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August 25, 2016

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August 25, 2016

Can Cell Phones Make You Feel Less Connected to Your Friends and Family?

Aug. 17, 2016 — Researchers surveyed 493 students, ranging in age from 18-29, to see whether cell phone use, including texting and talking, was associated with feeling socially connected to their parents and peers. ... read more

Visitors Concerned About Zika but Still Plan to Travel to Florida, Study Shows

Aug. 11, 2016 — With more than 20 cases of non-travel related Zika reported in South Florida, tourists express more concern with travel to the state but still plan to come, a new study ... read more

Study Sheds Light on Use, Effectiveness of Sexual Assault Hotlines

Aug. 11, 2016 — Since the 1970s, sexual assault hotlines have grown in popularity in North America as conduits for survivors, their loved ones and professionals to unite for immediate support. Today, there are more ... read more

Are Violent Video Games Associated With More Civic Behaviors Among Youth?

Aug. 10, 2016 — Whether violent video games influence the behavior of youth has been a debate that has split the academic community for years. A new study investigates this issue in a sample of 304 children in the ... read more

Aug. 9, 2016 — Are lower levels of physical activity among African-American teens related to hair care? A new study has centralized itself around this very ... read more

Postcards Provide Link to Edwardian Social Media

July 26, 2016 — A new public searchable database provides access to a unique and inspirational treasure trove of amazing stories and pictures through what researchers term the 'social media' of the ... read more

Policy Makers Must Act to Reduce Energy Drinks Consumption by Children, Adolescents, Says New Report

July 21, 2016 — UK policy makers must act against excessive energy drinks consumption by children and young people, argues a new ... read more

July 20, 2016 — Can Harry Potter defeat Donald Trump? A new study has found that Americans who read Harry Potter books hold a lower opinion of Donald Trump, even after controlling for many factors like party, ... read more

Social Media Sites Obstruct Children’s Moral Development, Say Parents

July 14, 2016 — A ‘parent poll’ carried out by a team at the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues found that only 15% of parents thought that popular social media sites provided a positive influence on a ... read more

Top News Outlets See More Risks Than Benefits in Employees' Use of Social Media

July 12, 2016 — Researchers found in a new study that news organizations are more concerned about the current social media environment than excited about it at least when it comes to their ... read more

How Tom Brady Won Fans by Dodging 'Deflategate' Questions

July 11, 2016 — Sometimes, saying 'I don't know' may be the best way for sports stars and other celebrities to gain favor with the public when faced with tough ... read more

Highly Prominent Product Placements Tend to Benefit from 3D Movies, While Placements With Low Prominence Lose out

July 7, 2016 — Two new studies have investigated product placements in two Hollywood movies. Volunteers watched the Hollywood movies as either a 2D, a 3D, or a 4D version (the 3D movie with added scent). ... read more

Children's Purchasing Behavior 'Significantly Impacted' by Social Media, Mobile Apps

July 6, 2016 — A new study examines how children in European countries are influenced by online marketing. The study focused on the impact on children of in-game adverts in advergames, mobile apps and social media ... read more

Media Not the Scapegoat When It Comes to Teen Sex

June 30, 2016 — Parents and society shouldn't shift the blame for young people's sexual behavior on what teens supposedly see and read in the media about intimate encounters. So says a researcher who led a ... read more

Disney Princesses: Not Brave Enough, Say Researchers

June 20, 2016 — Gendered behavior can become problematic if girls avoid important learning experiences. A new article looks at how Disney Princesses play a ... read more

New Study Highlights Power of Crowd to Transmit News on Twitter

June 15, 2016 — The tiny fraction of headlines that news editors push out on Twitter draw a large share of eyeballs, but it's the stories recommended by friends that trigger more clicks. In what may be the ... read more

Upward Trend in Fatalities in Organized Violence Was Broken in 2015

June 13, 2016 — The alarming upward trend in fatalities in organized violence, witnessed over the last few years, was broken in 2015. The number of armed conflicts involving states continued to increase, however, ... read more

Not Only in Hollywood: Gender Pay Gap Persists in the Arts

June 13, 2016 — A new study examines labor market factors as a driver of the wage gap between men and women in the arts. The main finding: gender-based income inequalities persist within the arts just as they do in ... read more

No Long-Term 'Star Effect' for Baseball Teams on Twitter

June 8, 2016 — Researchers have analyzed the Twitter usage of Major League Baseball (MLB) teams, athletes and fans and discovered that the 'star effect' had no long-term impacts on MLB teams' Twitter ... read more

Nordic Countries: Highest in Gender Equality and Intimate Partner Violence Against Women

June 7, 2016 — The Nordic countries are the most gender equal nations in the world, but at the same time, they also have a disproportionately high rate of intimate partner violence against women. This is perplexing ... read more

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