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October 5, 2015

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October 5, 2015

Face-to-Face Socializing More Powerful Than Phone Calls, Emails in Guarding Against Depression

Oct. 5, 2015 — In a slight knock on digital and telephone communications, a new study points to the unsurpassed mental health benefits of regular face-to-face social interactions among older adults. Study ... read more

Relationship Quality Affects Siblings' Mental Health, Risky Behaviors

Sep. 30, 2015 — The Latino culture, more than others, places a high value on the family unit; yet, little research has examined the dynamics of Latino family relationships and how those dynamics affect children’s ... read more

Cheaters Sometimes Prosper on Facebook

Sep. 29, 2015 — What does it mean to cheat in a Facebook game like FarmVille? Is it any different from breaking the rules in a traditional videogame like World of Warcraft? New research shows that players often ... read more

New Research Into Completers, Non-Completers of Offending Behaviour Programs Could Have Implications for Practice

Sep. 28, 2015 — A new study has highlighted the importance of ensuring high-risk and impulsive offenders complete rehabilitation programs and that some offenders require extra support to engage with the ... read more

Sep. 24, 2015 — Social media comments shape potential voters' opinions on candidates, new research confirms. For instance, the study shows that when Facebook users see favorable comments on the social media ... read more

How Celebrity Suicides Change Support-Seeking Practices on Social Media

Sep. 24, 2015 — Activity on a Reddit help forum changes dramatically in the aftermath of celebrity suicides, new research shows. Instead of reaching out to others for support against suicidal thoughts, Redditors ... read more

Sep. 22, 2015 — Children are not as gullible as we might think -- and that's especially true for those who have a good understanding of what's going on inside someone else's head, new research ... read more

How Former Problem Drinkers Navigate Social Drinking Situations

Sep. 22, 2015 — A small, qualitative study highlights a wide variety of approaches that former problem drinkers take to determine how and whether to tell people in social situations that they don't ... read more

Substance Abuse Recovery Odds Increase in a Community Setting

Sep. 21, 2015 — Following substance abuse treatment, individuals who live in a collaborative housing setting with community rules and responsibilities have their substance abuse treated more effectively than those ... read more

Choosing Interactive Tools for Virtual Museums Mixes Art, Science

Sep. 21, 2015 — Museum curators planning to develop virtual exhibits online should choose communication and navigation technologies that match the experience they want to offer their visitors, according to a team of ... read more

Social Responsibility Promotes Conservative Risk Behavior

Sep. 21, 2015 — Individuals make more conservative choices when the decisions they make affect other people, according to a new study. The study also found that conformism, or changing one's behavior to match ... read more

Violence Among Young Black Men Associated With Sense of Powerlessness, Study Finds

Sep. 21, 2015 — New research finds that young black men and teens who are most likely to be victims or perpetrators of violence are also those who feel that they have the least power to effect social change -- ... read more

Early Career Disappointment and Wellbeing in Old Age

Sep. 18, 2015 — Men who fail to reach their early career goals can experience a reduced sense of wellbeing much later in life, experts report. Study results revealed that men who had held a greater number of jobs ... read more

Study Finds People's Conservative and Liberal Traits Show Up in Their Twitter Vocabulary

Sep. 16, 2015 — A study of nearly a million tweets from over 10,000 Twitter users has found that liberals swear more, conservatives are more likely to talk about religion, and liberals use more individual words like ... read more

Rejection Increases Emotional Problems in Foster Children

Sep. 16, 2015 — A study carried out in Spain analyses the variables involved in behavioral problems of children in foster care. The study concludes that emotional relationships and educational style are key to ... read more

Why Middle Class People Are More Likely to Play Music, Paint and Act Revealed

Sep. 15, 2015 — The reason why middle class people are more likely to play music, paint and act has been revealed in a major new study. Research involving 78,000 people found that it was not wealth or social status ... read more

Smart Emergency Scheme for People With Dementia

Sep. 15, 2015 — People with dementia exhibit many far-reaching changes of conduct. Embarrassment, fear, and reduced orientation ability decrease their degree of independence and social inclusion. The QuartrBack ... read more

Are Early Childhood Educators Undervalued?

Sep. 15, 2015 — No one is looking at how we perceive and value those who provide the education and care to young children, a researcher proclaims, and she wants that to change. In a new paper, she writes that ... read more

Sep. 14, 2015 — Evidence of emotional load sharing between partners in a close relationship has bee uncovered by researchers. Their new study found that a strong relationship with a loved one can help ease stress ... read more

Sep. 14, 2015 — The next time someone accuses you of making an irrational decision, just explain that you're obeying the laws of quantum physics. A new trend taking shape in psychological science not only uses ... read more

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