Press coverage from previous years
SIRC in the News
Press coverage from 2011
- Star — 22.12.2010.
Take a peek inside the white kings of the road. There are about 2.5million white vans in the UK – one for every 24 members of the population. Essex is the county with the highest proportion ... The 'white van man' phrase was coined by DJ Sarah Kennedy, now 60, on Radio 2 in 1997. The average white van driver is a married man aged 42 ... They are pet lovers who rarely drink in the week, boffins at the Oxford-based Social Issues Research Centre discovered.
- Cosmopolitan — 17.02.2011.
Eye of the beholder. According to the Social Issues Research Centre, the most common mistake people make when flirting is maintaining too much eye contact.
- Men's Health — 06.02.2011.
What to say to a woman. Decoding her poker face is easier than you might think. Studies by the Social Issues Research Centre in Oxford proved that while it's possible to control your words and facial expressions, your real thoughts will slip out via 'unconscious leakage', such as secondary body language and key phrases.
- Victoire — 29.01.2011.
Boule et balle. Que la vue de corps athlétiques et l'exercice physique titillent notre libido, on le savait déjà. Mais certains sports se frottent au sexe aussi par leur symbolique érotique. La moitié des Européens fans de foot préfèrent regarder un match important plutôt que de faire des galipettes avec leur chère et tendre, dixit un sondage 2008 mené par le Sirc (Social Issues Research Centre) britannique auprès de deux mille adeptes. En conclure que le ballon passerait avant le sexe serait cependant aller un peu vite en besogne. Car le spectacle sportif en tant que tel peut procurer une forme de jouissance.
- Radikal (Turkey), PressTurk — 24.01.2011.
2020 yilinda flört. Ingiliz arastirma kurulusu Social Issues Research Centre’in 2004’te yayimladigi raporda flört, iki kisi arasinda olusan elektrik sonucu, cinsellik ya da tamamen eglence amaçli bir sosyallesme metodu olarak tanimlaniyor. Ayni rapora göre, günümüzde flört için en uygun olan partiler, kafe ve restoranlar ya da is ortamlari, 2020 yilinda yerini sanal aleme birakacak.
- The Publican — 19.01.2011.
The sanctity of the round. Buying rounds serves an immensely important purpose. It brings people together, provides a bond and cultivates a sense of belonging. Dr Peter Marsh, co-director of the Social Issues Research Centre, (SIRC) maintains that we shouldn't miss the significance of the giving and receiving within a group. "It's civilisation in action in a pub" he says. If you believe the Guide to British Pub Etiquette, (produced from research on pub life carried out by the SIRC) then it’s particularly important to the emotionally inhibited British male. The guide states: "Reciprocal gift-giving is the most effective means of preventing aggression between nations, tribes and individuals. In the British pub, it is essential because the British male is frightened of intimacy, finds it difficult to express friendly interest in other males and can be somewhat aggressive."
- Metro — 07.01.2011.
How to survive the 'unhappiest day of the year' 4) Have a good gossip.
Seriously, get stuck in because according to social anthropologist Kate Fox, who plies her trade at the ... Social Issues Research Centre, gossip is to humans what social grooming is among primates, and it gets the endorphins moving.
- Mail — 14.01.2011.
Office banter protects against stress. Scientific evidence shows that gossiping and office banter among human beings is the equivalent to 'social grooming' - the common activity of stroking and displays of affection that bonds apes and monkeys ... According to anthropologist Kate Fox, co-founder of the Social Issues Research Centre, 'social grooming' in animals is equivalent to gossiping among humans which has the ability to raise our body's feel-good hormones. "It's likely that office bantering is a type of social bonding which gives people a sense of belonging to a community or team. If people's feel-good hormones are raised during the day, this gives them a sense of happiness and well-being which helps protect against stress - a condition that can lead to more serious diseases," she says.
- Sun — 04.01.2011.
Last orders for the round. The Social Issues Research Centre think tank has found that being in a round means that you are accepted as a member of a group and this helps to maintain the peace. The SIRC reported: "On average, 'initiating' round-buyers (those who regularly buy the first round) spend no more money than 'waiting' round-buyers (those who do not offer a round until later in the session). Yet 'initiating' round-buyers are perceived as friendly and generous, and enjoy great popularity among other regulars, whereas 'waiting' round-buyers are less well-liked, and often regarded as miserly."
- Observer — 01.01.2011.
'Horrendous' housing trends slam door on first-time buyers. It all builds up to a society in which young people are increasingly reliant on their parents. A study by the Social Issues Research Centre described 18- to 25-year-olds as the "bungee brood" who had failed to sever links to their parental purse strings. Peter Marsh, director of the SIRC and author of the report "Young People and Financial Independence", says: "Financial independence is now becoming out of reach for a vast majority of people unless they can rely on the 'bank of mum and dad'." He claimed that growing numbers of young adults were "very cautious and depressed" about their futures in terms of buying a home, paying off debt and finding a secure job.