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Innovation - Social Sciences - 09.05.2024
Ivey prof develops strategy to bridge the digital divide
Ivey prof develops strategy to bridge the digital divide
New research shows need for 'design mindset' to include marginalized communities in the digital economy Whether it's a financial tracking app, a watch that monitors your health, or earphones that translate languages instantly, technology has revolutionized the human experience. Yet not everyone has equal access to these advantages.

Psychology - Social Sciences - 17.04.2024
Younger Canadians are more prone to self-judgment
Younger Canadians are more prone to self-judgment
A study by Simon Fraser University psychologists that examined different facets of mindfulness in Canadians has found that youth and adolescents are more likely to display traits of self-judgment and have worse mental health, including anxiety, depression and stress. By contrast, older participants were found to be more likely to be mindful and focus their attention on the present moment, observing themselves and others without judgment.

Social Sciences - Psychology - 16.04.2024
There are benefits - and risks - to pornography
There are benefits - and risks - to pornography
A new study reveals that viewing porn can either help or hinder sexual satisfaction, depending on the type of content. Consuming pornography can lead to improved sexual satisfaction - or it can be detrimental to it, as different content types are associated with different outcomes. That's what's revealed in a new study by Université de Montréal psychology professor Beáta Bothe , published in February in the Journal of Sex Research.

Pharmacology - Social Sciences - 08.04.2024
Economic solution to Canada’s opioid crisis
Waterloo student uses mathematical modelling to bring awareness to opioid-related death reduction method Nasal-administered naloxone is more cost-effective and could help reduce the number of opioid-related fatalities compared to the current publicly funded intermuscular version, a new study has found.

Environment - Social Sciences - 08.04.2024
Restoring biodiversity in Canada
Restoring biodiversity in Canada
Environment As the world commemorates Earth Day 2024, a Waterloo researcher shares how we can unlock more Canadian restoration solutions with community and academic collaboration With the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration well underway, one message is taking center stage - we need to restore biodiversity on our planet.

Social Sciences - Health - 03.04.2024
Netflix misses the mark by trivializing teenagers' pain
Netflix misses the mark by trivializing teenagers’ pain
UCalgary-led research discovers movies and TV series aimed at adolescents reinforce gender and racialized pain stereotypes. Researchers at the University of Calgary and the University of Bath, U.K., are calling on Netflix to do a better job of representing the kind of pain typically experienced by 12- to 18-year-olds.

Health - Social Sciences - 21.03.2024
More than 70 per cent of B.C. inmates with substance use disorders are reincarcerated: SFU study
More than 70 per cent of B.C. inmates with substance use disorders are reincarcerated: SFU study
Former prisoners with substance use and co-occurring disorders are at an alarmingly high risk of reincarceration, according to a new Simon Fraser University-led study. The study found that 72 per cent of people with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, and 70 per cent of people with substance use disorders alone, returned to prison within three years of release.

Social Sciences - Career - 28.02.2024
Women and men unequal when it comes to the stress of teleworking
Women and men unequal when it comes to the stress of teleworking
The stress factors associated with working at home affect women and men differently, and these effects vary greatly from Quebec to France . A wide-ranging study of telecommuting since the pandemic, as part of an extensive project initiated and piloted by Gaëlle Cachat-Rosset , professor in the Faculty of Administrative Sciences at Université Laval, shows that women and men in Quebec and France are affected differently by the stress factors associated with telecommuting.

Social Sciences - Environment - 08.02.2024
Surprising new evidence on happiness and wealth
Survey of people living in small, rural communities around the world suggests income not key to happiness Global polls typically show that people in industrialized countries where incomes are relatively high report greater levels of satisfaction with life than those in low-income countries. But now the first large-scale survey to look at happiness in small, non-industrialized communities living close to nature paints quite a different picture.

Health - Social Sciences - 02.02.2024
How stigma hurts trans health
Researchers demonstrate a link between transgender people's exposure to gender-related stigma and cortisol, a key hormone in the stress response. For transgender and nonbinary people, feeling connected to one's community may alleviate the adverse health effects of chronic exposure to stigma, the latest findings of a U.S.-Canada study suggests.

