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Difficulty in identifying angry facial expressions linked to interpersonal problems in recovering heavy drinkers

People in early-stage recovery from alcohol use disorder can struggle to recognize facial expressions of emotion ─ particularly anger ─ according to a study published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research. The findings build...

– Research Society on Alcoholism

Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research

Embargo expired on 12-Aug-2019 at 10:00 ET

Arts and Humanities


AI tool characterizes a song's genre & provides insights regarding perception music

The debate can finally be put to rest--Lil Nas X's record-setting, chart-topping hit "Old Town Road" is indeed country. But it's also a little rock 'n roll. And when you analyze the lyrics and chords together, it's straight-up pop.

– University of Southern California (USC)

Speech, Music, and Mind 2019

Social and Behavioral Sciences


Financial Abuse of Older Adults by Family Members More Common Than Scams by Strangers

Keck School of Medicine of USC researchers identified financial abuse of older adults by family members as the more common than scams by strangers

– University of Southern California (USC) Health Sciences

R01AG055430; R01AG060096; T32 AG000037; Journal of Applied Gerontology


New link between endocannabinoids and exercise may help in treatment of depression

Exercise improves mood for people with depression and the endocannabinoid system may explain why. New research shows a significant boost in endocannabinoids and improvements in mood following prescribed moderate-intensity exercise.

– Iowa State University

Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise

#MeToo media coverage sympathetic to but not necessarily empowering for women

The #MeToo movement has encouraged women to share their personal stories of sexual harassment.

– Carnegie Institution for Science

Association of Computational Linguistics conference

Testosterone has a Complicated Relationship with Moral Reasoning, Study Finds

Although some studies have linked high levels of testosterone to immoral behavior, a new study published in Nature Human Behaviour finds testosterone supplements actually made people more sensitive to moral norms, suggesting that testosterone’s inf...

– University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin)

Nature Human Behaviour

Research takes new approach to understanding success on the volleyball court

Their findings revealed that while height is a large component of volleyball and can provide advantages to certain positions, the success of a player is not determined by height alone.

– Cornell College


Study finds racial bias in tweets flagged as hate speech

Tweets believed to be written by African Americans are much more likely to be tagged as hate speech than tweets associated with whites, according to a Cornell study analyzing five collections of Twitter data marked for abusive language.

– Cornell University

Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics

First-Of-Its Kind Research Examines the Relationship Between Asthma, Disease Control, and Depression

$3.4 Million Study to Understand Why Older Adults Have Worse Asthma Outcomes

– Mount Sinai Health System

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Individuals are swayed by their peers, leading to more severe punishments, study finds

When acting as one part of a group charged with deciding how to punish someone -- a jury, for example -- individuals are swayed by their peers to punish more often than they would if deciding alone, a new study found.

– Brown University

Scientific Reports

Teens feel pressured to get pregnant

Female adolescents are experiencing relationship abuse at alarming rates, according to a new Michigan State University study that specifically researched reproductive coercion - a form of abuse in which a woman is pressured to become pregnant against...

– Michigan State University

Obstetrics & Gynecology

Poor Fit Between Job Demands, Reasoning Abilities Associated with Chronic Health Conditions

Older workers whose reasoning abilities no longer allow them to meet the demands of their jobs may be more likely to develop chronic health conditions and retire early, which may not be ideal for the employee or employer, according to research publis...

– American Psychological Association (APA)

Journal of Occupational Health Psychology



Darden First Year Internships Span Industries, Functions and Locations Around the World

This summer, and for the second in a row, 100 percent of Darden full-time MBA students received an internship, and students entered roles at 145 companies in all major MBA industries.

– University of Virginia Darden School of Business

Pop Culture


TV coverage of Olympics devotes more time to female athletes

A new study of Olympic TV coverage found female athletes have been receiving more coverage during the games since the 2012 broadcast. The gender gap has closed to the point of favoring female athletes, who have received the majority of clock-time and...

– University of Delaware

Communication and Sport

Law and Public Policy


Analysis shows large decline in criminal sentencing race gap

Racial and ethnic gaps in criminal sentences have declined, in some cases significantly, since the mid-1990s, a new analysis of state, county and federal data suggests.

– Ohio State University

American Sociological Association annual meeting, Aug. 2019

Embargo expired on 13-Aug-2019 at 00:00 ET


It’s Not You, It’s the Network

The result of the 2016 US presidential election was, for many, a surprise lesson in social perception bias — peoples’ tendency to assume that others think as we do, and to underestimate the size and influence of a minority party. Long documen...

– Santa Fe Institute

Nature Human Behaviour

Embargo expired on 12-Aug-2019 at 11:00 ET

Rutgers Releases Comprehensive Report on How Cultural Factors Affect Chinese Americans' Health

Rutgers researchers present an unprecedented exploration of cultural factors concerning Chinese Americans' health in a special edition of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (JAGS). Seventeen research papers study elder abuse, cognitive fu...

– Institute for Health, Healthcare Policy and Aging Research at Rutgers University

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society(JAGS)

LifeWire Announcement

$30 Million Endowment Established to Support Park Scholar Program at Ithaca College

A $30 million gift — the largest to a single endowment fund Ithaca College has ever received — will facilitate access to the college’s Park Scholar Program, helping to ensure that high-achieving students from across the nation will continue ded...

– Ithaca College

SUNY Geneseo Awarded $884K NSF Grant

The NSF has awarded an $883,754 grant to SUNY Geneseo to support women faculty in STEM. The ADVANCE PLAN project will be led by Wendy Pogozelski, SUNY distinguished teaching professor of chemistry, and Karleen West, associate professor of political s...

– State University of New York at Geneseo

Global Heritage Organization and American Express Partner to Protect Rural Heritage in China

To protect China’s endangered cultural heritage, San Francisco-based Global Heritage Fund (GHF) and American Express (AMEX) have partnered to support cultural heritage and historic preservation. This groundbreaking partnership helps communities ada...

– Global Heritage Fund

Salisbury University earns $2.1M Federal Grant for Migrant Farm Workers Interested in Education Degrees

Salisbury University has received a five-year, $2.1 million College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) award from the Department of Education. The funding will assist first-year, full-time students who are engaged, or whose parents are engaged, in mig...

– Salisbury University

UCI is No. 1 among Money magazine’s ‘Best Colleges’

Irvine, Calif., Aug. 12, 2019 — Money magazine has ranked the University of California, Irvine No. 1 on its 2019-20 list of the nation’s “Best Colleges.” Knocking Princeton University off the top spot, this also makes UCI the first public uni...

– University of California, Irvine





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