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October 13, 2015

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October 13, 2015

Players Object to Extreme Physique of Video Game Characters

Oct. 2, 2015 — A researcher surveyed video game players about their views of characters with unrealistic bodies and found that they objected to the exaggerated and highly sexualized physiques in the ... read more

The Media Love Men... Bad News for Women

Oct. 1, 2015 — Five out of every six names that appear in the media today are those of men, a research team has discovered. That's because the media focuses nearly exclusively on individuals at the top of ... read more

Divorcing Drugs and Violence Is Key to Saving U.S. Drug Policy, Research Shows

Oct. 1, 2015 — New research is being used in public policy discussions surrounding changes to mandatory minimum sentences involving nonviolent drug offenders through the Smarter Sentencing ... read more

Four Distinct Types of Millennial News Consumers Identified

Sep. 26, 2015 — A new study explores the news habits of Millennials and identifies four distinct groups of news consumers: the Unattached, the Explorers, the Distracted, and the Activists. The study finds that as it ... read more

Kenyan Journalists Covering Life-Threatening Events at Increased Risk of Psychological Harm

Sep. 24, 2015 — The first major study of the emotional well-being of journalists covering violent events in an African country replicates findings from Western media, namely that journalists who report on ... read more

Internet Campaigns Motivate Users to Respond to Humanitarian Crises

Sep. 19, 2015 — Online campaigns about humanitarian crises need to be more surprising if they are to successfully engage the public, according to an ... 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

Study Examines Role of Vegetable Food Pairings in School Plate Waste

Sep. 14, 2015 — School meals paired with popular vegetables are less likely to wind up in garbage bins, research has shown. A research team measured food waste in three elementary schools in Bryan and ... read more

NFL Fans, ESPN Reporters Overly Optimistic About Team Prospects

Sep. 9, 2015 — US fans of the National Football League and sports reporters assigned to specific teams have unrealistic expectations about how well their team will perform, finds new research. The study also ... read more

Scientists Use Instagram Data to Forecast Top Models at New York Fashion Week

Sep. 3, 2015 — Researchers have predicted the popularity of new faces to the world of fashion modeling with over 80 percent accuracy using advanced computational methods and data from ... read more

Study Uses Internet, Social Media to Show How Fracking Documentary Influenced Public Perception, Political Change

Sep. 2, 2015 — A new study is the first to use the Internet and social media to systematically show how a documentary film reshaped public perception and ultimately led to municipal bans on hydraulic ... read more

Suicide-by-Firearm Rates Shift in Two States After Changes in State Gun Laws

Sep. 1, 2015 — A new study examining changes in gun policy in two states finds that handgun purchaser licensing requirements influence suicide rates. Researchers estimate that Connecticut's 1995 law requiring ... read more

Aug. 31, 2015 — Men who buy sex have less empathy for women in prostitution than men who don't buy sex and are more likely to report having committed rape and other acts of sexual aggression, according to a new ... read more

Criminologist Tackles Perception of NFL Players

Aug. 25, 2015 — A 24-hour news cycle, viral videos and tweets about football players' run-ins with the law can make it seem like criminal activity is an epidemic in the National Football League. But a new study ... 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

American Women Use Book Club Memberships in Dating Field

Aug. 22, 2015 — For American women, a book club membership means more than having status as a reader, as it might pay dividends to them in the dating field as ... read more

Research Reveals Link Between Age and Opinions About Video Games

Aug. 19, 2015 — A new study analyzes the opinions of 109 clinicians asking them whether video games are a problem for society. The older the clinician, the more likely they are to think playing video games leads to ... read more

Can Science Predict Gang Killings?

Aug. 13, 2015 — Gang slayings move in a systematic pattern over time, spreading from one vulnerable area to the next like a disease, finds a groundbreaking study by criminologists and public health ... read more

Aug. 13, 2015 — Across all 50 states and the District of Columbia, homicides of police officers are linked to the statewide level of gun ownership, according to a new study. The study found that police officers ... read more

Link Confirmed Between Playing Violent Video Games, Aggression

Aug. 13, 2015 — Violent video game play is linked to increased aggression in players but insufficient evidence exists about whether the link extends to criminal violence or delinquency, according to a new ... read more

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