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    Psychology

    Gender Equality Linked to Men Eating More Meat

    In wealthier countries with greater gender equality, men are more likely to eat meat more frequently than women, a new study reveals. The findings could inform strategies for promoting plant-based and cultured meat as viable alternatives to traditional meat consumption.
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    Gender Minorities Experience More Discrimination

    June is the month of Pride, a celebration of the LGBTIQ+ community and its achievements. The Swiss LGBTIQ+ Panel sheds light on the situation of queer people in Switzerland.
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    Summary of the completed URPP ‘Language and Space’

    Setting New Standards through Interdisciplinary Research

    Elvira Glaser, co-founder of the recently concluded University Research Priority Program Language and Space, takes stock and tells us what surprised her the most over the course of the 12-year research period.
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    Media Research / Political Sciences

    Interventions against Misinformation also Increase Skepticism toward Reliable Sources

    Efforts to tackle false information through fact-checking or media literacy initiatives increases the public’s skepticism toward “fake news”. However, they also breed distrust in genuine, fact-based news sources, a UZH-led study shows.
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    Sociology

    Peers Crucial in Shaping Boys’ Confidence in Math Skills

    A study from the University of Zurich has analyzed the social mechanisms that contribute to the gender gap in math confidence. While peer comparisons seem to play a crucial role for boys, girls’ subjective evaluations are more likely to be based on objective performance.
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    URPP Dynamics of Healthy Aging

    Leading the Way in Research on Aging

    The recently-concluded UZH University Research Priority Program Dynamics of Healthy Aging achieved some impressive results. The World Health Organization even adopted the healthy aging model developed in Zurich.
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    History

    How Japan Reached Out to the World

    What role did Japanese migrants play in the emergence of modern Japan in the 19th century? Martin Dusinberre reconstructs the voyages of the Yamashiro-maru steamship and re-examines methods of historical scholarship.
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    Musicology

    UZH Acquires Important Richard Wagner Manuscript

    The University of Zurich has made a spectacular acquisition of an important manuscript by Richard Wagner (1812 to 1883). In Eine Mitteilung an meine Freunde (“A Message to My Friends”), the composer takes autobiographical and artistic stock and looks to the future. The manuscript, which was written in Zurich, will now undergo further scholarly analysis at UZH.
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    Political Science

    Less Hate Online

    When wars break out in places such as Gaza or Ukraine, hate comments have a field day. They poison the debate on the internet and are a threat to democracy. Political scientist Karsten Donnay is looking into how to also establish social norms online.
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    Psychology

    Culture-Specific Trauma Responses in Switzerland

    According to a new study, the culture-specific sequelae of trauma found in Switzerland align with the norms of a competitive and individualistic society. Post-traumatic coping strategies in Switzerland tend to involve closer connections to nature.
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    Ethnology

    New Dawn in the Land of Seven Rivers

    Market economy replaces socialism: in the booming seven rivers region of Kazakhstan, ethnologist Peter Finke is examining how new social structures and ownership conditions are emerging amid legal uncertainty and loss of trust.
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    Institute for Eastern European Studies

    “Cultural war on the West”

    A new institute is being established at UZH to gain a better historical, political and cultural understanding of Eastern Europe. Slavonic studies scholar Sylvia Sasse and historian Jeronim Perović talk about the “Russian world” and the war in Ukraine and its impact.
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    Neuroscience

    Live Music Emotionally Moves Us More than Streamed Music

    A study has found that live performances trigger a stronger emotional response than listening to music from a device. Concerts connect performers with their audience, which may also have to do with evolutionary factors.
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    FAN Award

    Heart Defects, the World of Work, and Algorithms

    Melanie Ehrler, Simon Walo and Regina Weder are being honored with this year’s FAN Awards in recognition of their outstanding research work. Their three topics of research are the development of children with heart defects, the future of work, and the legal conditions for the use of AI in public administration.
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    Public Lecture Series

    Religion, Reproduction and Crises

    From digitalization of religious practices through ethical questions around human reproduction to strategies for navigating crises or the challenges of sustainable development – the new public lecture series at UZH take an interdisciplinary deep dive into important issues of the day.
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    Chinese Studies

    Utopias Made in China

    Chinese science fiction is thriving, with Mark Zuckerberg and Barack Obama counting themselves as fans. The Chinese government has recognized the genre’s potential and is ramping up the creation of utopias – which is impacting the country’s digital culture.
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    Sociology

    Young People from Poorer Families Make Fewer Friends

    A new study has found that children growing up in low-income families have fewer opportunities to make friends and to socially integrate at school. Researchers from the University of Zurich and the University of Stockholm examined data from over 200 school classes in Sweden and reached this conclusion.
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    Neuropsychology

    Physical and Social Activities Promote Healthy Brain Aging

    Physical and social activities in old age have a protective effect on the entorhinal cortex. This important area of the brain, which plays a central role in memory, is impaired in patients with Alzheimer’s disease, even in the early stages.
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    Interview — 100 years of ZS

    “There’s always a bit of madness involved”

    The Zürcher Studierendenzeitung, the UZH student newspaper, celebrates its 100-year anniversary in 2023. A book has been published to mark the occasion. We sat down with two of the book’s editors, Johannes Luther and Michael Kuratli, to find out what goes into making the ZS and to look back at the paper’s storied history.
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    Pitfalls of Computer-Based Psychotherapy

    Smartphone apps and internet programs promise quick and easy help for mental health difficulties. Birgit Watzke and her team at the Department of Psychology are investigating these digital tools and identifying their uses and limits.
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