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Research Links Borderline Personality Traits with Lowered Empathy

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Those with borderline personality disorder a mental illness marked by unstable moods, often experience trouble maintaining interpersonal relationships. New research from the University of Georgia indicates that this may have to do with lowered brain activity in regions important for empathy in individuals with borderline personality traits.

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Study: Better Signs Could Help Reduce Friction Between Motorists, Bicyclists

Web-based survey finds "Bicyclists May Use Full Lane," more effective message for signs

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Choosing to End It All

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Studies show that the way a person makes decisions is among the main factors that determines whether they are protected from or vulnerable to suicide. This particular trait is partially shared with family members. Therapies could be adapted to target decision-making.

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Are You a Nomophobe?

Iowa State University researchers have developed a questionnaire to help you determine if you suffer from nomophobia or a fear of being without your mobile phone.

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The Greater a Country’s Gender Equality in Employment, the Higher Its Homicide Rate

The greater a country’s gender equality when it comes to employment, the higher the overall homicide rate, according to a Baylor study of 146 countries. What is uncertain is the "why" of that, hip, although prior research suggests it may be due to threatening male status, the researcher says.

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Study Investigates Whether Blind People Characterize Others by Race

Most people who meet a new acquaintance, or merely pass someone on the street, need only a glance to categorize that person as a particular race. But, sociologist Asia Friedman wondered, what can we learn about that automatic visual processing from people who are unable to see?

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Lightness/Darkness of Skin Affects Male Immigrants’ Likelihood of Gaining Employment

Skin color is a significant factor in the probability of employment for male immigrants to the United States, according to a new study.

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Food Is Community

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According to a new University of Iowa study, people are shopping farmers markets and joining food coops at record numbers because they enjoy knowing who grows their food. These so-called “locavores” are also driven to eat locally grown produce and meat because their commitment to do so makes them feel a part of something greater than themselves - a community that shares their passion for a healthy lifestyle and a sustainable environment.

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People with Psychopathic Traits Are Less Likely to 'Catch' a Contagious Yawn than Empathetic Folks

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People with psychopathic characteristics are less likely to be affected by “contagious yawning” than those who are empathetic, according to a Baylor University psychology study.

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The Ceremonial Sounds that Accompanied Our Ancestors’ Funerals, 15,000 Years Ago

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The Natufian culture, which flourished 15,000 years ago, is well known for its complex burial customs. A new study by Dr. Danny Rosenberg and Prof. Dani Nadel of the University of Haifa has discovered that these ceremonies included the use of giant boulder mortars whose pounding sound informed the community that a ceremony was being held