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Thursday, June 9, 2016

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Will You Cast a Presidential Ballot on Nov. 8? UCI-Led Study Finds Questions Highly Effective in Influencing Behavior

New study in the Journal of Consumer Psychology finds if people are asked a question – typically regarding a socially normative behavior... (more)

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

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Bad Behavior May Not Be a Result of Bad Parenting, but a Lack of Common Language

Most parents will admit that talking with a teenage child can be difficult. It's even more challenging when they don’t speak the same language... (more)

– Iowa State University

Social and Behavioral Sciences


Study Reveals if Spirituality, Religion Help Parents Cope After Losing a Child

Nothing is more devastating for a parent than the death of a child. Yet, few studies have examined parents’ mental health and personal growth, especially in black and Hispanic parents, following their child’s death in the hospital, and the role of spirituality or religion in helping them cope. Results reveal important differences in how mothers and fathers cope with the death of a child.

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Journal of Pediatric Nursing

– Florida Atlantic University

Will You Cast a Presidential Ballot on Nov. 8? UCI-Led Study Finds Questions Highly Effective in Influencing Behavior

New study in the Journal of Consumer Psychology finds if people are asked a question – typically regarding a socially normative behavior – they are more likely to act consistently with the social norm than someone merely reminded or encouraged to engage in the behavior. Results could prove beneficial to presidential campaigns as candidates battle to get voters to the polls.

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Journal of Consumer Psychology

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

Chivalry Is Not Dead When It Comes to Morality

We’re more likely to sacrifice a man than a woman when it comes to both saving the lives of others and in pursuing our self-interests, a team of psychology researchers has found.

Social Psychological and Personality Science

– New York University

Sports Practice Accounts for Just 1 Percent of the Performance Differences Among Elite Athletes

Among elite athletes, practice accounts for a scant 1 percent of the difference in their performances—and starting sports at an early age does not necessarily provide athletes an upper hand—according to new research.

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Perspectives on Psychological Science

– Case Western Reserve University

How Will Automated Technology Affect Communication-Related Jobs?

What happens if people increasingly rely on automated machines to carry out the socially essential work of communicating with one another? Automation of communication raises broad social, economic, and political concerns.

– National Communication Association


Study: Facing Suicide Attempts as a Teenager Could Predict Heart Disease Later in Life

Teenagers, particularly boys, who try to kill themselves or are close with someone who attempted suicide could face a higher rate of risk factors for heart disease in their twenties, according to research published by the American Psychological Association.

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– American Psychological Association (APA)

Bad Behavior May Not Be a Result of Bad Parenting, but a Lack of Common Language

Most parents will admit that talking with a teenage child can be difficult. It's even more challenging when they don’t speak the same language – a reality for a growing number of immigrant families. New research suggests this language barrier can have negative consequences.

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Journal of Research on Adolescence

– Iowa State University

Practicing How to Play During School Can Improve Student Imaginations and Creative Problem-Solving, Study Shows

Students who struggled using their imaginations before practicing playing at school saw marked improvement in their creative problem-solving abilities—considered essential to navigate the adult world.

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Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts

– Case Western Reserve University

How Did Ignoring People for Our Smartphones Become the Norm?

It's common now to see people snubbing social companions to concentrate on their smartphone. But what causes this behaviour - known as 'phubbing' - and how did it come to be regarded as normal?

Computers in Human Behaviour

– University of Kent

You Are Not as Anonymous as You Think Online

Hiding online is harder than you'd think

Frontiers in ICT

– Frontiers

Wichita State Researcher Testing Firearms Safety Knowledge with Online Survey

Think you know about guns? A Wichita State researcher is inviting the public to test their gun knowledge through an online survey of firearms and firearm safety.

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– Wichita State University


Women and People Under the Age of 35 at Greatest Risk of Anxiety

Women are almost twice as likely to experience anxiety as men, according to a review of existing scientific literature, led by the University of Cambridge. The study also found that people from Western Europe and North America are more likely to suffer from anxiety than people from other cultures.

Brain and Behavior

– University of Cambridge

Rice Study Details Stress-Diabetes Link

Connection established between anxiety control, inflammation, Type 2 diabetes

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– Rice University

Babies Don't Just Look Cute, Scientists Find

Babies appeal to all our senses and even smell cute, triggering key parental behaviors

Trends in Cognitive Sciences

– University of Oxford

Just a Few More Bites: Defining Moderation Varies by Individual, Study Finds

A new University of Georgia study suggests moderation's wide range of interpretations may make it an ineffective guide for losing or maintaining weight. The more people like a food, the more forgiving their definitions of moderation are, said the study’s lead author Michelle vanDellen

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– University of Georgia

Testing of Backlogged Rape Kits Yields New Insights Into Rapists and Major Implications for How Sexual Assaults Should Be Investigated

Researchers discovered serial rapists are far more common than previous research suggested—a finding that could change how sexual assaults, including so-called acquaintance rapes, are investigated. They are also learning more about how rapists operate and their victims.

