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October 21, 2016

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October 21, 2016

Modeling Shifting Beliefs in a Complex Social Environment

Oct. 20, 2016 — A new model is allowing scientists to explore how changing an individual's certainty in the belief on the truth of one statement leads to changes in their beliefs on the truth of others. This ... read more

Other People Are Less Attention-Grabbing to the Wealthy

Oct. 18, 2016 — The degree to which other people divert your attention may depend on your social class, according to new findings. The research shows that people who categorize themselves as being in a relatively ... read more

Oct. 13, 2016 — Preschoolers' fine and gross motor skill development is indicative of later performance on two key measures of kindergarten readiness, according to a study. Preschoolers who performed better on ... read more

15 Percent of Sixth-Grade Students Commit Cyber Abuse

Oct. 13, 2016 — Fifteen percent of sixth-grade students reported they had perpetrated at least one form of abuse toward a dating partner through technology, according to a new ... read more

Females React Differently Than Males to Social Isolation

Oct. 11, 2016 — While male and female mice have similar responses to physical stress, research suggests females, not males, feel stressed when ... read more

Online Social Media Use Does Not Impair Our Ability to Concentrate

Oct. 7, 2016 — Using online social media does not lead to long-term problems with our ability to concentrate, according to new research ... read more

The Importance of Loving Care Within Children's Institutions

Oct. 7, 2016 — Nurturing caregiving from a few consistent individuals helps to minimize the potential emotional and mental-health development issues that can arise from spending the early years of a child's ... read more

Peer Victimization in Schools: Two Studies Explore Types, Repercussions

Oct. 6, 2016 — As many as 75% of children and adolescents report experiencing some sort of peer victimization, researchers estimate, with 10 to 15% experiencing more severe and prolonged victimization. Two new ... read more

Oct. 5, 2016 — Mice have brain cells that are dedicated to storing memories of other mice, according to a new study. These cells, found in a region of the hippocampus known as the ventral CA1, store "social ... read more

Infants Pay More Attention to Native Speakers

Oct. 5, 2016 — Almost from the moment of birth, human beings are able to distinguish between speakers of their native language and speakers of all other languages. We have a hard-wired preference for our own ... read more

Oct. 5, 2016 — Researchers conclude that being kind to others causes a small but significant improvement in subjective well-being. The review found that the effect is lower than some pop-psychology articles have ... read more

Understanding of Norms: Children Overeagerly Seeking Social Rules

Oct. 5, 2016 — Three-year-olds quickly absorb social norms. They even understand behaviors as rule-governed that are not subject to any norms, and insist that others adhere to these self-inferred "norms," ... read more

ADHD Diagnosis Puts Girls at Much Higher Risk for Other Mental Health Problems

Oct. 4, 2016 — Girls with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are at higher risk than girls without ADHD for multiple mental disorders that often lead to cascading problems such as abusive relationships, ... read more

Failed Replication Shows Literary Fiction Doesn't Boost Social Cognition

Oct. 4, 2016 — When a 2013 study published in Science concluded that reading literary fiction for as few as 20 minutes could improve someone's social abilities, it made quite the splash. However, when ... read more

The Psychology Behind Climate Change Denial

Oct. 4, 2016 — In a new thesis in psychology, a researcher has studied the psychology behind climate change denial. The results show that individuals who accept hierarchical power structures tend to a larger extent ... read more

A New Exercise Partner Is the Key to Exercising More

Oct. 4, 2016 — Researchers have been investigating whether having an exercise companion increases the amount of exercise we do. Researchers found that finding a new exercise companion increased the amount of ... read more

Health Determined by Social Relationships at Work

Oct. 3, 2016 — Whether you're an engineer, a nurse, or a call center worker, you are likely to spend an average of one third of your day on the job. In a new meta-analysis covering 58 studies and more than ... read more

Family-Centered Pre-Kindergarten Provides a Strong Foundation for Children's Mental Health and School Success

Oct. 3, 2016 — A family-centered pre-k intervention has a positive, lasting impact on child mental health and academic performance, report ... read more

Psychology Plays Vital Role in Tackling Diabetes

Oct. 3, 2016 — Individuals and families affected by diabetes must navigate a complex mix of medical, behavioral and social changes in which psychology plays an integral role, say ... read more

Dopamine, Facial Recognition Connected, Shows Study

Oct. 3, 2016 — A link between the dopamine neurotransmitter system in the brain and an individual’s ability to recognize faces has been uncovered by new research. Dopamine is the "feel-good" chemical ... read more

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