Institute for Social Research

  1. September 8, 2014

    College students’ use of marijuana rising, some drugs declining

    More college students nationwide have added illicit drugs, such as marijuana and amphetamines, to their back-to-school supply lists, U-M researchers say.

  2. June 19, 2014

    ISR’s James Jackson to serve on NSF National Science Board

    President Barack Obama has announced his intention to appoint ISR Director James Jackson to the National Science Board of the National Science Foundation.

  3. June 9, 2014

    How to give ourselves advice as well as we give it to others

    Most of us find it easier to be wise about other people’s problems than our own. But a new study, conducted in part by a U-M social psychologist, identifies a simple way to close this gap.

  4. May 22, 2014

    Growing inequalities make science more of a ‘winner takes all’ field

    As new research documents growing inequalities in health and wealth, the gap between “haves” and “have-nots” is growing in the field of scientific research itself, a U-M sociologist says.

  5. May 11, 2014

    State of the nation’s egotism: On the rise for a century

    Forget the “me” generation. A new analysis of long-term trends in egotism shows there’s been a “me” century in America.

  6. April 15, 2014

    Trivellore Raghunathan named Survey Research Center director

    Trivellore Raghunathan has been appointed director of the Survey Research Center at the Institute for Social Research.

  7. March 19, 2014

    Survey finds surprising attitudes toward energy costs, environmental impact

    Consumers, on average, believe home energy bills would have to nearly double before forcing them to make lifestyle changes to save on costs, according to a new U-M survey. 

  8. February 7, 2014

    Most teenage workers spend their earnings on short-term wants

    High school seniors spend most of their earnings on clothes, music, movies, eating out and other personal expenses. Spending on cars and car expenses comes in second.

  9. January 31, 2014

    How patients make medical decisions

    Sooner or later, everyone faces decisions about whether or not to have surgery, take a new medication or have a cancer-screening test. A new University of Michigan study published in Health Expectations explores the costs and benefits patients say are important in making these kinds of medical decisions, and how those costs and benefits explain what they actually decide to do.

  10. January 29, 2014

    Faculty testify before Congress on transportation, job issues

    Two U-M faculty members testified before U.S. House panels Tuesday, about transportation technology and a jobs-related provision of the Affordable Care Act.