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Monday, December 7, 2015

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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... (more)

– Lund University

Featured Story:

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. (more)

– University of Chicago

Arts and Humanities


New Book Offers Insight Into World of Enslaved Women in Early America

“Charity Folks is a ghost of slavery who refuses to be silenced,” writes Jessica Millward, associate professor of history at the University of California, Irvine, in the prologue to her forthcoming book, Finding Charity’s Folk: Enslaved & Free Black Women in Maryland (University of Georgia Press, 2015). Folks, a slave until the age of 40, existed only as a name on a 1797 document found in the Maryland State Archives that granted her freedom until Millward decided to “listen to the silences” and uncover her story.

– University of California, Irvine

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.

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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.

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– 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.

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– 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



Citizenship Education Would Benefit From More Teacher Involvement

Social science teachers must be involved more closely in the development of citizenship education. The necessity of an in-depth dialogue with teachers about their views on citizenship education is closely connected to their role as “gatekeepers”. This is the conclusion drawn by Margarita Jeliazkova in her doctoral research “Citizenship Education: ‘Social Science Teachers’ Views in Three European Countries”. Jeliazkova received her doctoral degree this week at the Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences (BMS) of the University of Twente.

– Newswise Review


For Statistics Guru, Correct Data ‘A Matter of Social Justice’

Quantitative specialist Todd Little is director of IMMAP, an innovative statistical analysis center he pioneered at Texas Tech.

Expert(s) available

– Texas Tech University

Pop Culture


Jewish Cuisine Punching Above Its Paunch

University of Montreal's Olivier Bauer examines why Jewish food has become a symbol of the city

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Le bagel, la smoked meat, les bageleries et les délis sont une part du patrimoine culinaire de Montréal; Food Heritage, Hybridity & Locality, November 2015

– Universite de Montreal

Law and Public Policy


Mark Iris Uses Data to Help Police Departments Police Themselves

Iris believes answers to the real policing problems often lie in the massive amounts of data law enforcement agencies collect on every aspect of their operations. Early Intervention Systems track everything from absences from work to the number of times an officer is named in a lawsuit.

Expert(s) available

– Northwestern University

LifeWire Announcements

Children’s Learning Institute to Study Targeted Parent and Teacher Behaviors

Understanding how to provide children with an early foundation in school readiness skills is critical, as many states estimate that half of their students, especially those from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, arrive at kindergarten already far behind where they need to be to succeed in school. In order to learn more about how to best prepare young children for school success, the Administration of Children and Families, a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has awarded a $2.5 million research grant to the Children’s Learning Institute at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). Ursula Johnson, Ph.D., an assistant professor of pediatrics with the Children’s Learning Institute, said the grant-funded research project will adapt two research-based parent and teacher interventions developed at the Children’s Learning Institute, PALS and BEECH, to examine the benefit to low-income infants’ and toddlers’ language, cognitive and social-

– University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

NYU College of Global Public Health Champions Health Educator’s Climate Commitment

New York University’s College of Global Public Health (CGPH) has teamed up with 118 public health, medical and nursing schools from 15 nations to sign on to the White House’s Health Educators’ Climate Commitment to train their students to address the health impacts of climate change.

– New York University

LifeWire Higher Education Events

“Can Neuroscience Help Us Understand Art”?—Dec. 10 Debate at NYU

New York University will host “Can Neuroscience Help Us Understand Art?”—a debate featuring NYU English Professor Gabrielle Starr and Alva Noe, a professor of philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley—on Thurs., Dec. 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

– New York University

The Next Great Idea! Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Announces Winners of Fall 2015 Change the World Challenge Student Innovation Competition

Rensselaer names the winners in the fall 2015 Change the World Challenge Student Innovation Competition.

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– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

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