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Monday, April 11, 2016

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Violent Video Games Eventually Lose Their Ability to Produce Guilt in Gamers

A new University at Buffalo-led study suggests that the moral response produced by the initial exposure to a video game decreases as experience with the game develops. (more)

– University at Buffalo

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Men on Tinder Think They Have a 'License to Use Unattractive Women as They See Fit'

Men on Tinder think they have a "licence to use women as they see fit" if their date's appearance is less attractive than her profile photograph, research says. (more)

– British Sociological Association

Arts and Humanities

08-Apr-2016

Young Verdi Works Revived

A music scholar from the University of Southampton has breathed new life into seven pieces of music written by the 19th Century composer Giuseppe Verdi when he was in his late teens or early 20s.

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– University of Southampton

Faculty Comment on Pope Francis' Letter, 'Amoris Laetitia'

On Friday, Pope Francis released his apostolic exhortation "Amoris Laetitia" (“The Joy of Love”), a document that addresses areas of Catholic Church doctrine that arose, often controversially, during the Synod of Bishops in Rome last October. University of Notre Dame experts reflect on the document.

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– University of Notre Dame

Social and Behavioral Sciences

11-Apr-2016

Tell Me a Story!

Kelly Mills, a finalist in the SSHRC Storyteller's challenge, tells the tale of her work with the Memory Writers, a remarkable group that has been writing and sharing stories with each other for more than 25 years.

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– University of Saskatchewan

08-Apr-2016

Revealing News to Young Adult Children

In their new study, Erin Donovan of the University of Texas at Austin and her co-authors Charee M. Thompson of Ohio University, Leah LeFebvre of the University of Wyoming, and Andrew C. Tollison of Merrimack College identified three tips that could help parents communicate big news to their adult kids, while making sure that their relationship grows stronger: providing access to information, relating as peers, and communicating with candor.

– National Communication Association

Violent Video Games Eventually Lose Their Ability to Produce Guilt in Gamers

A new University at Buffalo-led study suggests that the moral response produced by the initial exposure to a video game decreases as experience with the game develops.

Media Psychology

– University at Buffalo

07-Apr-2016

The Magic of Great Political Speeches Revealed

American University School of Communication professor Robert Lehrman has co-authored a new book, Democratic Orators from JFK to Barack Obama (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2016).

– American University

New Book Explains the Creation and Evolution of Language

Is language innate? How did we get language? A new book offers a revolutionary, unifying framework to understand the processing, acquisition and evolution of language.

– Cornell University

Men on Tinder Think They Have a 'License to Use Unattractive Women as They See Fit'

Men on Tinder think they have a "licence to use women as they see fit" if their date's appearance is less attractive than her profile photograph, research says.

British Sociological Association Annual Conference

– British Sociological Association

Research Into the Correlation Between Beauty and Body Size Shows That Women Are the Harshest Judges

In assessing attractiveness, females judge men and women with higher BMI as less attractive; Men do not judge a man with a higher weight negatively, but still see heavier women as less attractive; First study of its kind to assess the relationship between gender, BMI and notion of 'attractiveness', providing insight into associated wage inequality

Economics and Human Biology

– University of Surrey

New Research Explores Effectiveness of Male Support Groups

New research into the effectiveness of group support programmes for men is set to be presented by academics at Leeds Beckett University at the British Sociological Association annual conference taking place in Birmingham this week.

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– Leeds Beckett University

Top Soccer Players Are Under-Performing Because of Gambling, Research Says

Players are also using online betting sites to conceal their gambling from their partners, the British Sociological Association's annual conference in Birmingham was told today [Thursday, April 7. 2016].

British Sociological Association Annual Conference

– British Sociological Association

Public Understanding of Genetics Can Reduce Stereotypes

Genetic attribution lessened stereotypical judgements of homosexuality, gay marriage.

