Social Sciences

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Stanford project suggests longer, healthier lives are possible

A Stanford analysis shows how to enhance longevity and well-being through healthy living, financial security and social relationships.

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Stanford engineers' 'Law, Order & Algorithms' data project aims to identify bias in the criminal justice system

A team of engineers uses computational analysis tools to scrape information from police-related incidents to reveal discrimination and reduce crime.

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Quality of schools is critical for economic growth in developing countries, Stanford expert says

Stanford economist Eric Hanushek said that a country's economic growth is directly based on the cognitive skills of the population, or the "knowledge capital" of a nation.

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Stanford sports management expert offers a business persective on the big game

George Foster of the Graduate School of Business explains how the NFL turned the Super Bowl into a wild success.

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Stanford report shows that U.S. performs poorly on poverty and inequality measures

A new Stanford report shows that, compared with other well-off countries, the United States has the worst overall ranking on key poverty and inequality indicators.

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Stanford's interdisciplinary approach fuels critical advances in research

A culture of collaboration drives innovative discoveries in areas vital to our world, our health and our intellectual life.

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Shielding a few students from stereotypes benefits everyone's grades, Stanford research shows

Students received higher grades just from being in classrooms with African Americans who participated in a psychological experiment aimed at reducing the impact of negative stereotypes.

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Bryan Stevenson highlights racism, inequity in criminal justice system in Stanford talk

Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Alabama-based Equal Justice Initiative, said Americans need to better understand the deep racial problems in the criminal justice system and their societal consequences.

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Californians most concerned about water, the drought and state's economy, new Stanford poll shows

A new poll by the Hoover Institution and the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford reveals that California's voters are most worried about the drought and state's economic recovery.

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Fad diets shape societal trends about health, Stanford scholar reveals in dissertation

Stanford doctoral candidate Adrienne Rose Johnson says diet books idealize lifestyles of the past in ways that contribute to global health problems.

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Federal budget expert Alice Rivlin receives Stanford's 2016 SIEPR Prize

Rivlin is the fourth recipient of the $100,000 biennial prize, awarded by the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research. She was cited for her dedication to enhancing economic policy in order to improve people's lives.

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Stanford experts find flaws in Khmer Rouge Tribunal judgment

A report by Stanford legal experts criticizes the trial proceedings and judgment of two Khmer Rouge leaders who were convicted in 2014 for the Cambodian genocide of the 1970s.

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Stanford experts analyze North Korea's nuclear test and diplomatic solutions for curbing future nuclear experiments

Stanford nuclear policy experts say that economic sanctions alone might not be enough to curtail the country's nuclear program.

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Stanford research explains why some people have more difficulty recovering from romantic breakups

Stanford psychologists found that rejection's impact lingers as "heavy baggage" when people who tend to see personality as fixed respond to the rejection by questioning their true self.

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Stanford-based program trains indigenous leaders

The First Nations' Futures Institute celebrates 10 years of preparing young trailblazers to tackle environmental, economic, social and cultural challenges in their indigenous communities.