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2018.09.05 | Research news

Toddlers prefer winners - but avoid those who win by force

Toddlers aged just 1 1/2 years prefer individuals whom other people yield to. It appears to be deeply rooted in human nature to seek out those with the highest social status. This motive might have evolved because being close to high-ranking individuals has given people access to resources, territory and mates.

2018.04.12 | Research news

Strong political parties generate economic growth

Political parties are part of the reason why we have a stable and financially well-functioning society. In fact, strong parties generate economic growth, according to new research from Aarhus BSS. Signs of increased personalization of politics should therefore alarm us.

2017.12.05 | Research news

You can also be Danish wearing a headscarf

The notion of Danishness needs to be challenged. We need to break down the black-and-white ideas of what it means to be Danish and what it means to be a Muslim. According to a researcher from Aarhus BSS, children of immigrants need explicit acceptance from their friends that it is OK to wear a headscarf or stay away from alcohol before they feel…

2017.11.07 | Research news

Women on the research team ensure more nuanced medical research

Research team from Aarhus BSS and Stanford University demonstrates a relationship between gender diversity in the author group and the attention devoted to gender and sex analysis in medical research. This can be a matter of life and death and have a major financial impact.

2017.11.03 | Research news

Should Denmark be a closed club?

The requirements for Danish citizenship are so steep that even some Danes fail to meet them. The findings from a new study at Aarhus BSS question whether it is fair to demand more of others than of yourself.

2017.10.13 | Research news

Why party members do not vote for their own party

Read Ann-Kristin Kölln's blog post in Washington Post's Monkey Cage.

2017.09.21 | Research news

Ann-Kristin Kölln about the German election 2017

Why is the German federal election important for Denmark? Hear the answer from the department's new Associate Professor Ann-Kristin Kölln in this video.

2017.05.09 | Research news

The Vicious Circle of Inequality

Large study across 27 countries and 30 US states demonstrates the association between unequal and unstable societies and their populations’ motives for social dominance. Ethnic persecution of immigrants, sexism, racism and corruption are some of the many negative consequences.

2017.05.04 | Research news

The immune system may explain skepticism towards immigrants

There is a strong correlation between our fear of infection and our skepticism towards immigrants. New cross-national research from Aarhus BSS at Aarhus University explains why political discussions of immigration are so heated and why integration often fails.

2017.03.23 | Research news

When people prepare for conflict, dominant leaders take the stage

New research from Lasse Laustsen and Michael Bang Petersen shows that support for dominant politicians comes from those who favour solving the country’s problems using aggression.

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