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Study: Handshaking viewed more positively by Westerners than by East Asians

Westerners view handshaking more positively than do East Asians, researchers report in a new study. Western men also rate handshakes initiated by men and women differently, the study found. 

Paper: New mothers abused by partners at greater risk of suicidal thoughts

New mothers who are in abusive relationships are three times more likely to have suicidal thoughts, a new study suggests. Conducted with women in Brazil, the study is among a growing body of research to establish a link between suicidality and intimate partner violence among postpartum women in low- or middle-income countries.

Research suggests sexual appeals in ads don’t sell brands, products

Sexy ads stick in the memory more but don’t sell the brand or product, according to research that analyzed nearly 80 advertising studies published over three decades.

When will the Venezuela crisis end?

Political science professor Damarys Canache discusses the plight of Venezuela, where nearly three months of protests have resulted in more than 70 deaths

Study: Street gangs, crime serve as deviant leisure activities for youths

A new study by University of Illinois researchers suggests that gang membership and criminality serve as deviant leisure activities, fulfilling youths' needs for excitement, belonging and social support.

Paper: DNA may have only modest impact on sexual assault arrests

Most arrests in sexual assault cases occur before crime laboratory results are available, a new study led by a University of Illinois researcher found, suggesting that DNA testing may influence arrests in just a small number of cases.

Study: Consumers see much greater risk than reward in online ads

The risks far outweigh the benefits for most consumers in their response to personalized online ads, and they may avoid them as a result, suggests a University of Illinois study.

Historian wants readers to experience the Russian Revolution

This year marks a century since the Russian Revolution that “shook the world,” and a U. of I. history professor’s new book aims to chronicle the experience of living through it.

Report: Even in death, indigenous border crossers marginalized

Of the hundreds of people who die trying to cross into the U.S. from Mexico each year, those with indigenous backgrounds are less likely to be identified than those with more European ancestry, a new analysis reveals.

Could France be the next chapter in a populist surge?

Marine Le Pen, a far-right candidate in France’s presidential race, could have significant future influence, says the associate director of the European Center at Illinois.

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