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As power grows, so does generosity

ANN ARBOR — The saying “power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely” is so pervasive it’s taken as fact.

Certainly there are plenty of examples of power abuse, but new research from University of Michigan professor Leigh Tost finds that those in power, in certain situations, actually show more generosity in their financial and resource decisions. (more…)

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Pollen and clouds: April flowers bring May showers?

ANN ARBOR — The main job of pollen is to help seed the next generation of trees and plants, but a new study from the University of Michigan and Texas A&M shows that the grains might also seed clouds. (more…)

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Leaders who can read the crowd do better

ANN ARBOR — Performers call it “reading the crowd” or “sizing up the audience.”

However you put it, new research from University of Michigan professor Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks shows this skill, which he calls emotional aperture, isn’t just important for performers. It can define your success as a business leader. (more…)

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New methods address old question: What good is an apple a day anyway?

ANN ARBOR — Despite what your mother told you about “an apple a day keeping the doctor away,” it does not do the trick. The age-old aphorism may hold true for keeping pharmacists at bay, however.

Apple a day keeps the pharmacist awayDoes an apple a day keep the doctor away? (more…)

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Is cheating on the field worse than cheating on a spouse? Some fans think so

ANN ARBOR — Why did fans and sponsors such as Nike drop Lance Armstrong but stay loyal to Tiger Woods? Probably because Armstrong’s doping scandal took place on the field, unlike Wood’s off-the-field extramarital affairs, according to new studies.

A series of studies conducted by University of Michigan doctoral student Joon Sung Lee suggests that when fans and consumers can separate an athlete’s immoral behavior from their athletic performance, they’re much more forgiving than if the bad behavior could impact athletic performance or the outcome of the game. (more…)

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Facebook still has most users, but other social media sites grow

ANN ARBOR — Facebook remains the most popular social media site, by far, with 71 percent of online adults using the platform, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center that involves researchers from the University of Michigan School of Information. (more…)

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Was Beethoven’s music literally heartfelt?

Music straight from the heart: Could a cardiac arrhythmia have influenced famous works by the musical great?

ANN ARBOR, Mich. —  Could it be that when Ludwig van Beethoven composed some of the greatest masterpieces of all time that he was quite literally following his heart? (more…)

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