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Social Sciences - Sport Sciences
Better a ‘No’ Than No Answer at All
After experiencing social exclusion, a minimum of attention suffices to reduce individuals' negative emotions. Even rejection or unkind comments are better for well-being than being ignored by other people. This finding has important implications for the treatment of applicants during selection processes, report psychologists from the University of Basel and Purdue University in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.
Social Sciences
Productive humanities and social sciences networks
Productive humanities and social sciences networks
The 5 National Centres of Competence in Research (NCCRs) in the humanities and social sciences have achieved their goals: they have facilitated productive research and created professorships, chairs, institutes and partnerships.
Social Sciences - Politics
‘For EU countries, Switzerland is an interesting laboratory'
‘For EU countries, Switzerland is an interesting laboratory’
Vincent Kaufmann, an EPFL researcher, has co-authored an essay on Switzerland's recent referendums on mobility and the free movement of people.
Life Sciences - Social Sciences
Psychotherapy normalizes the brain in social phobia
Anxiety in social situations is not a rare problem: Around one in ten people are affected by social anxiety disorder during their lifetime. Social anxiety disorder is diagnosed if fears and anxiety in social situations significantly impair everyday life and cause intense suffering. Talking in front of a larger group can be one typical feared situation.
Social Sciences
‘We need a decentralisation of the Internet'
‘We need a decentralisation of the Internet’
Tim Berners-Lee, the father of the World Wide Web, has had a substantial impact on our lives. While his invention was a resounding success and the Internet has developed unexpectedly fast, he is anything but satisfied with today's situation.
Social Sciences - Earth Sciences
Bhutan's happiness stems from its hydropower too
Bhutan's happiness stems from its hydropower too
EPFL researchers are supporting this Himalayan country's efforts to expand its hydropower capacity. At a time when dams in Switzerland are up for sale, another small mountainous country intent on preserving its natural environment is looking to further tap into its hydroelectric potential.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Social Sciences
Reviewing the treatment of differences of sex development
Reviewing the treatment of differences of sex development
The SNSF is providing funding for University Children's Hospital Zurich's scientific review of the treatment of children with differences of sex development (DSD children). They used to be called hermaphrodites and intersexuals. From the 1950s onwards, it was customary for children and newborns with no clear biological gender to be assigned their "true" gender as soon as possible by exploiting pharmacotherapy or by surgically operating on them.
Social Sciences
Breaking down the barriers in our minds
Breaking down the barriers in our minds
What role does technology play in equality for people with disabilities? Experts and scientists have been discussing this question in the run-up to the world's first Cybathlon at ETH Zurich.
Social Sciences - Media
Trolls often waive their anonymity online
From politicians and celebrities, companies and organizations to individuals of certain nationalities and the socially disadvantaged, the list of parties affected by hate speech in social media is long.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Social Sciences
Prenatal Stress Could Enhance Protective Mechanisms of Babies
Maternal stress and depression during pregnancy may activate certain protective mechanisms in babies. Psychologists from the University of Basel together with international colleagues report that certain epigenetic adaptations in newborns suggest this conclusion. Their In their study, the researchers observed that increased concentrations of maternal stress hormones, depressive symptoms and general adversities during pregnancy were accompanied by epigenetic changes in the child.
Social Sciences
Digital tech to enhance social interaction between senior citizens
Digital tech to enhance social interaction between senior citizens
22.03.16 - EPFL+ECAL Lab, Pro Senectute Vaud and the Fondation Leenaards have joined forces in an innovative initiative to use new technologies to enhance social interaction among seniors.
Social Sciences - Careers/Employment
"We must encourage international co-author networks"
Dominique Foray of EPFL has studied the career paths of 4,666 doctoral students from two specialised universities.
Social Sciences
What if we let social media rate research?
With citation indexes being routinely questioned, 'alternative metrics' could gain ground as a new indicator of research success. But can they be trusted? By Roland Fischer (From "Horizons" no. 108 March 2016) What were the most successful research publications of 2015? It's a seemingly harmless question, but until recently, no one would have asked it.
Social Sciences
Social Sciences
The tiger awakens
The West still dominates world research, but globalisation continues at strength, especially in Asia.
