Social Sciences

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Culture factors into why we like or dislike people, new Stanford research shows

Stanford psychologist Jeanne Tsai found different cultures value different positive facial expressions, and that these differences arise in deep brain circuits that can predict who people like and dislike.

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Stanford cybersecurity expert analyzes Anonymous' hacking attacks on ISIS

By hacking ISIS, Anonymous could throw a wrench into the terror group's activities, and although this type of vigilante-style hacking is illegal in the United States, it's doubtful that anyone would be punished.

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The less powerful are more generous with trust than the powerful, Stanford research reveals

Stanford sociologist Karen Cook found that people with less power want their more powerful partners in negotiations to be trustworthy and act according to that desire.

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Paris attacks represent strategic shift by Islamic State group, Stanford experts say

Stanford terrorism experts say Islamic State attacks in Paris signal that the terrorist group seeks to expand operations well beyond the borders of Iraq and Syria so it can bring about a global, apocalyptic war with the West.

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Russia seeks to demonstrate military prowess in Syria, Stanford scholar says

Political scientist Kathryn Stoner does not expect a new Cold War between the U.S. and Russia over the Syrian conflict. But Russia is clearly sending a message it wants to be a global power again, she says.

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Trans-Pacific Partnership likely to open markets but may produce tougher import competition, Stanford scholar says

Stanford economist Michael Boskin says the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership should expand trade and increase growth in the U.S., though some businesses and workers may encounter stiffer competition from imported goods.

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World Bank chief tells Stanford audience that ending extreme poverty is possible

World Bank leader Jim Yong Kim spoke at Stanford last Thursday, urging students and faculty to continue their efforts to eliminate poverty and improve public health globally.

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Discovery in the data: Stanford's data journalism program advances the storytelling form

Stanford's data journalism program blends the power of big data with journalistic training in the craft of storytelling. Students and faculty are crossing disciplines to enhance the way news stories are told in the digital age.

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California's early release of prisoners proving effective so far, Stanford experts say

Stanford legal scholars say that California's early release of prisoners has not resulted in a rise in crime. To reduce the imprisonment rates, policymakers need to focus on rehabilitation, crime prevention and root causes of crime such as wealth inequality and poor public education.

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Stanford's new European Security Initiative focuses on changing geopolitical landscape

The new European Security Initiative at Stanford will examine the long-term policy issues and trends in Europe's changing geopolitical landscape, especially given Russia's growing aggression in the region.

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Stanford course provides opportunity for students to see textbook methods in action

Pilot program was designed to first ground students in the basics of empirical research, then provide an opportunity to apply that knowledge while conducting fieldwork in an international setting.

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Stanford's new Raw Data podcast analyzes consequences of big data, cyber-technologies

The Raw Data podcast opens a conversation about how big data and networked technologies are changing communities, the economy, politics and human behavior.

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Targeted policy actions could help discourage obesity, Stanford expert says

Stanford law Professor Deborah Rhode suggests that a societal strategy involving public awareness, new taxes, enhanced zoning regulations and tougher restrictions on food marketing and packaging could alleviate the obesity epidemic.

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Citizenship for immigrants creates stronger political integration, Stanford research shows

Stanford political scientist Jens Hainmueller found that naturalization for immigrants leads to better political participation and greater knowledge about their new country.

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New Stanford exhibition highlights power of reinterpretation, consultation with Native American communities

The new Stanford exhibition, "From 'Curios' to Ambassadors: Changing Roles of the Daggett Collection from Tribes of the Lower Klamath River," highlights Native American tribal objects in a way that more precisely reflects their origins. It is on view through June 4, 2016.