Social Sciences

Change behaviors by changing perception of normal

In a study, people ate less meat and conserved more water when they thought those behaviors reflected how society is changing. The findings could point to new ways of encouraging other behavior changes.

Stanford scholar assesses Catalonia referendum

Francois Diaz-Maurin, a visiting scholar at the Center for International Security and Cooperation, analyzes Catalonia’s referendum attempt, the Spanish government’s response and the impact these events could have across Europe.

Stanford scholars discuss mental health and technology

Conversational software programs might provide patients a less risky environment for discussing mental health, but they come with some risks to privacy or accuracy. Stanford scholars discuss the pros and cons of this trend.

Private equity firms show resilience in a downturn

Stanford scholar Shai Bernstein explored the impact of private equity firms during the financial crisis of 2008 and found that they appeared to be helpful rather than harmful amid the economic turmoil.

Digital companies and workers’ rights in an online world

Stanford scholars are addressing the future of how we work, with technology platforms and policies to protect workers’ rights and help employers properly assess employee qualifications as part of Stanford’s Cyber Initiative.