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Conspiracy thinking less likely with greater news media literacy, study suggests

Those who are more news media literate are less likely to believe conspiracy theories, even ones that resonate with their politics, a study suggests.

What should we make of Russia’s revolution now?

A U. of I. history professor takes a fresh look at the Russian Revolution on its centennial.

Mass killings happen randomly, yet rate has remained steady, study finds

Mass killings may have increasing news coverage, but the events themselves have happened at a steady rate for more than a decade, according to a new study by University of Illinois researchers.

Report identifies factors associated with harassment, abuse in academic fieldwork

College students considering careers in fields like archaeology or geology that require extensive work at remote field sites might want to find out how potential supervisors and advisers conduct themselves in the field. Do they establish clear ground rules for the behavior of everyone on the team? Are the rules consistently enforced? According to a new report, such factors likely influence whether students will witness or experience harassment while working far from home.

Making sense of the Arab Spring

Making sense of the Arab Spring is the aim of U. of I. Middle East expert Asef Bayat, in a new book.

No ‘narcissism epidemic’ among college students, study finds

Today’s college students are slightly less narcissistic than their counterparts were in the 1990s, researchers report in a new study – not significantly more, as some have proposed. The study, reported in the journal Psychological Science, analyzed data from 1,166 students at the University of California, Berkeley in the 1990s, and from tens of thousands of students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of California, Davis in the 2000s and 2010s.

Do politics or protests have a place in sports?

A U. of I. professor who specializes in the history of sports says it’s not realistic to see sporting events as free of politics or protest

How should the Supreme Court rule on gerrymandering?

An Illinois professor says a gerrymandering case before the Supreme Court could have profound effects on U.S. democracy and suggests a technological solution.

Paper: Even after debunking, misinformation and ‘fake news’ persist

Even in the face of evidence to the contrary, the effects of misinformation persist and can’t be wholly erased, says a new paper co-written by U. of I. psychology professor Dolores Albarracin.

Did news coverage turn Americans against the Vietnam War?

News coverage of the Vietnam War did not have the effect on popular support that many believe, says a University of Illinois researcher.