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Are You Genetically Predisposed to Antisocial Behaviour?

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Both positive and negative experiences influence how genetic variants affect the brain and thereby behaviour, according to a new study. “Evidence is accumulating to show that the effects of variants of many genes that are common in the population depend on environmental factors. Further, these genetic variants affect each other,” explained Sheilagh Hodgins of the University of Montreal and its affiliated Institut Universitaire en Santé Mentale de Montréal.

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Fans Reluctant to Treat College Athletes as Paid Professionals

While many Americans are open to compensating college athletes in some form, more Americans prefer to see colleges continue to treat athletes as amateurs who compete primarily for love of the sport and educational opportunities, not for pay. That’s according to a new national survey by the Saint Leo University Polling Institute

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Are You Helping Your Toddler’s Aggressive Behaviour?

Physical aggression in toddlers has been thought to be associated with the frustration caused by language problems, but a recent study by researchers at the University of Montreal shows that this isn’t the case. The researchers did find, however, that parental behaviours may influence the development of an association between the two problems during early childhood. Frequent hitting, kicking, and a tendency to bite or push others are examples of physical aggression observed in toddlers.

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Punishing Kids for Lying Just Doesn’t Work

If you want your child to tell the truth, it’s best not to threaten to punish them if they lie. That’s what researchers discovered through a simple experiment involving 372 children between the ages of 4 and 8.

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Going Above and Beyoncé

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A popular first-year seminar in English at Wake Forest University gives students opportunity to use a pop singer’s life and music as a kaleidoscope to look at topics like body image, privacy and feminism.

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Chicago Summer Jobs Program for High School Students Dramatically Reduces Youth Violence

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A public summer jobs program for high school students from disadvantaged neighborhoods in Chicago reduced violent crime arrests by 43 percent over a 16-month period, according to a new study from the University of Chicago Crime Lab and the University of Pennsylvania. The randomized controlled trial is published in the journal Science.

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New Economic Study Finds Scarcity Breeds Rationality

Through a series of surveys, the researchers determined that people with less time or money to spare are better able to focus on what the purchase might be worth to them.

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New Study Shows Computer-Based Approach to Treating Anxiety May Reduce Suicide Risk

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A group of psychology researchers at Florida State University have developed a simple computer-based approach to treating anxiety sensitivity, something that could have major implications for veterans and other groups who are considered at risk for suicide.

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Most American Presidents Destined to Fade From Nation’s Memory, Study Suggests

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American presidents spend their time in office trying to carve out a prominent place in the nation's collective memory, but most are destined to be forgotten within 50-to-100 years of their serving as president, suggests a study on presidential name recall released today by the journal Science.

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Social Media Partly to Blame for Busybody Culture, Says Professor

The recent explosion of social media in our lives and domination of the air waves by so many "experts" are among the reasons people don't feel free to live their lives as they wish, according to Philosophy Professor John Lachs.

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