– Case Western Reserve University

New Dean Drawn to Kennesaw State's 'Excellent Reputation'

Kennesaw State University names Mark Tillman as dean of the WellStar College of Health and Human Services, effective July 1

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– Kennesaw State University



Research Shows Relationship Between School Security and Race

Security measures in American high schools are meant to keep students safe. But research shows heightened security has unintended consequences.

Journal of Applied Research on Children

– Canisius College


Flipped Classrooms Turning STEM Education Upside Down

Given the difficult-to-digest subject matter in many STEM classrooms, educators have customarily relied on traditional lecture-based educational methods where they spend class time walking through content and then assign homework problems to supplement that learning. The problem is that this is a difficult way for some students to learn, so educators applying a new approach by flipping their classrooms.

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– Penn State College of Engineering

What Science Tells Us About Raising Successful Kids

In their new book, Becoming Brilliant: What Science Tells Us About Raising Successful Children, two education professors focus on the six skills they say will help children become the thinkers and entrepreneurs of tomorrow. University of Delaware's Roberta Michnick Golinkoff and co-author Kathy Hirsh-Pasek of Temple University, argue that the American educational model is not adequately preparing its tiny citizens for success in the 21st century. Today’s kids need well-developed “soft” skills to thrive in the global workforce. In fact, these so-called “soft" skills are anything but; they are foundational to children’s success in the workforce as well as in their personal lives. Especially since the advent of high stakes testing under No Child Left Behind, schools rely largely on the “font of wisdom” model where a teacher talks at the class for the bulk of the day. Yet, the authors say, research doesn’t support that kids learn best this way. Studies suggest kids flourish when they

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– University of Delaware

5 Ways Parents Can Help Ward Off the “Summer Slump” and Help Their Kids Retain What They’Ve Learned

With school out for summer, parents can help their kids mentally engaged and active with these five tips from a literacy and education expert at Georgia State University.

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– Georgia State University


Interracial Friendships Decrease Over Time in Elementary and Middle School, with Teachers Playing a Hidden Role

As elementary and middle school students progress in school, they are less likely to have friends of a different race, even from the beginning to the end of a single school year, finds a study led by NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

– New York University

Law and Public Policy


Low-Income Single Moms Show Greater Earnings Mobility Than Men, People with Disabilities, Others

Single mothers in Georgia who participate in the federal government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) experience greater income mobility than males, whites and people with disabilities according to a study by Georgia State University economists.

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– Georgia State University


Ships Flagged for Illegal Fishing Still Able to Get Insurance

New research from the University of British Columbia finds that rogue fishing vessels are able to secure insurance including those that have been flagged by international watchdogs for unlawful activity.

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Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment

– University of British Columbia

LifeWire Announcements

Accounting Scholar Mark Nelson Named Dean of Cornell’s Johnson School

ITHACA, N.Y. – Mark Nelson, Cornell professor of accounting, has been named the 12th dean of the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management. Nelson, the Eleanora and George Landew Professor of Management, will begin his five-year term as the Anne and Elmer Lindseth Dean July 1.

– Cornell University

New Research Center Becomes First to Focus on Wisdom

The University of Chicago has launched the Center for Practical Wisdom. The first-of-its-kind center is being started with $2 million from the John Templeton Foundation.

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– University of Chicago

New $500,000 Gift Supports University of Maryland School of Pharmacy Scholarships

A $500,000 gift creates a new scholarship fund at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy to support students and trainees studying regulatory science, pharmacometrics and the use of data to examine the efficacy of drugs and the impact – including economic effects – of clinical pharmacy.

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– University of Maryland, Baltimore

2016 USAMO Winners Announced

The MAA’s American Mathematics Competition recognizes the nation’s top 12 minds

– Mathematical Association of America

The University of Pennsylvania Launches Joint Medical and Law School Degree Program

PHILADELPHIA -- The University of Pennsylvania Law School and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania are now offering a joint JD/MD degree program for students pursuing careers at the intersection of law and medicine.Perelman School of Medicine at the University of PennsylvaniaUniversity of Pennsylvania Health SystemThis new joint degree program, which will begin accepting applications for the 2017-18 academic year, allows students to receive a JD at Penn Law and an MD at Penn Medicine.

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Boise State University, Harvard Business School’s HBX Will Collaborate to Offer Online Program

A new collaboration will bring Harvard Business School's business fundamentals program to Boise State students at public university prices.

– Boise State University

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