomsFeb 4, 2016 1:45 pm1685 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. Children from chaotic homes benefit from time in child care, study findsNov 19, 2015 9:30 am1666 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.Optimistic people have healthier hearts, study findsJan 8, 2015 9:00 am1562 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.Historian’s new book tells neglected history of black gay menMar 15, 2016 9:45 am1525 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.”Group homes appear to double delinquency risk for foster kids, study saysFeb 28, 2008 9:00 am1516 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 has Putin's Napoleonic 'cold charisma' made him so popular in Russia?Oct 9, 2015 11:30 am1506 views A Minute With...™ Richard Tempest, professor of Slavic languages and literaturesThe ethical dilemmas inherent in school social workJul 6, 2010 9:00 am1426 views A Minute With™... Sandra Kopels, a lawyer and social workerTailored sexual health messages urgently needed for young female tourists, expert saysMar 21, 2017 8:45 am1399 views With both tourism and casual “hookup” sex on the rise among college-age adults, there’s an urgent need for sexual health campaigns aimed at young female tourists who are sexual risk-takers, University of Illinois scholar Liza Berdychevsky suggests.Wounds from childhood bullying may persist into college years, study findsSep 1, 2016 10:45 am1384 views Childhood bullying inflicts the same long-term psychological trauma on girls as severe physical or sexual abuse, suggests a new survey of nearly 500 college students.Emotional suppression reduces memory of negative eventsMar 13, 2018 8:15 am1347 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.Study: Street gangs, crime serve as deviant leisure activities for youthsMay 23, 2017 9:45 am1320 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.Is the tide of sexual misconduct allegations shifting the balance of power?Mar 2, 2018 10:30 am1301 views News reports, social media campaigns such as #MeToo are raising awareness of sexual misconduct and helping survivors find their voices, says educational psychologist Anita HundScience at Illinois feeds the world, furthers health, protects the planetApr 17, 2017 8:30 am1239 views Illinois scientists are helping power plants run more efficiently, designing better, longer-lasting batteries, finding new ways to target cancerous tumors, and developing robots that can aid in construction, in agricultural fields and even inside the human body.British Empire was a world of trouble, says historian in a new bookSep 28, 2015 11:15 am1233 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."Latino baseball documentary ‘Playing America’s Game’ to premiere May 21 on BTNMay 11, 2016 11:45 am1218 views The history of Latinos in baseball is the subject of a new documentary, “Playing America’s Game,” which premieres Saturday, May 21, on the Big Ten Network. A production of BTN and the University of Illinois, the film profiles U. of I. history professor Adrian Burgos Jr., a leading expert on Latino baseball history.Study: Spirituality, not religion, is critical to black women's well-beingSep 24, 2014 9:00 am1202 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.Rat study reveals long-term effects of adolescent amphetamine abuse on the brainMar 30, 2016 9:15 am1197 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.U. of I. professor on White House team working to improve access to federal programsNov 9, 2015 12:30 pm1197 views Jake Bowers, a University of Illinois political science professor, has been appointed to a White House team that’s applying insights from social and behavioral science to improve access to federal programs. Bowers began his stint with President Obama’s year-old Social and Behavioral Sciences Team (SBST) last month.Paper: Even after debunking, misinformation and ‘fake news’ persistSep 20, 2017 8:45 am1191 views Even in the face of evidence to the contrary, the effects of misinformation persist and can’t be wholly erased, says a new paper co-written by U. of I. psychology professor Dolores Albarracin.Study: How we explain things influences what we think is rightJul 5, 2016 9:00 am1189 views New research focuses on a fundamental human habit: When trying to explain something (why people give roses for Valentine’s Day, for example), we often focus on the traits of the thing itself (roses are pretty) and not its context (advertisers promote roses). In a new study, researchers found that people who tend to focus on “inherent traits” and ignore context also are more likely to assume that the patterns they see around them are good.What should we make of Russia’s revolution now?Oct 26, 2017 8:45 am1167 views A U. of I. history professor takes a fresh look at the Russian Revolution on its centennial.Does one-party rule mean all Trump promises become reality?Nov 16, 2016 12:00 pm1163 views Donald Trump may not get everything he wants from Congress, despite its Republican majorities, says Illinois political science professor Tracy Sulkin.What does refugee vetting look like on the ground?Mar 21, 2017 9:45 am1155 views A doctoral student found that the vetting process for refugees seeking U.S. admission was long and intense.Study: Strength of brain connectivity varies with fitness level in older adultsNov 5, 2015 9:45 am1154 views A new study shows that age-related differences in brain health – specifically the strength of connections between different regions of the brain – vary with fitness level in older adults.Study: Sequential voting in presidential primaries best system to winnow candidatesAug 4, 2015 9:00 am1153 views As the race for the 2016 Democratic and Republican presidential nominations enters the early stages, voters have a large pool of candidates to consider, including 17 declared candidates on the Republican side alone.Conspiracy thinking less likely with greater news media literacy, study suggestsNov 29, 2017 9:45 am1127 views Those who are more news media literate are less likely to believe conspiracy theories, even ones that resonate with their politics, a study suggests.Illinois Indians made a bid for power in early America, based on bison and slaveryDec 22, 2015 10:00 am1126 views Most historical accounts describe the Illinois Indians of the late 1600s as a weak and beleaguered people, taking refuge in a settlement 80 miles southwest of present-day Chicago. The reality, however, is quite different, argues University of Illinois history professor Robert Morrissey, in the December issue of the Journal of American History. The Illinois, he says, were making “perhaps the most remarkable bid for power in 17th century native North America.”60 years ago this month, Emmett Till's death sparked a movementAug 17, 2015 10:30 am1108 views A Minute With...™ Christopher Benson, author and professor of journalismWhat makes political distrust such a problem?Oct 3, 2016 9:15 am1082 views The polarization and dysfunction in Congress has spread in recent years to the voting public, says professor Thomas Rudolph, but it’s more about simply disliking political opponents than differences over ideology.Increased risk of suicide, mental health conditions linked to sexual assault victimizationAug 8, 2017 4:00 pm1057 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.