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What Else Can Fingers Tell Us?

According to HSE researchers, men with a high 2D:4D ratio (i.e. those whose index finger is longer than their ring finger) tend to be better educated. These findings are presented in the paper «2D: 4D and lifetime educational outcomes: Evidence from the Russian RLMS survey» in Personality and Individual Differences.

Repeating non-verbs as well as verbs can boost the syntactic priming effect

According to Glasgow and HSE/Northumbria researchers, repetition of non-verbs as well as verbs can boost the effect of syntactic priming, i.e. the likelihood of people reproducing the structure of the utterance they have just heard.

European Attitudes to Immigrants

Europeans tend to be tolerant towards immigrants of their own ethnicity, but not always willing to live next to ethnic outsiders.

Can Nicotine Help to Treat Schizophrenia?

Several studies have indicated that schizophrenic patients are likely to show high levels of nicotine dependence. Scientists from Higher School of Economics (HSE), Institut Pasteur, the CNRS, Inserm and the ENS employed a mouse model to elucidate how nicotine influences cells in the prefrontal cortex. They visualized how nicotine has a direct impact on the restoration of normal activity in nerve cells (neurons) involved in psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia. These findings were published in a paper that appeared in the journal Nature Medicine.

How Russian Undergraduates Perceive 1917 Events in Russia

The 1917 October Socialist Revolution evokes a dual symbolism in the minds of young Russians.

Researchers Offer Novel Method for Calculating the Benefits of Renewable Energy

Researchers from the Higher School of Economics (HSE) have developed a novel system for assessing the potential of renewable energy resources. This method can help to assess the future exploitable technical potential of wind and solar PV energy, as well as their capacity to replace exiting generation assets. Furthermore, it can forecast fossil fuel savings and facilitate reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Their research has been published in journal Energy: “Wind and Solar PV Technical Potentials: Measurement Methodology and Assessments for Russia”.

Values Evolution: East Still to Catch Up with West

A Russian translation of Christian Welzel's Freedom Rising has been released.

What Russians Tell Tourists about their Towns

Locals’ stories about their home grounds can become a foundation for tourist brands.

Leading Causes of Death in Moscow

Death rates in Moscow tend to be much higher than in many other big cities worldwide.

Russians with Degrees: Where Are They Employed?

One out of every four Russians with degrees are employed in jobs which do not require university-level training.

How Insomnia Affects Self-esteem

People with sleep disorders tend to misperceive their own appearance.
March 13

Alcoholism May Be Caused by Dynamical Dopamine Imbalance

Researchers from the Higher School of Economics, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, Indiana University and the Russian Academy of Sciences Nizhny Novgorod Institute of Applied Physics have identified potential alcoholism mechanisms, associated with altered dopaminergic neuron response to complex dynamics of prefrontal cortex neurones affecting dopamine release.