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Parents Aiming Too High Can Harm Child's Academic Performance Aspiration can help academic achievement only if it is realistic, study says
Mother's Age at Birth May Influence Symptoms of Depression In Daughters Father’s age not a factor; effect not seen in sons, study says
Partner Personality Traits Over The Years: Surprising Findings... The question of whether similar or dissimilar personality traits are a source of romantic attraction and marital satisfaction has been debated for years. Do opposites attract or do birds of … ...
Study finds honesty varies significantly between countries Research from the University of East Anglia (UEA) has found that people’s honesty varies significantly between countries. It also suggests that honesty is less important to a country’s current economic growth than during earlier periods in history. The study examined whether people from different countries were more or less honest and how this related to [...]
Information is contagious among social connections New research using advanced computer modeling sheds light on how behaviors may become “contagious” in large groups, showing that the memory of one individual can indirectly influence that of another via shared social connections. The findings are published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. “In large social networks, our model demonstrated [...]
Empathy is key to political persuasion, shows new research It’s not news that liberals and conservatives are lousy at winning each other over. But if they really care about making even modest in-roads with each other, they’ll pay attention to research showing that arguments based on a political opponent’s moral principles, rather than one’s own, have a much better chance of success. Researchers Matthew [...]
Overweight men just as likely as overweight women to face discrimination Men who are overweight are just as likely as overweight women to experience interpersonal discrimination when applying for a job or shopping at retail stores, according to new research from Rice University and the University of North Carolina, Charlotte (UNCC). “We were interested in looking at biases toward men who are heavy in employment settings,” [...]
3 Reasons Why ADHD Kids Are Awesome 1. They notice exponentially more than we do. Imagine having a brain that redirected your attention every thirty to forty-five seconds. Now, imagine how many things you’d notice in a … ...
Optimal Experience: A Key to Motivation? Whether we are looking to hike Mt. Everest, surf a 20-foot wave, hit a Megaramp on a skateboard – all admirable feats – or simply to avoid addiction, what we … ...
Tougher disability benefit assessment may have taken ‘serious’ toll on mental health The introduction of a more stringent test to assess eligibility for disability benefit in England may have taken a “serious” toll on the nation’s mental health, concludes research published online in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. Since 2010 the test, known as the Work Capability Assessment (WCA), has been used to assess the [...]
Study finds surprising links between bullying and eating disorders Being bullied in childhood has been associated with increased risk for anxiety, depression and even eating disorders. But according to new research, it’s not only the victims who could be at risk psychologically, but also the bullies themselves. Researchers at Duke Medicine and the University of North Carolina School of Medicine were surprised to find [...]
Whether you are territorial, a girlfriend stealer or a cross-dresser — it’s in your genes Whether you’re territorial, a girlfriend stealer, or a cross dresser – when it comes to finding a partner, scientists have discovered that for some birds it’s all in the genes. Individual animals usually exhibit flexibility in their behaviour, but some behaviours are genetically determined. Using genome sequencing, researchers from the University of Sheffield have now [...]
Study shows pupil size is sensitive to musically induced emotions When people are listening to music, their emotional reactions to the music are reflected in changes in their pupil size. Researchers from the University of Vienna and the University of Innsbruck, Austria, are the first to show that both the emotional content of the music and the listeners’ personal involvement with music influence pupil dilation. [...]
Does religion make kids less generous? Religious parents are more likely to describe their children as empathetic and concerned about justice than are non-religious parents. But, new evidence reported in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on November 5 suggests that the opposite is in fact true. In the study, children growing up in households that weren’t religious were significantly more [...]
Human brains evolved to be more responsive to environmental influences, study finds Human brains exhibit more plasticity, the tendency to be modeled by the environment, than chimpanzee brains, which may account for part of human evolution, according to researchers at Georgia State University, the George Washington University and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. The findings provide insight into why humans are capable of adapting [...]
Modulating brain’s stress circuity might prevent Alzheimer’s disease In a novel animal study design that mimicked human clinical trials, researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report that long-term treatment using a small molecule drug that reduces activity of the brain’s stress circuitry significantly reduces Alzheimer’s disease (AD) neuropathology and prevents onset of cognitive impairment in a mouse model of [...]
Slow Is From the Heart A trip to Cambodia, 40 years after the fall of Phnom Penh to the Khmer Rouge, leads to an encounter with ancient wisdom in the form of a dancer, Vong Metry. Here's what she taught me, and what is so relevant in the aftermath of violence and rage.
Modulating brain's stress circuitry might prevent alzheimer's disease In a novel animal study design that mimicked human clinical trials, researchers report that long-term treatment using a small molecule drug that reduces activity of the brain's stress circuitry significantly reduces Alzheimer's disease (AD) neuropathology and prevents onset of cognitive impairment in a mouse model of the neurodegenerative condition.
Nature and nurture: Human brains evolved to be more responsive to environmental influences Scientists have discovered that human brains exhibit more plasticity, propensity to be modeled by the environment, than chimpanzee brains and that this may have accounted for part of human evolution.
The Perfectionist’s Guide to Making Decisions: The Art of... You’re awesome at your job. You know it, feedback from colleagues and clients has affirmed it, and you consistently deliver results that are above and beyond what’s been asked of you. You repeat this pattern enough times and it becomes the norm — which, frankly, … ...