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July 6, 2015

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July 6, 2015

Significant Reduction in Serious Crimes After Juvenile Offenders Given Emotional Awareness Training

July 6, 2015 — Scientists believe that a simple two-hour emotional awareness course aimed at making young offenders less aggressive could hold the key to significantly reducing the seriousness of their future ... read more

July 1, 2015 — Premature babies are at an increased risk for developing autism spectrum disorder. But a small study indicates that preemies who avoid eye contact in early infancy are less likely to demonstrate ... read more

Doing Good Deeds Helps Socially Anxious People Relax

July 1, 2015 — Being busy with acts of kindness can help people who suffer from social anxiety to mingle more ... read more

Almost One in Three US Adults Owns at Least One Gun

June 29, 2015 — Almost one in three US adults owns at least one gun, and they are predominantly white married men over the age of 55, reveals research. Gun owners are are more than twice as likely as non-gun owners ... read more

Challenging Negative Stereotypes to Narrow the Achievement Gap

June 24, 2015 — A writing intervention linked to improved academic performance among girls and minorities may work by triggering a sense of belonging, helping to ease the students' anxiety, say researchers. ... read more

June 19, 2015 — Low-energy activities that involve sitting down are associated with an increased risk of anxiety, according to new research. These activities, which include watching TV, working at a computer or ... read more

'Broken Windows' Theory of Neighborhood Crime Too Broad to Be Effective

June 17, 2015 — Traditional signals for opportunities for crime may not be representative of the whole neighborhood, a new study concludes. By understanding how opportunities for crime and criminal behavior exists ... read more

Love, Factually: Gerontologist Finds the Formula to a Happy Marriage

June 17, 2015 — A gerontologist has uncovered common advice for couples walking down the aisle or decades into marriage. To capture the voice of lived experience, the study included a random national survey of ... read more

Men Get Ahead by Chatting Before Negotiations

June 17, 2015 — Small talk in negotiations has a stronger, more consistent effect for men, new research shows. According to the researchers, it comes down to expected gender behaviors and stereotypes. Because women ... read more

Individuals With Social Phobia Have Too Much Serotonin -- Not Too Little

June 17, 2015 — Previous studies have led researchers to believe that individuals with social anxiety disorder or social phobia have too low levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin. A new study, however, shows that ... read more

June 16, 2015 — The cooperative or integrative aspects of insect colonies, such as information sharing among colony mates, can reduce the need for individual cognition in these societies, a new study suggests. ... read more

Study Uncovers Same-Sex Couples' Opinions About Marriage, Cohabitation

June 16, 2015 — A new survey outlines six prominent reasons why same-sex couples feel marriage is an important step in their relationship. The survey found that many same-sex couples view living together as ... read more

Instagram Behavior for Teens Different Than Adults

June 16, 2015 — While some may argue that life on social media is a never-ending popularity contest, teens and adults may use online apps for very different purposes. Researchers have found that teens are leveraging ... read more

Group Memberships Boost Self-Esteem More Than Friends Alone

June 15, 2015 — Belonging to multiple groups that are important to you boosts self-esteem much more than having friends alone, new research has found. The researchers compared group memberships to the number of ... read more

People Living in Disadvantaged Cities Are at Greater Risk of Suicide

June 15, 2015 — The city where an individual lives can influence the risk of dying by suicide, according to a new study. The findings support classic sociological arguments that the risk of suicide is indeed ... read more

No Evidence That Children of Same Sex Couples Negatively Impacted, Study Shows

June 15, 2015 — Scientists agree that children of same-sex parents experience 'no difference' on a range of social and behavioral outcomes compared to children of heterosexual or single parents, a new ... read more

June 12, 2015 — The activity of the emotion centres in the brain – the amygdalae – is influenced by motivation rather than by the emotions themselves. This can be concluded from research carried out into the ... read more

June 11, 2015 — People with autism are often described as 'seeing the world differently.' They tend to show superior perception for details, like, for example, the autistic artist Stephen Wiltshire's ... read more

Twitter Data May Help Shed Light on Sleep Disorders

June 11, 2015 — Researchers have built the beginnings of 'digital phenotype' of insomnia and other sleep disorders based on data from ... read more

Gender and Personality Differences in Cancer-Related Pain Severity for Geriatric Patients

June 11, 2015 — With 75% of cancer patients in the UK over 60, and the costs of innovative drugs soaring, how to best identify and hopefully manage cancer-related pain in the elderly is a key issue. A new study ... read more

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