Social Sciences

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Terrorism drives nationalistic fervor in presidential politics, Stanford sociologist says

Stanford sociologist Robb Willer says terrorism generally serves to sharpen national boundaries and increase nationalist spirit. However, scholars are largely in uncharted territory in regard to how terrorism will affect the 2016 presidential campaign, as prior research has focused primarily on incumbent officeholders.

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Stanford psychologist's 18-month study of his own brain reveals new relations between brain and body

Russell Poldrack scanned his brain to create the most detailed map of brain connectivity ever.  

Amy Zegart

U.S. Senate report on CIA torture flawed on several fronts, Stanford scholar says

Stanford political scientist Amy Zegart says the U.S. Senate's 2014 summary report on alleged CIA torture and interrogation during the "war on terror" contains errors and weaknesses that only served to weaken its ultimate influence.

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At Stanford, Fed official urges cautious approach to rate hikes

Lael Brainard, a governor of the Federal Reserve, explained at a SIEPR event why interest rates likely will remain low for years to come.

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Prospects brighten a bit for improved China-Taiwan relationship, Stanford's Asia experts say

The November meeting of Chinese leader Xi Jinping and Taiwanese President Ma Ying-Jeou will have at least one lasting effect as Taiwan elections loom in January.

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Stanford study finds promise in expanding renewables based on results in three major economies

A new Stanford study found that renewable energy can make a major and increasingly cost-effective contribution to alleviating climate change.

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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.

Jim Yong Kim, World Bank leader

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.