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New study suggests college students end up in vicious cycle of substance abuse, poor academics and stress

One negative behavior such as substance abuse or heavy alcohol drinking can lead college students toward a vicious cycle of poor lifestyle choices, lack of sleep, mental distress and low grades, according to new research from Binghamton University, S...

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

Trends in Neuroscience and Education, March-2019

Social and Behavioral Sciences


Young Children Judge Others Based on Facial Features as Much as Adults Do

Just like adults, children by the age of 5 make rapid and consistent character judgements of others based on facial features, such as the tilt of the mouth or the distance between the eyes. Those facial features also shape how children behave toward ...

– American Psychological Association (APA)

American Psychological Association

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Heavy drinkers consuming more than half of all alcohol

La Trobe University researchers have found the heaviest drinking 10 per cent of Australians drink over half the alcohol consumed in Australia, downing an average of six standard drinks per day.

– La Trobe University

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health

Logical reasoning: An antidote or a poison for political disagreement?

Star Trek's Spock would not be surprised: People are "illogical." New research exploring American liberals and conservatives shows that regardless of political affiliation

– Society for Personality and Social Psychology

Social Psychological and Personality Science

Espresso yourself: Coffee thoughts leave a latte on the mind

But what if coffee aficionados could get the same effects from their morning latte by simply responding to cues that make them think of coffee - including the smells, sights and sounds?

– Monash University

Consciousness and Cognition

Media exposure to mass violence can fuel cycle of distress, 3-year longitudinal study shows

Irvine, Calif., April 17, 2019 — Repeated exposure to media coverage of collective traumas, such as mass shootings or natural disasters, can fuel a cycle of distress, according to a University of California, Irvine study. Researchers found that ind...

– University of California, Irvine

Science Advances


Oxytocin could help treat alcohol use disorder

The neuropeptide oxytocin blocks enhanced drinking in alcohol-dependent rats, according to a study published April 16 in the open-access journal PLOS Biology led by Drs. Tunstall, Koob and Vendruscolo of the National Institutes of Health


PLOS Biology

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Uninformed, Overwhelmed Clients; Unrealistic Agency Expectations

Contracted private agencies provide approximately 33 percent of foster care placement services and 59 percent of family preservation services. State child welfare agencies are increasingly turning to them for a range of services. While turnover and b...

– Florida Atlantic University

Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research

Lower approval rates, higher finance fees evidence of discrimination for same-sex borrowers

Mortgage lenders are less likely to approve loans for same-sex couples, according to a new Iowa State study. Researchers analyzed national mortgage data from 1990 to 2015 and found the the approval rate for same-sex couples was 3 to 8 percent lower. ...

– Iowa State University

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Study reveals brain marker for angry dreams

Researchers have identified a pattern of brain activity that reflects anger experienced during dreaming according to a new study carried out on healthy adults

– University of Turku (Turun yliopisto)

Journal of Neuroscience


For Busy Medical Students, Two-Hour Meditation Study May Be Just as Beneficial as Longer Course

For time-crunched medical students, taking a two-hour introductory class on mindfulness may be just as beneficial for reducing stress and depression as taking an eight-week meditation course, a Rutgers study finds.

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Medical Science Educator, Feb-2019

New study finds simple way to inoculate teens against junk food marketing

A simple and brief intervention can provide lasting protection for adolescents against these harmful effects of food marketing. Reframing how students view food-marketing campaigns can spur adolescents, particularly boys, to make healthier daily diet...

– University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Nature Human Behaviour

Quick assessment tool of children’s environments can aid in prediction of optimal development outcomes

A paper published by Darcia Narvaez and her colleagues at the Notre Dame Family Life Project in Sage Open highlights how taking a snapshot of a young child’s experience over a week, as reported by a parent, is predictive of child outcomes.

– University of Notre Dame

Indicators of Despair Rising Among Gen X-ers Entering Middle Age

In 2016, a surprising decline in life expectancy was ascribed to "deaths of despair" among working-class middle-aged white men displaced by a changing economy. However, new research shows indicators of despair are rising among Americans approaching m...

– Vanderbilt University

American Journal of Public Health

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Increased Screen Time in Preschool Is Linked to Inattention

Screen time above a two-hour threshold at five years of age is associated with an increased risk of clinically relevant externalizing problems such as inattention, according to a study published April 17 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Piush M...



Embargo expired on 17-Apr-2019 at 14:00 ET

UVA Darden Executive Education Offers New Online Course on Collaboration and Influence

Business leaders seeking to discover how to build trust, promote positive engagement, gain support for new ideas, and ultimately drive long-term success and growth have a powerful resource to develop their personal influence through the new Darden Ex...

– University of Virginia Darden School of Business


Unleash Your Creativity

Creativity is a vast and complex concept that is difficult to understand or pin down. One minute there’s a blank page and then next an idea appears. What happened in between?

– Nord Anglia Education


Texas A&M study finds arts education positively impacts student performance

In a recent study, Dr. Daniel Bowen proved that arts education positively impacts student outcomes by increasing writing achievement, decreasing disciplinary infractions and increasing compassion.

– Texas A&M University

Innovative Course Helps Build Student's Entrepreneurial Mindset

For the first two weeks Roby Platt dreaded going to his entrepreneurial studies class. Forced to tell his story and pitch himself to his classmates was more than he could handle.

