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July 8, 2015

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July 8, 2015

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

Children from High Conflict Homes Process Emotion Differently, Could Face Social Challenges

June 29, 2015 — Children of parents who are frequently in conflict process emotional interactions differently and may face social challenges later in life compared with children from low conflict homes. The findings ... read more

Supportive Close Friendship Helps Boys, Girls Overcome Adversity

June 24, 2015 — Young people from low-income areas typically face substantial challenges to good physical health, mental health, academic achievement and employment. A single supportive close friendship can help ... 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 23, 2015 — A sociologist would like psychologists to talk about emotion -- not simply to share feelings, but to advance science. According to the sociologists, intuition could be the catalyst that enables ... read more

June 22, 2015 — Social networks affect every aspect of our lives, from the jobs we get and the technologies we adopt to the partners we choose and the healthiness of our lifestyles. But where do they come from? ... read more

Manning Up: Men May Overcompensate When Their Masculinity Is Threatened

June 22, 2015 — Societal norms dictating that men should be masculine are powerful. A new study finds that men who believe they fall short of those ideals might reassert their masculinity in small but significant ... read more

Relationship Seen Across Studies Between Cyberbullying, Depression

June 22, 2015 — The median percentage of children and adolescents who reported being bullied online was 23 percent and there appears to be a consistent relationship between cyberbullying and reports of depression in ... read more

If You Demonstrate That 'Black Lives Matter,' Others Will Too

June 22, 2015 — New research finds observing a white American engage in small nonverbal acts such as smiling more often, making eye contact for longer periods of time, and standing in closer proximity to a black ... 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

June 18, 2015 — We can alter our facial features in ways that make us look more trustworthy, but don't have the same ability to appear more competent, a team of psychology researchers has ... 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

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