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Thursday, May 7, 2015

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Carrot or Stick? Punishments May Guide Behavior More Effectively Than Rewards

When it comes to rewards and punishments, which is more effective — the carrot or the stick? A simple experiment devised at Washington... (more)

– Washington University in St. Louis

Featured Story:

When the Baby Comes, Working Couples No Longer Share Housework Equally

When highly educated, dual-career couples have their first child, both spouses think the baby increases their workloads by equal amounts – but a new study suggests that’s not true. (more)

– Ohio State University

Science News


Trending Stories Report for 7 May 2015

Trending news releases with the most views in a single day. Topics include: WWII and PTSD, stem cells, cancer, racial segregation, supplements and glaucoma, medical research, cybersecurity, vision research, and physics.

– Newswise Trends

Arts and Humanities


Northern Lights: Award-Winning Documentary Film Looks at Ecological, Cultural Crises for Yup'ik People

The Creighton Backpack Journalism Team ventured to Alaska last summer to document the ravages of climate change in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Beyond the ecological catastrophe, they found a people struggling to maintain an ancient way of life.

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– Creighton University

Social and Behavioral Sciences


When the Baby Comes, Working Couples No Longer Share Housework Equally

When highly educated, dual-career couples have their first child, both spouses think the baby increases their workloads by equal amounts – but a new study suggests that’s not true.

Journal of Marriage and Family, June-2015

– Ohio State University

Psychologists to help Dr Google

Psychologists are to improve online health information on lung cancer after research showed that family members are more likely to search online to encourage loved ones to seek help.

Annual Conference of the British Psychology Society

– University of Manchester


The Most Important Psychological Concepts for Teachers to Apply in Classrooms

In an effort to help teachers educate their students, a new report from the American Psychological Association outlines the 20 most important psychological concepts that can enhance elementary and secondary teaching and learning and offers tips on how to apply them in the classroom.

(Embargo expired on 06-May-2015 at 09:00 ET)

– American Psychological Association (APA)

Study Finds Foreclosures Fueled Racial Segregation in U.S.

Some 9 million American families lost their homes to foreclosure during the late 2000s housing bust, driving many to economic ruin and in search of new residences. Hardest hit were black, Latino, and racially integrated neighborhoods, according to a new Cornell University analysis of the crisis.

American Sociological Review, June-2015

– American Sociological Association (ASA)

Carrot or Stick? Punishments May Guide Behavior More Effectively Than Rewards

When it comes to rewards and punishments, which is more effective — the carrot or the stick? A simple experiment devised at Washington University in St. Louis suggests that punishments are more likely to influence behavior than rewards. The results, which stem from a study involving 88 students at the university, are available online in the journal Cognition.

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– Washington University in St. Louis


¡Tequila! Professor Researches History, Changing Perceptions of Mexico’s National Drink

Marie Sarita Gaytán, an assistant professor of sociology and gender studies at the University of Utah, noticed the distilled spirit’s rise in popularity. She turned what has become a pop culture phenomenon into a research project, which culminated into a study published recently in the Journal of Consumer Culture, “The transformation of tequila: From hangover to highbrow.” Her study examines how tequila —once considered a lowbrow drink swilled in in Mexico —has turned into the drink of choice for high society. Gaytán analyzed novels, magazines, newspapers and even song lyrics to examine the broader meaning of tequila in society to find that its evolution has been influenced by historical, political and economic circumstances. Gaytán also recently published a book, “¡Tequila! Distilling the Spirit of Mexico,” that builds on her research.

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Journal of Consumer Culture

– University of Utah

Popular Electric Brain Stimulation Method Detrimental to IQ Scores

A new University of North Carolina School of Medicine study shows that using the most common form of electric brain stimulation had a statistically significant detrimental effect on IQ scores.

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Behavioural Brain Research

– University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Babson College Professor Offers Historical Context To Recent Protests

Babson College History Professor Frederick Douglass Opie offers new insights into the causes and results of 20th century social movements in his recent book - Upsetting the Apple Cart – Black-Latino Coalitions in New York City from Protest to Public Office.

– Babson College

The Social Psychology of Religion, Prejudice and Intergroup Processes

The following feature was produced by the American Psychological Association. You may reprint it in its entirety or in part. We only request that you credit APA as the source. We also have provided a photograph of Rowatt for reprinting.

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– American Psychological Association (APA)



For 2015 Grads, It's a Buyers' Market

Wake Forest employer relations expert Mercy Eyadiel says there has been a shift from an employer market to a student market in 2015. Hiring is increasing, but the employment landscape remains competitive.

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– Wake Forest University

UAB Career Professionals Share Wisdom for New Graduates, Job Seekers

New graduates and students hoping to find a job or choose a career can increase their chances by heeding the advice of professional career planners. Specialists in Career and Professional Development at the University of Alabama at Birmingham share their wisdom in four areas: how to choose a career field, get an internship, shape a social media footprint and write a resume.

Expert(s) available

– University of Alabama at Birmingham


Answers to Educational Attainment Questions Depend on How Data is Measured, Study Shows

The Graduate School of Education and Human Development released a report today on data's impact on educational attainment policy.

– George Washington University

LifeWire Announcements

Gift from Matthew B. Lindner and Carl H. Lindner III to Transform Baylor’s Film and Digital Media Program

Baylor University announced a $2 million gift from two Cincinnati residents to create the Matthew B. Lindner Endowment for Excellence in Film and Digital Media. The gift will help make the Film and Digital Media program a freestanding department within the College of Arts and Sciences

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– Baylor University

2015 Society for Nutrition And Behavior Annual Conference in Pittsburgh, PA

The Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior (SNEB) will gather at the Wyndham Grand Downtown in Pittsburgh, PA from July 25 - 28 for the 48th Annual Conference, “Creativity and Innovation in Nutrition Education.”

– Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior

Boise State Continues to Earn Its Reputation as a National Producer of Fulbright Scholars

Four students have been awarded prestigious Fulbright scholarships for 2015-16, which will allow them to travel abroad for up to a year and teach and pursue research projects.

– Boise State University

Center for Deployment Psychology-Led Program Cited as Model for Mental Health Legislation

Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly introduced legislation recently to improve mental health services for veterans, and is citing a program that uses content developed at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) and speakers from the University’s Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP) as the model for future endeavors.

– Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU)

3-D Fossil Scans, Virtual Visits to Archeological Sites and Simulated Excavations are Highlights in Wellesley edX Course

Wellesley College has announced the second run of the popular WellesleyX course Anthropology 207x: Introduction to Human Evolution. The course, which is open and free of cost to anyone with an Internet connection anywhere in the world, will begin on May 6.

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– Wellesley College

Champions for Healthy Kids: $1 Million in Grants Awarded by Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation has announced the recipients of the 2015 Champions for Healthy Kids grants, provided through an educational grant from the General Mills Foundation.

– Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Council on Undergraduate Research Elects New President

Susan Larson, Professor and Director of Undergraduate Research and National Fellowships and the Credo Honors Program at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, has been elected to serve as the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) President for 2016-2017.

– Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)

Former FDIC Chair Sheila Bair Named President of Washington College

The tenth oldest college in the nation names its first female president in its 233 years.

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– Washington College

LifeWire Higher Education Events

So, Is It Real or Not? Get Straight Talk on Climate Change at the Next UofL Beer with a Scientist Program

The severity of climate change as a global issue and whether humans are causing climate shifts have been hotly debated among individuals and politicians in recent years. At the next Beer with a Scientist event, a UofL scientist will discuss the science behind the issue.

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– University of Louisville


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