Social Sciences - Life Sciences
Beijing’s research gambit
China aims to reverse its brain drain by offering researchers ample salaries, lab animals and infrastructure.
Social Sciences
Multilateral science
These days, one scientific study out of twelve comes from China. The growth of scientific production in Asia is unprecedented, and it has already upset the world's research scene.
Social Sciences - Administration/Government
The shifting sands of science
Research infrastructure in Asia is catching up with the West. From here, the main challenge for the region is to manoeuvre research out of rigid policy and into higher quality.
Social Sciences - Arts and Design
Horizons magazine: research offensive from Asia
"Horizons" has been eavesdropping in China, South Korea and Saudi Arabia to learn how research growth in Asia has become a game changer on the international science scene. China has become one of the most prolific producers of research articles around the world, second only to the US. South Korea is bringing its industry giants and research institutions closer together to boost its "innovation economy".
History/Archeology - Social Sciences
"The information about the site is very limited, but we still have the ruins"
"Analysis of historical urban development broadens our perspective on how urban spaces are shaped and deployed.
Social Sciences - Careers/Employment
Promoting ERC calls in the humanities and social sciences
The SNSF introduces measures to encourage researchers in the humanities and social sciences to participate in ERC calls.
Social Sciences - Business/Economics
Risk Taking Across Life Span: The Effects of Hardship
With increasing age, the propensity to take physical, social, legal or financial risks decreases. Researchers from the University of Basel and the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin were able to show how factors such as poverty and income equality play a role. Their study based on data from 77 countries has been published in the journal Psychological Science.
Social Sciences
Internet is the primary source of information in Switzerland
88 out of every 100 people in Switzerland use the internet. Usage time is increasing and accessing the internet from mobile devices is considerably more frequent than before.
Social Sciences - Environment/Sustainable Development
EPFL to launch public opinion analysis platform during COP21 in Paris
03.12.15 - EPFL's Social Media Lab (ESML) will take advantage of the COP21 Climate Forum in Paris to test Horizon, its social media-based public opinion tracking tool.
Event - Social Sciences
Well prepared for the first session
Well prepared for the first session
A working group headed by Michael Ambühl, Professor of Negotiation at ETH Zurich, held an introductory event this week for 14 of the newly elected members of the federal parliament from the different parties and cantons.
Social Sciences - Careers/Employment
Why they rack up miles morning and evening for work
Why they rack up miles morning and evening for work
30.10.15 - What drives people to spend hours commuting to and from work? A book written by EPFL sociologists analyzes this phenomenon - its structure, its social consequences and how it has changed over time.
Social Sciences
Personal interests pivotal for identification with Europe
What is the decisive factor for identification with Europe? with people from European countries plays a more minor role, as a study conducted by the Institute of Sociology at the University of Zurich reveals.
Social Sciences - Business/Economics
Who Travels by Train? Visions for the Future of Mobility on Four Continents
The international research project 'imagineTrains' studies perceptions, ideas, and problems that decision makers and passengers associate with rail as a mode of transport.
Social Sciences
LEGO kits to help the women of India
LEGO kits to help the women of India
25.09.15 - Two EPFL students have developed a model to teach women how to build toilets in India.
Social Sciences
Female genital cutting is largely a family matter and not an all-pervasive social norm
A new study by researchers at the University of Zurich challenges the prevailing view that female genital cutting is predominantly a norm based on all families trying to be alike. According to This indicates that heterogeneous motives at the family level play a crucial role when parents decide whether to cut their daughters.
Administration/Government - Social Sciences
ETH moves into the top 10
ETH moves into the top 10
In this year's QS World University Rankings, ETH Zurich has pushed into the top 10 for the first time: its position in ninth place is due primarily to a jump in the 'citations per faculty' indicator.
Social Sciences
Massacres, Torture and Mutilation: Extreme Violence in Neolithic Conflicts
Violent conflicts in Neolithic Europe were held more brutally than has been known so far. This emerges from a recent anthropological analysis of the roughly 7000-year-old mass grave of Schöneck-Kilianstädten by researcher of the Universities of Basel and Mainz. The findings, published in the journal PNAS, show that victims were murdered and deliberately mutilated.
