HSE University Review
The Higher School of Economics is a community of scientists, teachers, students and alumni. We grow together and collaborate with each other, sharing ideas and knowledge to help our colleagues to achieve success in science and education. All of our work is open for discussion, constructive criticism and suggestions. This digest is intended to communicate scientific developments and news at HSE to the international academic community and beyond. In these pages, we seek to represent the vast diversity of our interests and expertise. This publication is not only an overview of our achievements, but also a call for further joint work and exploration.
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The sixth issue focuses on HSE’s advancement in global university rankings and showcases several recent research projects led by HSE scientists, with emphasis on projects that were presented at HSE’s XVIII April International Academic Conference. It covers an international seminar entitled ‘Universities, Inclusive Development, and Social Innovation’ where the relationship between universities and governments in developing social and economic policy was discussed. Ronald Inglehart, Academic Supervisor of the HSE Laboratory for Comparative Social Research, traces changes in public opinion to rising inequality and a resulting cultural xenophobic backlash, coupled with prevailing feelings of insecurity.
In this issue, you can also learn about a new brain mechanism that generates cognitive dissonance and discover how scientists from the HSE Centre for Cognition & Decision Making have employed a mouse model to elucidate the influence of nicotine on cells in the prefrontal cortex. The current issue also features a story about how researchers from the HSE International Research Laboratory for Institutional Analysis of Economic Reforms have established empirical associations for 2D:4D ratios in areas such as academic performance, uptake of financial services, and employment
In the fifth issue of the HSE Review you will find out about the new Faculty of Physics, the Laboratory for Experimental Urban Design, and the development of the university’s international laboratories. In particular, this edition presents the research of the Neurolinguistics Laboratory which expands on the neuroanatomical model of semantic aphasia. The discoveries of the researchers add to existing scientific knowledge about the neurological architecture of language by highlighting the interactive nature of linguistic processing.
Furthermore, in this issue you can learn why morning people should not work at night. Experts from HSE’s Center for Cognition & Decision Making have found out that early risers demonstrate a quicker reaction time at night when solving tasks than night owls. However, early risers make more mistakes along the way. In addition, the HSE Review tells you about how researchers from the new Faculty of Physics have developed an analytical theory, which binds the structure of coherent vortices formed due to inverse cascades in 2-D turbulence with the statistical properties of hydrodynamic fluctuations.
The fourth issue of HSE Review presents HSE’s latest sociological research related to problems currently facing society at large. In particular, leading Russian and foreign experts of the HSE Laboratory for Comparative Social Research discuss the aspects of newly arising conflicts between elites and the masses, the impact of economic inequality on social trust, and the varying attitudes towards corruption on the part of different countries. Furthermore, the issue also features other HSE research projects. For instance, you can find out how mathematics is used in uncovering oncological illnesses, why people in Russia are skeptical of medical breakthroughs, and how an aging population will affect global development. Moreover, students from HSE’s School of Cultural Studies share their impressions of a recent research expedition to Iran.
The third issue of HSE University Review focuses on issues of science and technology and innovation policy, as well as analysis of trends in technology development, education, the knowledge society in Russia and aboard, and forecasting science and innovation. Our experts from the Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge (ISSEK) discuss factors of technological breakthrough and share their impressions on which markets and industries should receive investment today. Additionally, this issue covers a mathematical approach to preventing sexual assault in internet chat rooms, the interrelation between values systems and the high level of mortality among young people, and unique graffiti from the 12th century that contains a message about the murder of Prince Andrey Bogolyubsky and a list of his killers. Olga Dragoy, head of the HSE Neurolinguistics Laboratory, talks about what takes place in our brain when we hear speech or say something and how trauma and disease impact our speech capabilities.
In the second issue, we have paid considerable attention to education both as a process and as a field of study. Global ratings confirm that HSE is the leading university in Russia and a leader among international universities in development studies. We hope that you will be interested in our special courses on Coursera, a platform that has already become popular with hundreds of thousands of students studying remotely. HSE is also involved in a Russian online education project, which you can learn about in this issue. The Angelina Jolie phobia, financial market black swans, and an unknown Pasternak autograph all are among the highlighted discoveries of HSE researchers.
In the first issue, you can learn about HSE’s annual April Conference, which brings together thousands of renowned scientists and experts to discuss current social and economic problems. While reading an interview with Fields Medal winner and HSE Professor Andrei Okounkov, you will be charmed by the ways in which mathematics works. From quantum cryptography and neuroeconomics to obsession with symmetry and amorous addiction, our researchers’ interests are very broad and their work is internationally recognized.