All features (understanding behaviour)

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Understanding hate crime

Researchers at the University of Leicester have worked with the widest range of communities ever to have been included in a single study of hate crime - the Leicester Hate Crime Project.

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Show us the money, say Scottish voters

New results from the Scottish Social Attitudes survey, funded by the ESRC and carried out by ScotCen Social Research, suggest it's the economic consequences that matters the most to people.

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Charity-minded migrants

Charitable causes in the UK benefit from strong traditions of giving among such groups, which result in generosity to UK charities and support for needs in countries of origin, according to research from the Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy.

Celebrity

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Cities sap our powers of concentration

New ESRC- funded research shows that if you live in an isolated rural area you are likely to concentrate better than if you live in a city.

Working mum

Working or shirking? Home-working and staff performance

An evaluation of home-working showed a dramatic increase in employee performance and reduction in staff turnover, according to findings from a team including Professor Nicholas Bloom from ESRC's Centre for Economic Performance.

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Trust me - I'm a politician

Politicians will find it hard to persuade voters to trust them more because there's a big gap between the kinds of behaviour the two camps think of as unethical, according to new research.

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Climate change downgrade in the recession

As we enter Climate Week, poll results have revealed that public concern about environmental issues and climate change has sunk to a 20-year low since the beginning of the global financial crisis.

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Staying safe online

The Visualisation and Other Methods of Expression (VOME) project developed new methods to raise public awareness about internet security, an issue highlighted with today's celebration of Safer Internet Day.

Charitable giving

More giving with more income

The amount that people give to charity is highly dependent on income, according to ESRC-supported research. Results from a game study suggests that donor level of income is vital in determining charitable donations.

Choice road sign

Researching risk in financial organisations

Research looking at how banks and other financial firms have begun to address the problems of risk culture has found that change is underway, with new programmes and experiments in risk management.

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Calling time on binge drinking

The Home Office has launched a consultation on measures to reduce alcohol consumption. But what are the most effective interventions? ESRC-funded researchers have explored the motivations and measures connected to binge drinking.

Frustrated worker

Where was I? The business cost of interruptions

Interruptions are a common phenomenon in the workplace, with office workers frequently distracted by the conversations of their chatty neighbours. New ESRC-funded research has found that being interrupted whilst reading caused on average a 17 per cent increase in reading time.

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