Social and Behavioral Sciences
A Grateful Heart Is a Healthier Heart
Recognizing and giving thanks for the positive aspects of life can result in improved mental, and ultimately physical, health in patients with asymptomatic heart failure, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. (Embargo expired on 09-Apr-2015 at 09:00 ET)
Spirituality in Clinical Practice
– American Psychological Association (APA)
Don’t Farm on Me: Northern Europeans to Neolithic Interlopers
Northern Europeans in the Neolithic period initially rejected the practice of farming, which was otherwise spreading throughout the continent, a team of researchers has found. Their findings offer a new wrinkle in the history of a major economic revolution that moved civilizations away from foraging and hunting as a means for survival.Media embedded: Image(s) (Embargo expired on 08-Apr-2015 at 14:00 ET)
– New York University
Children with Autism Can Learn to Be Social, Trial Shows
A joint University of Kansas and University of Washington randomized trial shows that teachers and speech therapists can teach children with autism how to be social with their peers. Media embedded: Image(s)
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 10.1007/s10803-014-2340-2
– University of Kansas, Life Span Institute
Don’t Blame Kids if They Do Not Enjoy School, Study Suggests
When children are unmotivated at school, new research suggests their genes may be part of the equation.
Personality and Individual Differences, July-2015
– Ohio State University
How Science and Storytelling Influence the Debate Over Vaccines
If there is a silver lining to the measles outbreaks, it’s that the risk of getting sick might lessen opposition to vaccines. Moving that pendulum will depend in part on how the public responds to news reports and personal stories about the illness.Media embedded: Image(s)
– Iowa State University
Does a Person's Sense of Smell Reveal a Weight Bias?
Researchers discovered that visual cues associated with overweight or obese people can influence one’s sense of smell, and that the perceiver’s body mass index matters, too.Media embedded: Image(s)
International Journal of Obesity
– Swarthmore College
Subtle Discrimination Is Easier to Acknowledge When Self-Esteem Is High, According to New Study
Identifying discrimination is a necessary first step toward confronting and ultimately eliminating the stain of prejudice, yet victims may be unlikely to recognize some types of discrimination unless they have higher self-esteem.
Social Psychological and Personality Science
– University at Buffalo
Stereotypes Make Coming Out Trickier for Bisexuals
A new study by researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Metropolitan State University in Denver shows that cultural perceptions and stereotypes can make it challenging for bisexuals to reveal their sexual orientation to friends and family.
Journal of Marriage and Family, March 2015
– University of Nebraska-Lincoln
MSU Archaeologist Helps Uncover Ancient ‘Spooning’ Couple in Greece
Almost 6,000 years ago, the man was placed behind the woman with his arms around her body, and their legs were intertwined. They were buried.
Why they were interred in this manner is not yet determined, but the international team that discovered them in Greece is still searching for answers, according to team member Michael Galaty, a Mississippi State University archaeologist.
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– Mississippi State University
Neighborhood Stigma Affects Online Transactions
The stigma associated with particular neighborhoods has a direct impact on economic transactions, a team of NYU sociologists has found. Their study shows that when sellers are seen as being from an economically disadvantaged neighborhood, they receive fewer responses to advertisements placed in online marketplaces.
(Embargo expired on 06-Apr-2015 at 15:00 ET)
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
– New York University