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Social Science Quarterly

– University of Kansas

UA Study Details Brazilians’ Lack of Desire for Children, Marriage

Researchers compared a 1984 study of Brazilians' mate preferences with one conducted in 2014 to see how an increased population and social shifts, like women holding leadership positions, have affected mating psychology and extant cultural values.

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Personality and Individual Differences 95 (2016) 45-49

– University of Alabama

Education

08-Apr-2016

2016 Shape of the Nation

The 2016 Shape of the Nation™ provides a current picture of physical education in each state across the country. The 2016 survey and state policy analysis finds areas of both improvement and decline since the 2012 Shape of the Nation. A majority of states have adopted legislation, requirements or guidance for physical education programs, but most do not require a specific amount of instructional time and more than half allow exemptions, waivers, or substitutions.

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2016 Shape of the Nation report

– Voices for Healthy Kids

07-Apr-2016

Health and Social Justice Scholars to Learn Methods for Improving Health Equity in Disadvantaged Communities

Health-care professionals often are aware of larger social issues facing their patients in disadvantaged communities but feel powerless as individual practitioners to change these health disparities. The University of Louisville’s new Health and Social Justice Scholars Program is accepting applicants who will be trained to work with other professionals in communities to bring about changes to benefit underserved and disadvantaged populations.

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– University of Louisville

Law and Public Policy

07-Apr-2016

Panama Papers Show Billions of Dollars Stashed Away by the Wealthy Elite, Including Several World Leaders; Experts Needed

Experts needed to explain which countries provide tax havens and do not comply with international regulations. How did investigative journalists examine the millions of files from the Panama law firm Mossack Fonseca and trace them back to prominent world leaders?

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– Newswise Trends

LifeWire Announcements

Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior Elects 2016-2017 Leadership

Suzanne Piscopo, PhD, President of the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior announces the election of volunteers who will assume their duties August 1, 2016.

– Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior

The Wistar Institute Names Jennifer Evans Stacey, Esq., as Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary and Government Relations

Wistar appoints Jennifer Evans Stacey, Esq., as Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary and Government Relations

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– Wistar Institute

Nemmers Prizes in Economics and Mathematics Announced

Sir Richard Blundell, the David Ricardo Professor of Political Economy at University College London, and János Kollár, the Donner Professor of Science and Professor of Mathematics at Princeton University, are the recipients of the prestigious 2016 Nemmers prizes in economics and mathematics, respectively. Northwestern University announced the recipients of the 2016 Erwin Plein Nemmers Prize in Economics and the 2016 Frederic Esser Nemmers Prize in Mathematics today. The prizes are awarded every other year in recognition of major contributions to new knowledge or the development of significant new modes of analysis.

– Northwestern University

LifeWire Higher Education Events

Leader in Investments and Transformative Philanthropist Lulu Chow Wang ’66 to Be Wellesley College’s 2016 Commencement Speaker

Leader in Investments and Transformative Philanthropist Lulu Chow Wang ’66 to be Wellesley College’s 2016 Commencement Speaker

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– Wellesley College

Delos ‘Toby’ Cosgrove III, M.D., and Samuel Gorovitz, Ph.D., to Receive Honorary Degrees and Address Students at Upstate Medical University Commencement May 22

Delos (“Toby”) Cosgrove III, M.D., and Samuel Gorovitz, Ph.D., will receive honorary Doctor of Science degrees and address students at Upstate Medical University’s 2016 Commencement, to be held Sunday, May 22 at the Nicholas J. Pirro Convention Center at Oncenter Complex in Syracuse, N.Y.

– SUNY Upstate Medical University

Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme, to Serve as 2016 Rensselaer Commencement Speaker

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute President Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson today announced that Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme, will address Rensselaer graduates on May 28, 2016, during the 210th Commencement Ceremony. Cousin will receive an honorary degree at the ceremony for her contributions as leader of the world’s largest humanitarian organization and her role in raising awareness of food insecurity and chronic malnutrition.

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– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

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