Social Sciences

Most popular American movies depict an unhealthy diet

Stanford researchers examined the 250 top-grossing American movies of recent decades and found the on-screen foods and beverages largely failed U.S. government nutrition recommendations and U.K. youth advertising standards.

The bid picture: Nobel prize winners explain auction theory, collaboration

If designed correctly, auctions can distribute resources fairly, according to Stanford economists Robert Wilson and Paul Milgrom. The pair were awarded the 2020 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for their improvements to auction theory and inventions of new auction formats.

Deep faith beneficial to health

Creating a relationship with a supernatural other takes effort that can lead to meaningful change, says Stanford anthropologist Tanya Luhrmann.

Sleuthing for misinformation about voting

Ahead of the 2020 election, Stanford students investigate the spread of mis- and disinformation online as part of their work with the Election Integrity Partnership.

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Lives saved: An examination of lockdown policies

SIEPR Senior Fellow Matthew Gentzkow finds that social distancing clearly saves lives. And most social distancing early in the early pandemic happened whether or not areas had mandated lockdowns.