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Social and Behavioral Sciences


Is it autism? The line is getting increasingly blurry

If the current trend in diagnostic practices holds, the definition of autism may get too blurry to be meaningful, a Canadian research team finds.

– Universite de Montreal

JAMA Psychiatry, Aug. 21, 2019

Embargo expired on 21-Aug-2019 at 11:00 ET

Babbling babies’ behavior changes parents’ speech

New research shows baby babbling changes the way parents speak to their infants, suggesting that infants are shaping their own learning environments.

– Cornell University

Journal of Child Language


City Parks Lift Mood as Much as Christmas, Twitter Study Shows

New research shows that visitors to urban parks use happier words and express less negativity on Twitter than before their visit—and that their elevated mood lasts for up to four hours. The effect is so strong that it’s equivalent to the mood spi...

– University of Vermont

People & Nature

Embargo expired on 20-Aug-2019 at 00:05 ET

What’s Driving More Women to Drink?

More women are drinking alcohol, but there is little evidence to explain the increase in consumption. New research found variations in the amount and frequency women drink based on age, race, education, marital status and other factors.

– Iowa State University

American Sociological Association’s Annual Meeting, August 2019

Low Levels of Vitamin D in Elementary School Could Spell Trouble in Adolescence

Vitamin D deficiency in middle childhood could result in aggressive behavior as well as anxious and depressive moods during adolescence, according to a new University of Michigan study of school children in Bogotá, Colombia.

– University of Michigan

Journal of Nutrition

When it comes to investing, love at first sight doesn’t always pay off

It's very easy to get too attached to a particular investment—even when there are better options out there. New research by Vanderbilt business professors explains why it happens, and how to avoid it.

– Vanderbilt University

Journal of Economic Psychology

HFES Releases New Book Examining How to Conduct Task Analyses

The latest book from the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES), Task Analysis: How to Develop an Understanding of Work, is now available for purchase. It is the fourth installment of the Users’ Guide to Human Factors and Ergonomics Methods se...

– Human Factors and Ergonomics Society


Chinese Americans Face Increased Risk of Elder Abuse, Rutgers Studies Find

Not enough is being done to prevent elder abuse in the Chinese American community, according to four new Rutgers studies published in the current edition of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

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

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society; 71874076; 71473117; 71622013

Research Shows That Conflict Avoidance Is How Society Overcomes Violence

Historically, Americans have chosen conflict avoidance over violence in property rights.

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

International Review of Law and Economics

Need a Mental Break? Avoid Your Cellphone, Researchers Say

Using a cellphone to take a break during mentally challenging tasks does not allow the brain to recharge effectively and may result in poorer performance, Rutgers researchers found.

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Journal of Behavioral Addictions

Comparing Your House to Your Neighbors’ Can Lead to Dissatisfaction

Satisfaction with your home can depend on its size compared to your neighbors’ homes, according to new Iowa State University research. Daniel Kuhlmann, assistant professor of community and regional planning, found that people are more likely to be ...

– Iowa State University

Housing Studies, Aug-2019

Online Brain Games Can Extend in-Game ‘Cognitive Youth’ Into Old Age, UCI-Led Study Finds

A University of California, Irvine-led study has found that online brain game exercises can enable people in their 70s and even 80s to multitask cognitively as well as individuals 50 years their junior. This is an increasingly valuable skill, given t...

– University of California, Irvine

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Aug-2019



Project Begins to Hire and Retain More Women, Minority STEM Faculty

Wichita State University continues to make strides toward improving opportunities for women in senior leadership, with women currently holding six out of 10 dean positions throughout the university. Now WSU is taking an even bigger step to increas...

– Wichita State University


Saint Louis University Enrolls Largest Freshman Class in History

The first class of Saint Louis University’s third century also will be first among all those that have preceded it in terms of size. This year’s freshman class is the largest in SLU history. 

– Saint Louis University

In Good Company: CSU Campuses Rank Among Nation’s Best

National college rankings recognize the California State University for return on investment, high academic quality and social mobility.

– California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office


Professors Cognard-Black, Patterson Simultaneously Release Video Lecture Series Through Great Courses

Two St. Mary’s College of Maryland professors, Jennifer Cognard-Black (English) and Carrie Patterson (art) had courses released through The Great Courses program.

– St. Mary's College of Maryland

From One Student to Another: How to Navigate College While Dealing with Anxiety

The new school year is here. I’ll hold for your applause. All joking aside, the beginning of a new semester can be scary. For many students, including me, that fear manifests itself as anxiety, the most common mental illness in the U.S.

– Wichita State University


Keeping Teachers in the Classroom

Teacher turnover is plaguing the United States. Each year, more than 200,000 teachers leave the profession, most for reasons other than retirement. Dr. Hersh Waxman, professor in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture, found that solving t...

