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The Science of Stereotyping: Challenging the Validity of ‘Gaydar’

“Gaydar” — the purported ability to infer whether people are gay or straight based on their appearance — seemed to get a scientific boost from a 2008 study that concluded people could accurately guess someone’s sexual orientation based on photographs of their faces. In a new paper published in the Journal of Sex Research, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison challenge what they call “the gaydar myth.”

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Maths Skills Count for Premature Babies

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A new study conducted by the University of Warwick links being born premature with low wages.

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Parents’ Views on Justice Affect Babies’ Moral Development

Babies’ neural responses to morally charged scenarios are influenced by their parents’ attitudes toward justice, new research from the University of Chicago shows.

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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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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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VA Media Shooting Leaves Journalists Feeling Vulnerable, in Need of Healing, Says UAB Psychologist

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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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Happiness Spreads but Depression Doesn’t

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Having friends who suffer from depression doesn’t affect the mental health of others, according to research led by the University of Warwick.

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New Compounds Could Reduce Alcoholics’ Impulse to Drink

Alcoholism inflicts a heavy physical, emotional and financial toll on individuals and society. Now new discoveries and promising animal studies are offering a glimmer of hope that a new class of drugs could treat the disease without many of the unwanted side effects caused by current therapies. The scientists are presenting their work today at the 250th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society.

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Study Finds Where Our Brain Stores the Time and Place of Memories

For the first time, scientists have seen evidence of where the brain records the time and place of real-life memories.

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APA Review Confirms Link Between Playing Violent Video Games and Aggression

Violent video game play is linked to increased aggression in players but insufficient evidence exists about whether the link extends to criminal violence or delinquency, according to a new American Psychological Association task force report.

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Overreliance on Imagination May Be a Sign of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

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Confusing reality with imagination and losing contact with reality are two key characteristics that could play a role in the development of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). This is what we learn from a study conducted by researchers at the CIUSSS de l'Est-de-l'Île-de-Montréal (Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal) and the University of Montreal, the results of which were published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology.

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Adult IQ of Very Premature Babies Can Be Predicted by the Age of Two

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Research from the University of Warwick indicates that the IQ of adults born very premature or of very low birth weight can be predicted when they are just a toddler.

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Behaviors Linked to Adult Crime Differ Between Abused Girls and Boys

Troubling behaviors exhibited by abused children can be predictors of later criminal activity, and that those indicators differ between boys and girls.

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The Medical Minute: When Dinner Table Defiance Could Lead to Health Problems

When most people think of eating disorders, they think of anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. But there’s another condition that has nothing to do with concerns over weight, shape or body image, and it has been recognized in the latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

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NYU Study Examines Top High School Students’ Stress and Coping Mechanisms

The study shows that there is growing awareness many subgroups of youth experience high levels of chronic stress, to the extent it impedes their abilities to succeed academically, compromises their mental health functioning, and fosters risk behavior. Furthermore, this chronic stress appears to persist into the college years, and researchers warns it may contribute to academic disengagement and mental health problems among emerging adults.

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One Technique Therapists Use That Really Helps Depressed Patients

Some depressed patients may be hoping for answers from their therapists, but a new study suggests questions may be the key.

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Can Music Help People with Epilepsy?

The brains of people with epilepsy appear to react to music differently from the brains of those who do not have the disorder, a finding that could lead to new therapies to prevent seizures, according to research presented at the American Psychological Association’s 123rd Annual Convention.