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Low-Income Students in High-Performing High Schools Less Likely to Engage in Risky Behaviors

Low-income minority adolescents who were admitted to public charter high schools in Los Angeles were significantly less likely to engage in risky health behaviors than their peers who were not admitted to those schools, and scored significantly better on standardized math and English tests.

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Mom Was Wrong: You Should Talk to Strangers

Epley and co-author Juliana Schroder found that participants in the experiments not only underestimated others’ interest in connecting, but also reported positive experiences by both being spoken to and to speaking with a stranger.

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Say “No” to Interruptions, “Yes” to Better Work

Modern office workers are expected to multitask regularly, often juggling multiple projects and priorities over the course of a day. Studies have shown that the typical employee in an office environment is interrupted up to six times per hour, but how does that impact the finished product? New research published in Human Factors evaluates how ongoing interruptions can negatively affect the quality of work.

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Researchers Determine Mothers Orchestrate Infant Attention to Teach New Words

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Researchers at Ithaca College and UCLA and have found that gestures mothers use in teaching their infants new words are vital for infant word learning.

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Is It Moral to Laugh When Innocent People Die?

New study finds decades-old psychological “sacrificial dilemma” experiments may have outlived their usefulness.

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Fear, Not Data, Motivates Sunscreen Users, Research Shows

We’re often told that worrying can be harmful to one’s health. But University at Buffalo researchers say that when it comes to preventing skin cancer, a little fear is good for you.

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Lead in Kids’ Blood Linked with Behavioral and Emotional Problems

Emotional and behavioral problems show up even with low exposure to lead, and as blood lead levels increase in children, so do the problems, according to research funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health. The results were published online June 30 in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.

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‘Bad’ Video Game Behavior Increases Players’ Moral Sensitivity

New evidence suggests heinous behavior played out in a virtual environment can lead to players’ increased sensitivity toward the moral codes they violated.

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Quantum Theory Reveals Puzzling Pattern in How People Respond to Some Surveys

Researchers used quantum theory – usually invoked to describe the actions of subatomic particles – to identify an unexpected and strange pattern in how people respond to survey questions.

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