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Thursday, February 11, 2016

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‘A Word's Worth More Than a Thousand Pictures’ According to New FAU Study on Young Children

Children play an important role in ensuring that they are cared for by adults by using physical and cognitive cues. But what’s more important... (more)

– Florida Atlantic University

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Americans Recognize 'Past Presidents' Who Never Were, Study Finds

Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin, Hubert Humphrey and some guy named "Thomas Moore" are among the names that many Americans mistakenly... (more)

– Washington University in St. Louis

Arts and Humanities


Student's App Allows Users to Create Pottery Projects in the Virtual World, Bring Them Into Reality

A University of Arkansas at Little Rock doctoral student from Colombia designed a virtual reality pottery-making app that allows users to design their projects in the virtual world and then bring them into the real world through 3-D printing. His app, PotelRVR, won an award at Leap Motion 3D Jam 2015, an international 3-D competition, and is one of eight projects chosen to be displayed at the Laval Virtual show in France.

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– University of Arkansas at Little Rock


High School Students Explore Beginning Architecture – and Perhaps a Career

High school students take the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Architecture 100 course – free and online – to help inspire their interest in the field.

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– University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

UW-Milwaukee Project Brings Students Together with Those with Memory Loss to Create Stories

University students and residents of senior housing come together in an award-winning project that encourages storytelling collaborations.

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– University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


The Future of Gaming: Create Your Own Character in Just Four Minutes

Want to see the future of gaming? Look in the mirror.

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– University of Southern California (USC)

Social and Behavioral Sciences


New Study Reveals Visual Working Memory May Provide Clues to Autism’s Social Struggles

Poor visual working memory can play an important role in the struggles experienced by autistic children, according to a new study conducted by Dr. Tracy Alloway, associate professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of North Florida.

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International Journal of Educational Research, Feb. 2016

– University of North Florida

Smart Cities Better Defined by New Research

Researchers at the University of Birmingham have identified a handful of key elements that define ‘smart cities’– cities like Singapore and Copenhagen, which are both at the top of their game in using technology to enable their citizens to enjoy a better quality of life, but in different ways.

ICE Publishing, Nov-2015

– University of Birmingham

Hold On! The Ability to Hold a Grip Predicts Who Has the Willpower Finish Their Schoolwork

Researchers at McMaster University have established a connection between a person’s ability to maintain a firm grip and having the self-control to finish their schoolwork.

Journal of Health Psychology

– McMaster University

Your Brain May Be What Interests That Guy Checking You Out

Modern men increasingly value brains over beauty when choosing long-term mates.

European Review of Social Psychology

– Northwestern University

Why You May Skimp on Your Valentine's Day Gift

Just as people are more likely to give more to close friends than to strangers, people may be more likely to give less to close friends than to strangers if there is a mutual overall benefit for doing so. Call it altruistic selfishness. The gift-giver may see himself and a close friend as a unit—and choose the best total gift for the unit rather than for either individual. The total gift could end up including the gift purchased, a free gift, and any money saved.

Journal of Consumer Research, Feb. 2016

– University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Ability to Navigate Between Cultures Is Good for Mexican-American Youth

Biculturalism is positively associated with prosocial behaviors such as helping others and self-esteem.

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Journal of Latina/o Psychology

– University of Missouri

2-1-1 Counts Provides Snapshot of Daily Needs of Vulnerable American Families

As the residents of Flint, Mich., responded to the growing crisis of their contaminated water supply, researchers at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis were able to pinpoint their calls for aid to the 2-1-1 telephone helpline through a unique website called 2-1-1 Counts.

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– Washington University in St. Louis


‘A Word's Worth More Than a Thousand Pictures’ According to New FAU Study on Young Children

Children play an important role in ensuring that they are cared for by adults by using physical and cognitive cues. But what’s more important in how they influence adults and elicit their nurturing spirit? Is it their physical features or what they say?

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Evolutionary Psychology

– Florida Atlantic University

Find a Partner Who Marches to the Beat of Your Own Drum

Everyone marches to the beat of their own drum: From walking to talking to producing music, different people’s movements occur at different speeds. But do these differences influence coordination of group actions? The answer is yes, according to McGill University researchers. The finding has the potential to help us predict for each person how successful they will be in a group task, depending on how similar their partners are to them in their internal rhythms.

Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance

– McGill University

Social Hormone Promotes Cooperation in Risky Situations

A hormone implicated in monogamy and aggression in animals also promotes trust and cooperation in humans in risky situations, Caltech researchers say.

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Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

– California Institute of Technology

Paper: Homeownership a 'Dream Deferred' for Millennial Generation

For previous generations of Americans, homeownership was seen as one of the final rites of passage into adulthood and financial independence.

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Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal

– University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Americans Recognize 'Past Presidents' Who Never Were, Study Finds

Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin, Hubert Humphrey and some guy named "Thomas Moore" are among the names that many Americans mistakenly identify as belonging to a past president of the United States, finds a news study by memory researchers at Washington University in St. Louis.

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Psychological Science

– Washington University in St. Louis


Persistent ADHD Associated with Overly Critical Parents

For many children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, symptoms appear to decrease as they age, but for some they do not and one reason may be persistent parental criticism, according to research published by the American Psychological Association.

(Embargo expired on 08-Feb-2016 at 12:00 ET)

Journal of Abnormal Psychology

– American Psychological Association (APA)

Millennials Say One Thing but Do Another When Choosing Chocolate, Kansas State University Study Finds

Despite strong preferences for ethical chocolate in focus groups, only 14 percent of millennials in individual choice studies selected candy with ethical or social factors labeling, according to a Kansas State University study. In addition, a majority of millennials also prefer chocolate with clean labeling.

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Food Quality and Preference

– Kansas State University

Sleep Deprivation Linked to False Confessions

Sleep-deprived people are much more likely to sign false confessions than rested individuals, according to a groundbreaking study that has important implications for police interrogation practices.

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Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

– Michigan State University

Whistle While You Work

What is the key to being happy? More specifically, what is the key to being happy at work? More money, more time off, family benefits? University of Alabama professors at the Culverhouse College of Commerce may have just found the answers.

– University of Alabama, Culverhouse College of Commerce



AERA Announces Most Read Education Research Articles of 2015

Research on special education, non-cognitive skills, degree completion, educational inequality and more appeared in the 10 most popular journal articles published by the American Educational Research Association in 2015. Based on the number of times they were accessed online, the following were the most popular AERA research articles published in 2015.

– American Educational Research Association (AERA)


Preschoolers Need More Play and Fewer Scripted Lessons, Says Early Childhood Educator Erika Christakis

In her just-released book, “The Importance of Being Little: What Preschoolers Really Need from Grownups” (Viking), noted early childhood educator and Silliman College associate master Erika Christakis argues that most of today’s youngest schoolchildren are spending their critical early-learning years in environments that ignore or misunderstand their needs.

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– Yale University

Pop Culture


Predicting Boffo or Bomb at the Box Office

University of Iowa professors develop algorithm that predicts the probability of a movie's box office profitability.

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– University of Iowa

Law and Public Policy


Study Concludes Iranians Strongly Support Rouhani & Growing International Engagement

Study also finds Iranians retain negative and wary stance toward the U.S.

– University of Maryland, College Park


University of Utah Law Professor Paul Cassell Asks President Obama to Commute 55-Year Mandatory Minimum Sentence of Weldon Angelos

In letter to White House, Cassell, a former federal judge, cites “unjust” 55-year mandatory minimum sentence he was forced to hand down in 2004 to Angelos, then a 24-year-old music producer.

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– University of Utah

UofSC Faculty Experts: 2016 South Carolina Primaries and Presidential Election

With the New Hampshire primary today, all eyes will turn to South Carolina, site of the first-in-the-South presidential primaries on Feb. 20 and 27. The University of South Carolina’s Office of Public Relations has compiled a list of faculty experts who can discuss topics relevant to the South Carolina primaries and the presidential election.

Expert(s) available

– University of South Carolina


Taser Shock Disrupts Brain Function, Has Implications for Police Interrogations

In a randomized control trial, volunteer participants were subjected to Taser shocks and tested for cognitive impairment. Some showed short-term declines in cognitive functioning comparable to dementia, raising serious questions about the ability of police suspects to understand their rights at the point of arrest.

