All features (understanding behaviour)

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Celebrity aspiration

Young people's talk about celebrities serves important social functions - making sense of the massive inequality and replacing envy with pleasure in being 'ordinary', shows research.

Angry man online

Why the hate? Abusive behaviour in social media

A new ESRC-funded project aims to study the 'social media ecosystem' to better understand how user behaviours, global communication networks and flows of information interact to promote hateful and socially disruptive content.


Managing the culture of risk

Governments and financial regulators have called on banks to rein in their risk cultures. However, a new report from the London School of Economics and Plymouth University dispels the myth of the perfect risk culture.

Cigarette in ashtray

Cutting the smoking habit

The annual NHS Stoptober campaign has been launched, helping smokers to quit through a month-long programme. Research shows the challenges of developing effective programmes to quit smoking, the links between smoking and low income, and secondary smoking motivations such as weight control.

School bullies

Lifelong impact from childhood bullying

Serious illness, struggling to hold down a regular job and poor social relationships are some of the negative outcomes in adulthood facing those who were victim of bullying in childhood.

Angry man online

The nature of web trolls

Online 'trolls' who abuse people are motivated by boredom as well as feelings of power, amusement and revenge, new findings show. Research by Dr Claire Hardaker at the ESRC CASS centre explores the motivation for trolling.

Indian student

Delayed motherhood due to longer education

British women are increasingly having children at a later age – and longer time in education and training is a major factor, shows research from the ESRC Centre for Population Change (CPC).

Baby and mother

Babies of blind mothers more skilled at communication

Far from being disadvantaged, babies of blind mothers develop communication and attention skills than their peers, according to research by Dr Atsushi Senju. He found no signs of autistic-like behaviour due to lack of visual communication.

Lone person on beach

Missing people prefer to stay nearby

People who voluntarily go missing usually stay close to home, according to new research. Findings from the ESRC-funded project Geographies of Missing People were presented at the 1st International Conference on Missing Children and Adults, held in Southampton this week.

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Misjudging the risk of extreme events

Both insurance buyers and insurance sellers frequently fail to assess risks accurately, according to new research. An ESRC-supported report concludes that when people make assessments about rare events, they often tend to misjudge a number of factors.

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