|Cultures perceive direct eye contact differently
||People have romanticized the eyes for centuries, claiming to be able to read the emotions within them — anger, lust, joy. Eye contact is important in everyday interactions with other people, as a face with a direct gaze captures our attention. While researchers have established that people can accurately determine where a person is looking, [...]
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|Physical exercise helps children with ADHD pay attention
||Short bursts of intense exercise help children and adolescents with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) focus on attentional tasks, which bodes well for their academic success. This finding comes courtesy of researchers from the Technology Research Centre and Biomedical Engineering Centre in São Paulo, Brazil (PLOS ONE, 24 March 2015). It is well known that [...]
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|If you demonstrate that ‘black lives matter,’ others will too
||The “Black Lives Matter” hashtag evolved as a call for social change aimed at increasing the conversation about racial inequality. But what if social change was less dependent on talking and more dependent on nonverbal communication? New research finds observing a white American engage in small nonverbal acts such as smiling more often, making eye [...]
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|Resiliency training program helps teens deal with today’s stresses
||Amid reports that rank today’s teens as the most stressed generation in the country, a new study offers hope for helping them effectively manage stress and build long-term resiliency. A pilot study, published in the spring issue of the journal Advances in Mind-Body Medicine, describes how a stress-reduction/resiliency-building curriculum developed by the Benson-Henry Institute (BHI) [...]
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|Relationship seen across studies between cyberbullying and depression
||The median percentage of children and adolescents who reported being bullied online was 23 percent and there appears to be a consistent relationship between cyberbullying and reports of depression in a review of social media studies, according to an article published online by JAMA Pediatrics. Social media is a presence in the lives of young people, [...]
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|In social networks, group boundaries promote the spread of ideas, Penn study finds
||Social networks affect every aspect of our lives, from the jobs we get and the technologies we adopt to the partners we choose and the healthiness of our lifestyles. But where do they come from? In a new study, the University of Pennsylvania’s Damon Centola shows how social networks form and what that means for [...]
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|Want to Boost Your Resilience? Start Small
|| Dialectical thinking asserts that small changes (quantitative) lead to larger changes (qualitative). This is also what Tim Harford, Undercover Economist, and author of, Adapt: Why Success Always Starts … ...
|#155 Imagination Re-imagined
||Many of us have reservations about the hold that the virtual world has on so many people. Intel Free Press via Compfight If you have teenagers, you will know what … ...
|Anger Is an Appropriate Response to Stigma
||Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary defines the word “snap” as: to grasp at something eagerly; make a pounce or snatch to bark out irritable or peevish retorts to undergo a sudden and rapid change I wanted to make sure that is, in fact, what happened yesterday toward … ...
|How can health professionals enhance cognitive health in older adults?
||An expert panel has clarified the cognitive aging process by making a distinction from Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, and provided recommendations to enhance cognitive health in older adults. Now a new article highlights key points of that report and serves as a guide for health care professionals seeking to improve the quality of life of older adults by maintaining brain health.
|Play, Common Core, and Early Reading Untangled
||In a raging debate, leading researchers in reading education are speaking out in favor of keeping Common Core Kindergarten Literacy Standards. Their message? It’s perfectly fine for five year olds to play AND learn to read in school!
|Manning up: Study confirms men overcompensate when their masculinity is threatened
||From the old Charles Atlas ads showing a scrawny male having sand kicked in his face to sitcom clichés of henpecked husbands, men have long faced pressure to live up to ideals of masculinity. Societal norms dictating that men should be masculine are powerful. And new University of Washington research finds that men who believe [...]
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|Legacy of slavery still impacts education in the south
||Slavery was abolished more than 150 years ago, but its effects are still felt today in K-12 education in the south, according to a new Rice University study, ‘How the Legacy of Slavery and Racial Composition Shape Public School Enrollment in the American south.’ ‘Our results suggest that the legacy of slavery contributes to black-white [...]
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|Mom’s stress alters babies’ gut and brain through vaginal microbiome
||Stress during the first trimester of pregnancy alters the population of microbes living in a mother’s vagina. Those changes are passed on to newborns during birth and are associated with differences in their gut microbiome as well as their brain development, according to a new study by University of Pennsylvania researchers. During a vaginal birth, [...]
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|Conservatives demonstrate more self control than liberals — and belief in free will plays key role
||As the 2016 election cycle heats up, so does another topic for debate: Which political party has the greater sense of self-control? In a new study, “The self-control consequences of political ideology,” that appears today in the journal of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, conservatives showed a greater aptitude for certain aspects of [...]
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|The Straight Therapist and the Gay Client
||The handsome male client was continually sarcastic and rejecting toward his young male therapist from the beginning. The male therapist was trying very hard to be supportive toward the client … ...
|50 Things that Inspire You and Spark Your Creativity
||Recently, I talked about keeping a commonplace book — a collection of quotes, anecdotes and insights. Another helpful way we can cultivate our creativity is by listing everything that inspires … ...
|How Pixar's Inside Out Gets Anger Right
||The character of Anger, voiced by Lewis Black, is pretty much all the anger metaphors rolled into one.
|Three Surprising Things Your Eyes Say About You
||When William Shakespeare famously wrote that the eyes are the window to your soul, he didn't have the benefit of scientific studies. As it would turn out, research carried out centuries after he shared this insight backs him up.
|Turning fake pills into real treatments
||A series of fascinating studies showed that many people respond positively to placebo pills -- even when they are told that the pills don't have any active ingredients. Researchers are now testing these "open-label" placebos for the first time among cancer survivors.