Social and Behavioral Sciences
How Do the Pitcher's Emotions Effect Batters?
The expression of emotions serves as a source of information and provides clues about what is likely to happen in social situations in general, and in baseball in particular. This is the finding of a joint study by researchers from the University of Haifa and the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology. “Other peoples’ emotions provide information. The expression of emotions can mark for us what the person is thinking and what they are about to do. If we read others’ emotions well, we will be better able to anticipate their behavior and to adapt our behavior to that of others,” explains Dr. Arik Cheshin of the University of Haifa, who undertook the study.
– University of Haifa
Restaurant Kids’ Meals Make Nutrition Strides, but Leave Room for Improvement
Eating meals from restaurants has become routine for many American children, often contributing excess calories, solid fats, sodium, and added sugar to diets already lacking in fruit, vegetables, and low-fat dairy. Many restaurants have made voluntary changes to their kids’ menus, including reducing the calories in new items, in advance of menu-labeling legislation that will mandate printed calorie counts. However, many kids’ menu items are still high in fat and sodium, leading researchers to question how well children’s meals at top restaurants match national nutritional recommendations.Media embedded: Audio (Embargo expired on 06-Apr-2016 at 00:00 ET)
Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
– Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior
Some Users Hit ‘Delete’ After Pledging Charitable Donations Online, Johns Hopkins Study Shows
Do charitable campaigns conducted on social media platforms actually “click” with the public? A new study by researchers from Johns Hopkins University suggests that such campaigns can draw the attention of social media users but not always their commitment to donate money.
– Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School
For Parents of Autistic Children, More Social Support Means Better Health
About one in 68 children in the United States has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Their parents consistently report greater stress levels, caregiving burden and depression than parents of typically developing children. Chronic caregiving stress has also been associated with poorer physical health — more pain, more disruptions from physical-health problems and lower overall health-related quality of life. One powerful way to reduce their stress: social support.
– Concordia University
Overall Sense of Satisfaction Shrinks When Inequality Widens
In their seminal 2010 study, Nobel laureates Daniel Kahneman and Angus Deaton of Princeton demonstrated that higher income improves one’s life satisfaction but not one’s emotional well-being.
– Cornell University
Quality Time Rather Than Study Time Improves Teens’ Educational Aspirations
Teenagers who spend quality time with their parents are more likely to want to further their studies, according to research from the University of Warwick.
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Journal of Youth Studies March 2016
– University of Warwick
Children's Interactions More Complex Than Predicted
While sharing toys and fighting with each other, kindergarten children helped researchers understand the patterns and qualities of interactions in social groups. The results were much more complex than the scientists originally predicted. Media embedded: Image(s)
Frontiers in Psychology
U.S. Presidents From the South More Likely to Use Force in Military Disputes
The United States is more likely to use force in a military dispute when the president is a Southerner, according to a new study coauthored by a Yale political scientist.Media embedded: Image(s)
– Yale University
Nearly Anything You Want to Know About Americans Is in This Survey
Fifty years ago, on April 11, 1966, a woman from the federal government sat down in the rural home of a 54-year-old man and asked him a bunch of personal questions. Neither the man nor the interviewer could have guessed, but they were making history on that April day.Media embedded: Image(s)
– Ohio State University
Few Children Get 60 Minutes of Vigorous Physical Activity Daily
Only 15% of children achieve the recommended daily average of at least 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity and only 8% achieve the school-time recommendation of 30 minutes. Girls, compared to boys, had significantly fewer minutes of physical activity.
– Tufts University