Social Sciences

Bernie Roth

Stanford's Bernie Roth recommends a bias toward action

In his new book, Roth says he believes that people can lead more fulfilling lives by actually doing things, instead of merely trying to do things.

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Poor economic planning and political confusion at root of Greece's woes, Stanford economist says

Professor John B. Taylor says that Greece's best approach to its damaged economy is to radically change its economic policy in a pro-growth direction. He suggests making it easier to start up new businesses, while holding the line on tax increases and reducing governmental influence in the economy.

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European Americans embrace positive feelings, while Chinese prefer a balance of feelings, Stanford research shows

European Americans want to maximize the positive and minimize the negative more than Chinese.

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Stanford researchers find mental health prescription: Nature

Study finds that walking in nature yields measurable mental benefits and may reduce risk of depression.  

Phil Klay, Natasha Tredewey / Courtesy Stanford Live

Award-winning authors to discuss writing about war at Stanford Live event

Poet Natasha Trethewey and fiction writer Phil Klay will read selections from their works and join Stanford political scientist Scott Sagan in conversation on June 30 at Bing Concert Hall.

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Stanford study finds blacks and Hispanics typically need higher incomes than whites to live in affluent neighborhoods

New research reveals troubling patterns of racial segregation that could lead to less upward mobility for black and Hispanic families.

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Stanford economist finds lessons for U.S. and Europe from Japan's lost decade

Takeo Hoshi 's research highlights how Japan's economic troubles in the 1990s and beyond can offer insights for U.S. and European leaders in the aftermath of the 2007-09 crisis.

solar and wind power

Stanford researcher identifies strategy to guide consumers to green energy choices

Sebastian Lotz, a research fellow at Stanford, has shown that behavioral decision design can nudge people to purchase clean, renewable energy plans over fossil fuel.

Parents-to-be imagining future

Women more concerned with looming parenthood than men, Stanford scholar says

Stanford researcher Brooke Conroy Bass found that women were more likely than men to think and worry about how their career paths might align with future parenthood. Women also tended to downscale future career goals in anticipation of children.

Farmer mowing alfalfa

Crop adjustments may lessen climate change's economic effects, Stanford economist says

Stanford economist Dave Donaldson found that the impact of climate change might amount for just a .26 percent reduction in global gross domestic product if farmers are able to switch what types of crops they grow.

Dianne Feinstein speaking at Stanford / Matthew Sumner

Feinstein at Stanford: U.S. needs to track possible terrorists

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein says that the government's mass collection of communications data is misunderstood and that the data are used selectively and only for monitoring possible terrorist suspects.

Tina Seelig

Entrepreneurial success depends on actions, attitudes and practice, Stanford expert says

Stanford Professor Tina Seelig says that entrepreneurship can be taught, learned and practiced through a rigorous approach that she calls the Invention Cycle.

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Compassion is a wise and effective managerial strategy, Stanford expert says

Psychologist Emma Seppala says promoting a culture of trust encourages collaboration.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein

Feinstein at Stanford to discuss NSA, mass surveillance

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein on May 28 will appear at Stanford to discuss the impact of the National Security Agency's mass surveillance efforts on America's national security and individual liberty and privacy.

Shinzo Abe, prime minister of Japan

Stanford scholars offer their own visions of Japan's upcoming statement on World War II

Stanford experts believe the Japanese prime minister must send the right message regarding his country's World War II aggressions on the 70th anniversary of the global conflict.