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Summer 2018 in NYU Research

Major news and findings from the past few months.
Dr. Seuss' The Lorax

A Silver School researcher found that a patient's "illness narrative" offers key insights into their mental health—and can be critical to keeping young adults invested in their own healing.

A Meyers College of Nursing study shows that high school students who use heroin are also taking, on average, five drugs at the same time. The findings suggest that how we look at overall drug use may help with prevention.

NYU Meyers' research explored how more and more people are using hallucinogenic healing to alleviate depression, anxietyPTSD, and addiction—as well as the underground community that is helping to administer the drugs in ceremonies.

Bisexual men have a higher risk for heart disease compared to heterosexual men—with mental distress and obesity among the most common increased risk factors. Researchers say the study underscores the importance of disaggregating analyses for gay and bisexual participants.

NYU's Center for the Study of Human Origins found that orangutans are more ecologically and behaviorally resilient than believed, and are able to live in human influenced environments.

A team of NYU scientists captured a four-mile iceberg breaking away from Greenland's Helheim Glacier. The phenomenon, known as calving, can result in rising sea levels.

A Steinhardt study on the Chicago Readiness Project found that early childhood programs positively affected academic achievement in teenagers.

New analysis using data scraping tools, created by NYU Tandon and Shanghai researchers, showed President Donald Trump was the top spender of political ads on Facebook, followed by Planned Parenthood.

How we interpret emotions in another person depends on our pre-conceived beliefs, according to research at the Department of Psychology and Center for Neural Science. The findings may have implications on artificial intelligence and machine learning.

A Steinhardt study shows that as people grow older, they experience more difficulties swallowing. Known as dysphagia, the condition can result in malnutrition, pneumonia, and choking.

Using facial recognition software, NYU primate biologists in the Department of Anthropology helped uncover the inspiration behind Dr. Seuss' The Lorax.

A new method using genetic sequencing can help determine the effectiveness of interventions—such as needle exchange—in reducing the spread of HIV transmission.

Baseball was once dubbed "America's pastime," but marathon games have contributed to a decrease in viewership. To spur new interest and competition, NYU researchers devised the "catch-up rule," which aims to reduce the number of outs the leading team is allowed during at-bats.

The Department of Psychology analyzed how we determine what—or who—is beautiful. Their research could change not only consumer marketing, but our own perceptions.

Our brains have an "auto-correct" feature that can reinterpret ambiguous sounds, scientists at NYU Abu Dhabi found.

We don’t just judge books by their cover. How we all determine if a person is friendly or competent is based on our own pre-existing beliefs.