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An Order of Emancipation: How Catherine I Established a Form of Distinction for Women

Established in Russia under Peter the Great and bestowed upon Catherine I who became its supreme head, the Order of Saint Catherine, or the ‘Order of Liberation’ (‘Orden osvobozhdeniia’), was the first order in Russia to be awarded to women. This small sliver of Petrine era history, as Professor Igor Fedyukin demonstrates in his new research, reveals the monarch’s wife’ serious political ambitions. Professor Fedyukin discusses how the history of the ‘ladies’ order’ reflects the former mistress’s plans to elevate her status and change the line of succession to the throne in her children’s favor.

Living and Dead: the Soviet Experiment Seen Through the Lens of Funeral Culture

Inscriptions, symbols and shapes of tombstones and cemetery layouts carry important messages about society, its values and hierarchies. Research by HSE scholar Svetlana Malysheva reveals some of the things Soviet cemeteries can tell us about the USSR and its people.

Illustration for news: Abusive Supervisors: The First Study in Russia to Examine Abusive Supervision

Abusive Supervisors: The First Study in Russia to Examine Abusive Supervision

Abusive supervisors who undermine and bully employees cost U.S. corporations an estimated $24 billion annually. Evgenia Balabanova, Maria Borovik and Veronika Deminskaya are the first researchers to study the problem in Russia.

Illustration for news: Investment in LEGO Can Yield Returns of up to 600%

Investment in LEGO Can Yield Returns of up to 600%

Economists of the School of Finance of the Higher School of Economics Victoria Dobrynskaya and Yulia Kishilova analysed secondary market prices of the world-famous toy construction sets released from 1987-2014.

Studying Zaryadye Park

The new Zaryadye Park in Moscow has inspired a series of studies and seminars involving urbanists, cultural scientists, designers, anthropologists and geographers. Researchers Michał Murawski, Margarita Chubukova, and Daria Volkova reviewed some of the ideas about the new park in HSE's Urban Studies and Practices Journal. We present a summary of their key findings.

Illustration for news: Scientists Explain Formation of Lunar Dust Clouds

Scientists Explain Formation of Lunar Dust Clouds

Physicists from the Higher School of Economics and Space Research Institute have identified a mechanism explaining the appearance of two dusty plasma clouds resulting from a meteoroid that impacted the surface of the Moon. The study was published in JETP Letters.

Illustration for news: Biologists Discover Method for Early Detection of Parkinson’s

Biologists Discover Method for Early Detection of Parkinson’s

Scientists at the Higher School of Economics and the Russian Academy of Science’s Koltsov Institute of Developmental Biology have developed a new methodology for identifying biomarkers (indicators) of both early- and late-stage Parkinson’s disease. Their findings were published in the journal Molecular Neurobiology.

Illustration for news: How Gender Inequality Is Reproduced on Social Media

How Gender Inequality Is Reproduced on Social Media

Researchers from Higher School of Economics analyzed 62 million public posts on the most popular Russian social networking site VK and found that both men and women mention sons more often than daughters. They also found that posts featuring sons receive 1.5 times more likes. The results have been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.

How the Human Brain Works During Simultaneous Interpretation

Researchers at the Centre for Bioelectric Interfaces and the Centre for Cognition & Decision Making of the Higher School of Economics utilized electroencephalogram (EEG) and the event-related potential (ERP) technique to study neural activity during simultaneous interpretation of continuous prose. Using event-related potentials as an index of depth of attention to the sounding fragment, the researchers assessed the competition between memory and auditory perception during simultaneous interpretation. The results of the study were published in the journal PLoS ONE.

Illustration for news: Procrastination at the Top Level: How Top Managers Use Their Time

Procrastination at the Top Level: How Top Managers Use Their Time

A study by HSE psychologists has proven that top managers use their time more effectively than middle managers. They have lower procrastination levels and focus more on the future.