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Article ID: 553027

Men and Women Equally Picky When Selecting a Mate

Association for Psychological Science

A new speed dating study finds that, regardless of gender, participants who rotated experienced greater romantic desire for and chemistry with their partners, compared to participants who sat throughout the event. The results suggest a fascinating alternative explanation for the sex difference in romantic selectivity.

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3-Jun-2009 10:10 AM EDT
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Article ID: 553013

Why Dishing Does You Good

University of Michigan

Why does dishing with a girlfriend do wonders for a woman's mood? A University of Michigan study has identified a likely reason: feeling emotionally close to a friend increases levels of the hormone progesterone, helping to boost well-being and reduce anxiety and stress.

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Article ID: 552786

Culture, Not Biology, Underpins Math Gender Gap

University of Wisconsin-Madison

For more than a century, the notion that females are innately less capable than males at doing mathematics, especially at the highest levels, has persisted in even the loftiest circles.

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27-May-2009 12:40 PM EDT
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Article ID: 552847

Longer High-Stakes Tests May Result in a Sense of Mental Fatigue, but Not in Lower Test Scores

American Psychological Association (APA)

Spending hours taking a high-pressure aptitude test may make people feel mentally fatigued, but that fatigue doesn't necessarily lead to lower test scores, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association. If anything, performance might actually improve on a longer test, the study found.

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Article ID: 552665

Psychologists Find that Head Movement is More Important than Gender in Nonverbal Communication

University of Virginia

University of Virginia psychologists and computer scientists have found that gender is less important than head motion in the nonverbal dynamics of human conversation.

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21-May-2009 1:45 PM EDT
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Article ID: 552543

Tying Education To Future Goals May Boost Grades More Than Helping With Homework

American Psychological Association (APA)

Helping middle school students with their homework may not be the best way to get them on the honor roll. But telling them how important academic performance is to their future job prospects and providing specific strategies to study and learn might clinch the grades, according to a research review.

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19-May-2009 10:35 AM EDT
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Article ID: 552541

Step-By-Step Guide to Handling Anti-social Behavior at School Published

Vanderbilt University

Many schools across the nation struggle in their efforts to deal with challenging behaviors. A new book co-authored by Kathleen Lane, associate professor of special education at Vanderbilt University's Peabody College of education and human development, aims to help schools develop a comprehensive strategy to identify and help students with behavior issues before violence erupts.

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19-May-2009 9:50 AM EDT
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Article ID: 552303

Trauma Experienced Before Pregnancy Will Influence Offspring

University of Haifa

"The findings show that trauma from a mother's past, which does not directly impact her pregnancy, will affect her offspring's emotional and social behavior. We should consider whether such effects occur in humans too," stated Prof. Micah Leshem who carried out the study.

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12-May-2009 8:55 AM EDT
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Article ID: 552104

Babies Brainier Than Many Imagine

Association for Psychological Science

These results suggest that five-month-old infants are able to discriminate a solid from a similar-looking liquid, based on movement cues "” that is, according to how an object moved around in the container, the infants could predict if it will pour or tumble from the glass if it is upended.

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6-May-2009 3:55 PM EDT
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Article ID: 552082

Babies as Young as 19 Months Understand Various Accents

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The results suggest that phonological constancy (recognizing words in different dialects) is already evident by 19 months of age, but is not yet present at 15 months.

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6-May-2009 12:10 PM EDT
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