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Social symptoms in autistic children may be caused by hyper-connected neurons The brains of children with autism show more connections than the brains of typically developing children do. What's more, the brains of individuals with the most severe social symptoms are also the most hyper-connected. The findings reported in two independent studies are challenge the prevailing notion in the field that autistic brains are lacking in neural connections.
Alcohol-related aggression: Social, neurobiological factors One-third of all acts of violence are perpetrated under the influence of alcohol. They give rise not only to personal suffering, but also to socio-economic costs. What are the causes of alcohol-related aggression? Researchers have investigated this question and present their findings in a new article.
Hearing through sight: Brain plasticity and why cochlear implants work better for some people than others Cochlear implants allow adults who have become profoundly deaf to recover the ability to understand speech. However, recovery differs between individuals. Activating the visual regions of the brain has proved essential to the satisfactory recovery of hearing, according to a new study.
Popular 'door-in-the-face' persuasion strategy can sometimes backfire Personality research shows outright requests, rather than the door-in-the-face strategy may be more effective for fundraisers.
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Televised presidential debates help moderates choose candidates Televised presidential debates have been a staple of the political landscape for more than 50 years. Recent political commentary has focused on the release of a tell-all book outlining the painstaking presidential debate preparation both sides experienced during the 2012 electoral cycle. Now, researchers have determined that televised presidential debates do have important consequences on the attitudes of those who view them -- specifically among apathetic or ambivalent voters.
Living through war leads to in-group solidarity War experiences have a long-term effect on human psychology, shifting people's motivations toward greater equality for members of their own group, according to research.
Oxytocin gene partly responsible for how adolescents feel Loneliness: could there be a genetic explanation for it? Yes, to some extent. At least in the case of young female adolescents who, it appears, are more likely to feel lonely in everyday life if they have a specific variant of the gene that regulates how oxytocin – also known as the "˜bonding hormone' – is received in the brain. Boys who carry this variant are not lonelier but, like girls, respond more strongly to a negative social environment.
Study shows trustworthy people perceived to look similar to ourselves When a person is deemed trustworthy, we perceive that person's face to be more similar to our own, according to a new study.
Parenting improves with coaching via cell phone First randomized trial shows that texts and calls from parent coaches to young, at-risk mothers improved their parenting skills as their well-being and that of their children.
Liane Mozí¨re obituary My friend Liane Mozí¨re, who has died of cancer aged 75, saw it as her life's work to highlight oppression, particularly the oppressive upbringing she felt many children experienced in institutional life. Much of her research was carried out in French creches, which she believed were too rigid in their approach. In 1992 she published Le Printemps des Crí¨ches, which showed how daily life could be transformed for children and staff when dogmatic ideas were deconstructed and challenged.She was born in China, to a Chinese father and a Belgian mother, and was educated at an American school in Beijing. She was quadrilingual, at ease in Chinese, French, English and German. When she was 10, her family fled the Maoist revolution and settled in Paris. Liane took an active part in the 1968 revolution and joined the group around the psychiatrists-philosophers Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari at the Clinique de la Borde, which had been set up as a democratic therapeutic community to question traditional boundaries between psychiatrists and patients. She became part of Guattari's Centre d'Etudes, de Recherches et de Formation Institutionelles, a research group committed to exploring the liberalisation of other hierarchical institutions.Liane spent many years surviving precariously on grants. She decided to complete her PhD on her research into creches, and late in life was appointed professor of sociology at the Paul Verlaine University – Metz. But her radical approach sometimes made it difficult for her to fit in and there were a number of battles with colleagues.We met at a conference in 1988. She was so vivacious, so full of opinions and warmth for those who agreed with her, and of wrath for those she felt had betrayed human decency. She thought and cared about almost everything.Liane spent her summer holidays in Oppedette in Haute Provence and described the village as "paradise on earth". She remained desperately poor, and in the little flat she and her family rented in Oppedette there were only a few pieces of furniture, three cracked cups and a camping stove.In the last few years she revisited China and made links with Chinese sociologists. She became involved in the US-based Reconceptualising Early Childhood Education movement, which gave her a new impetus. A fierce feminist, loyal wife, devoted mother and besotted grandmother, Liane was an academic who felt herself privileged to be an intellectual.She is survived by her husband, Hervé, her daughters, Camille and Emilie, her son Manuel, and three grandchildren.PsychologyChild protectionChildrenSocial careChild rightsChinaAsia PacificBelgiumEuropeFrancetheguardian.com © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds
Values-Based Leadership Photo Credit: Flickr Values-Based Leadership Professor Harry M. Jansen Kraemer, Jr. of Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management says a values-based leader aims to motivate and inspire others to pursue the greater good – “the positive change that can be effected within a team, department, division, or organization, or even on a global level” (Kraemer, […]
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Stress makes snails forgetful New research on pond snails has revealed that high levels of stress can block memory processes. Researchers trained snails and found that when they were exposed to multiple stressful events they were unable remember what they had learned.
Addicts may be seeking relief from emotional lows more than euphoric highs Researchers are challenging the commonly held view that drug addiction occurs because users are always going after the high. Based on new animal studies, they say the initial positive feelings of intoxication are short lived -- quickly replaced by negative emotional responses which may be more important in understanding substance abuse.
'Please feed me': The power of putting a human face on social causes Companies often put a personal face on products in an attempt to reach a deeper connection with consumers. New research suggests the same idea can be applied to social causes: Putting a human face on the campaign for a social cause actually increases support for it.
Mending ruptures in client-therapist relationship has positive benefits In order for prolonged exposure therapy, an evidence-based psychotherapy for post traumatic stress disorder, to reach its full potential, any misperceptions or ruptures in trust and communication between therapist and client need fixing.