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Monday, May 16, 2016

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Social and Behavioral Sciences


Psychology: The Power of Expectations

Expectations have a lot of power over people as is evidenced by the placebo effect: Patients get pills that have no active ingredient. But the patients are not aware of that. Firmly believing that they are taking an effective drug, they actually get better afterwards. Only their expectations were at play here.

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Trends in Cognitive Sciences

– University of Würzburg

Girls From Progressive Societies Do Better at Math

Research co-authored by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has found that the 'maths gender gap' - the relative underperformance of girls at maths - is much wider in societies with poor rates of gender equality. Published today in the American Economic Review, the research shows that the performance gap between girls and boys is far less pronounced in societies that hold progressive and egalitarian views about the role of women.

American Economic Review

– Queen Mary University of London


Post-Conflict Reconciliation Led to Societal Healing, but Worsened Psychological Health, New Study Finds

A new study published in Science suggests reconciliation programs promote societal healing, but that these gains come at the cost of reduced psychological health, worsening depression, anxiety, and trauma.

(Embargo expired on 12-May-2016 at 14:00 ET)


– New York University

A Sixth Sense Protects Drivers Except When Texting

While much has been made about the dangers of texting and driving, less attention has been focused on the age-old distractions of being absent minded or upset while driving. A team of researchers from the University of Houston (UH) and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) focused on all three of these important factors.

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Scientific Reports

– University of Houston

Can Psychological Therapies Help People Who Self-Harm?

Self-harm is intentional self-poisoning or self-injury. Many people who are admitted to hospital because of this are at an increased risk of self- harming again and of suicide. It is a major problem in many countries, leads to high levels of distress for patients and their families and friends, and places significant demands on health services.

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

– Wiley

Genetic Link Found Between Impulsivity and Binge-Drinking Teens

Psychologists have discovered a new genetic link between impulsivity and teenage binge-drinking.

Frontiers in Genetics

– University of Sussex

Pregnant Pause in Drug Use

Johns Hopkins Bayview center helps babies by helping moms get clean: “Most of us wouldn’t have survived what some of these mothers have been through.”

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– Johns Hopkins School of Nursing



Bilingual Babies Learn Languages Faster Than Monolingual Babies: NUS Study

A study led by Associate Professor Leher Singh, from the Department of Psychology at the National University of Singapore’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, suggested that learning two languages from the start helps children master the rules of each language faster.

– National University of Singapore


More Than 12,000 Explore Jefferson Lab During April 30 Open House

This article provides an overview of some of the highlights from Jefferson Lab’s open house, held in Newport News, Va., on April 30, 2016.

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– Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility


Military Surgeons Develop Framework to Sustain Surgical Skills in a Changing Environment

Study authors propose new education and training paradigm that will benefit military surgeons and their patients in combat and non-combat environments.

(Embargo expired on 12-May-2016 at 11:00 ET)

Journal of the American College of Surgeons

– American College of Surgeons (ACS)

Law and Public Policy


Groundbreaking Conference Advances Native Health and Nutrition Policy Efforts

Advocates focused on determining meaningful steps to increase policy efforts related to improved nutrition, greater access to healthy foods, enhanced food sovereignty, and better health outcomes in Indian Country.

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– Voices for Healthy Kids


School Lunch Subsidy Could Boost Local Farms, Economies

If New York state lawmakers were to provide a subsidy of 5 cents per school lunch just one day per week for the purchase of local fruits and vegetables, it would likely provide a financial boost for New York farmers and local economies.

– Cornell University

LifeWire Announcements

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons Launches New Academy of Clinical Mentoring and Excellence

New Academy of Clinical Excellence and Mentoring (ACME) at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons to recognize outstanding clinical care among faculty.

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– Columbia University Medical Center

Montefiore Highlights New Healthcare Career Opportunities and a Breadth of Wellness Workshops

Montefiore Health System, the principal sponsor of Bronx Week 2016 and largest healthcare provider in the Bronx, will partner with community based organizations and local educational partners like Mercy College to educate local students and their parents about opportunities in the healthcare industry during its “Health at the Hutch” event today.

– Montefiore Medical Center

Cancer Research Institute Hosts Answer to Cancer Cycling Event

One-day, multi-distance ride through the Lower Hudson Valley’s breathtaking landscape to raise funds for the nonprofit Cancer Research Institute and increase awareness of the potential of immunotherapy to cure all cancers.

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– Cancer Research Institute

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