College of Social Science

MSU Today, Jan 22 2013

Young urban black women who are exposed to severe abuse within their families are much more likely to be victims of dating violence, according to a study led by a Michigan State University researcher.

Angie Kennedy, MSU associate professor of social work, said efforts to prevent dating violence should include discussion of what might be going on in the victim’s home.

MSU News, Dec 4 2012

Using multiple forms of media at the same time – such as playing a computer game while watching TV – is linked to symptoms of anxiety and depression, scientists have found for the first time.

Michigan State University’s Mark Becker, lead investigator on the study, said he was surprised to find such a clear association between media multitasking and mental health problems. What’s not yet clear is the cause.

MSU News, Nov 29 2012

Homicide moves through a city in a process similar to infectious disease, according to a new study that may give police a new tool in tracking and ultimately preventing murders.

Using Newark, N.J., as a pilot case, a team of Michigan State University researchers led by April Zeoli successfully applied public health tracking methods to the city’s 2,366 homicides between 1982 and 2008. They found the killings were not randomly located but instead followed a pattern, evolving from the city’s center and moving southward and westward over time.

Oct 16 2012

Anyone who has been to the beach has observed firsthand how wind, water, and sand can obliterate all signs of human habitation in minutes. So how can scientists sift through 5,000 years of changes in climate, temperature, relative precipitation, and lake levels along Lake Michigan’s coastal dunes to reconstruct the past?

MSU News, Sep 25 2012

A pair of projects totaling $1.5 million and led by a Michigan State University professor will help Michigan National Guard members and their families in the often stressful transition from battlefield to civilian life.

With the first initiative, funded by a $1.3 million grant from the Department of Defense, Adrian Blow and colleagues will study resiliency in military families, working directly with National Guard veterans and their spouses and parents.

MSU News, Sep 21 2012

President Barack Obama holds a substantial lead in Michigan over Republican challenger Mitt Romney, although many of the state’s voters remain undecided, according to Michigan State University’s latest State of the State Survey.

In the quarterly survey, completed in August, the Democratic incumbent leads Romney 39 percent to 30 percent among likely voters, for a margin of 9 percentage points. The results come on the heels of an EPIC-MRA poll for the Detroit Free Press and a Detroit News/WDIV Local 4 survey that both show Obama with a commanding lead.

MSU News, Oct 6 2011

Working memory capacity - that is, the ability to simultaneously store and process information - may sometimes be the deciding factor between good and great performance of complex tasks, according to Zach Hambrick, associate professor of psychology at Michigan State University.

MSU News, Oct 3 2011

People who think they can learn from their mistakes have a different brain reaction to errors than those who don’t think they can learn from their mistakes, according to a groundbreaking study by Michigan State University researchers.

The study, which will appear in an upcoming issue of Psychological Science, is the first to show a fundamental difference between these two groups.

MSU News, Sep 27 2011

People may be learning while they’re sleeping - an unconscious form of memory that is still not well understood, according to a study by Michigan State University researchers.

The findings are highlighted in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.