Social and Behavioral Sciences
Parents have more influence than they might realize to prevent substance use
Adolescence is a time when many children may consider experimenting with alcohol or drugs. New Iowa State University research shows parents can reduce that risk by maintaining a healthy and open relationship with their children.Media embedded: Image(s)
Drug and Alcohol Dependence; Journal of Family Psychology
– Iowa State University
Depressed Pinterest Users Suffer From Lack of Positive Messages
Despite the large number of posts on visual social media platforms that suggest—and fuel—depressing or suicidal thoughts, there aren’t many for users to read and share that would help them cope with their mental state more proactively, a University of Georgia study finds.Media embedded: Image(s)
Public Relations Review
– University of Georgia
Is Seeing Believing? People Are Not Good at Identifying Where Sights, Sounds Originate
Our vision and hearing aren't as reliable as we might think, according to a study by life scientists at UCLA.Media embedded: Image(s)
PLOS Computational Biology
– University of California Los Angeles UCLA
Which College Students Are Likely Candidates for Risky Sex?
A University of Illinois study suggests a significant link between instability in the lives of college-age young adults and the likelihood that they will engage in risky sex.
Journal of Social and Personal Relationships
– University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES)
Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy Researcher Working with Military Veterans
New Mexico State University social work faculty is researching Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association’s equine-assisted psychotherapy model as an add-on to existing conventional therapy while assisted military personnel and veterans to resolve post-dramatic stress issues. Media embedded: Video / Image(s)
– New Mexico State University (NMSU)
On a Scale of 1 to 5, How Distracting Is Talking to Your Car? HF/E Researchers Develop a New Framework for Measuring Cognitive Distraction
Distractions while driving can come from visual, physical, and cognitive sources. A special section of the December 2015 Human Factors presents a framework for measuring cognitive distraction, followed by expert commentaries that suggest a way forward for reducing crash risk.
Human Factors: The Journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
– Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
Access to the Internet Makes Us Less Willing to Say We Know Things
People are less willing to rely on their knowledge and say they know something when they have access to the Internet, suggesting that our connection to the web is affecting how we think.
Consciousness and Cognition
– University of Waterloo
UB Researcher Develops Model to Show Effects of Personalizing Online Information
People tend to seek political information that confirms their existing opinion or belief while avoiding contrary information. This is selective exposure, and Internet technologies are likely exacerbating this behavior, according to UB's Ivan Dylko.
– University at Buffalo
From Gifts to Food: Shop for the Holidays Without Blowing Your Budget
Black Friday and Cyber Week may be behind us, but the holiday shopping season is still in full swing. Consumers can shop adequately for the holidays without blowing their budget. This means being creative with gift giving and making lists of everything needed for the holidays.Media embedded: Image(s)Expert(s) available
– Kansas State University
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
Study Links Facebook Connections, Alcohol Use in College-Aged Females
Researchers at the University of Georgia have found links between certain patterns of connections among Facebook friends and drug and alcohol use among college-aged females.Media embedded: Image(s)
Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs
– University of Georgia
Breaking Bread with Colleagues Boosts Productivity
Plenty of companies invest big money to provide their employees with upscale workplace eateries or at least catered meals. But are those companies getting a good return on their investment? According to a new Cornell University study, the answer is yes.Media embedded: Image(s)
Human Performance, Volume 28, Issue 4, 2015
– Cornell University
Can Your Childhood Pet Make You Depressed?
Having a pet offers companionship, comfort and emotional security to millions; many love and cherish them like family members. This can in turn have positive effects on mental health.
Anthrozoös; DOI: 10.1080/08927936.2015.1052274
– Taylor & Francis