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February 12, 2016

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February 12, 2016

When the Boss's Ethical Behavior Breaks Bad

Feb. 12, 2016 — Is your boss ethical? Does he or she do what's right, as opposed to what's profitable? If so, they may turn downright abusive the next day. New research on leader behavior suggests ethical ... read more

Mommy and Me: Study Shows How Affectionate Mothering Can Combat the Effects of Maternal Depression

Feb. 11, 2016 — Certain parenting strategies can combat the negative impacts of maternal depression on an infant, suggests the first study of its kind. The work sought to investigate how a depressed mother's ... read more

Feb. 11, 2016 — When young C. elegans worms taste poisonous food, they remember that experience for the rest of their life, neuroscientists have found. Their work is teasing apart the biological mechanisms that ... read more

First Nationwide Survey of Climate Change Education

Feb. 11, 2016 — How is climate change being taught in American schools? Is it being taught at all? And how are teachers addressing climate change denial in their classrooms, schools, and school districts? Until ... read more

What 'Tainted' Engagement Rings Reveal About Consumer Expectations

Feb. 11, 2016 — We're told diamonds -- and their value -- are forever. But new research into the re-sale of diamond engagement rings shows a diamond's value is affected by the story people attach to it and ... read more

Novel Neuroprotective Therapy Found to Enhance Memory

Feb. 11, 2016 — New research highlights the neuroprotective potential of a peptide developed at the university, and the marked difference in nerve cell communication in male and female mice. If researchers come to ... read more

Feb. 11, 2016 — A discovery in a transparent roundworm has brought scientists one step closer to understanding nerve degeneration. Researchers have discovered the worm contains two proteins that play a role in the ... read more

Feb. 11, 2016 — For over forty years, neuro-scientists have been interested in the biological mechanisms underlying the storage of the information that our brain records every day. Today, a team of researchers ... read more

How Your Brain Might Be Secretly Thwarting Your New Year's Resolutions

Feb. 11, 2016 — The human brain is wired to pay attention to previously pleasing things -- a finding that could help explain why it's hard to break bad habits or stick to New Year's ... read more

Social Animals Seek out the Company of Others Because Their Brains Are Wired to Find It Rewarding

Feb. 11, 2016 — Social animals are strongly motivated to seek out the company of others, especially after periods of isolation, because their brains are wired to find it rewarding. A study now reveals a neural ... read more

I Want Her to Want Me: Where Men, Sex and Personality Meet

Feb. 11, 2016 — A man’s attachment style - a personality trait reflecting his romantic relationship tendencies - may actually influence his perceptions of whether a woman is interested in him sexually, new ... read more

Will You Be Turning Left or Right for That Valentine’s Day Kiss: It’ll Depend on Who You’re Kissing!

Feb. 11, 2016 — As Valentine's Day approaches, love is in the air. One sure-fire way to express love towards someone, be it a partner or even a child, is with a kiss. A recent study in Laterality demonstrates ... read more

It’s Easier to Learn Words That Sound Like What They Mean

Feb. 11, 2016 — What makes some words easier to learn than others? Researchers found that ideophones — words that sound like what they mean — are easier to learn than regular words. This suggests that some of ... read more

Feb. 11, 2016 — A versatile chip offers multiple applications in various electronic devices, report researchers, suggested that there is now hope that a low-powered, wireless neural implant may soon be a reality. ... read more

Narcissists Not Necessarily Satisfied With Themselves

Feb. 11, 2016 — Narcissists feel superior to others but aren’t necessarily satisfied with themselves. After reviewing the research literature, researchers conclude that narcissism and self-esteem are much more ... read more

New Approach Offered to Treating Cocaine Addiction

Feb. 11, 2016 — An FDA-approved drug used for diabetes and obesity may also reduce cocaine dependence, new research indicates. The drug, trade name Byetta, derives from a naturally occurring hormone called ... read more

Daters Move Toward (or Away From) Marriage in Four Different Ways: Where Do You Fit?

Feb. 11, 2016 — A researcher has identified four distinct approaches that dating couples use to develop deeper commitment after studying graphs created by 376 dating couples in their mid-twenties. Over a nine-month ... read more

Incidence of Dementia May Be Declining, New Study Reveals

Feb. 11, 2016 — Despite the concern of an explosion of dementia cases in an aging population over the next few decades, a new study suggests that the rate of new cases of dementia actually may be ... read more

Reverse US Funding Freeze on Research Into Gun Violence, Say Experts

Feb. 11, 2016 — A ban on federal funding of research into gun violence initiated by Congress in 1997 must be overturned to improve understanding of gun use and how best to control it, argue ... read more

Hold On! The Ability to Hold a Grip Predicts Who Has the Willpower Finish Their Schoolwork

Feb. 10, 2016 — A connection between a person’s ability to maintain a firm grip and having the self-control to finish their schoolwork has been made by a team of ... read more

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