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May 6, 2016

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May 6, 2016

Can Thinking About Your Pet Help You Cope With Social Rejection?

May 4, 2016 — Do animals have a unique ability to comfort people, or are they just distractions from social ... read more

Parents and Social Media: Do as I Say, Not as I Do

Apr. 27, 2016 — Two-thirds of parents fear social media is bad for their child, yet they use it extensively ... read more

Short-Term Language Learning Aids Mental Agility, Study Suggests

Apr. 27, 2016 — Mental agility can be boosted by even a short period of learning a language, a study suggests. Tests carried out on students of all ages suggest that acquiring a new language improves a person's ... read more

The Social Dilemma of Dealing With Facebook Troublemakers

Apr. 27, 2016 — Online troublemakers tend to be socially well connected. Some Facebook users therefore, remain friends online with troublemakers because they are worried about the repercussions if they ... read more

Culture, Crowding and Social Influence All Tied to Aggressive Driving Behavior

Apr. 27, 2016 — A study of angry, competitive and aggressive driving suggests that these dangerous behaviors are becoming a worldwide phenomenon of almost epidemic proportions, and are a reflection of a ... read more

Measuring Happiness on Social Media

Apr. 27, 2016 — Happiness. It's something we all strive for, but how do we measure it--as a country? A global community? Computer scientists used two years of Twitter data to measure users' life ... read more

Gender Differences, Relationship Power Could Be Key in Preventing HIV in South African Adolescents

Apr. 26, 2016 — Millions of those infected with HIV worldwide are young women, ages 15-24, according to the World Health Organization. Because the HIV epidemic overlaps with an epidemic of intimate partner violence ... read more

What Scientists Know -- And Don't Know -- About Sexual Orientation

Apr. 25, 2016 — Over the last 50 years, political rights for lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) individuals have significantly broadened in some countries, while they have narrowed in others. In many parts of the ... read more

Apr. 25, 2016 — Hearing socially meaningful sounds can change the ear and enable it to better detect those sounds, according to researchers who studied the phenomenon in green ... read more

Videogame Addiction Linked to ADHD

Apr. 25, 2016 — Young and single men are at risk of being addicted to video games. The addiction indicates an escape from ADHD and psychiatric disorder, suggests a new ... read more

Apr. 21, 2016 — Cocaine use has increased substantially among African Americans in some of the most underserved areas of the United States. Interventions designed to increase connection to and support from non-drug ... read more

Girls More Anxious About Mathematics, STEM Subjects Compared to Boys

Apr. 21, 2016 — Women are underrepresented in some science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects and fields, global studies have shown. Even in countries with higher gender equality, sex ... read more

A Winning Face Depends on the Culture of the Voter

Apr. 21, 2016 — A recent social psychology study shines a light on how cultural differences affect what voters judge and value most in the facial appearance of potential ... read more

Apr. 20, 2016 — Researchers have developed a new method to map and track the function of brain circuits affected by autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in boys using brain imaging. The technique will provide clinicians ... read more

Apr. 20, 2016 — A study highlighting the effectiveness of using positive memories and images to help generate positive emotions has been published by researchers. The work suggests that savouring positive memories ... read more

Loneliness, Isolation Linked to Heightened Risk of Heart Disease/stroke

Apr. 19, 2016 — Loneliness and social isolation are linked to around a 30 percent increased risk of having a stroke or developing coronary artery disease -- the two leading causes of illness and death in high income ... read more

'Good Cop' Parent Not Enough to Buffer Some Harmful Effects of 'Bad Cop' Parent

Apr. 19, 2016 — Harsh parenting may increase a child's risk for poor physical health and obesity as they get older, new research indicates. And attempts by one parent to counterbalance the harsh behavior are ... read more

Society Deemed Fairer by Individuals Given the Smallest Chance to Improve Their Lot

Apr. 19, 2016 — Researchers look at procedural fairness and find that people are generally more willing to accept unequal outcomes if they have been achieved by what they perceive as fair means, even where the means ... read more

Apr. 18, 2016 — Social problems are key characteristics in psychiatric disorders and are insufficiently targeted by current treatment approaches. By applying brain imaging methods, researchers now show that a small ... read more

The Size of City Parks Can Predict Residents' Well-Being

Apr. 18, 2016 — Rapid expansion of cities around the world has raised concerns about deteriorating quality of life in urban areas. Experts say people often struggle to find ways to preserve health and happiness ... read more

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