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February 12, 2016

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February 12, 2016

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

'Meaningful' Media May Push Altruism Across Bounds of Race and Age

Feb. 4, 2016 — People who watch meaningful entertainment may be more willing to lend a hand to people they consider different, according to ... read more

Most NFL Arrests Not for Violent Crimes

Feb. 3, 2016 — NFL violence is not as common off the field as it may seem, say researchers. Compared to violent offending data in other studies, the percentage of violent arrests among NFL players was higher. But ... read more

Rate of Abuse in Organizations Serving Youth

Feb. 1, 2016 — The rate of abuse among children and adolescents by individuals in organizations that serve youth, including schools and recreational groups, was small compared with rates of abuse by family members ... read more

Media Narratives Counter Prejudice Attitudes

Jan. 30, 2016 — Research from several personality and social psychologists show that entertainment media with positive content or conciliatory messages can contribute to positive relationships between members of ... read more

First Impressions: When the Mating Market Resembles a Super Market

Jan. 29, 2016 — Two things people always need in life: food and love. According to psychologists, understanding the forces that drive both our hunger and our desire could help us eat healthier and have more ... read more

Social Media Technology, Rather Than Anonymity, Is the Problem

Jan. 20, 2016 — Problems of anti-social behaviour, privacy, and free speech on social media are not caused by anonymity but instead result from the way technology changes our presence. That's the startling ... read more

Streaming Services Are a Blessing and a Curse for the Music Industry

Jan. 18, 2016 — Paid music streaming services can increase revenues for the music industry and lead consumers to spend more money on music overall. Free streaming, in contrast, is less beneficial. These are the ... read more

Risk Factors for Weapon Involvement in Adolescents Vary by Race and Gender

Jan. 14, 2016 — In 2011, almost 13 percent of high school students had been victimized with weapons. Weapon-related violence among adolescents can lead to injuries and long-term mental health problems. In a new ... read more

New Analyses Method Makes Increasing Rate of Violent Crime Visible

Jan. 13, 2016 — A new method of analyzing crime statistics finds that violent crime in England and Wales is increasing, not decreasing. They found the rate of domestic violence has been increasing since 2009. The ... read more

'Born This Way' Beliefs May Not Be the Key to Reducing Homophobia

Jan. 4, 2016 — In recent years, the argument that sexual orientation is innate has become a principal component of the advocacy for the rights of sexual minorities. That belief may not be the most effective way to ... read more

'Spectre' Villain Fails Neuroanatomy in Latest Bond Film

Dec. 29, 2015 — James Bond's nemesis in the most recent film likely failed neuroanatomy, says a real-life neurosurgeon and scientist. Blofeld didn't quite know his brain anatomy and would've probably ... read more

Candy Games Stimulate Appetite

Dec. 18, 2015 — At least once a week, two thirds of all children of primary-school age will play an internet game that was created to draw attention to a brand. Most of these advertisements are for snacks and candy. ... read more

Learning from the Past: What Yesterday's Media Can Tell Us About the Times

Dec. 17, 2015 — If you want to get a real feel for what was happening during a certain period in history, how people really felt about the issues of the day, take a look at the media ... read more

Dec. 14, 2015 — The first large-scale empirical analysis of online news-seeking behavior, has found that people who seek out news and information from social media are at higher risk of becoming trapped in a ... read more

Dec. 11, 2015 — Children who lived in Juarez, Mexico -- once dubbed the murder capital of the world -- in 2010 have high levels of behavioral and emotional problems, according to new ... read more

Imbalanced Gender Ratios Could Affect Views About Casual Sex and Hook-Up Culture

Dec. 9, 2015 — The greater proportion of women than men on college campuses may contribute to a hook-up culture where women are more willing to engage in casual sex and are more aggressive toward other desirable ... read more

Teens Know Dangers of Driving and Cellphone Use, Yet Do It Anyway, Research Shows

Dec. 4, 2015 — Researchers sat down with 30 teens to better understand their perceptions of driving and distractions such as cell-phone use. Their ultimate goal is to develop an intervention to keep teens safe on ... read more

When Apps Talk Behind Your Back

Dec. 3, 2015 — Almost 9 percent of popular apps downloaded from Google Play interact with websites that could compromise users' security and privacy, according to a new study. Researchers are now developing a ... read more

Dec. 3, 2015 — Can watching a violent movie make you more likely to lie, cheat or steal? What about reading a violent book? While that may seem like a stretch, a new research study shows it may be the case. The ... read more

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