Social and Behavioral Sciences
Did Grandmas Make People Pair Up?
If you are in a special relationship with another person, thank grandma – not just yours, but all grandmothers since humans evolved.
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Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Sept. 7, 2015
– University of Utah
Bring on the Night, Say National Park Visitors in New Study
A new study published in Park Science shows that nearly 90% of visitors to a major national park value viewing the night sky and want the National Park Service to reduce light pollution. The study also established a threshold below which visitors found light pollution of the night skies unacceptable.
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– University of Vermont
New Research Finds Adolescents More Likely Not to Smoke When Cigarette Ads Feature Older Adults
For decades, the tobacco and alcohol industries have been accused of advertising their products to kids. Tremendous public pressure has prompted the implementation of strict guidelines. Today, tobacco and alcohol advertising are among the most highly regulated forms of marketing in existence. But, are all of the rules having any effect on the adolescents we seek to protect?
Journal of Consumer Psychology
– University of California, Irvine, The Paul Merage School of Business
The Science of Stereotyping: Challenging the Validity of ‘Gaydar’
“Gaydar” — the purported ability to infer whether people are gay or straight based on their appearance — seemed to get a scientific boost from a 2008 study that concluded people could accurately guess someone’s sexual orientation based on photographs of their faces. In a new paper published in the Journal of Sex Research, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison challenge what they call “the gaydar myth.”
Journal of Sex Research
– University of Wisconsin-Madison
‘Democratic Peace’ May Not Prevent International Conflict
Using a new technique to analyze 52 years of international conflict, researchers suggest that there may be no such thing as a “democratic peace.”
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
– Ohio State University
Campus Safety Survey Reveals Student Perceptions and Experiences
University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto and Diane Follingstad, director of the UK Center for Research on Violence Against Women, unveiled preliminary results from a campus-wide survey of students. Campus Attitudes Toward Safety (CATS) found that most students believe UK is safe, but that too many remain reluctant to report sexual assaults. UK officials believe the university is among the first in the country to undertake a mandatory campus-wide survey regarding sexual assault and campus climate.Media embedded: Video / Audio / Image(s)
– University of Kentucky
Expert: Nine Tips To Help You Break Away From Your Smartphone
You’ve tried to escape it. You really have. But, the constant stream of dings and buzzes from incoming texts and emails are just too much to take. And, before you know it, you’re scanning your smartphone. Again. Can the cycle be broken? Can people really put down their smartphones?Media embedded: Image(s)Expert(s) available
– Baylor University