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August 29, 2015

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August 29, 2015

Borderline Personality Traits Linked to Lowered Empathy

Aug. 29, 2015 — Those with borderline personality disorder, or BPD, a mental illness marked by unstable moods, often experience trouble maintaining interpersonal relationships. New research indicates that this may ... read more

New Survey on Americans' Views on Papal Encyclical on Climate Change

Aug. 26, 2015 — A new national survey found that fewer than one in three Americans, and 40 percent of Catholics, are aware of Pope Francis's efforts to publicize global warming as a priority issue for the ... read more

Friends' Online Influence Increases Ecommerce Purchases 60 Percent

Aug. 25, 2015 — A study on peer influence in ecommerce shows a 60 percent higher chance of buying an online service if it's purchased by ... read more

Unlike Boys, Girls Lose Friends for Having Sex, Gain Friends for Making out

Aug. 24, 2015 — Early adolescent girls lose friends for having sex and gain friends for 'making out,' while their male peers lose friends for 'making out' and gain friends for having sex, finds a ... read more

How Nations' Policies Affect Mothers' Ability to Balance Work-Family Life

Aug. 23, 2015 — When it comes to supporting working mothers, the United States' work-family welfare policies leave much to be desired, according to a comparative study of working mothers in multiple ... read more

Unmarried Women: Politically Cohesive, More Concerned About Women's Status

Aug. 22, 2015 — Why do unmarried women tend to be more liberal and Democratic than their married counterparts? A key reason is because unmarried women -- those who have never been married and those who are divorced ... read more

Women More Likely Than Men to Initiate Divorces, but Not Non-Marital Breakups

Aug. 22, 2015 — Women are more likely than men to initiate divorces, but women and men are just as likely to end non-marital relationships, according to a new ... read more

Some Single People Are Happy on Their Own, Research Finds

Aug. 21, 2015 — New American research with a nationally representative sample has found that single people with high avoidance goals are just as happy being single as other people in ... read more

Exploring the Link Between Globalization and Stress

Aug. 21, 2015 — A direct relationship exists between stress and globalization -- for instance, transnational corporations and transnational economics -- according to a recent ... read more

Spouses of Stroke Survivors Face Lingering Health Issues

Aug. 20, 2015 — Caregiver spouses of stroke survivors are at an increased risk of mental and physical health issues that may continue for years after stroke. Spouses of stroke survivors reported lower scores in ... read more

Aug. 20, 2015 — The effect of workplace anxiety on job performance is closely connected to the quality of relationships between employees, their bosses and their co-workers, according to a new ... read more

People With Psychopathic Traits Are Less Likely to 'Catch' a Yawn Than Empathetic Folks

Aug. 20, 2015 — People with psychopathic characteristics are less likely to be affected by 'contagious yawning' than those who are empathetic, according to a psychology ... read more

Tall, Masculine Men Aged Around 35 Years Old Perceived to Be Most Dominant

Aug. 19, 2015 — Simple increases in a man's height and age automatically makes them appear more dominant, a new study suggests. Researchers used computer graphic manipulations to make subtle alterations to ... read more

Anxious? Depressed? Blame It on Your Middle-Management Position

Aug. 18, 2015 — Individuals near the middle of the social hierarchy suffer higher rates of depression and anxiety than those at the top or bottom, according to researchers. Nearly twice the number of supervisors and ... read more

Researchers Report on Hurricane Sandy's Mental Health Impact on Older Adults

Aug. 18, 2015 — Strong neighborhood relationships reduced the incidence of symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder among older adults exposed to Hurricane Sandy, the superstorm that devastated the Northeast ... read more

Unequal Healthcare Funding Provokes 'Moral Disgust,' Pioneering Brain Scan Research Shows

Aug. 18, 2015 — Areas of the brain associated with social and moral disgust are triggered when healthcare funding is split unequally, researchers have found. The anterior insula is involved in processing ... read more

How Having Racially Diverse Friends Can Help You on the Job

Aug. 18, 2015 — Employees with a racially diverse group of friends outside of work may actually perform better at their jobs, a new study suggests. This broader network was linked to employees who did more tasks ... read more

Quality Counts in Adolescents', Young Adults' Romantic Relationships

Aug. 18, 2015 — High quality romantic relationships are associated with fewer psychosocial difficulties across adolescence and into young adulthood, according to a new longitudinal ... read more

Republicans Have Happier Marriages Than Democrats, Study Indicates

Aug. 18, 2015 — Republicans tend to be happier in their marriages than Democrats, and are less likely to be divorced, reveals a new article. The findings add to an ongoing debate over which set of political ideals ... read more

Even as Two-Year-Olds, Girls Are More Independent, Sociable, Study Suggests

Aug. 17, 2015 — Girls aged two and a half years master most everyday activities better than boys, a new Norwegian study shows. Both Norwegian and international research shows that girls have better language and ... read more

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