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April 26, 2015

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April 26, 2015

Social Shaming and the Search for Validation

Apr. 16, 2015 — A sociologist professor outlines the social conditions that breed online complaining and hashtag ... read more

Zombie Family Values: The Walking Dead TV Program Analyzed

Apr. 15, 2015 — Researchers studying the first three seasons of the AMC hit show The Walking Dead found the show and its characters push family as the best hope for the end times, rather than government, science or ... read more

Apr. 8, 2015 — When children are unmotivated at school, new research suggests their genes may be part of the equation. A study of more than 13,000 twins from six countries found that 40 to 50 percent of the ... read more

Apr. 8, 2015 — An estimated 9 percent of adults in the US have a history of impulsive, angry behavior and have access to guns, according to a new study. The study also found that an estimated 1.5 percent of adults ... read more

Apr. 6, 2015 — Why are some people able to master a new skill quickly while others require extra time or practice? Counterintuitive as it may seem, study participants who showed decreased neural activity learned ... read more

Apr. 2, 2015 — Cognitive psychologists have demonstrated for the first time that babies learn new things by leveraging the core information they are born with. When something surprises a baby, like an object not ... read more

Apr. 1, 2015 — This is the 18th year that a mathematician has published his model's projections of how the standings should look at the end of the regular ... read more

Why Are There No Celebrity Accountants? Does It Matter?

Apr. 1, 2015 — The media is littered with celebrity trainers, bakers, nutritionists, even gardeners. But, one profession is always missing from the roster -- the celebrity accountant. The reason is most likely due ... read more

Mar. 26, 2015 — Straw-powered cars could be a thing of the future thanks to new research. A new study pinpoints five strains of yeast capable of turning agricultural by-products, such as straw, sawdust and corncobs, ... read more

Why Good Solutions Make Us Oblivious to Better Ones

Mar. 26, 2015 — Psychologists have known about the so-called Einstellung effect since the 1940s. Now researchers are developing a solid understanding of how the phenomenon ... read more

Mar. 24, 2015 — Great leaders are often good communicators. In the process of communication, the relationship between leaders and their followers develops spontaneously, according to new research. When a member ... read more

Mar. 19, 2015 — What if there were a pill that made you more compassionate? A new study finds that giving a drug that changes the neurochemical balance in the brain causes a greater willingness to engage in ... read more

Mar. 19, 2015 — Across much of the Western world, 25 years of expansion of the medical system has actually led to people feeling less healthy over time, a new study has ... read more

Fast-Food Ban in L.A. Fails to Improve Diets or Cut Obesity, Study Finds

Mar. 19, 2015 — In 2008, the city of Los Angeles passed a law restricting the opening or expansion of any 'stand-alone fast-food restaurant' in low-income neighborhoods where obesity was a problem. A new ... read more

Buyer's Remorse: Model Shows People Demand All That Bad News

Mar. 18, 2015 — Bad news in the media got you down? News consumers have only themselves to blame, says new research showing that it's actually buying habits that drive negative ... read more

Mar. 16, 2015 — Researchers have discovered a dramatic decline in genetic diversity in male lineages four to eight thousand years ago -- likely the result of the accumulation of material wealth, while in contrast, ... read more

Nearly 70 Percent of Evangelicals Do Not View Religion, Science as Being in Conflict

Mar. 13, 2015 — Media and popular culture might portray religion and science as being at odds, but new research suggests just the ... read more

Mar. 12, 2015 — If you like numbers, you will love March 14, 2015. When written as a numerical date, it's 3/14/15, corresponding to the first five digits of pi (3.1415) -- a once-in-a-century coincidence! Pi ... read more

March Madness Brackets: Flipping a Coin Is Your Best Bet

Mar. 10, 2015 — Each year, millions of people lose billions of dollars in NCAA March Madness basketball pools. Still, most return the following year for another ... read more

Mar. 10, 2015 — Genes linked with a greater risk of developing autism may also be associated with higher intelligence, a study ... read more

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