Social and Behavioral Sciences
Researchers Win International Grant to Study Effects of Violence on Brains of Colombian Youth
The study will look at how the recurrent paramilitary and drug-related violence in Colombia affect the brain function and development of children and youth in the region.Media embedded: Image(s)
– Texas Tech University
Most Presidential Candidates Speak at Grade 6-8 Level
A readability analysis of presidential candidate speeches by researchers in Carnegie Mellon University's Language Technologies Institute (LTI) finds most candidates using words and grammar typical of students in grades 6-8, though Donald Trump tends to lag behind the others.Media embedded: Image(s)
A Readability Analysis of Campaign Speeches from the 2016 US Presidential Campaign
– Carnegie Mellon University
Center for Combating Human Trafficking to Host Justice and Freedom Rally
The Center for Combating Human Trafficking (CCHT) at Wichita State University is partnering with several faith congregations, businesses and nonprofit organizations to host a rally demanding justice for human trafficking victims believed to be receiving unfair and harsh legal punishment.Media embedded: Image(s)
– Wichita State University
United Nations' March 20 'Happiness Day' Has Serious Side
While cynics may scoff at the United Nations'; March 20 observance of International Happiness Day, a positive psychology researcher at Washington University in St. Louis says it's high time for happiness to be taken seriously.
"Happier people live longer, get sick less often, are more productive at work, more engaged in their communities, more likely to help those in need, and enjoy higher-quality relationships." said Tim Bono, who teaches courses on the psychology of happiness in Arts & Sciences at Washington University.Media embedded: Image(s)Expert(s) available
– Washington University in St. Louis
Evidence of a ‘Ferguson Effect’ on Baltimore Arrests Before Unrest
A “Ferguson effect” likely decelerated arrests in Baltimore well before the April 2015 unrest related to the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, but there is little evidence to suggest it influenced the city’s crime rate, a new report concludes. (Embargo expired on 15-Mar-2016 at 12:05 ET)
Fergus on, Gray, and Davis: An Analysis
– Johns Hopkins University
Love Trumps Budget in Sentimental Buys
Brides and the bereaved beware: You, like many shoppers, may have a tendency to reject thriftiness when your purchase is a matter of the heart, according to a new study led by the University of Colorado Boulder.
Judgment and Decision Making
– University of Colorado at Boulder
Watching TV May Reduce Differences
Between Men and Women’s Sexual Expectations
What young men and women expect, sexually, in their romantic relationships is influenced in different ways by the television programs they watch.
– National Communication Association
The Sounds of Eating May Reduce How Much You Eat
New study shows food sound is an important sensory cue.Media embedded: Image(s)
Food Quality and Preference
– Brigham Young University
U.N. Day of Happiness (March 20): Is There a Smile on Your Horizon?
Feeling less than ecstatic as the United Nations-decreed “Day of Happiness” approaches? Should you just plaster a smile on your face on March 20 (Sunday), or can your grin be more genuine — and longer-lasting?
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– Baylor University
Spring Break Water Safety for Children
Remember the basics of water safety as you head to the pool, lake and beach.Media embedded: Image(s)
– University of Alabama at Birmingham
Where We Live Affects Our Bias Against Mixed-Race Individuals, Psychology Study Finds
Whites living in areas where they are less exposed to those of other races have a harder time categorizing mixed-race individuals than do Whites with greater interracial exposure, a condition that is associated with greater prejudice against mixed-race individuals, a new experimental study shows. (Embargo expired on 14-Mar-2016 at 12:00 ET)
Psychological Science; NSF-BCS-1423708, NSF-BCS-1226201
– New York University
Report: Despite Economic Gains, Rural Chinese Children Continue to Lag Urban Counterparts
A new comprehensive study of children’s well-being in China reveals glaring disparities in education, economic conditions and emotional health between rural and urban children and the need for educational and public policy reforms to help close those gaps.
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Report on the State of Children in China
– University of Chicago
Equipping Parents with Learning Activities Helps Close Cognitive Development Gap Between Disadvantaged and High-Resourced Children
Home-based interventions that teach parents to engage children in playful interactive learning activities can close the cognitive development gap between disadvantaged children and high-resource peers, according to a new study led by RTI International. Media embedded: Image(s)
Pediatrics, April 2016
– RTI International
Nature Versus Nurture
A UCSB psychologist shows that while environmental intervention can raise general intelligence, the effects aren’t permanent.
– University of California, Santa Barbara
Freedom of Religion, Civic Rights Were Important Components of a 'Muslim Nation'
Prophet Muhammad believed that freedom of religion and civic rights were important components of a 'Muslim nation,' according to a Rice University analysis of the prophet's covenants with Christians. The researcher argues that the covenants can be used to develop a stronger democratic partnership between Muslims and Christians in the Islamic world and elsewhere.Media embedded: Image(s)
– Rice University
New Research Confirms: Tech Blogs Set the Agenda for the Traditional Media
Tech blogs initiate the tech topics to traditional media, which in turn increase the public interest, claims a new research. The research explored the leading tech blogs and traditional media websites in the U.S.Media embedded: Image(s)
– University of Haifa