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Read the latest press releases from ESRC and our major investments. You can access press releases that we have published since 2009.

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Chinaman

East views the world differently to West

Cultural differences between the West and East are well documented, but a study shows that concrete differences also exist in how British and Chinese people recognise people and the world around them according to new research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Elderly Care

Dignity counts when caring for older people

Older people feel that their health problems pose a challenge to their sense of independence, dignity and identity and sometimes the health care they are given makes things worse

Dominoes

Supporting primary children’s understanding of physics

New software has significant benefits for primary school children and their understanding of elementary physics, research shows. Studies funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) focused on what primary school children know when they begin studying physics, and how much they still have to learn. The studies looked at how much children understand about the movement of objects such as direction and speed.

Pricing Strip

New team to navigate the retail sector

Building relationships, raising the profile of social science research and identifying opportunities for collaboration will be the main focus of a new Retail Knowledge Navigator Team.

Brain

Planned actions improve the way we process information

Preparing to act in a particular way can improve the way we process information, and this has potential implications for those with learning disabilities according to research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Binary Numbers

Technology boost for maths skills

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), in partnership with Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and the British Academy, are delighted to announce twenty new and innovative projects that aim to develop skills using quantitative methods (QM)

Virtual World

Avatars develop real world skills

New research suggests that far from disengaging young people from real life, virtual worlds can provide unique environments that can help them learn and negotiate new situations.

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