Criminology & Public Policy, Feb-2016

– Drexel University

Agricultural Policies in Africa Could Be Harming the Poorest

Agricultural policies aimed at alleviating poverty in Africa could be making things worse, according to research by the University of East Anglia (UEA).

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World Development

– University of East Anglia

Penn Researcher Illustrates Impact of Drone Usage in Areas of Conflict

The use of drones has had significant consequences for how governments conduct counter-terrorism operations. But technological limitations mean they are less likely to effect wars between countries, according to a new paper co-authored by Michael C. Horowitz, a political scientist at the University of Pennsylvania.


– University of Pennsylvania

LifeWire Policy and Public Affairs

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Commends President Obama's Request to Congress: Increase Funding to Food and Nutrition Programming and Research

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics commends President Obama’s budget request to Congress, which prioritizes food, nutrition programming and research.

– Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

President’s Budget Proposes $20 Million Pilot Program to Increase Access to PrEP

In this opinion piece, Sean Bland, JD, an associate at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University, discusses President Obama’s proposed pilot program to increase access to pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV prevention.

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– O'Neill Institute for National & Global Health Law

LifeWire Announcements

Enrichment Program Introduces Boston Undergraduates to Careers in Medicine or Research

Twenty-six aspiring undergraduates experienced life as medical students or research scientists during the fourth Tufts University School of Medicine/University of Massachusetts Boston Enrichment program. The undergraduates took part in an intensive curriculum that ran for three weeks at Tufts.

– Tufts University

UW-Milwaukee Receives Top Research Designation From Carnegie

The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education gave the R1 -- “highest research activity” designation -- to only 115 of the 4,665 universities evaluated this year.

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– University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

“Seafood from Slaves” by The Associated Press wins USC Annenberg’s 2016 Selden Ring Award

Reporters from The Associated Press have won USC Annenberg’s 2016 Selden Ring Award for Investigative Reporting, for a series of stories that showed how seafood sold in U.S. grocery stores and restaurants had been produced by slaves.

– USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

Salaries, Placement Rates Rise for UVA Darden Class of 2015

Recent data shows strong salary and placement rates for recent Darden graduates from the Class of 2015.

– University of Virginia Darden School Foundation

Gaston College SPARC Program Wins Prestigious 2016 Community College Bellwether Award

Gaston College was announced this week as one of the winners of the 23rd annual Bellwether Awards at the annual policy summit of the 2016 Community College Futures Assembly in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The summit showcased competitively-selected leading-edge programs in community college practice worthy of replicating.

– Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)

LifeWire Higher Education Events

Wellesley College Celebrates 200th Anniversary of Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’

Wellesley College is taking a creative approach to celebrating the 200th anniversary Mary Shelley’s 'Frankenstein' by screening films uniquely inspired by Shelley and her work.

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– Wellesley College

UC Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business Announces Alumna Kristen S. Monson as the 2016 Distinguished Executive Commencement Speaker

UC Irvine Paul Merage School of Business alumna and retired PIMCO executive Kristen S. Monson will serve as the 2016 Distinguished Executive Commencement Speaker for the business school graduation ceremony to be held Monday, June 13, in the Bren Events Center on the UC Irvine campus.

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– University of California, Irvine, The Paul Merage School of Business

Musician-Scientists Host Climate Change Event

Playing off the emotions of music, scientists will help deepen understanding about climate change at Northwestern University. The program features a group of musician-scientists who will perform in a string quartet followed by a panel discussion on how music can help explain climate change.

– Northwestern University

Inaugural 3 Minute Thesis Compels Students to Put High-Level Research Into Much-Condensed Package

At a glance around Room 3027 in the Harper Center on Thursday morning, Yovani Llamas counted 14 people in attendance for Creighton University’s inaugural 3 Minute Thesis competition.

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– Creighton University

Business Education With a Twist: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Business Students Gain Marketplace Success

Graduates of the business school at Rensselaer, the Lally School of Management, are in strong demand.

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– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

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