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Startling discoveries by social scientists, as announced in press releases issued by them and their proud institutions

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The Psychology of Soup

OMAHA, NEB. -- Tired of relying on the signs of the Zodiac to analyze your personality? How about using soup instead?... "The foods we eat say a lot about who we are as people and, since soup is one of America’s comfort foods, we thought it would be interesting to analyze personality types based on individual soup preferences," said Dr. Brian Wansink, a leading food psychologist and Healthy Choice soup spokesperson. "What we found is that Americans’ soup preferences speak volumes about their individual personalities and lifestyle behaviors..."
[NOTE: Wansink is professor of nutritional science, marketing and consumer economics at the University of Illinois. His research on this topic was published in the November 2000 issue of the Journal of Database Marketing.]
Contact: Kristin Dormeyer 314/982-0585 or Renee Jacquot 314/982-0566

Movie Plots Reflect Real Life

SANTA CRUZ, CA. -- The enormous popularity of films like Titanic, The Bridges of Madison County, and Pretty Woman reveals the universal appeal of a good love story. As in real life, though, the stories told in these three blockbusters don't always end happily. Sociologist Marcia Millman, a professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz, believes that is part of their appeal. In her new book The Seven Stories of Love: And How to Choose Your Happy Ending (New York, NY: William Morrow, 2001), Millman asserts that these films resonate with audiences in part because they reflect plot lines that turn up over and over again in real life....
Contact: Jennifer McNulty (831) 459-2495 <[email protected]>

Study Finds Depressed Employees Take Twice as Many Sick Days

Washington, D.C.- A just-released longitudinal study... confirms that depression is common in the workplace and detrimental to employee performance. These findings are reported in the May [2001] issue of The American Journal of Psychiatry, the monthly scientific journal of the American Psychiatric Association.... The Yale University research investigators termed decreased productivity on the job as "presenteeism."
Contact: John Blamphin (202)682-6140 <[email protected]>

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