Law/Forensics - Social Sciences
Increased Transparency in Investor-State Dispute Settlement
Increased Transparency in Investor-State Dispute Settlement
What are the impacts of transparency rules for treaty-based investor-State arbitration? Dimitrij Euler, a PhD student in public international law, co-edited a commentary on the new UNCITRAL Rules of Transparency.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Social Sciences
Novartis announces safety and efficacy benefit of Jakavi in global clinical trial of over 1,000 patients with myelofibrosis
Data from ongoing trial reinforces the safety profile of Jakavi (ruxolitinib) as seen in previous Phase III studies Patients on Jakavi experienced a reduction in spleen size that was maintained over
Careers/Employment - Social Sciences
The new paradox: Mobile but sedentary
The distance people travel for professional purposes is increasing. Scientists are taking a closer look at these 21st century nomads, uncovering the reasons behind the long kilometers and the consequences on commuters' lives.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Social Sciences
Largest-ever global survey of 1,273 women in 12 countries reveals women with advanced breast cancer feel left out of the breast cancer movement
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide, yet survey confirms many women living with advanced form of disease feel isolated , Three in four women surveyed say they actively seek out
Social Sciences
Cultural System or norm circles? An exchange
Cultural System or norm circles? An exchange
Cultural System or norm circles? An exchange. This article takes the form of a debate between the two authors - Margaret S. Archer (CDH - Centre for Social Ontology ) and - Dave Elder-Vass (Loughborough University, UK) on the social ontology of propositional culture.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Social Sciences
Basis for benzothiazinone sensitivity of tubercle bacilli.
Basis for benzothiazinone sensitivity of tubercle bacilli.
Benzothiazinones Are Suicide Inhibitors of Mycobacterial Decaprenylphosphoryl-β-d-ribofuranose 2′-Oxidase DprE1.
Physics/Materials Science - Social Sciences
AMS experiment embarks on first leg of mission into space
Geneva, 12 February 2010. The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) left CERN 1 this morning on the first leg of its journey to the International Space Station (ISS). A special convoy carrying the experiment is due to arrive at the European Space Agency's research and technology centre, ESTEC, at Noordwijk in the Netherlands in six days time.
Social Sciences - Arts and Design
«Ein Universum differenzierter Identitäten»
Zurich - University of Zurich Ob Tatort, Kino oder Comic: Migration ist ein Thema. Eine Tagung an der Universität Zürich widmet sich der Aus- und Einwanderung im Film.
Media - Social Sciences
Einsteins Erben sollen sich mehr erklären
Zurich - University of Zurich Die Schweiz lässt sich ihre Forschung einiges kosten. Was erforscht wird, will erklärt und vermittelt sein, denn die Gesellschaft möchte verstehen, wofür sie bezahlt.
Social Sciences - Literature/Linguistics
«Manchmal tragen sie mich heim»
Zurich - University of Zurich Die Sozialgeografin Sara Landolt hat das Trinkverhalten Jugendlicher in Zürich analysiert.
Social Sciences - Environment/Sustainable Development
«Wir brauchen einen globalen Emissionshandel»
Zurich - University of Zurich Marc Chesney, Professor für Finance an der Universität Zürich, ist nicht begeistert über das Resultat der Klimakonferenz von Kopenhagen.
Social Sciences - Pedagogy/Education Science
Vergessene Verwandte
Zurich - University of Zurich Die Soziologien Nina Jakoby untersucht die Bedeutung verwandtschaftlicher Beziehungen über die Kleinfamilie hinaus: Tanten und Onkel, Neffen und Cousinen sind bisher ein vernachlässigtes Forschungsgebiet, obwohl ihre gesellschaftspolitische Bedeutung wächst.
Social Sciences
Die heilige Stadt Varanasi ist ein brüllendes Biest
Zurich - University of Zurich Wie sieht es zu Hause bei indischen Familien aus? Wer darf das Baby halten, wenn der Fotograf abdrückt? Fabian Biasio hat in Indien fotografiert.