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Deconstructing friendship

Our western notions of friendship--like sharing personal secrets--aren't universal. Daniel Hruschka points out how this little-studied relationship is similar and different across cultures.

Haiti: The art of recovery

How are Haitians coping one year after the earthquake? In a recent trip to Haiti, two ASU professors discovered how art plays an important role in their lives.

He's just not that into you

Two ASU researchers studied how people maintain their relationships – those they consider important and meaningful, as well as those they would rather not develop further.

Virtual world tackles social issues

Middle- and high-school girls are addressing social issues through technology in the CompuGirls program.

Illuminating manuscripts

The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages, edited by ASU Foundation Professor Robert E. Bjork, is the biggest project for Oxford University Press in the past 10 years.

Clash of the toddlers

A student researcher discovers that caregiver training and techniques can influence toddler aggression in day care centers.

Driven to distraction

Distracted drivers cause thousands of deaths in car crashes every year. Robert Gray is making driving safer by finding the best ways to bring people's attention back to the road.

Unraveling retirement communities

Youngtown, Ariz., used to be an age-restricted retirement community, but not anymore. Kevin McHugh calls the change the "unraveling of an idea."

How do I love thee? Let me statistically analyze the ways

Studying affection may sound fascinating, but how exactly does one measure expressions of fondness or love?

Getting inside their heads: Conveying brain surgeons' experiences

"A person undergoing a standsill has no breath, no heartbeat, no blood flow, no viable temperature, and most important, no brainwaves or other brain activity that clinically define being alive," writes Edward J. Sylvester in his book on brain surgery, The Healing Blade. In his writing, Sylvester turns complicated science into ordinary language. He also sets a scene, offering his readers a glimpse into the thoughts and feelings of surgeons, patients, and their families. (part three in a three-part series)