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Local Homicide Rate Increases Cause More Elementary Students to Fail School

A new study finds that an increase in a municipality’s homicide rate causes more elementary school students in that community to fail a grade than would do so if the rate remained stable.

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Toddlers ‘Surprisingly Sophisticated’ at Understanding Unfamiliar Accents

A new University of Toronto study has found that by two years of age, children are remarkably good at comprehending speakers who talk with accents the toddlers have never heard before.

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Lashing Out at Your Spouse? Check Your Blood Sugar

Lower levels of blood sugar may make married people angrier at their spouses and even more likely to lash out aggressively, new research reveals.

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Her Voice Is Hot, His Is Not

New research suggests that men cannot intentionally make their voices sound more sexy or attractive, while women have little trouble.

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Single Mothers Don’t Delay Marriage Just to Boost Tax Credit, Study Says

When the Earned Income Tax Credit was expanded in 1993, supporters hoped it would reward poor parents for working while critics feared that it might discourage single mothers from marrying or incentivize women to have more children to boost their tax refund. A new collaborative study done by the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Cornell University reveals the EITC has helped the working poor but hasn’t affected personal choices.

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Meaning Of ‘The American Dream’ Different For Minorities, Whites

Though owning a home is considered the American dream, race can influence just how sweet that dream actually is.

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Poverty and Place Affect Health

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Poverty and Health: A Crisis among America’s Most Vulnerable is a collection of in-depth essays examining health issues facing poor people in the United States, including the crucial factor of place in relation to health.

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Feelings of Failure, Not Violent Content, Foster Aggression in Video Gamers

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The disturbing imagery or violent storylines of videos games like World of Warcraft or Grand Theft Auto are often accused of fostering feelings of aggression in players. But a new study shows hostile behavior is linked to gamers’ experiences of failure and frustration during play—not to a game’s violent content.

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Why We Think We’re Good at Something When We’re Not

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An Iowa State University professor says reality TV shows, like American Idol, are a good example of how we all have a hard time accurately evaluating our abilities.

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Eyes in the Cereal Aisle – How Cap’n Crunch’s Gaze Is Influencing Your Purchasing

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Director of Cornell’s Food and Brand Lab Brian Wansink and post-doctoral lab researcher Aner Tal, are releasing a new study today published in the Journal of Environment and Behavior that discovered consumers are 16 percent more likely to trust a brand of cereal when the characters on the boxes on the supermarket shelves look them straight in the eye. Not surprisingly, the study also found that the gaze of characters on children’s cereal boxes is at a downward, 9.6-degree angle, while characters on adult cereal boxes look almost straight ahead.

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