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February 13, 2016

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February 13, 2016

Mommy and Me: Study Shows How Affectionate Mothering Can Combat the Effects of Maternal Depression

Feb. 11, 2016 — Certain parenting strategies can combat the negative impacts of maternal depression on an infant, suggests the first study of its kind. The work sought to investigate how a depressed mother's ... read more

First Nationwide Survey of Climate Change Education

Feb. 11, 2016 — How is climate change being taught in American schools? Is it being taught at all? And how are teachers addressing climate change denial in their classrooms, schools, and school districts? Until ... read more

Mobile Communication Keeps Couples Who Live Close to One Another Even Closer

Feb. 11, 2016 — Texting can make the heart grow fonder. That is just one of the findings of recent research that shows that even couples who live close to one another rely heavily on mobile media to manage their ... read more

What 'Tainted' Engagement Rings Reveal About Consumer Expectations

Feb. 11, 2016 — We're told diamonds -- and their value -- are forever. But new research into the re-sale of diamond engagement rings shows a diamond's value is affected by the story people attach to it and ... read more

'Grit' Adds Little to Prediction of Academic Achievement

Feb. 11, 2016 — Personality characteristics -- especially conscientiousness -- have previously been shown to have a significant but moderate influence on academic achievement. However, a new study suggests that ... read more

Feb. 11, 2016 — Smile! It makes everyone in the room feel better because they, consciously or unconsciously, are smiling with you. Growing evidence shows that an instinct for facial mimicry allows us to empathize ... read more

Social Animals Seek out the Company of Others Because Their Brains Are Wired to Find It Rewarding

Feb. 11, 2016 — Social animals are strongly motivated to seek out the company of others, especially after periods of isolation, because their brains are wired to find it rewarding. A study now reveals a neural ... read more

I Want Her to Want Me: Where Men, Sex and Personality Meet

Feb. 11, 2016 — A man’s attachment style - a personality trait reflecting his romantic relationship tendencies - may actually influence his perceptions of whether a woman is interested in him sexually, new ... read more

Vitamin D-Rich Foods During Pregnancy May Reduce Allergy Risk in Children

Feb. 11, 2016 — Higher intake of foods containing vitamin D during pregnancy – but not supplemental vitamin D intake – was associated with reduced risk of development of allergies in children, new research ... read more

Will You Be Turning Left or Right for That Valentine’s Day Kiss: It’ll Depend on Who You’re Kissing!

Feb. 11, 2016 — As Valentine's Day approaches, love is in the air. One sure-fire way to express love towards someone, be it a partner or even a child, is with a kiss. A recent study in Laterality demonstrates ... read more

It’s Easier to Learn Words That Sound Like What They Mean

Feb. 11, 2016 — What makes some words easier to learn than others? Researchers found that ideophones — words that sound like what they mean — are easier to learn than regular words. This suggests that some of ... read more

Feb. 11, 2016 — You know that one friend that never worries about weight and seems to stay effortlessly slim? That friend, and others like them might unknowingly possess secrets to helping those who struggle with ... read more

Hold On! The Ability to Hold a Grip Predicts Who Has the Willpower Finish Their Schoolwork

Feb. 10, 2016 — A connection between a person’s ability to maintain a firm grip and having the self-control to finish their schoolwork has been made by a team of ... read more

Your Brain May Be What Interests That Guy Checking You out

Feb. 10, 2016 — Modern men increasingly value brains over beauty when choosing long-term mates, say researchers. While the common view is that our mate choices are evolutionarily "hardwired" in our brains ... read more

Couch Potatoes May Have Smaller Brains Later in Life

Feb. 10, 2016 — Poor physical fitness in middle age may be linked to a smaller brain size 20 years later, according to a new ... read more

Feb. 10, 2016 — The age at which an adolescent begins using marijuana may affect typical brain development, according to researchers. Scientists describe how marijuana use, and the age at which use is initiated, may ... read more

Feb. 10, 2016 — Beliefs about all-knowing, punishing gods -- a defining feature of religions ranging from Christianity to Hinduism -- may have played a key role in expanding co-operation among far-flung peoples and ... read more

Overconfidence, Loss Aversion Are Key Predictors for Investment Mistakes

Feb. 10, 2016 — A personal financial planning expert has identified several risk factors for people who are more likely to make investment mistakes during a down market. Overconfidence tops the ... read more

Exercise and Meditation Together Help Beat Depression

Feb. 10, 2016 — A mind and body combination of exercise and meditation, done twice a week for only two months, reduced the symptoms for a group of students by 40 ... read more

The New Health 'Desert'? Reliable Weight Loss Programs Hard to Find

Feb. 10, 2016 — People with medically serious weight problems can rarely find or have access to proven, reliable programs to help them shed pounds, new research ... read more

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