UW News


April 1, 2009

Humans may be losers if technological nature replaces the real thing

There are Web cams focused on falcons, ferrets and fish, virtual tours of the Grand Canyon and Yosemite, and robotic dogs, seals and even dinosaurs.


March 26, 2009

Do Americans have an identity crisis when it comes to race and ethnicity?

Say goodbye to Italian-Americans and German-Americans and say hello to Vietnamese-Americans, Salvadoran-Americans and a bunch of other hyphenated Americans.


March 23, 2009

Support for racial equality may be a victim of Obama’s election

“You’ve come a long way, baby.


March 19, 2009

Heightened level of amygdala activity may cause social deficits in autism

Something strange is going on in the amygdala — an almond-shaped structure deep in the human brain — among people with autism.


March 17, 2009

Brain abnormality found in boys with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

Researchers trying to uncover the mechanisms that cause attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and conduct disorder have found an abnormality in the brains of adolescent boys suffering from the conditions, but not where they expected to find it.


March 5, 2009

Program successfully teaches domestic violence victims safe use of technology

A new Washington state program designed to help victims of domestic violence increase their knowledge of how to use technology safely and help minimize the risks that technology can pose when one is in an abusive relationship has been evaluated as highly successful.


March 3, 2009

Program successfully teaches domestic violence victims safe use of technology

A new Washington state program designed to help victims of domestic violence increase their knowledge of how to use technology safely and help minimize the risks that technology can pose when one is in an abusive relationship has been evaluated as highly successful.


February 26, 2009

Anti-social behavior in girls predicts adolescent depression seven years later

Past behavior is generally considered to be a good predictor of future behavior, but new research indicates that may not be the case in the development of depression, particularly among adolescent girls.


Huge inequalities found in Washington’s system for court-imposed fines and fees

Washington state’s system for imposing fines and fees, or legal financial obligations, on people convicted of felonies is riddled with inequalities and is hindering individuals from rejoining society, according to a report prepared for a state commission by UW researchers.


All prejudice isn’t created equal; whites distribute it unequally to minorities

The Declaration of Independence may proclaim that all men are created equal, but American whites tend to distribute their prejudice unequally toward certain members of minority groups, according to new research.


February 25, 2009

All prejudice isn’t created equal; whites distribute it unequally to minorities

The Declaration of Independence may proclaim that all men are created equal, but American whites tend to distribute their prejudice unequally toward certain members of minority groups, according to new research.


February 24, 2009

Huge inequalities found in Washington’s system for court-imposed fines and fees


Washington state’s system for imposing fines and fees, or legal financial obligations, on people convicted of felonies is riddled with inequalities and is hindering individuals from rejoining society, according to a report prepared for a state commission by University of Washington researchers.


February 17, 2009

Anti-social behavior in girls predicts adolescent depression seven years later

Past behavior is generally considered to be a good predictor of future behavior, but new research indicates that may not be the case in the development of depression, particularly among adolescent girls.


February 12, 2009

Girls are more resilient than boys in overcoming family background including heroin addiction

Growing up with a heroin-addicted parent exposes children to a variety of detrimental experiences before the age of 18 and new research indicates that girls are four times more resilient than boys in overcoming such adverse events.


February 11, 2009

In families with a heroin-addict parent, girls are more resilient than boys in overcoming adverse childhood experiences

Growing up with a heroin-addicted parent exposes children to a variety of detrimental experiences before the age of 18 and new research indicates that girls are four times more resilient than boys in overcoming such adverse events.


February 2, 2009

Seattle’s striking history comes into focus with year-long celebration

Ninety years ago Seattle shut down.


January 29, 2009

Seattle’s striking history comes into focus with year-long celebration

Ninety years ago Seattle shut down.


January 22, 2009

Charles Hirschman to address immigration in Faculty Lecture

Forget the Mayflower, the Daughters of the American Revolution and even the United Daughters of the Confederacy.


Infants draw on past to interpret present, understand other people’s behavior

The old real estate maxim “location, location, location” also plays a role in how infants learn to understand the ambiguous actions and behavior of other people.


Infants draw on past to interpret present, understand other people’s behavior

The old real estate maxim “location, location, location” also plays a role in how infants learn to understand the ambiguous actions and behavior of other people.


