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Thursday, May 21, 2015

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Estrangement Likely When Adult Child Does Not Share Mother’s Values

Estrangement between a mother and an adult child is more common than people might think, says an Iowa State researcher. A new study, published in the... (more)

– Iowa State University

Featured Story:

Awe Promotes Altruistic Behavior

Inducing a sense of awe in people can promote altruistic, helpful and positive social behavior, according to new research led by UC Irvine... (more)

– University of California, Irvine

Science News


Trending Stories Report for 21 May 2015

Trending news releases with the most views in a single day. Topics include: gun regulation, psychology and altruism, big data, threats to coral reefs, extra-terrestrial life, personalized diets, metabolic syndrome and heart health, new drug target to treat arthritis, and archeologists find oldest tools.

– Newswise Trends


Trending Stories Report for 20 May 2015

Trending news releases with the most views in a single day. Topics include: neurology and hearing, nanotech and bionics, sound and psychology, , smoking and cancer, skipping meals and weight gain, 3D printing, sunscreen and skin cancer, urology, and cancer research.

– Newswise Trends


Trending Stories Report for 19 May 2015

Trending news releases with the most views in a single day. Topics include: nutrition, environment, children's health, education, cancer, Acoustical Society of America (ASA) annual meeting, and agriculture.

– Newswise Trends


Trending Stories Report for 18 May 2015

Trending news releases with the most views in a single day. Topics include: nutrition, fibromyalgia, e-cigarettes, cystic fibrosis, asthma, and gluten

– Newswise Trends

Arts and Humanities


Washington DC Is the Nation’s Fittest City, Report Says

Residents of the nation’s capital, followed by Minneapolis-St. Paul, and San Diego, enjoy a variety of outdoor exercise options, and have relatively low rates of smoking, obesity and diabetes. That combination of measurable health and community indicators makes them the three fittest of the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S.

(Embargo expired on 19-May-2015 at 00:05 ET)

– American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

Social and Behavioral Sciences


FAU Researchers Say 'Personality Does Matter'

“Why do people behave the way they do? “Why do people feel the way they do? In one of the largest studies to employ experience sampling methods to measure the effects of situations on human behavior in real-time and outside of a lab setting, researchers at Florida Atlantic University have shown that personality predicted behavior across a lot of different situations over time, confirming that personality really does matter.

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Journal of Personality and Social Psychology

– Florida Atlantic University


Study Findings Linking Ovulation, Racial Bias Questioned

In four studies, documented in their paper "In Search of an Association Between Conception Risk and Prejudice," Carlee Beth Hawkins, a University of Chicago Booth School of Business doctoral student, and her co-authors were unable to find any evidence that there is an increase in racial bias related to conception risk.

Psychological Science, Feb-2015

– University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Negative Findings for Children of Gay Parents Don't Hold Up to Scrutiny

A 2012 study has been widely cited to argue that lesbians and gay men don’t make good parents. Now researchers have reanalyzed the same data and reached a very different conclusion.

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Social Science Research, Volume 52, July 2015

– Indiana University

With One False Tweet, Computer-Based Hack Crash Led to Real Panic

A false tweet from a hacked account owned by the Associated Press demonstrates the need to better understand how social media data is linked to decision making in the private and public sector, according to University at Buffalo research.

Theory, Culture & Society

– University at Buffalo


Awe May Promote Altruistic Behavior

Inducing a sense of awe in people can promote altruistic, helpful and positive social behavior according to research published by the American Psychological Association.

(Embargo expired on 19-May-2015 at 09:00 ET)

Journal of Personality and Social Psychology

– American Psychological Association (APA)

Estrangement Likely When Adult Child Does Not Share Mother’s Values

Estrangement between a mother and an adult child is more common than people might think, says an Iowa State researcher. A new study, published in the Journal of Marriage and Family, found estrangement is often the result of a difference in values.

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Journal of Marriage and Family

– Iowa State University

Awe Promotes Altruistic Behavior

Inducing a sense of awe in people can promote altruistic, helpful and positive social behavior, according to new research led by UC Irvine psychologist Paul Piff.

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Journal of Personality & Social Psychology, May 19, 2015

– University of California, Irvine

Study Suggests Health and Social Inequities May Drive HIV Infection in Young Men Who Have Sex with Men

Researchers at New York University’s Center for Health, Identity, Behavior & Prevention Studies (CHIBPS) sought to identify the factors associated with incident HIV infection among a cohort of racially/ethnically and socioeconomically diverse YMSM.

Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes; NIDA 1R01DA025537

– New York University

Smokers Don’t Vote: 11,626-Person Study Shows Marginalization of Tobacco Users

Study of 11,626 people shows that, all else equal, smokers are 60 percent less likely to vote than nonsmokers.

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Nicotine & Tobacco Research; Colorado Department of Public Health

– University of Colorado Cancer Center

A Virtual Twin: Can Virtual Drivers Resembling the User Increase Trust in Smart Cars?

Can the use of a virtual drivers programmed to resemble humans increase the level of trust and acceptance in smart cars?

Human Factors: The Journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

– Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

Genes May Influence Leadership in the Workplace

A Kansas State University researcher has found that the dopamine transporter gene DAT1 can have both positive and negative effects on leadership in the workplace.

