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Getting a grasp on violence

Thomas Dishion studies the foundations of aggression in the hopes of predicting and reducing it. He says that our connections with others play a key role in our propensity for violence.

Tweeting terror: Understanding extremism on social media

Extremist organizations use social media to promote their ideology and recruit new members globally. ASU professors are collaborating to track, analyze and understand this threat.

Complexity: More than the sum of its parts

ASU’s interdisciplinary approach provides a perfect environment for exploring the complex systems underpinning life, society and advanced technology.

Locally tailored programs put peer pressure in its place

Culturally relevant interventions developed at ASU empower young people to evade the peer pressure that can lead to substance abuse.

Modern abolitionists work to end human trafficking

Human trafficking remains one of the great human rights abuses of our time. Several ASU organizations are taking innovative steps to fight it.

Water water everywhere (nor any drop to drink)

Built in a lake basin, Mexico City experiences destructive flooding, but also struggles with access to clean water. ASU researchers are studying the complex choreography of natural environment, physical infrastructure and human decision-making that contribute to both.

Testing the waters of global perception

Beliefs and experiences related to water can vary tremendously across cultures. Understanding how human perceptions influence the success of conservation and distribution strategies can help us do a better job of ensuring access for all.

A global look at how we treat water

People’s attitudes and perceptions affect conservation efforts as much as scientific knowledge. ASU students are exploring how different cultures perceive wastewater reuse.

Dog memory maze

Dogs share our homes, our lives and our hearts. Unfortunately, they also share our vulnerability to dementia, through a disease similar to Alzheimer’s. At ASU’s Canine Science Collaboratory, dogs navigate a maze to help researchers understand memory in man’s best friend.

Bullying 2.0: Cyberbullying takes aggression online

Just as our social lives have moved online so have our social problems. Tony Roberto studies cyberbulling in order to reduce its prevalence and teach people how to deal with digitally based aggression.

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