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May 24, 2017

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May 24, 2017

Living in a State With Weak Gun Laws Could Increase Risk of Being Shot by Police

May 18, 2017 — Citizens living in states with the weakest gun laws are more than twice as likely to be fatally shot by law enforcement compared to those living in states with the strongest gun ... read more

TV Accentuates Traditional Women's Roles at Expense of Their Needs

May 11, 2017 — College women who frequently watch television or who believe that the content is real, tend to endorse the gender roles that are portrayed often on TV, says an American ... read more

Our Taste in Movies Is Highly Idiosyncratic, and at Odds With Critics' Preferences

May 10, 2017 — Our taste in movies is notably idiosyncratic, and not linked to the demographic traits that studios target, finds new study on film preferences. The work also shows that moviegoers’ ratings are not ... read more

Alcohol Marketing in Popular Movies Doubles in Past Two Decades

May 4, 2017 — Alcohol brand placements in popular movies of all ratings nearly doubled during the past two decades, new research shows, but particularly in child-rated movies. Researchers found the alcohol brands ... read more

Almost 6 in 10 Teens Take a Break from Social Media

May 3, 2017 — A new survey reveals that 58 percent of American teens report taking significant breaks from social media, and that many of these breaks are voluntary. The findings are drawn from a broader ... read more

Fashion Mannequins Communicate 'Dangerously Thin' Body Ideals

May 2, 2017 — The body size of mannequins used to advertise female fashion in the UK are too thin and may be promoting unrealistic body ideals, say ... read more

California Handgun Sales Spiked After Two Mass Shootings, Study Finds

May 1, 2017 — In the six weeks after the Newtown and San Bernardino mass shootings, handguns sales jumped in California, yet there is little research on why -- or on the implications for public health, according ... read more

Media Portrayal of Public Shooters Can Perpetuate Stereotypes

Apr. 26, 2017 — Media portrayals of public shooters vary based on the race of the shooter, regardless of the circumstances of the shooting, new research ... read more

The Fast and the Crashed: Collisions Five Times More Likely for Street Racers

Apr. 25, 2017 — Ontarians who have street-raced at least once in the past year are five times more likely than other drivers to have crashed their vehicle at some point during those 12 months. This is the first ... read more

Gunshot Injuries Occur Primarily in Miami-Dade's Poor, Black Neighborhoods

Apr. 19, 2017 — Gunshot wound injuries in Miami-Dade County are clustered in predominantly poor, black neighborhoods, according to a new ... read more

Who Are You on Social Media? New Research Examines Norms of Online Personas

Apr. 11, 2017 — The majority of adults on the internet have more than one social networking profile on sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Although the core purpose of these sites are similar -- to digitally ... read more

Can Robots Write Meaningful News?

Mar. 27, 2017 — Robots and computers are replacing people everywhere; doctors, pilots, even journalists. Is this leading to a dystopian society, or could it be something ... read more

People Who Watch Entertainment TV Are More Likely to Vote for Populist Politicians

Mar. 27, 2017 — People exposed to entertainment television are more likely to vote for populist politicians according to a new study. The researchers investigated the political impact of entertainment television in ... read more

Unforeseen Impacts of the Fair Trade Movement

Mar. 20, 2017 — Fair trade certified coffee is the kind of phrase that sounds good on a Whole Foods shelf, merging first world affluence with third world resource. For the average consumer, it implies fairness in ... read more

Trauma Surgeons Show 'Profound' Racial Disparity in Philadelphia Gun Violence

Mar. 8, 2017 — Researchers argue for more research on firearm injury, including the establishment of a national database on incidents of gun violence. The authors point to recent research showing that in ... read more

Youth More Likely Than Adults to Report Seeing Alcohol Marketing Online, Pilot Study Finds

Feb. 20, 2017 — Underage youth are nearly twice as likely to recall seeing alcohol marketing on the internet than adults, with almost one in three saying they saw alcohol-related content in the previous month, ... read more

Poverty, High Neighborhood Murder Rates Increase Depression in Older Adults

Feb. 10, 2017 — Older adults who live in poor and violent urban neighborhoods are at greater risk for depression, a study has ... read more

Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others: New Study Shows Some Animal Welfare Issues Get More Media

Feb. 8, 2017 — Researchers have published the first review of how wild animal welfare is reported in the UK media. The research suggests that an animal welfare issue is more likely to attract media coverage if it ... read more

Media Research: For Readers, Print Has Priority

Feb. 8, 2017 — Readers of newspapers prefer ... paper. In relation to the time they devote to their favorite papers, the digital editions play only a marginal role, according to a recent study of British ... read more

Who Needs a Flu Shot? Not Me

Feb. 8, 2017 — What impact do public health messages actually have on us? Are we going to race out and get our flu shot? According to a communication researcher, probably not. And it's not because we think ... read more

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