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July 24, 2016

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July 24, 2016

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

Hard Times, Hard Love: Rise of Intimate Partner Violence During Great Recession

June 6, 2016 — Financial strain has long been one of the leading causes of family discord, but a recent study suggests that simply living through major economic recessions increases a mother's chance of ... read more

Attitudes Toward Women Key in Higher Rates of Sexual Assault by Athletes, Study Finds

June 2, 2016 — An online study of male undergraduates shows that more than half of study participants on intercollegiate and recreational athletic teams -- and more than a third of non-athletes -- reported engaging ... read more

Artisan Backpackers of South America

June 2, 2016 — A new study of backpackers in Latin America suggests that while most follow the pattern of "Western" backpackers as in other parts of the world and adhere to the general code of honor they ... read more

Journalism Changed Forever by User-Generated Content

May 23, 2016 — The rise of User-Generated Content (UGC) -- information submitted by members of the public or posted on social media -- has changed journalism forever, according to a new ... read more

Confidence: How Has It Achieved ‘cult’ Status in the 21st Century?

May 20, 2016 — How has the notion of ‘confidence’ infiltrated consumer body culture and discussions about gender and work? Researchers pitch the idea that there is a new "cult(ure) of confidence" in ... read more

The 'Echoverse': New Way to Think About Brand-Consumer Interactions

May 16, 2016 — Most studies of the interactions between companies and consumers look at one piece of the puzzle: Advertising or social media or news coverage or 'consumer sentiment' as measured in ... read more

Shaping the Way Europe Prevents Violence Against Women

May 11, 2016 — English researchers are shaping the way Europe collects data on and carries out research about violence against women. Violence against women is the most common violation of women's human rights ... read more

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