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The Leadership Quarterly

– Kansas State University

Thinking Alike Changes the Conversation

As social creatures, we tend to mimic each other’s posture, laughter, and other behaviors, including how we speak. Now a new study shows that people with similar views tend to more closely mirror, or align, each other’s speech patterns. In addition, people who are better at compromising align more closely.

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Language Variation and Change, Oct-2014; DGE-0822215; IIS-1150028

– University of Rochester

Twitter 'Big Data' Could Provide Valuable Details About Transgender Individuals’ Health and Social Needs

Researchers and public health officials have looked for ways to better understand the health concerns of transgender populations, so social "big data" technologies like Twitter offer an untapped rich source of information that they can use for the benefit of these communities

JMIR Mental Health

– University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

Good Speech in Kids Leads to Stronger Reading and Writing Skills

“During the preschool period, children see and interact with a variety of print at home, in the community and at daycare or school,” says Kaitlin Vogtner Trainor, speech language-pathologist at Loyola University Health System. “This exposure to print builds phonological awareness skills, the recognition that words are made up of separate speech sounds, which leads to stronger reading and writing skills later in life.”

– Loyola University Health System


Brain Scans Reveal That Birds of a Feather Do Flock Together

In a study using functional magnetic resonance imaging, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists found that our inherent risk-taking preferences affect how we view and act on information from other people.

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Nature Neurosciece, May 2015

– Virginia Tech

Adolescents, Drugs and Dancing

A new NYU study is the first to examine the sociodemographic correlates of rave attendance and relationships between rave attendance and recent (12-month) use of various drugs in a representative US sample of high school seniors.

K01 DA-038800; Drug and Alcohol Dependence, May 2015

– New York University

Study: 44 Percent of Parents Struggle to Limit Cell Phone Use at Playgrounds

A new University of Washington study finds that cell phone use at playgrounds is a significant source of parental guilt, and that caregivers absorbed in their phones ignored children's requests for attention more than half the time.

CHI 2015

– University of Washington



Mobile Phone Bans Lead to Rise in Student Test Scores

Banning cellphones in schools reaps the same benefits as extending the school year by five days, according to a study co-authored by an economist at The University of Texas at Austin.

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– University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin)

Law and Public Policy


Gun Violence Restraining Orders: A Promising Strategy to Reduce Gun Violence in the U.S.

Gun violence restraining orders (GVROs) are a promising strategy for reducing firearm homicide and suicide in the United States, and should be considered by states seeking to address gun violence, researchers from the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the University of California, Davis, argue in a new report.

(Embargo expired on 20-May-2015 at 00:05 ET)

Behavioral Sciences and the Law, May 20, 2015

– Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Clash Between Personal Rights and National Security

A legal adviser to whistleblower Edward Snowden is among the many leading contributors to a new free online course being run by the University of Adelaide: Cyberwar, Surveillance and Security.

– University of Adelaide


Exposed: Extreme Use of Assault on Officer Charge in Washington, D.C.

A five-month investigation by Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University and WAMU 88.5 News, co-produced by Reveal, found DC Police over use the assaulting a police officer charge.

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– American University

LifeWire Announcements

The George Washington University Expands Malala Yousafzai Resource Guide to Include High School Students

The supplement offers terms and discussion questions for high school students to study the resource guide.

– George Washington University

Conference at Indianapolis to Focus on Supporting the Ongoing Reform Process in Myanmar

Organizers of a May 29 conference in Indianapolis are seeking to support the ongoing reform process in Myanmar and encourage Burmese expatriates to offer support economically and educationally.

– Indiana University

Top Law Don from Yale to join NUS Law

Singapore, 21 May 2015 - The National University of Singapore (NUS) Faculty of Law is pleased to announce that Professor Alec Stone Sweet, an internationally renowned professor of comparative constitutional law and comparative politics, will be joining NUS Law in January 2016. Prof Stone Sweet, who has been with the Yale Law School since 2004, will be giving up his tenured position to join NUS. Prof Stone Sweet will be the inaugural Saw Swee Hock Centennial Professor in Law, a tenured full-time position at NUS Law. The Saw Swee Hock Centennial Professorship in Law is generously supported by Professor Saw Swee Hock, President’s Honorary Professor of Statistics at NUS, who has supported numerous education and research related ventures at universities worldwide. The Professorship is one of the most distinguished appointments at NUS.

– National University of Singapore

NYU Carter Journalism Institute’s 2015 “Reporting Award” Recipients to Focus on Economic & Health Inequality

NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute has named Lauren Sandler, a former editor at Salon and producer at NPR, and Lindsey Konkel, an independent journalist who has written for National Geographic and Science, as recipients of its 2015 Reporting Award.

– New York University

Luther W. Brady Awarded George Washington University President’s Medal

Three-time alumnus Luther W. Brady was awarded the George Washington University President’s Medal, the highest honor the university president can present. George Washington President Steven Knapp presented the award to honor Dr. Brady’s extraordinary achievements in medicine and his exemplary philanthropy to and national leadership of the fine arts at a ceremony on GW’s Foggy Bottom Campus on May 16.

– George Washington University

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