– Nord Anglia Education

Pop Culture


Wallach Invited to Speak on Continued Relevance of Recording Studios

Dr. Jeremy Wallach, a BGSU professor of popular culture and expert on popular music and globalization, was invited to Venice, Italy, for the annual “Music and Musicology in the 21st Century” conference. He presented on the soulful experience of t...

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– Bowling Green State University

Law and Public Policy


Community views invited on abortion laws

The independent South Australian Law Reform Institute (SALRI) based at the University of Adelaide is inviting views from the community and interested parties today, Wednesday 17 April 2019, as part of its review of the State’s abortion laws.

– University of Adelaide

LifeWire Announcements

CUR’s Posters on the Hill Showcases Undergraduate Research to Members of Congress, Others

On April 30, 60 teams from colleges and universities across the nation will participate in the 2019 Posters on the Hill event, sponsored by the Council on Undergraduate Research with support from the American Chemical Society and Institute of Electri...

– Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)

UVA Darden Professors Honored for Exemplary Contributions to University Community

A trio of University of Virginia Darden School of Business professors — Elena Loutskina, Bob Bruner and Pedro Matos — have been honored with University-wide awards for excellence in instruction, impact at the School and service to society.

– University of Virginia Darden School of Business

American Academy of Arts and Sciences Elects Eight NYU Faculty as 2019 Fellows

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) has elected eight New York University faculty as fellows.

– New York University

Rensselaer To Celebrate Launch of New Dual Degree in Music and Management

To celebrate the launch of a new dual degree program in music and management, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will host Creative Entrepreneurship: The Music-Tech-Business Connection, a presentation and panel discussion, on Monday, April 22.

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Storying Ourselves Takes the Stage

On April 25 and 26 at 7PM in the Black Box Theater at Babson College’s Sorenson Center for the Arts, students pursuing studies in engineering and business will take the stage and perform ten original autobiographical solo plays. Over two nights the...

– Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

Maryanne Reed named provost at West Virginia University

Maryanne Reed, who transformed West Virginia University’s journalism school into an exemplar of modern media training as the Reed College of Media, was named vice president for academic affairs and provost of the University on Wednesday (April 17)....

– West Virginia University

The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation Announces 2019 Graduate Fellows

The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation has announced the 2019 recipients of the prestigious Hertz Fellowship. Eleven young researchers will receive up to five years of academic support and be free of many constraints typical of other fellowships, prov...

– The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation

The Hertz Corporation Partners with the Hertz Foundation to Sponsor 2019 Fellow

For the first time, The Hertz Corporation and the independent Hertz Foundation will jointly advance groundbreaking applied science and engineering with The Hertz Corporation’s sponsorship of a 2019 Hertz Fellow.

– The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation

Washington University commits $100 million to MD scholarships, education

Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has committed $100 million over the next decade to provide scholarships allowing as many as half of its future medical students to attend tuition-free and many other students to receive partial tu...

– Washington University in St. Louis

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NYU's Griswold Wins 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Amity and Prosperity

Eliza Griswold, a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, has won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction for Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America (Farrar, S...

– New York University

Alastair Cribb Named Dean of Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University

Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University has named its fifth dean, Alastair Cribb, a visionary leader in veterinary medicine with expertise in both animal and human health, and founding dean of the University of Calgary Faculty of V...

– Tufts University

Read original Tufts University announcement

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Rutgers Dedicates Plaza to Paul Robeson, Renaissance Man for the Ages

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the graduation of its most acclaimed alumnus, Rutgers University dedicated a plaza named for Paul Robeson on Friday to honor his legacy as a distinguished a scholar, athlete, actor and global activist for civil ri...

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Rutgers Today

UIC head of theatre and actor Yasen Peyankov: ‘Teaching makes me a better actor and director’

Head of theater at UIC to appear in Steppenwolf Theatre play

– University of Illinois at Chicago

LifeWire Higher Education Events

Virtual Reality Experience Takes Audience Back to 10,000 BC at This Year’s Tribeca Film Festival, April 24-May 5

The film experience moves forward while looking backward with the U.S. premiere of CAVE, a shared virtual-reality experience that transports audiences back thousands of years, April 24 through May 5 at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival.

– New York University

Changing Strategies to Save Nature

The UC San Diego Institute for Practical Ethics welcomes environmental journalist Emma Marris to campus April 24 for an optimistic talk about new methods in conservation, the second keynote address for the new campus institute.

– University of California San Diego

New conference to focus on lack of diversity in philosophy departments

A new session at this year's American Philosophical Association's Pacific Division Meeting tackles the issue of diversity and representation in philosophy departments across the country.

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

#MeToo movement founder Tarana Burke to speak at UCI

Tarana Burke, founder of the #metoo movement, will speak at UCI on April 22. EVENT: Tarana Burke, a civil rights activist who founded the #MeToo movement to raise awareness of sexual harassment and assault, will speak at UCI on the campaign’s histo...

– University of California, Irvine

Senator Harry Reid and Speaker John Boehner to Participate in Exclusive Panel Discussion Moderated by NBC News’ Chuck Todd

Co-chaired by Sen. Reid and Speaker Boehner, the MGM Resorts Public Policy Institute at UNLV will hold a symposium April 23 at Las Vegas’s Bellagio Hotel. Bringing together leaders from across the public, private and education sectors, the event wi...

– University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)





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