Education & Society

FSU research: Fear not a factor in gun ownership

Are gun owners more or less afraid than people who do not own guns? A new study from researchers at Florida State University and the University of Arizona hopes to add some empirical data to the conversation after finding that gun owners tend to report less fear than non-gun owners. The study, led by sociology […]

Study: Flirty comments from romantic partner may offer confidence boost for women

Drawing attention to a woman’s sexuality or physical appearance often has negative psychological consequences, but a new study from a Florida State University researcher has found that when the comment comes from the right person, those remarks can be a confidence boost. “This is one of the first studies to demonstrate that when such attention […]

FSU researchers find immigrants who commit felonies less likely than nonimmigrants to commit another

A new study by Florida State University researchers has found that immigrants who have committed a felony and been released from prisons in Florida are significantly less likely to reoffend by committing another felony than their nonimmigrant peers. The study, appearing in Justice Quarterly, compared recidivism rates of foreign-born and native-born individuals who had been […]

FSU Libraries to host esteemed Emmett Till scholar

It’s been 64 years since 14-year-old Emmett Till was lynched in Mississippi after allegedly offending a white woman in her family’s grocery store, but University of Kansas Professor Dave Tell has worked diligently to preserve Till’s story and legacy. Florida State University Libraries will host Tell for an evening of conversation and learning surrounding his […]

FSU researcher honored for saving teachers time, money with free curriculum planner

A Florida State University researcher has received the 2019 TaxWatch Productivity Award for helping Florida teachers and public schools save money through a free curriculum planner based on the latest educational standards. Rabieh Razzouk, associate director of the Learning Systems Institute and acting director of the Florida Center for Research in STEM, developed the tool […]

The pet effect: FSU researchers find furry friends ease depression, loneliness after spousal loss

As Healthy Aging Month is underway this September, Florida State University researchers have found the companionship of a pet after the loss of a spouse can help reduce feelings of depression and loneliness in older adults. The study, funded by The Gerontological Society of America and the WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition and published in […]

Beliefs about uncommitted sex may put marriages at risk

A group of Florida State University researchers has found that an individual’s pre-marital views about uncommitted sex may make it more difficult to remain blissfully married. In a study published today in the journal Psychological Science, researchers outline several factors that can contribute to a marriage’s long-term happiness or dissolution. One big red flag: An […]

Florida Institute for Child Welfare launches new podcast

The Florida Institute for Child Welfare, housed in the Florida State University College of Social Work, is launching a new resource to inform and support the child welfare workers of Florida. The podcast series, “Child Protection Caseworker Support,” starts Monday, Aug. 26. The eight-episode series will feature the institute’s director Jessica Pryce, who will discuss […]

Brains age better among retirees with complex jobs

FSU researcher finds connection between job complexity and cognitive function Retiring from your full-time job might not be the best thing for your brain as you age, according to a new study out of Florida State University. A team of researchers led by FSU Associate Professor of Sociology Dawn Carr found that people in so-called […]

Inside the story of Emmett Till: FSU professor launches app with digital perspective of civil rights icon

A Florida State University professor’s five-year research project has opened a new window of understanding about the brutal murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till in 1955 that became a catalyst of the civil rights movement. Davis Houck, FSU’s Fannie Lou Hamer Professor of Rhetorical Studies in the College of Communication and Information, and his colleagues have […]

FSU higher education researchers receive grant to study community college pathways to computing degrees

Women graduate college at higher rates than men, yet women earn only 19 percent of bachelor’s degrees in computer science. Two Florida State University researchers have received a three-year National Science Foundation grant for $900,749 to investigate this disparity. It will focus on Florida, one of the most diverse states in the nation, and community […]

Get your head in the game: Research shows mindfulness in relationship is key to a happy couple

A Florida State University researcher has found that an individual’s ability to be mindful or stay in the present has a profound effect on a romantic partner’s happiness. Assistant Professor of Family and Child Sciences Jonathan Kimmes published a new study in the Journal of Marriage and Family Therapy that found romantic partners were much […]