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Octopuses Given Mood Drug ‘Ecstasy’ Reveal Genetic Link to Evolution of Social Behaviors in Humans

By studying the genome of a kind of octopus not known for its friendliness toward its peers, then testing its behavioral reaction to a popular mood-altering drug called MDMA or “ecstasy,” scientists say they have found preliminary evidence of an ...

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

Current Biology

Embargo expired on 20-Sep-2018 at 11:00 ET

Social and Behavioral Sciences


Asian-Americans More Likely to Be Hired to Lead Troubled Companies

WASHINGTON – Asian-Americans are more than twice as likely to be hired as CEOs when a company is struggling, possibly setting them up for failure, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association.

– American Psychological Association (APA)

Journal of Applied Psychology

Embargo expired on 24-Sep-2018 at 09:00 ET

Take a Step Back From Yourself to Better Realize the Benefits of Awe

Religion and nature can both lead to awe, and turning to one or the other is a common coping strategy for the stress. But an awe-inspiring experience can have negative consequences as well as benefits, according to a novel UB-led study that uses ca...

– University at Buffalo

Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.


Senior Housing Communities Lead to Lower Level of Hospitalization

Over time, older individuals who live in senior housing communities were found to be less likely to have high levels of hospitalization, finds a new study from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.“Our findings suggest that the po...

– Washington University in St. Louis

The Gerontologist

Even toddlers weigh risks, rewards when making choices

A a new University of Washington study shows that 18-month-olds can make choices based on how much effort they want to expend, or on whether they like the people involved -- a form of toddler cost-benefit analysis.

– University of Washington


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Misuse of Stimulants Remains a Top Concern on College Campuses, Survey Finds

Almost 16 percent of college students say they misuse prescription stimulants, often in the quest for better grades, a new survey of U.S. undergraduate, graduate and professional students has found.

– Ohio State University


“Model” students enjoy Argonne campus life

Savanna Dautle, an intern from Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey, spent her summer working with assistant chemist David Bross at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory.

– Argonne National Laboratory


Boosting Emotional Intelligence In Physicians Can Protect Against Burnout

A Loyola Medicine study demonstrates that an educational curriculum for resident physicians improves their emotional intelligence, which may help protect against burnout. Physician burnout has reached alarming levels, with one study finding it affect...

– Loyola University Health System

Advances in Medical Education and Practice

Law and Public Policy


Want to restore faith in Congress? Elect more women

New research shows that Americans have more faith in legislatures where women are equally represented--both in the kinds of decisions they make and in the decision-making process itself.

– Vanderbilt University

American Journal of Political Science


Labor Unions Help Employees Take More Paid Maternity Leave

Labor unions help working mothers take greater advantage of paid maternity leave benefits than non-union mothers, but unions could do more to mitigate the earnings penalty that typically follows leave-taking.

– Vanderbilt University

Industrial and Labor Relations Review

LifeWire Announcements

Elaine Massacre victim to posthumously receive medals for service in World War I

A black World War I veteran and victim of the 1919 Elaine Massacre will posthumously be honored with the Purple Heart and other World War I honors that he was denied a century ago. For Dr. Brian Mitchell, a professor of history at the University of ...

– University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Educational Games Leader Named 2018 Rensselaer Entrepreneur Of The Year

The Severino Center for Technological Entrepreneurship and the Lally School of Management at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) have named alumna Tobi Saulnier, Ph.D., founder and CEO of 1st Playable Productions, as the 2018 Rensselaer Entreprene...

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Embargo expired on 20-Sep-2018 at 12:00 ET

Temple University closes another record-breaking year of fundraising

Gifts made to Temple University in the fiscal year that ended June 30 totaled nearly $98 million, surpassing the previous year’s record by more than $7 million.

– Temple University

UIC 2018-19 Theater Season Offers Contemporary Takes on Classic Plays

"Electricidad" kicks off the 2018-2019 University of Illinois at Chicago theatre season, which features the theme this year of “Desperately Holding on to Pieces of the Past.”

– University of Illinois at Chicago

LifeWire Higher Education Events

Tulane Law School conference to feature top media experts

The conference will address such issues as rising public distrust, political attacks and changing business models.

– Tulane University





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