Research News

[schools and vote]
9/20/2017
WACO, Texas (Sept. 20, 2017) — Voters reward or punish incumbent school board members based on the achievement of white students in their district, while outcomes for African-American and Hispanic students get relatively little attention at the ballot box, according to a study co-authored by a Baylor University scholar.
[faith and tech]
9/14/2017
WACO, Texas (Sept. 14, 2017) — Despite the pervasive use of the Internet in everyday life, most Americans report they never use it to find religious or spiritual content, and most never use it to share religious views, according to the Baylor Religion Survey.
[BRS Presentation at RNA]
9/7/2017
WACO, Texas (Sept. 7, 2017) — “Trumpism” — a new form of nationalism that merges pro-Christian rhetoric with anti-Islam, anti-feminist, anti-globalist and anti-government attitudes — and a fear of “others” emerged as prominent patterns among Americans in the latest findings of the Baylor Religion Survey.
[Dougherty Plantinga Presentation]
8/15/2017
WACO, Texas (Aug. 15, 2017) – Baylor University’s department of philosophy and Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR) have announced the establishment of the Baylor Center for Christian Philosophy (BCCP).
[MELA photo 5]
8/1/2017
WACO, Texas (Aug. 1, 2017) – Research done in kindergarten classrooms has shown that a pilot program of the Baylor School of Education helped young students gain an advantage in math understanding, as compared to their peers.
[BRS 2017]
7/12/2017
WACO, Texas (July 12, 2017) — The fifth wave of the Baylor Religion Survey — “American Values, Mental Health, and Using Technology in the Age of Trump” — will be presented by Baylor sociologists at the Religion Newswriters Association annual conference Sept. 7-9 in Nashville, Tenn.
[Erica Bruce]
6/21/2017
WACO, Texas (June 21, 2017) – A delegation of “Rising Star” researchers at Baylor University participated in the first Baylor Research on the Hill event in Washington, D.C., to share more information about the University and its research initiatives with key policy- and decision-makers.
[Older and prayer]
6/19/2017
WACO, Texas (June 19, 2017) — As people grow older, those who are securely attached to God are more likely to have a sense of well-being — and the more frequently they pray, the greater that feeling, according to a Baylor University study. But those who feel more distant from God do not receive the same benefit.
[istock phubbing]
6/13/2017
WACO, Texas (June 13, 2017) -- People who are phone snubbed -- or "phubbed" -- by others are, themselves, often turning to their smartphones and social media to find acceptance, according to new research from Baylor University's Hankamer School of Business.
[E Coupon]
5/23/2017
WACO, Texas (May 23, 2017) – Everyone likes a discount, right? And a discount tailored to your specific purchase patterns sounds even better. But is this approach effective?
[Work Interruptions]
5/15/2017
WACO, Texas (May 15, 2017) - A new Baylor University Hankamer School of Business study looks at the consequences and benefits of interruptions during work and family time.
[genocide new cheng photo]
4/28/2017
WACO, Texas (May 1, 2017) — As a little boy, Albert Cheng thrived in the lush jungle of Cambodia, playing and hunting rabbits and birds with slingshots and a bow and arrow. The lessons he learned there served him well years later, when he survived imprisonment and interrogation by the Khmer Route and escaped into the jungle he knew so well. Baylor's Institute for Oral History has created a project of videos and transcripts of Cheng and 13 others who survived genocide in several countries.
[Sleep and interior design]
4/24/2017
WACO, Texas (April 24, 2017) — Skimping on sleep, followed by “catch-up” days with long snoozes, is tied to worse cognition — both in attention and creativity — in young adults, in particular those tackling major projects, Baylor University researchers have found.
[Lap 1]
3/22/2017
WACO, Texas (March 22, 2017) – Instead of reading a textbook and taking notes on a lecture, Baylor University undergraduates in an independent research class led by Marty Harvill, Ph.D., are learning the basics of laparoscopic surgery with hands-on activities, developing enough dexterity that some students were able to fold tiny origami hats in a box.
[techno]
3/21/2017
WACO, Texas (March 22, 2017) — “Technophobes” — people who fear robots, artificial intelligence and new technology that they don’t understand — are much more likely to be afraid of losing their jobs due to technology and to suffer anxiety-related mental health issues, a Baylor University researcher says.
[adoption]
3/8/2017
WACO, Texas (March 8, 2017) – A new study by a Baylor University researcher gives voice to women who have placed a child for adoption and suggests changes to the options counseling process and policies that guide agencies and other adoption professionals.
[Unprepared]
2/27/2017
WACO, Texas (Feb. 27, 2017) — Millennials who are pursuing careers in public relations do not feel prepared to offer advice on ethics to their companies — and in fact, they do not expect to face ethical dilemmas at work, according to a Baylor University study.
[Innovation iStock]
2/8/2017
WACO, Texas (Feb. 8, 2017) – The establishment of university-affiliated incubators is often followed by a reduction in the quality of university innovations, according to a new study co-authored by Peter Klein, Ph.D., professor of entrepreneurship and senior fellow in the Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise.
[ISR Homelessness Study graphic]
2/1/2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 1, 2017) — Faith-based organizations are at the forefront of addressing root causes of homelessness, providing not only the majority of emergency shelter beds but innovating long-term solutions, a new study by Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion concludes.
[Spring Valley Elementary classroom]
1/24/2017
WACO, Texas (Jan. 24, 2017) – Spring Valley Elementary School in Hewitt, Texas, will soon introduce students to a unique, newly developed learning space arrangement that researchers in the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC) hope will enhance learning by facilitating quick reconfiguration of seating and work surfaces.
[Ryan S. King Scenic River 1]
1/18/2017
WACO, Texas (Jan. 18, 2017) — For more than three decades a legal dispute raged between Oklahoma and Arkansas over acceptable phosphorus levels in the scenic waterways along the Illinois River. The issue eventually reached the U.S. Supreme Court in 1992. Now, a three-year study conducted by Baylor biology professor Ryan S. King recently helped settle the long-standing dispute.
[memory]
1/17/2017
WACO, Texas (Jan. 17, 2017) — Students who are given information and tell someone about it immediately recall the details better and longer — a strategy which could be a plus come test time, says a Baylor University researcher.
[byron johnson]
12/19/2016
WACO, Texas (Dec. 19, 2016) — Ohio students showed marked improvement in their understanding of the consequences of early sexual activity, the influence of peer pressure and other issues related to high-risk activities following statewide community-based programming during the 2014-15 academic school year, according to an analysis by Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR).
[Employees and religion]
12/12/2016
WACO, Texas (Dec. 12, 2016) — Catholics are more emotionally committed to their workplaces than are Evangelicals — and people with strong attachments to God, regardless of their faith group, are more committed to their jobs when they work for smaller companies, according to a Baylor University study.
[Soul mates]
11/28/2016
WACO, Texas (Nov. 28, 2016) — Wives with a romantic view of marriage are less likely to do volunteer work, leading their husbands to volunteer less as well. But husbands’ romantic view of marriage was associated with neither their own nor their wives’ volunteering, according to a Baylor University study.
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