Social and Behavioral Sciences
Benefit Cuts to Teachers Won’t Lead to Taxpayer Savings
What happens to take-home pay when health insurance costs rise?
Journal of Health Economics
– University of Illinois at Chicago
Rudeness at Work Is Contagious
Workplace incivility should be treated with the utmost seriousness. This is the finding of three psychologists at Lund University in Sweden who surveyed nearly 6 000 people on the social climate in the workplace. Their studies show that being subjected to rudeness is a major reason for dissatisfaction at work and that unpleasant behaviour spreads if nothing is done about it.Media embedded: Image(s)
BioMed Research International. Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 920239
– Lund University
Linguists at Penn Document Philadelphia 'Accent' of American Sign Language
Jami Fisher, a lecturer in the University of Pennsylvania's Department of Linguistics, has a long history with American Sign Language. Both of her parents and her brother are deaf, she's Penn's ASL Program coordinator and now, with Meredith Tamminga, an assistant professor in Linguistics and director of the University's Language Variation and Cognition Lab, she's working on a project to document what they're calling the Philadelphia accent of this language.Media embedded: Image(s)
– University of Pennsylvania
University of Washington Project Focuses on Fines and Fees That Create 'Prisoners of Debt'
Court-imposed fines and fees can tie offenders to the criminal justice system for life and impact their ability to move on with their lives. A new University of Washington research project will investigate how those fees are implemented in eight U.S. states and their impact on individuals.
– University of Washington
Silent Nights: Helping Children Get Proper Rest During the Holidays
As the holidays approach, Saint Joseph’s University pediatric sleep expert Jodi A. Mindell, Ph.D., recommends that no matter what date the calendar indicates, parents need to keep their children’s bedtime hour consistent.
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– Saint Joseph's University
Your Self-Image May Influence How You Set Goals, Johns Hopkins Research Shows
Researchers examine two ways people view themselves. Someone with an “independent” self-image sees himself as distinct from others, while a person with an “interdependent” view of himself aims to fit into the social structure and maintain harmonious relations with others.
Journal of Consumer Research
– Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School
Live Together or Get Married? Study Finds Similar Emotional Benefits
When it comes to emotional health, young couples – especially women -- do just as well moving in together as they do getting married, according to a new national study.
Journal of Family Psychology
– Ohio State University
UCI Researchers Help Demystify Key Elements of Digital Disaster Communications
Emotional appeal is among the factors increasing the chance that disaster communiques posted on social media by emergency management agencies will be retransmitted by recipients, researchers at the University of California, Irvine and the University of Kentucky have found.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Dec-2015
– University of California, Irvine
Men’s Interest in Babies Linked with Hormonal Responses to Sexually Explicit Material
Young men’s interest in babies is specifically associated with their physiological reactivity to sexually explicit material, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.
Psychological Science, Dec. 1, 2015
– University of Chicago
Rome Conference to Explore Christian Response to Persecution
How are Christians responding to persecution in Iraq, Syria, China, India and elsewhere around the world? An international conference to be held in Rome Dec. 10-12 will explore this question, at a time when violence against Christians around the world has increased sharply. The conference is the peak event of a three-year project studying Christian responses to persecution, where researchers will share their findings.
– University of Notre Dame
Children and Gender Norms This Holiday Season: Baby Dolls or Dump Trucks?
Saint Joseph's developmental psychologist Clare Conry-Murray, Ph.D., published research revealing that children are influenced by gender norms in potentially harmful ways: They do not recognize unequal opportunities available to boys and girls.Media embedded: Image(s)
– Saint Joseph's University
Anti-Refugee Rhetoric a Troubling Echo of America's Past
The nation's poor track record with those seeking asylum who come from different religious backgrounds continues to be a stumbling block with new wave of refugees.
– Creighton University