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Friends Know How Long You’ll Live, Study Finds

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Young lovers walking down the aisle may dream of long and healthy lives together, but close friends in the wedding party may have a better sense of whether those wishes will come true, suggests new research on personality and longevity from Washington University in St. Louis.

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American Liberals and Conservatives Think as if From Different Cultures

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A new study has found that American conservatives think more like Asians, and liberals are the extreme Westerners in thought styles.

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Sleep Tight and Stay Bright? Invest Now, Baylor Researcher Says

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Sound sleep in young and middle-aged people helps memory and learning, but as they hit their seventh, eighth and ninth decades — and generally don’t sleep as much or as well — sleep is not linked so much to memory, a Baylor University researcher says.

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Classic Psychedelic Use Found to Be Protective with Regard to Psychological Distress and Suicidality, Study Finds

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Classic psychedelic drugs include LSD, psilocybin and mescaline. This new School of Public Health research is published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology.

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Intrusive Monitoring of Internet Use by Parents Actually Leads Adolescents to Increase Their Risky Online Behavior

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Intrusive monitoring of Internet use by parents actually leads adolescents to increase their risky online behavior

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President Lincoln’s Cottage 3D Laser-Scanned by Ithaca College Researchers

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A team of undergraduate students from Ithaca College traveled to Washington to document President Lincoln’s Cottage — the only designated national monument in the District of Columbia — using 3D laser scanning technology.

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Autonomous Tots Have Higher Cognitive Skills

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Higher cognitive skills are found in the children of mothers who are consistently able to support the development of their baby’s sense of autonomy, according to a study led by researchers at the University of Montreal. The researchers specifically looked at executive functioning, which refers to a range of cognitive processes that are essential for cognitive, social and psychological functioning.

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Music Cuts Across Cultures

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Whether you are a Pygmy in the Congolese rainforest or a hipster in downtown Montreal, certain aspects of music will touch you in exactly the same ways. Researchers found that although the groups felt quite differently about whether specific pieces of music made them feel good or bad, their subjective and physiological responses to how exciting or calming they found the music to be appeared to be universal.

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Breaking Bad: “Dry” Counties See Rise in Meth Labs

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The Wall Street Journal reports that a recent economic study found that Kentucky’s “dry” counties, where alcohol sales are banned, have more meth lab seizures per capita than do the state’s “wet” counties where liquor is legal.