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Thursday, April 11, 2019

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Social and Behavioral Sciences


People with a Sense of Oneness Experience Greater Life Satisfaction

People who believe in oneness – the idea that everything in the world is connected and interdependent -- appear to have greater life satisfaction than those who don’t, regardless of whether they belong to a religion or don’t, according to resea...

– American Psychological Association (APA)

Psychology of Religion and Spirituality

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It doesn't pay to play angry when negotiating

After earlier research into anger, a Washington University in St. Louis faculty member and two former students found people feigning anger in negotiation wound up facing more costs — guilt, atonement and actual higher financial costs

– Washington University in St. Louis

Journal of Behavioral Decision Making; Journal of Applied Psychology

Professor using VR to aid learning among students with autism

Using virtual reality (VR) technology and a custom-built computer program, Kennesaw State University professor Chao Mei is developing an innovative method of therapy for children with autism and attention deficit disorder.

– Kennesaw State University

Psychology Behind Tax Procrastination

Research shows that most people file taxes based on how much cash they have on hand and if they expect a payment or a refund,

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– UT Southwestern Medical Center


Preventing addiction with insight from scruffy dogs and ancient meditation

A new study shows that mindfulness training—a practice rooted in ancient meditative traditions—disrupts the development of conditioned behaviors. Based on the results, the study’s authors suggest that mindfulness training may protect individual...

– University of Utah

Physiology & Behavior

Leap to Middle School is Hard, But Can be a Fresh Start for Socially Anxious Children

The middle school transition can be a pivotal time in the lives of children identified as "anxious solitary."

– Florida State University

Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

Animal-assisted therapy improves social behavior in patients with brain injuries

Animal-assisted therapy can foster social competence in patients with brain injuries and increase their emotional involvement during therapy. These were the findings of a clinical trial conducted by psychologists from the University of Basel and publ...

– University of Basel

Scientific Reports

Teens face health and safety risks exploring sex online

A researcher from Michigan State University found that online sexual experiences can predict whether teens become victims of sexual assault.

– Michigan State University

Journal of Youth and Adolescence


Many coastal homes are unprotected from hurricanes and homeowners have no intention of retrofitting, study finds

According to the Notre Dame study, 62 percent of coastal homeowners are not considering taking any action to reduce the vulnerabilities of their homes or enhance protections against future hurricanes.

– University of Notre Dame

Climatic Change

Study finds links between genetic, postal codes in kids’ health, behavior and social outcomes

Irvine, Calif., April 8, 2019 — Both genetic codes and postal codes influence children’s physical and mental health and behavioral and social outcomes, according to a new study led by Candice Odgers, University of California, Irvine professor of ...

– University of California, Irvine

Nature Human Behaviour, April 2019

Declassified U2 spy plane images reveal bygone Middle Eastern archaeological features

In the 1950s and early '60s, with the Cold War at its peak, the United States flew U2 spy planes across Europe, the Middle East, and central eastern Asia, taking images of interesting military targets. Though the missions typically connected Point A ...

– University of Pennsylvania

Advances in Archaeological Practice

Relationship benefits can be seen in your eyes

Turns out that relationships are the secret to keeping calm and carrying on.

– Brigham Young University


FSU researcher finds adolescent views of law enforcement can improve over time

What do cheese, jeans and wine all have in common? They get better with time. New research from Florida State University finds that’s also true of teenagers’ attitudes toward law enforcement as they become adults.A research team, led by Assistant...

– Florida State University

Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency

How societal attitudes, political rhetoric affect immigrants’ health

For immigrants to the United States, the current political climate, and debates over issues such as a border wall, become part of the environment that influences their health, according to a new University of Washington study.

– University of Washington

Journal of Social Policy

Hate incidents are notoriously underreported. Now, there’s an app for that

The FBI is responsible for tracking hate crimes across the U.S., but the data are notoriously unreliable. University of Utah geographers want to fill the data gap with an app. The first of its kind, the app accepts reports beyond crimes captured in p...

– University of Utah

Hate Incident App



New two-photon imaging facility to expand neuroscience research and teaching

A new two-photon imaging facility at West Virginia University is expanding opportunities for neuroscience research in the Department of Biology and beyond.

– West Virginia University - Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

Improving daily practice: Master's program for epilepsy enters its twentieth year

The University of Sfax Master’s program in epileptology has educated hundreds of physicians from Tunisia and a handful of other countries, combining e-learning with hands-on training.

– International League Against Epilepsy

Pop Culture


From Cosplay to Steven Spielberg: Teaching Digital Costume Design at Rutgers

Shane Ballard, the costume design artist for Steven Spielberg’s upcoming West Side Story remake and the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks with Oprah Winfrey – and a frequent collaborator with Paul Tazewell, the Tony Award-winning costume designer ...

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Law and Public Policy


Gun Control Debate May Prompt Interest in Firearm Ownership

Dr. Laura Gunn, an associate professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences, and colleagues found that while violent attacks cause interest in gun control to spike, the rise in gun control debate may lead to increases in searches related to pu...

