Contagion beliefs powerful
A new Yale study investigated why people would pay exorbitant sums of money for Beyoncé’s boots or Oprah’s overcoat.
Brain structures different in gamblers
Researchers discovered for the first time that the brains of gambling addicts may have different structures than those of the rest of the population.
Shadowy street artist leaves Elm City
BiP, the artist formerly known as Believe in People — a mysterious figure who secretly transforms New Haven buildings at night — said farewell to the Elm City through a film screening on Jan. 4. BiP gained fame as a street artist by painting murals all across New Haven, including a large mural of Anne »
E-Cigarette use spreading among youths
The first-ever study of electronic cigarette use among youths found that smoking is on the rise. The study performed by a team of researchers at the Yale School of Medicine discovered that use of e-cigarettes — battery powered devices that heat nicotine cartridges into a vapor which the user can then inhale — doubled in »
Social networks influential in violent crime
Chicago native and Yale sociology professor Andrew Papachristos has discovered that social networks are the single most predictive factor in violent crime in his home city. Social networks constructed from arrest records explained violent crime better than gender, race or gang affiliation in a subset of the Chicago population. While other studies have looked at »
Planet Mercury comes to Peabody
Yale Peabody Museum is displaying a piece of what could be the first known meteorite from Mercury to ever strike earth.
Ballet reaches disabled students
For six years in a row, disabled students in New Haven have been given the chance to dance through the New Haven Ballet’s Shared Ability performance, in which students from the New Haven Ballet will be paired with students with physical or mental needs. This year’s show, scheduled to take place in June, will feature »
SOM studies incentives
New research out of the Yale School of Management is the first to find that humans have a poor intuition of how incentives motivate performance.
Economy may not depend on state policy
New research from the University of Connecticut indicates the economic health of the Nutmeg State may depend less on the actions of state politicians than previously thought.
Health insurance costs under ACA up for debate
A study by the Kaiser Family Foundation released earlier this month found that the costs of private health insurance in Connecticut will be lower than previously expected after the Affordable Care Act goes into effect on Oct. 1.