Social Sciences

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Super Bowl ads not profitable for competing brands, Stanford scholar says

A Stanford study finds that Super Bowl television commercials for beer and soda may generate sales, but when two major brands of the same type run competing ads, the sales benefits disappear.


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Greater regulation not necessary for Internet, Stanford public policy expert says

The historical record is a cautionary tale when it comes to net neutrality, according to Stanford economist Bruce M. Owen. Too much regulation, he says, may harm consumers while hobbling innovation and competition.


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Understanding conflict is the road to peace, prosperity, Stanford scholar says

The Empirical Studies of Conflict project focuses on the causes and characteristics of politically motivated violence.  Video


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John Githongo to visit Stanford as this year's Haas Center Distinguished Visitor

An internationally renowned activist and journalist who exposed government corruption in Kenya, Githongo will spend 10 weeks on campus interacting with students, faculty and community groups.


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Misfit or Miss Goody Two Shoes? Adolescent misperceptions abound, Stanford researcher says

Researchers at Stanford and UNC-Chapel Hill find that teens are influenced by "caricatures" of their peers' sex lives and drug use.


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Stanford political scientist says natives are worried more about identity than jobs

Political science Professor Jens Hainmueller focuses on how societies integrate immigrants, what policies could prevent violence, and why people see immigrants as a threat.


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New Year's resolutions that connect with the 'ideal self' are most effective, Stanford psychologist says

Stanford psychologist Kelly McGonigal says when people resolve to change, they immediately feel more confident, in control and hopeful.


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Stanford psychologists show that altruism is not simply innate

By recreating a classic experiment, Stanford psychologists find that altruistic behavior may be governed more by relationships, even brief ones, than instincts.


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Military veterans losing ground on jobs as disability enrollment increases, Stanford research shows

Research by Stanford economist Mark Duggan shows that the rise in disability coverage for military veterans may be hurting them in making employment gains.


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Spirituality shaped through cultural understandings, Stanford anthropologist says

Stanford anthropologist Tanya Luhrmann compared the religious experiences of Buddhists in Thailand and evangelical Christians in the United States.


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Grand jury system flawed in Ferguson case but still valuable for investigations, Stanford law professor says

The prosecutor in the Ferguson police death case may have distorted the grand jury process to address problems in the case, says Stanford law professor Robert Weisberg.


Ashton Carter / Rod Searcey

Obama names Stanford's Ashton Carter as secretary of defense

If confirmed by the Senate, Ashton Carter, a Stanford visiting scholar with deep experience in international defense issues, will become the U.S. secretary of defense.


Proposition 30 supporters

California offers budgetary lessons for U.S. government, Stanford professor says

Stanford law Professor Joseph Bankman argues that California's budgetary actions offer a blueprint for resolving the federal budget stalemate.


L.A. teacher Brandon Cabezas

Los Angeles schools embrace different vision of history, with lessons from Stanford group

A Graduate School of Education team is coaching hundreds of L.A. teachers to encourage students to think like a historian.


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Too early to judge Japan's economic strategy, Stanford economist says

Though some signs point to Japan falling into recession, Stanford economist Takeo Hoshi disagrees and says it is premature to judge the effectiveness of Japan's new approach to its economy.