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Social and Economic Sciences (SES) Discoveries

NSF's public investment in science, engineering, education and technology helps to create knowledge and sustain prosperity. Read here about the Internet, microbursts, Web browsers, extrasolar planets, and more... a panoply of discoveries and innovations that began with NSF support.

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Colin Camerer Behavioral economist studies science of decision-making
Using brain scans, MacArthur Fellow examines people's expressed values and the choices they later make
Released  January 6, 2014
Laurie Garrow Using Big Data to Design Policies to Improve Airline Customers' Experiences
Researcher explores ways to better understand how customers respond to airline practices
Released  July 15, 2013
photograph of Ali Abbas Helping People Through the Decision-Making Process Using a Web-Based Application
Researcher was part of inaugural group of NSF Innovation Corps awards in 2011
Released  May 7, 2013
Image of seated child with three cyberbullies each with belt lock rising from her laptop. Foiling the Plan of a Cyberbully
Researchers suggest listening to students to craft prevention policies
Released  November 22, 2011
Image of nighttime lights visible on earth from outer space. Nighttime Lights Clarify Economic Activity
Combining lights and statistics may yield high-resolution global economic data
Released  June 10, 2011
Optical micrograph showing an array of graphene transistors prepared on silicon carbide. Miracle Material
Two-dimensional graphene may lead to faster electronics, stronger spacecraft and much more
Released  May 19, 2011
The New York Stock Exchange, focal point of the 2008 Stock Market crash. New PBS Television Program Highlights NSF-funded Economics Research
NOVA's "Mind Over Money" examines 2008 stock crash
Released  April 20, 2010
Photo showing a lineup of potential perpetrators. Re-Examining Eyewitness Identifications
Scientists are trying to determine why errors in eyewitness identifications occur, and how to prevent these errors
Released  April 16, 2010
Image of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), taken with a scanning electron microscope. The Invisible AIDS Victims: How Women Cope
Northwestern University associate professor Celeste Watkins-Hayes studies women with HIV/AIDS and the economic resources that help them effectively manage their health
Released  January 14, 2010
Eight thumbnail images and 2008 in Review 2008: Year in Review
A look back at some of the NSF-supported advances and activities that made news last year
Released  March 13, 2009
A drawing of Mahatma Gandhi on the wall separating the West Bank from Israel. Respect for Sacred Values is Key to Conflict Resolution
Ethical and religious beliefs can trump material gains in motivating human behavior
Released  January 7, 2009
Photo of a greenhouse. Financial Markets Grow 'Green' Companies
Investors see 'green' firms as less risky, charge lower interest rates
Released  October 7, 2008
City of Clarksdale in the Coahoma County, Mississippi Delta region Violent Crime and Civic Engagement in Rural Communities
Sociologist Matthew Lee designs a new conceptual model to study violence in rural settings
Released  August 12, 2008
Photo of a California neighborhood devastated by a wildfire in October 2007. Why People Live in Wildfire Zones
University of Oregon psychology professor Paul Slovic and other researchers offer insight into understanding risks in a democratic society
Released  July 2, 2008
Map showing regions where people have increasing contact with wildlife. Predicting the Next Major Virus
Peter Daszak, executive director of the Consortium for Conservation Medicine at Wildlife Trust, talks about the importance of research to better predict and prevent future devastating pandemics
Released  June 30, 2008
Photo of woman resting her head on basket of laundry. Chore Wars: Men, Women and Housework
Study confirms wives do most household chores
Released  April 28, 2008
2007 In Review 2007: Year in Review
A look back at some of the NSF-supported advances and activities reported last year
Released  January 30, 2008
2006 in Review 2006: Year in Review
A look back at some of the NSF-supported activities highlighted last year
Released  January 9, 2007
Social science research provides crucial data on American attitudes, beliefs and social structure. Windows on American Life
Social science research offers insights into American lifestyles and opinions
Released  December 7, 2006
Companies with easily pronounced names may perform better in the days following an IPO. Company Name Influences Stock Performance
Easy to pronounce names perform better in stock markets
Released  June 23, 2006
A depiction of the kidney as seen in a live donor transplant. Kidney Exchange: A Life-Saving Application of Matching Theory
Economists help build a kidney exchange system that saves lives.
Released  October 5, 2005
Mug shots with question marks Mistaken Identity: How Feedback "After the Fact" Influences Eyewitnesses
Eyewitness testimony is a fundamental aspect of the American justice system. Can it be influenced?
Released  January 26, 2005
Capital Building with inset of Policy Agendas Website. Uncovering Trends in Public Policy-Making
Do the policies enacted by Congress correspond over time to the priorities of the public?
Released  January 25, 2005
Forecasting volatile data The 2003 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics: Analyzing Data with Irregular Trends and Volatility
Good statistical methods can show how to forecast data series that follow irregular trends and series with ever-changing volatility.
Released  December 23, 2004
Photo of Furby The Implications of Making Care-giving Robots Lifelike
Robots designed to help the elderly may be given the ability to interact in human-like ways - but what are the implications of doing this?
Released  November 4, 2004
Pearson International Airport power plant Game Theorist Describes Unintended Consequences of U.S. Counterterrorism Policies
World events might not suggest that a decline in terrorism incidents has taken place during the post-Cold War era. Yet, economists have identified just such a trend while revealing that the likelihood of death or injury from terrorism has increased.
Released  July 30, 2004
Deli Dollars drawing Values and Morality in Global Finance
Money makes the world go 'round, but in the 21st century it's being redefined. People in many countries are expressing their faith or community values through alternative forms of finance. Some are even printing their own money.
Released  June 16, 2004

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