Social Sciences - 01.02.2024
Who lives in rural Canada and who's most likely to move there?
Who lives in rural Canada and who’s most likely to move there?
A study by West ern researchers shows most newcomers - and the majority of Canadians - choose to live cities. It's a historical trend negatively impact smaller communities looking to counteract the effects of an aging population , declining birth rates and economic disparities the urban-rural divide.

Social Sciences - Economics - 17.01.2024
SDG-washing found among Canada's top companies
SDG-washing found among Canada’s top companies
Canadian corporations that commit their operations and financial capital to SDG's found to have decreased their community investment Canada's biggest companies often speak of their plans to be more sustainable, but a new study found corporations aren't fully backing up those commitments. A team of University of Waterloo researchers concluded that corporate investing in communities fell despite an increase in companies committing to the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) over the last decade.

Social Sciences - Environment - 16.01.2024
How to conduct scientific research with Indigenous Peoples and Lands in a good way
In the name of "research," science has often harmed Indigenous Peoples around the world.

Social Sciences - Psychology - 21.12.2023
Non-abusive 'red flags' that predict intimate partner violence
Non-abusive ’red flags’ that predict intimate partner violence
Researchers from Western say it's rare for someone to go on a first date and experience intimate partner violence immediately. It takes time and during that time, people become more committed to their partner. As the relationship progresses, tangible and intangible elements of a relationship like moving in together, getting married or falling in love can make it more difficult to leave.

Social Sciences - Criminology / Forensics - 19.12.2023
Offenders: age counts in the rehabilitation process
Offenders: age counts in the rehabilitation process
Researchers show that it's hard for young men who have been in prison to give up crime The younger an offender is when released from prison, the greater the likelihood that he or she will return to prison, according to a recent study. The criminal justice system treats everyone equally from the age of 18, yet "age matters" in the process of social reintegration, show researchers from Laval University and the International Centre for Comparative Criminology.

Politics - Social Sciences - 13.12.2023
New tool helps gauge trust in government
New tool helps gauge trust in government
Trust in Government Measure also aims to help inform better public health policies. People are less likely to adopt new health policies if they don't have faith in their government, and a new tool from University of Waterloo researchers aims to fix that. The tool - designed by a team based in Waterloo's School of Public Health Sciences - aids lawmakers in how trustworthy they may appear to the public and could help improve the uptake of public health policies by informing their design and communication.

Health - Social Sciences - 12.12.2023
More Americans than Canadians use alcohol to dull their pain
More Americans than Canadians use alcohol to dull their pain
New research explores pain management strategies including the use of prescription medications and alcohol From exercise and over-the-counter medications to alcohol use and prescription drugs, North Americans report using a number of different strategies to manage and prevent day-to-day pain. Some of these strategies are useful to mitigate pain, and others, like alcohol, are actually counterproductive and can make pain worse.

Social Sciences - Computer Science - 07.12.2023
Is Alexa sexist? In short, yes
Is Alexa sexist? In short, yes
Popular virtual assistant technology reinforces stereotyped and sexist expectations of gendered labour, according to a new study University of Waterloo professor and Canada Research Chair in Technology and Social Change Dr. Lai-Tze Fan analyzed hundreds of Amazon's virtual assistant Alexa's voice-driven skills.

Health - Social Sciences - 29.11.2023
Men sleep better than women 
Men sleep better than women 
Topics Western researchers have unveiled crucial insights into the sleep health of middle-aged and older adults in Canada, identifying social determinants that contribute to disparities in sleep satisfaction, efficiency, and duration. The study revealed that men report sleeping better than women, and contrary to previously held beliefs, sleep actually improves with age.

Social Sciences - 08.11.2023
Eye-to-eye contact is rare but shapes our social behavior
Eye-to-eye contact is rare but shapes our social behavior
When speaking to one another, much of the communication occurs nonverbally - through body posture, hand gestures, and the eyes. Our eye gaze during conversations therefore reveals a wealth of information about our attention, intention, or psychological states.
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