– Texas A&M University

Annals of Dyslexia, Vol. 69

‘To the Rescue’ Game Designers Break Fundraising Goal in Just Two Days

Two University of Arkansas at Little Rock students are in awe over all the support shown for their dog rescue shelter simulation game, whose $16,000 fundraising campaign on Kickstarter was reached in just over 48 hours.“We have been totally blown a...

– University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Law and Public Policy


Fake news can lead to false memories

Voters may form false memories after seeing fabricated news stories, especially if those stories align with their political beliefs, according to research in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

– Association for Psychological Science

Psychological Science

GW Researchers Develop First of Its Kind Mapping Model to Track How Hate Spreads and Adapts Online

Researchers at the George Washington University developed a mapping model, the first of its kind, to track how online hate clusters thrive globally. They believe it could help social media platforms and law enforcement in the battle against hate onli...

– George Washington University


Trauma Contributes to Depression Risk in Central American Immigrant Mothers

Traumatic stress is a key factor associated with depression among immigrant mothers from Central America, reports a study in Family and Community Health: The Journal of Health Promotion & Maintenance – part of a special theme issue devoted to "Fami...

– Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

in Family and Community Health: The Journal of Health Promotion & Maintenance


Book Traces Rise of 'Free Enterprise' as Cornerstone of Conservatism

Cornell historian Lawrence Glickman published a new book tracing the origin and use of the term "free enterprise" in conservative philosophy.

– Cornell University

LifeWire Policy and Public Affairs

APA Statement on Expected Rule Eliminating 20-Day Limit on Detaining Immigrant Children

Following is the statement of Jaime “Jim” Diaz-Granados, PhD, deputy CEO of the American Psychological Association, regarding the administration’s expected decision to withdraw from the Flores Settlement Agreement, which limited to 20 days the ...

– American Psychological Association (APA)

LifeWire Announcement

Under Royal Patronage, Global Heritage Organization Celebrates Women Leaders in World Heritage

Global Heritage Fund will honor the inspirational women protecting heritage at its upcoming "Women Leaders in World Heritage" event at historic St James's Palace in London.

– Global Heritage Fund

CUR Physics and Astronomy Division Announces 2019 Faculty Mentor Awardees

Cristian Bahrim (Lamar University) and Sanju Gupta (Western Kentucky University) have been selected as the 2019 Faculty Mentor Awardees of the Council on Undergraduate Research's Physics and Astronomy Division.

– Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)

Cornell College Launches 1st Graduate Degree in Creative Writing

Cornell College will kick off its first graduate degree program in nearly 100 years during the summer of 2020. Since 1936 the college has focused solely on undergraduate programming, but soon the college will expand its offerings with a low-residency...

– Cornell College

Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities and NYC Department of Parks & Recreation Hold Monday Mile Kickoff, Health and Wellness Fair

New York City Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD), the Department of Parks & Recreation and Move It Monday, a non-profit initiative of The Monday Campaigns, held a Monday Mile kickoff event this week in Thomas Jefferson Park in East...

– Monday Campaigns

Kelly Mccaughrain Announced as the New Children’s Writing Fellow for NI by Arts Council and Queen’s

Award-winning writer Kelly McCaughrain has accepted the post as the new Children’s Writing Fellow for Northern Ireland at the Seamus Heaney Centre, Queen’s University Belfast.

– Queen's University Belfast

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Campaign for UC San Diego Hits Historic $2B Milestone

The University of California San Diego announced that the Campaign for UC San Diego has achieved its $2 billion fundraising goal three years early. As of July 24, 2019, the campus raised $2.04 billion through donations from 135,367 unique donors with...

– University of California San Diego

LifeWire Higher Education Events

Jamie L. Roberts Stadium Dedication Set for Sept. 7 at St. Mary’s College of Maryland

On Saturday, Sept. 7, after much anticipation, the campus and local community will gather to celebrate St. Mary’s College of Maryland’s newest facility, Jamie L. Roberts Stadium, and honor the legacy of its namesake.

– St. Mary's College of Maryland

Media Availability: Join Us for the First-Ever Academic and Residential Complex Move-in Day Aug. 21

Hundreds of University of Illinois at Chicago administrators, staff, student volunteers and student-athletes will welcome first-year students and help them move into residence halls. Approximately 400 first-year students will move into UIC’s newest...

– University of Illinois at Chicago

Zimmerli Art Museum Presents Dimensionism: Modern Art in the Age of Einstein

Dimensionism: Modern Art in the Age of Einstein comes to Rutgers–New Brunswick’s Zimmerli Art Museum on Sept. 3 and will examine works by celebrated artists, including Marcel Duchamp, Isamu Noguchi, Dorothea Tanning and includes the return of Hel...

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick





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