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07-Sep-2016


Americans More Politically Polarized Than Ever; Independents at an All Time High

Using nationally representative surveys of 10 million U.S. residents from 1970 to 2015, a new study shows that Americans are not only more politically polarized than ever but that more people are identifying as independent. In 1989, 30 percent of adu...

– Florida Atlantic University

Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin

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Testing Backlogged Sexual Assault Kits Prevents Future Rapes and Saves Victims and Communities Millions

Testing backlogged sexual assault kits leads to the imprisonment of more rapists—preventing future sexual assaults and saving would-be victims and communities millions of dollars, according to a new analysis by Case Western Reserve University.

– Case Western Reserve University


Americans Are More Politically Independent, More Polarized Than Ever

Today's young millennial voters are seen as a key demographic for political victory in many races this fall. Now, new research suggests that millennials' political views differ significantly from young people from previous generations.

– San Diego State University

Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin


Researchers Identify Method of Creating Long-Lasting Memories

Imagine if playing a new video game or riding a rollercoaster could help you prepare for an exam or remember other critical information. A new study in mice shows this link may be possible.

– UT Southwestern Medical Center

Nature


Social Media Boosts Remembrance of Things Past

A new study – the first to look at social media’s effect on memory – suggests posting personal experiences on social media makes those events much easier to recall.

– Cornell University

Memory


Cost of Incarceration in the U.S. More Than $1 Trillion

The cost of incarceration in the United States exceeds $1 trillion, or six percent of gross domestic product, and dwarfs the amount spent on corrections alone, finds a new study from Washington University in St. Louis.“The $80 billion spent annuall...

– Washington University in St. Louis


Research Looks at Importance of Women’s Attitudes Toward Tigers

Research published in the journal Biological Conservation looks at how human perceptions of tigers affect how willing human communities are to coexist with these large predators, and particularly at how women’s attitudes toward tigers differ from m...

– Boise State University

Biological Conservation


Fifteen Years After 9/11, Psychologists Can Talk About Terrorism, Long-Term Trauma

As you are reporting on the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, psychologists are available to discuss the attacks’ long-term effects on survivors; trauma and grief; resilience; and terrorism response.

– American Psychological Association (APA)

06-Sep-2016


A New Angle on Anxiety

Surprising findings specific brain cells as the key target

– Boston Children's Hospital

Molecular Psychiatry

Education

07-Sep-2016


Voluntary Summer Learning Programs for Elementary School Students Benefit Those with High Levels of Attendance, Study Shows

Elementary school students with high levels of attendance in voluntary summer learning programs - defined as at least 20 days of a five- to six-week program - experienced benefits in math and reading, according to new RAND Corporation findings from t...

– Wallace Foundation


Feeling They Are Part of a Group Increased Preschoolers' Interest, Success in STEM

A new study by University of Washington researchers found that preschoolers were more engaged and did better on STEM-related tasks when they felt they were part of a group, versus doing the tasks on their own.

– University of Washington

Developmental Psychology, Sept. 2016


Robotic Surrogates Help Chronically Ill Kids Maintain Social, Academic Ties at School

Chronically ill, homebound children who use robotic surrogates to “attend” school feel more socially connected with their peers and more involved academically, according to a first-of-its-kind study by University of California, Irvine education r...

– University of California, Irvine

06-Sep-2016


Many College Students Take Remedial Courses, but Only Some Benefit, Researchers Find

Steering new college students into remedial classes can boost a poorly prepared student’s chances of success, but doesn’t appear to benefit students with a stronger academic background, RTI International researchers have found.

– RTI International

Pop Culture

07-Sep-2016


Baylor’s Black Gospel Music Restoration Project Featured as Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture Opens in D.C. Sept. 24

When the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) opens Sept. 24 in Washington, D.C., an exhibit featuring African-American musical history will include materials from a Baylor University search-an...

– Baylor University

Law and Public Policy

07-Sep-2016


Student Journalists Provide More Informative Election Coverage, ISU Analysis Finds

Student journalists provide more informative election coverage than their professional counterparts, according to an analysis by Iowa State University.

– Iowa State University

Newspaper Research Journal


New GW Battleground Poll: Presidential Race Neck and Neck, Voters’ Support is Reluctant

The race for president has tightened considerably, according to the latest George Washington University Battleground Poll.

– George Washington University

LifeWire Higher Education Events


Baylor University’s Mayborn Museum Complex Presents National Geographic Sacred Journeys Oct. 1 through Dec. 31

Each year, more than 330 million people around the world journey to sacred places to perform acts of devotion, express faith or seek enlightenment or healing. From Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, visitors to Baylor University’s Mayborn Museum Complex will learn...

– Baylor University


FASB Chairman Russell Golden To Keynote Third Annual UCI Audit Committee Summit

Russell Golden, chairman of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), will keynote the third annual UCI Audit Committee Summit on Friday, October 21st, at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach, California.

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

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