|What Makes You A Different Writer?
||Think about what brings you joy that is unique to you? For me, it might be listening to my favorite band perform live, like The Rolling Stones or U2. For … ...
|Square root of kids’ math anxiety: Their parents’ help
||Children of highly math-anxious parents learned less math and were more likely to develop math anxiety themselves.
|The psychology of cheating and apologizing
||Researchers found that forgiveness was the only significant predictor of posttraumatic growth.
|Quantify Here Now
||In a culture that places a high value on quantitative self-knowledge, wearable devices obscure as much as they reveal. While no one doubts their potential health benefits, they keep us transfixed on some aspects of our experience while hiding others.
|Unlike boys, girls lose friends for having sex, gain friends for making out
||Early adolescent girls lose friends for having sex and gain friends for “making out,” while their male peers lose friends for “making out” and gain friends for having sex, finds a new study that will be presented at the 110th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA). “In our sample of early adolescents, girls’ [...]
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|Lightness/darkness of skin affects male immigrants’ likelihood of gaining employment
||Skin color is a significant factor in the probability of employment for male immigrants to the United States, according to a new study by two University of Kansas (KU) researchers. The researchers, Andrea Gomez Cervantes, a doctoral candidate in sociology, and ChangHwan Kim, an associate professor of sociology, found that among men, darker skin color [...]
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|Study links higher intelligence to lower psychological well-being in freshmen college students
||Developmental factors linking intelligence and well-being in young adults may differ from those found in children and adolescents, according to researchers from James Madison University in Virginia. The study, designed to examine the relationship between intelligence and well-being in young adults, was conducted by Dr. Clifton J. Wigtil and his colleague Dr. Gregg R. Henriques [...]
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|When people don’t take your eating disorder seriously, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy
||Having an eating disorder can be a lonely experience at the best of times. But imagine if, despite having a medical diagnosis, you felt you were at the back of the queue because you weren’t worthy enough of help; because clinicians didn’t think your case was serious enough. This is what can happen if you [...]
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|Men who feel they fall short of masculine gender norms more prone to violence: study
||Men whose image of themselves falls short of the traditional masculine gender norms, and who feel that others think this about them too, may be more prone to violence than men who feel comfortable in their own skin, suggests research published online in the journal Injury Prevention. How men perceive traditional male gender norms and [...]
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|Women in mostly male workplaces exhibit psychological stress response
||Today’s workforce is highly sex-segregated — for example, most elementary school teachers are women, while most chemistry professors are men. Indiana University Bloomington researchers Bianca Manago, a doctoral student in sociology, and Cate Taylor, an assistant professor of sociology and gender studies, examine one important consequence of this occupational sex segregation: the stress exposure of [...]
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|Effects of Indiana’s strict voter identification law hard to pinpoint
||Indiana’s strict voter identification law may have prevented some elderly citizens from voting in the last two presidential elections, but there’s little evidence it kept large numbers of voters from the polls, according to research by Indiana University Bloomington doctoral student Adam Nicholson. Nicholson compared turnout figures in the 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 elections [...]
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|Psychologists examine why crying does and sometimes does not alleviate bad moods
||Yes, a good cry indeed might go a long way to make you feel better, says Asmir Gračanin of the University of Tilburg in the Netherlands, lead author of a study in Springer’s journal Motivation and Emotion. These findings were established after a research team videotaped a group of participants while watching the emotionally charged films [...]
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|For older people, beating loneliness isn’t just about where and who they live with
||Social isolation and loneliness among older people are public health issues in the UK and have a terrible effect on well-being, physical health – causing depression and mental decline. The health risks associated with social isolation have been compared to the harmful effects of smoking and obesity. Some new forms of accommodation are trying to [...]
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|Scientists show how exposure to brief trauma and sudden sounds form lasting memories
||Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center have found how even brief exposure to sudden sounds or mild trauma can form permanent, long-term brain connections, or memories, in a specific region of the brain. Moreover, the research team, working with rats, says it was able to chemically stimulate those biological pathways in the locus coeruleus — [...]
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|Study links physical activity to greater mental flexibility in older adults
||One day soon, doctors may determine how physically active you are simply by imaging your brain. Physically fit people tend to have larger brain volumes and more intact white matter than their less-fit peers. Now a new study reveals that older adults who regularly engage in moderate to vigorous physical activity have more variable brain [...]
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|Translating oppression: Gay and bisexual white men more empathic towards fellow minorities
||White sexual-minority men may be more empathic toward other minority groups compared to their heterosexual white peers. A new study from the University of Houston College of Education compared the attitudes of white heterosexual men to those of white sexual-minority men. “Racial empathy is a crucial component of social justice,” said Nathan Smith, associate professor [...]
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|Is It Delusional or Narcissistic To Want To Be Happy?
||Depression: OMG, Like We’re Twinsies! Caption: You Found happiness? Grab it! Never let it go! Even when sadness comes. The Family Stew Is It Delusional or Narcissistic To Want To … ...
|Geek Heresy: Bursting the Hi-Tech Hype Bubble
||Kentaro Toyama takes aim at geek myths and cybersolutionism in his new book Geek Heresy. Social media gets a close look as well. Toyama draws important conclusions from his work in India, Africa and the U.S. on what really makes a difference in personal and societal development. Hint: it’s not your smartphone.
|Learning to Accept Your Soul Under Construction
||For most of his life, my father was a plumbing instructor in a trade school and was one of those people who can build a house from scratch. I envy that ability and regret that I didn’t learn some of his skills: plumbing, electrical, carpentry. … ...
|Objects and Memories...and the Pain of Letting Go
||The Pain of Letting Go