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February 13, 2016

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February 13, 2016

When the Boss's Ethical Behavior Breaks Bad

Feb. 12, 2016 — Is your boss ethical? Does he or she do what's right, as opposed to what's profitable? If so, they may turn downright abusive the next day. New research on leader behavior suggests ethical ... read more

Important Role of Nucleocytoplasmic Transport in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Dementia

Feb. 12, 2016 — Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD) are two devastating adult-onset neurodegenerative disorders. No cure exists for these diseases. Ten percent of ALS patients ... read more

Sleep Apnea Takes a Toll on Brain Function

Feb. 12, 2016 — People with sleep apnea show significant changes in the levels of two important brain chemicals, which could be a reason that many have symptoms that impact their day-to-day lives, new research ... read more

Male Biology Students Consistently Underestimate Female Peers, Study Finds

Feb. 11, 2016 — New research shows consistent gender bias among male biology undergraduate students, suggesting that they could be undermining the confidence of female students as they embark on studies in STEM ... read more

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

Giving Support to Others, Not Just Receiving It, Has Beneficial Effects

Feb. 11, 2016 — Social support has well-known benefits for physical and mental health. But giving support -- rather than receiving it -- may have unique positive effects on key brain areas involved in stress and ... 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

Novel Neuroprotective Therapy Found to Enhance Memory

Feb. 11, 2016 — New research highlights the neuroprotective potential of a peptide developed at the university, and the marked difference in nerve cell communication in male and female mice. If researchers come to ... read more

Breakable Genes May Promote Disease, Brain Cell Diversity

Feb. 11, 2016 — Researchers have identified 27 genes in brain stem cells that are prone to a type of DNA damage. The fragility of those genes could explain why they are often mutated or deleted in cancers and ... read more

Learning About Struggles of Famous Scientists May Help Students Succeed in Science

Feb. 11, 2016 — High school students may improve their science grades by learning about the personal struggles and failed experiments of great scientists such as Albert Einstein and Marie Curie, according to new ... read more

Scientists Identify a Memory Suppressor That May Play a Role in Autism

Feb. 11, 2016 — A specific microRNA has strong links to a number of neuropsychiatric disorders, including autism spectrum disorder, scientists report. The microRNA, known miR-980, serves as a memory suppressor in ... 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 — For over forty years, neuro-scientists have been interested in the biological mechanisms underlying the storage of the information that our brain records every day. Today, a team of researchers ... 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

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

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