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February 14, 2016

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February 14, 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

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

Companies Must Adapt Internal Communication as Demographics Change, Study Finds

Feb. 9, 2016 — As baby boomers retire and an increasing number of millennials enter the workforce, internal communicators must adapt to accommodate the shift of generations, the rise of internal social media and ... read more

Social Hormone Promotes Cooperation in Risky Situations

Feb. 8, 2016 — A hormone implicated in monogamy and aggression in animals also promotes trust and cooperation in humans in risky situations, researchers ... read more

Feb. 8, 2016 — Infant girls at risk for autism pay more attention to social cues in faces than infant boys, according to a new study — the first one known to prospectively examine sex-related social differences ... read more

Parental Preference for Boys Damages Girls’ Self-Esteem and Happiness

Feb. 5, 2016 — While most studies of parental sex discrimination explore the devastating social and demographic effects of a cultural preference for boys, a new study examines its psychological effects on the girls ... read more

'Meaningful' Media May Push Altruism Across Bounds of Race and Age

Feb. 4, 2016 — People who watch meaningful entertainment may be more willing to lend a hand to people they consider different, according to ... read more

Psychological Toll of Madoff Fraud Case Went Far Beyond the Victims, Study Finds

Feb. 4, 2016 — A new study explores where Bernie Madoff’s fraud case left its deepest impact and on whom -- not just among his direct victims, but also on how others viewed the trustworthiness of financial ... read more

Incarceration of a Parent During Childhood May Later Add to Men's Heart Attack Risk

Feb. 4, 2016 — Men who as children experienced a family member’s incarceration are approximately twice as likely to have a heart attack in later adulthood in comparison with men who were not exposed to such a ... read more

Addressing Trauma in Juvenile Offenders Should Be Larger Focus of Rehabilitation, Study Finds

Feb. 3, 2016 — Treating trauma in juvenile offenders can aid social relationships that help them stay out of trouble, according to a new study. Between 65 and 75 percent of juveniles in the criminal justice system ... read more

Feb. 3, 2016 — 'These findings suggest that the way in which people measure success affects their honesty. When success is measured by social comparison, as is the case when winning a competition, dishonesty ... read more

Anonymous Browsing Hinders Online Dating Signals

Feb. 3, 2016 — Big data and the growing popularity of online dating sites may be reshaping a fundamental human activity: finding a mate, or at least a date. Yet a new study finds that certain longstanding social ... read more

Women More Sensitive to Irksome Behavior Than Men

Feb. 2, 2016 — Women may be friendlier than men, but that doesn't mean they like putting up with jerks, suggests a new report. A new study shows that women are more likely than men to get irked at irritating ... read more

Feb. 2, 2016 — Abnormalities in embryonic brain development in mice, including transient embryonic brain enlargement during neuron formation, are responsible for abnormal adult brain structures and behavioral ... read more

Super Mario Gets Social Intelligence

Feb. 2, 2016 — Computer scientists help the popular jump ‘n’ run game figures learn to observe, collaborate – and even switch ... read more

A Uniter and a Divider: Purity Keeps Us Together -- And Apart

Feb. 2, 2016 — A study of moral values reveals issues related to purity can determine how close -- or how far -- we want to be with someone in social and political ... read more

When Loved Ones Battle Cancer, Families Head to Web for Information More Than Support

Feb. 1, 2016 — Loved ones of cancer patients are likely to search for further information about the disease online but less inclined to seek emotional support from social media forums, according to a study. It is ... read more

Once a Risk-Taker, Always a Risk-Taker, Study Suggests

Feb. 1, 2016 — People who are risk-takers in their youth also tend to take relatively more risks than their peers as they age, according to an analysis of more than 44,000 German ... read more

Feb. 1, 2016 — New work on how news media coverage shapes perceptions of obesity, has been published by investigators. They examined how perspectives on obesity portrayed in news articles affect people's ... read more

Feb. 1, 2016 — Caring for others dips during adolescence. But when young people feel supported from their social circles, their concern for others rebound, a new study ... read more

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