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BYU study shows changing population and income patterns in rural Mountain West

November 22, 2022
BYU professors Samuel Otterstrom and Matthew Shumway analyzed population and income trends in the Mountain West region over the past 20 years. Their research confirmed the widening inequalities between less wealthy “Old West” counties known for traditional mining, farming and ranching, and wealthier “New West” counties boasting natural beauty and recreational opportunities like hiking or skiing.
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Army service increases long-term earnings and closes the Black-White earnings gap

November 10, 2022
The research found that American men and women who voluntarily enlist in the Army and are admitted see an average increase of $4,000 in annual earnings in the years following their application when compared to applicants who were not admitted.
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Robots are taking over jobs, but not at the rate you might think says BYU research

November 09, 2022
There’s no need to panic about a pending robot takeover just yet. The study found that only 14% of workers say they’ve seen their job replaced by a robot. But those who have experienced job displacement due to a robot overstate the effect of robots taking jobs from humans by about three times.
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Leveling the playing field: Why academic stress is more severe for students from disadvantaged backgrounds

October 27, 2022
For elementary students coming from disadvantaged homes, academic worry carries a heightened cost for school success than for advantaged kids, says a new BYU study.
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Media messages that humanize outgroups don’t combat prejudice, new BYU study finds

October 11, 2022
Humanizing messages does almost nothing to increase empathy in people with high animosity toward an outgroup, although they do increase empathy in those who already view the group positively.
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It just makes cents: BYU study shows children need hands-on experience to learn financial responsibility

September 22, 2022
Children who are given opportunities to manage money when they're young are more likely to be financially responsible as they enter adulthood, says a new study from BYU.
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400 million voting records show persistent gaps in voter turnout by race, age, and political affiliation

August 10, 2022
A new study from BYU and the University of Virginia analyzed 400 million voter records from elections in 2014 and 2016 and found that minority citizens, young people, and those who support the Democratic Party are much less likely to vote than whites, older citizens, and Republican Party supporters. Moreover, those in the former groups are also more likely to live in areas where their neighbors are less likely to vote.
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Mother of four earns graduate degree, hopes to teach sociology

April 21, 2022
All within the past five years, Jordan Coburn graduated with a double major in sociology and Spanish, worked as an English tutor, had four children and earned her graduate degree in sociology.
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BYU study: 'Every Kid Outdoors' program is increasing family hiking, but not for everyone

April 05, 2022
A recent study from BYU business and family studies professors finds that the U.S.’s Every Kid Outdoors program — which gives families with fourth graders free access to national parks for one year — is leading to an increased frequency of hiking with children.


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BYU study finds increasing uplifts leads to better marital outcomes for parents of children with autism, Down syndrome

March 21, 2022
Respite care may allow parents of children with disabilities to step back and recount specific moments of joy with their children, which results in an uplift. Experiencing more uplifts might counteract the detrimental effect of stress on parents.
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Q&A with BYU economics expert explains why gas prices are rising so quickly

March 17, 2022
Many Utahns are feeling the pinch at the pump as gas prices continue to soar across the U.S. And while the recent rise in gas prices has captured headlines, BYU economics professor Christian vom Lehn says gas prices started rising long before the conflict in Ukraine began. In this Q&A, vom Lehn explains the sharp jump in gas prices, inflation, and the state of the post-pandemic economy.
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Cultivating feelings of indebtedness to God results in increased happiness, desire to serve others

March 15, 2022
BYU research found that beyond increasing overall happiness and well-being, indebtedness to God was also related to increased religious involvement, spirituality, attachment to God and pro-social behavior, or how much service and kindness people show to others.
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Would Mirabel from “Encanto” be as connected to her family if she lived in the US? BYU study says yes

February 03, 2022
Research from BYU professor of family life Jocelyn Wikle suggests that Mirabel would have a strong family connection even if she lived in the U.S. According to her research, Latino teens in the U.S. may be different from teens in other racial/ethnic groups due to distinctive cultural norms and family values, such as those displayed in “Encanto.”

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Teaching kids about money pays off — in finances and relationships, BYU study shows

January 13, 2022
A new study from BYU discovered that children who learn proper money management behavior from their parents have more fulfilling relationships with their significant others in young adulthood.
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Teens not getting enough sleep may consume 4.5 extra pounds of sugar during a school year says BYU research

December 27, 2021
Sleep is vital for all people but is particularly important for teenagers as their bodies undergo significant development during their formative years. Unfortunately, most teens aren't getting enough sleep. Data from the American Academy of Pediatrics found that 73% of high school students are getting less than the recommended eight to ten hours of sleep each night.
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Financial insecurity, mental health conditions predict severe loneliness during pandemic

November 08, 2021
Surveying over 20,000 people in 101 countries from June to November 2020, the research found more than a three-fold spike in severe loneliness overall, with six percent of the sample reporting feeling lonely before the pandemic compared to 21% during.
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Can you tell the difference between an authentic Mesoamerican artifact and a forgery? This BYU student can.

September 14, 2021
Move over, Indiana Jones. In her undergraduate work authenticating the Mesoamerican greenstone collection at BYU’s Museum of Peoples and Cultures, anthropology student Chloe Burkey developed an eagle eye for the microscopic details that distinguish authentic artifacts from forged ones.
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BYU study finds that princess culture can have a positive impact on child development

July 25, 2021
In the longest study to date on the impact of princess media on consumers, new research from BYU professor Sarah Coyne found that children who engaged with princess culture were more likely to later hold progressive views about women and subscribe less to attitudes of hegemonic masculinity.
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