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Philosopher Uses Game Theory to Understand How Words, Actions Acquire Meaning

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The latest work from a Kansas State University philosopher appears in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, which is a rarity for philosophy research.

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Performance Improvement Program Helps Doctors Better Manage Depression, Reports Journal of Psychiatric Practice

A performance improvement initiative for physicians can significantly increase their use of evidence-based practices in screening for and treating depression, in the July Journal of Psychiatric Practice. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

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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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Keeping a Promise Worth More Than Exceeding It

New research from Nicholas Epley of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business finds that exceeding a promise isn't viewed any more highly than keeping a promise.

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Brain Responses to Emotional Images Predict PTSD Symptoms After Boston Marathon Bombing

By using functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging scans from before the attack and survey data from after, the researchers found that heightened amygdala reaction to negative emotional stimuli was a risk factor for later developing symptoms of PTSD.

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Researchers Determine Mothers Orchestrate Infant Attention to Teach New Words

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Researchers at Ithaca College and UCLA and have found that gestures mothers use in teaching their infants new words are vital for infant word learning.

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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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Taking a Short Smartphone Break Improves Employee Well-Being, Research Finds

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A Kansas State University researcher has found that short smartphone breaks throughout the workday can improve workplace productivity, make employees happier and benefit businesses.

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