– University of North Carolina at Charlotte


Despite More Violent Crimes, It’s Safer to be a Cop Today than 50 Years Ago

Dangers of policing have dramatically declined since 1970 with a 75 percent drop in police officer line-of-duty deaths. In the context of nearly 50-year monthly trends, the study also shows a statistically significant decline in felonious killings of...

– Florida Atlantic University

Journal of Criminology & Public Policy


Disclosure Law Has Improved Nurse Staffing in New Jersey, Rutgers Study Finds

A New Jersey law requiring hospitals and nursing homes to publicly report the number of patients per nurse has led to better staffing ratios, a Rutgers study finds. The study, which appears in the journal Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice, is th...

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice

Tax incentives target poor neighborhoods but leave communities behind

Lawmakers often tout pro-gentrification tax incentives such as the new federal "opportunity zone" tax incentive - the tax break offered to developers in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 - as tools to promote capital investment in poor neighborhoods....

– University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Wisconsin Law Review

Police Stops Unintentionally Increase Criminal Behavior in Black and Latino Youths

New research finds that Black and Latino adolescent boys who are stopped by police report more frequent engagement in delinquent behavior thereafter. The study also demonstrates that police stops have a negative impact on the adolescents’ psycholog...

– New York University


LifeWire Policy and Public Affairs

AANEM Member's Expert Testimony Helps Convict Texas Doctor and Hospital Owner in $20 Million Healthcare Fraud Scheme

Two years ago, Peter A. Grant, MD, was contacted by the FBI. He was asked to review 35 patient charts in a case involving Drs. Harcharan Narang and Gurnaib Sidhu, and Dayakar Moparty. In February 2019, Narang and Moparty’s case went to trial and Dr...

– American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM)

Nation’s Ophthalmologists Push to Remove Roadblocks to Patients’ Access to Medical and Surgical Eye Care

More than 400 eye physicians and surgeons from across the U.S. are in Washington, D.C., today to urge Congress to end federal policies that delay patients’ access to quality medical and surgical eye care.

– American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

APA Reaffirms Opposition to Transgender Military Ban

WASHINGTON – The American Psychological Association reaffirms its opposition to the Department of Defense’s implementation later this week of a ban of transgender Americans from U.S. military service.

– American Psychological Association (APA)

International Symposium Explores Global Impact of #MeToo Movement

The event will provide a space for dialogue and learning, offering opportunities to learn about the histories, challenges and goals of movements and efforts around the world that address gender inequalities and how these intersect with one another. T...

– University of Kentucky

LifeWire Announcements

American University’s New Madison Prize Honors Senators Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray

American University’s New Madison Prize Honors Senators Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray

– American University

Four Innovators Awarded Funding to Tackle Housing Affordability

Factory OS and Landed in San Francisco, Home Partners of America in Chicago and The Alley Flat Initiative in Austin have been selected by Ivory Innovations as winners of the inaugural Ivory Prize for Housing Affordability.

– Sorenson Impact Center, David Eccles School of Business, University of Utah

McKelvey School of Engineering debuts undergraduate environmental engineering degree

Beginning in the fall of 2019, Washington University in St. Louis will welcome its first cohort of students who will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering. Unlike traditional environmental engineering programs with strong t...

– Washington University in St. Louis

Nationally-Acclaimed Trailblazers Nadya Okamoto and Katherine Watson Join Medical Library Association’s Dynamic Lineup for MLA’ 19 in Chicago

Announcement regarding MLA '19 Featured Speakers.

– Medical Library Association

Tulane anthropologist awarded Guggenheim Fellowship to study Amazon rainforests

Tulane University anthropology professor William Balée has been named a 2019 Guggenheim Fellow by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation to document the historical ecology of the lower Amazon basin.

– Tulane University

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Rutgers University Commencement Speaker Roundup

Rutgers names commencement speakers and honorary degree recipients for all locations, including Super Bowl LIII champions Jason McCourty and Devin McCourty, Merck CEO Kenneth C. Frazier and scholar Dorothy Roberts.

– Rutgers University

Rachel Kyte, Special Representative of UN Secretary-General and CEO of Sustainable Energy for All, Named Dean of The Fletcher School

Rachel Kyte, who has led United Nations efforts toward greater access to clean, affordable energy as part of action on climate change and sustainable development, has been named dean of The Fletcher School at Tufts University. Kyte is the first woman...

– Tufts University

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Championing the Humanities: DePaul University Receives $750K From Mellon Foundation to Launch Experiential Collaborative

DePaul University has been awarded a four-year, $750,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in support of a humanities initiative that will bring together faculty, Chicago area community organization leaders and students to address current da...

– DePaul University

LifeWire Higher Education Events

CSUMB Set to Host 23rd Annual Social Justice Colloquium

The 2019 Social Justice Colloquium at CSUMB explores the influence of filmmaking and documentaries in social justice movements in Iranian society.

– California State University, Monterey Bay

ASU’s College of Health Solutions to Host Rear Admiral Michael D. Weahkee

Arizona State University’s College of Health Solutions will host Rear Admiral Michael D. Weahkee, Principal Deputy Director of Indian Health Service, on April 11 at ASU’s Downtown Phoenix Campus.

– Arizona State University (ASU)





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