December 30, 2008

Washington infants needed for autism study looking at brain images, behavior

Like a picture, an image can be worth a thousand words, and University of Washington autism researchers would like to capture images of the growing brains of more than a hundred infants in Washington and six other western states as part of a study examining changes in children’s brains and behavior that may signal the onset of autistic symptoms.


December 17, 2008

Most women report satisfaction with egg donation; some claim problems


Two-thirds of women who donated eggs to fertility clinics reported satisfaction with the process, but 16 percent complained of subsequent physical symptoms and 20 percent reported lasting psychological effects, according to the first study to examine the long-term effects of donation.


December 8, 2008

Pavlov’s neurons: Researchers find brain cells that are a key to learning

More than a century after Ivan Pavlov’s dog was conditioned to salivate when it heard the sound of a tone prior to receiving food, scientists have found neurons that are critical to how people and animals learn from experience.


December 4, 2008

Elementary school intervention increases mental, sexual health, economic status

Fifteen years after they completed an intervention program designed to help their social development in elementary school, young adults reported better mental health, sexual health and higher educational and economic achievement than a control group of young adults who didn’t receive the intervention, according to a new study.


December 1, 2008

Elementary school intervention increases mental, sexual health, economic status

Fifteen years after they completed an intervention program designed to help their social development in elementary school, young adults reported better mental health, sexual health and higher educational and economic achievement than a control group of young adults who didn’t receive the intervention, according to a new study.


November 20, 2008

Stress hinders rats’ decision-making abilities

A little bit of stress goes a long way and can have far-reaching effects.


November 18, 2008

Stress hinders rats’ decision-making abilities

WASHINGTON — A little bit of stress goes a long way and can have far-reaching effects.


November 13, 2008

Web site exposes previously undocumented KKK activity in Washington

UW scholars have shined new light on one of the darkest chapters of Washington history — the days when the Ku Klux Klan was a temporary force in the state.


November 10, 2008

Web site exposes previously undocumented KKK activity in Washington


University of Washington scholars have shined new light on one of the darkest chapters of Washington history — the days when the Ku Klux Klan was a temporary force in the state.


October 30, 2008

Like rest of society, doctors implicitly favor whites over blacks

In the first large study to explore possible unconscious bias among physicians, researchers have found that doctors mirror the attitudes of the majority in society and implicitly favor whites over blacks.


October 28, 2008

Like rest of society, doctors implicitly favor whites over blacks

In the first large study to explore possible unconscious bias among physicians, researchers have found that doctors mirror the attitudes of the majority in society and implicitly favor whites over blacks.


October 23, 2008

Child abuse increases risk for later sexually coercive behavior in some men

Boys who experience childhood physical or sexual abuse are more likely to use sexually coercive behavior against an unwilling female partner when they are adolescents and young adults.


October 21, 2008

Child abuse increases risk for later sexually coercive behavior in some men

Boys who experienced childhood physical or sexual abuse are more likely to use sexually coercive behavior against an unwilling female partner when they are adolescents and young adults.


October 16, 2008

Polls may underestimate Obama’s support by 3 to 4 percent

Current polls of the presidential election may be underestimating Barack Obama’s support by 3 to 4 percent nationally and possibly larger margins in the Southeast and some strongly Republican states, according to UW researchers.


October 9, 2008

Polls may underestimate Obama’s support by 3 to 4 percent


Current polls of the presidential election may be underestimating Barack Obama’s support by 3 to 4 percent nationally and possibly larger margins in the Southeast and some strongly Republican states, according to University of Washington researchers.


October 2, 2008

Psychologists show experience may be the best teacher for infants

There’s a lot of truth in the old proverb “experience is the best teacher,” and apparently it even applies to 10-month-old infants.


September 30, 2008

Psychologists show experience may be the best teacher for infants

There’s a lot of truth in the old proverb “experience is the best teacher,” and apparently it even applies to 10-month-old infants.


September 25, 2008

Do you see what I see? Babies can tell

Those wide-eyed babies are taking in and using more information than previously believed.


How media covered Katrina aftermath affects response by blacks and whites

New research shows that black and white Americans responded differently when exposed to a video presentation that described Hurricane Katrina and then blamed the botched relief efforts on one of two causes: either government incompetence or racism, because the majority of Katrina’s victims were black.


Cause of conduct problems among girls appears to be different than in boys

The first study of conduct problems in children to include a significant number of aggressive girls indicates that psychological conditions including conduct disorder may have separate causes in the two sexes.



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