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Study: Experiencing Childhood Trauma Makes Body and Brain Age Faster

Children who suffer trauma from abuse or violence early in life show biological signs of aging faster than children who have never experienced adversity, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. The study examined th...

– American Psychological Association (APA)

Psychological Bulletin

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Baby boomers show concerning decline in cognitive functioning

In a reversal of trends, American baby boomers scored lower on a test of cognitive functioning than did members of previous generations, according to a new nationwide study.

– Ohio State University

Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences.


Pandemic leads to higher depression, anxiety and fear, studies show

The COVID-19 pandemic led to higher levels of depression, anxiety, suicidal tendencies and psychological trauma among American adults during the early months of its spread, according to three new studies published by University of Arkansas sociologis...

– University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior

Looking up to the Joneses: Consequences of the perceptions of white wealth

Before the era of COVID-19, research suggested that premature deaths among white Americans were rising. Even before the era of COVID-19, these findings were surprising.

– Society for Personality and Social Psychology

Social Psychological and Personality Science


Study Highlights Mental Health Risks Facing Healthcare Workers During Pandemic

A new study finds U.S. healthcare workers are struggling with a suite of mental-health challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.

– North Carolina State University

Frontiers in Psychology, Jul-2020

Women’s higher resting metabolic rates in cold environments could be thyroid requirements for pregnancy, researcher says

Although other researchers have demonstrated that women who live in extreme environments produce more thyroid hormone to adapt to the cold, the Notre Dame study is the first to hypothesize a link with pregnancy.

– University of Notre Dame

American Journal of Human Biology

Climate change-influenced refugee crisis may lead to long-term settlement issues

While many models suggest that climate change will prompt a substantial number of people to leave their homes, not all research so clearly finds this is the case. Investigating cases where computer models seemed to indicate only limited impacts of cl...

– Penn State Institute for Computational and Data Sciences

American Journal of Sociology

COVID-19: Social media users more likely to believe false information

A new study led by researchers at McGill University finds that people who get their news from social media are more likely to have misperceptions about COVID-19.

– McGill University

Misinformation Review

How women and men forgive infidelity

Infidelity is one of the most common reasons that heterosexual couples break up. Researchers who have studied 160 different cultures find this to be true worldwide.

– Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

Journal of Relationships Research

Laughter acts as a stress buffer -- and even smiling helps

People who laugh frequently in their everyday lives may be better equipped to deal with stressful events - although this does not seem to apply to the intensity of laughter.

– University of Basel


New Research Investigates the Impact of COVID-19 on Terrorism

UAlbany researchers, who specialize in terrorist ideology, explore both the challenges and opportunities that the COVID-19 crisis presents for terrorist organizations.

– University at Albany, State University of New York

Perspectives on Terrorism



SARS-CoV-2 screening strategies for safe reopening of college campuses

What The Study Did: This study defines the screening performance standards for SARS-CoV-2 tests that would permit the safe return of students to U.S. residential college campuses this fall. Authors: A. David Paltiel, Ph.D., of the Yale School of P...

– JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association

JAMA Network Open

Continuing online instruction could contribute to widening achievement gaps by family income or socioeconomic status

The latest research from Notre Dame's Chloe Gibbs explores how time spent in school affects children’s cognitive and non-cognitive outcomes. This research finds that more instructional time in the early years has important benefits for children ove...

Expert Available

– University of Notre Dame

Law and Public Policy


American University Survey: Young Black Americans Are Key 2020 Swing Voters

American University’s Black Swing Voter Project released results of a new survey of Black Americans in six battleground states.

– American University


Record-breaking drop in U.S. GDP: experts available to comment

During the second quarter of 2020, real gross domestic product decreased at an annual rate of 32.9 percent, according to the advance estimate released July 30 by the U.S. Commerce Department's Bureau of Economic Analysis. The fall in economic output ...

Expert Available

– Indiana University

LifeWire Announcement

Shannon Frattaroli Named Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy at Bloomberg School of Public Health

Shannon Frattaroli, PhD, MPH, a public health policy researcher with 20 years of experience in the field of injury prevention and associate professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public He...

– Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine Receives Prestigious American Hospital Association Award for Community Health Work

The AHA Dick Davidson NOVA Award honors hospital-led collaborative efforts improving community health. The Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine was honored for its contributions through the Human Dimension program.

– Hackensack Meridian Health

COVID-19 Community Relief Funds raised more than $1 billion across U.S., research led by Lilly Family School of Philanthropy professor Laurie Paarlberg finds

COVID-19 relief funds at local United Ways and community foundations across the United States raised more than $1.05 billion and distributed at least $589 million to financially vulnerable individuals and nonprofits leading the pandemic response in t...

– Indiana University

Rutgers’ Eagleton Institute of Politics Announces 2020-2021 Science and Politics Fellows

Rutgers’ Eagleton Institute of Politics announced that seven scientists have been selected for the 2020-2021 cohort of Eagleton Science and Politics Fellows. Over the next year, the Eagleton Science Fellows will serve as full-time science advisors ...

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick





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