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Childhood Friendships Crucial in Learning to Value Others

Friends play an extremely important role in a person’s life. From infancy on, we have a desire to connect and those early relationships help to mold and develop our adult character. Through interactions with one another, we learn to think beyond ourselves to understand the needs and desires of others.

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Background TV Can Be Bad for Kids

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Leaving the television on can be detrimental to children's learning and development, according to a new study from the University of Iowa. Researchers found that background television can divert a child’s attention from play and learning. Results appear in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.

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Dog Jealousy: Study Suggests Primordial Origins for the ‘Green-Eyed Monster’

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Dogs exhibit jealous behaviors. The first experimental test of jealousy in dogs supports the view that the emotion evolved to protect social bonds from interlopers.

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Study Identifies ‘Quack’ Child Psychology Practices

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Child psychologist Gerald Koocher led a recent poll of 139 experts to discredit “quack” treatments and assessments for children. Published in the Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, the study identifies and rates pseudoscientific and potentially harmful practices.

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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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Eye Movements Reveal Difference Between Love and Lust

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A new study by University of Chicago researchers suggests the difference between love and lust might be in the eyes. Specifically, where your date looks at you could indicate whether love or lust is in the cards. The new study found that eye patterns concentrate on a stranger’s face if the viewer sees that person as a potential partner in romantic love, but the viewer gazes more at the other person’s body if he or she is feeling sexual desire.

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Months Before Their First Words, Babies' Brains Rehearse Speech Mechanics

University of Washington research in 7- and 11-month-old infants shows that speech sounds stimulate areas of the brain that coordinate and plan motor movements for speech. The study suggests that baby brains start laying down the groundwork of how to form words long before they actually begin to speak.

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Study Looks at How Twitter Can Be Used to Address Specific Health Issues

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A new study, led by Jenine K. Harris, PhD, assistant professor at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, examined the use of the hashtag #childhoodobesity in tweets to track Twitter conversations about the issue of overweight kids.

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The Bigger the Better: Cigarette Warning Labels Prompt Quit Attempts

Cigarette warning labels can influence a smoker to try to quit even when the smoker is trying to avoid seeing the labels, according to a survey of thousands of adult smokers in four countries published by the American Psychological Association.

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Smithsonian Snapshot: Chigusa and the Art of Tea

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Japanese collectors have long engaged with objects through the formalized tea presentation called chanoyu. They gave added distinction to stellar tea-leaf storage jars by awarding them personal names and adorning them with precious textiles. This powerful process of seeing and naming created the tea-leaf storage jar named Chigusa. It transformed an imported Chinese jar from a practical container into a vessel worthy of display, ornament and contemplation, although its practicality did not cease to be important. This Smithsonian Snapshot highlights the exhibition “Chigusa and the Art of Tea” at the Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery through July 27, 2014.

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