Monthly Archives: November 2012

Working couples face greater odds of intimate partner violence

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Working couples face greater odds of intimate partner violence
Intimate partner violence is two times more likely to occur in two income households, compared to those where only one partner works, a recent study found.

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College students more eager for marriage than their parents are

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College students more eager for marriage than their parents are
A national study found that U.S. college students think 25 years old is the “right age” to get married, while a majority of parents feel 25 is still a little too soon. So it’s no coincidence that when Justin Bieber said he’d like to wed by 25, Oprah Winfrey urged him to wait longer in an interview aired Sunday.

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Preventing posttraumatic stress disorder by facing trauma memories

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Preventing posttraumatic stress disorder by facing trauma memories
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a form of learning that begins at the moment of the exposure to extremely stressful situations and that grows in impact as trauma-related memories are rehearsed and strengthened repeatedly. This somewhat oversimplified view of PTSD yields a powerful prediction: if one could disrupt the rehearsal and strengthening of traumatic memories, a process called reconsolidation of memories, then one might reduce PTSD risk or PTSD severity after potentially traumatic events.

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Being bullied can cause trauma symptoms

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Being bullied can cause trauma symptoms
Problems caused by bullying do not necessarily cease when the abuse stops. Recent research shows that victims may need long-term support.

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Reducing sibling rivalry in youth improves later health and well-being

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Reducing sibling rivalry in youth improves later health and well-being
Sibling conflict represents parents’ number one concern and complaint about family life, but a new prevention program demonstrates that siblings of elementary-school age can learn to get along. In doing so, they can improve their future health and well-being.

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More Facebook friends means more stress, says report

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More Facebook friends means more stress, says report
A large number of friends on Facebook may appear impressive but, according to a new report, the more social circles a person is linked to online the more likely social media will be a source of stress.

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Stress management counseling in the primary care setting is rare

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Stress management counseling in the primary care setting is rare
While stress may be a factor in 60 to 80 percent of all visits to primary care physicians, only three percent of patients actually receive stress management counseling, say researchers.

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Computer mediation can help combat bullying in schools

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Computer mediation can help combat bullying in schools
Research has demonstrated how computer mediation could help combat bullying in schools. 

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Experience of genocide as transmitted trauma may not be universal

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Experience of genocide as transmitted trauma may not be universal
A new comparative study finds genocidal legacies are not experienced as trauma across cultures.

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Handaxes of 1.7 million years ago: ‘Trust rather than lust’ behind fine details

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Handaxes of 1.7 million years ago: ‘Trust rather than lust’ behind fine details
Trust rather than lust is at the heart of the attention to detail and finely made form of handaxes from around 1.7 million years ago, according to a researcher.

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Are social networking Internet sites a factor in psychotic symptoms?

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Are social networking Internet sites a factor in psychotic symptoms?
Internet communication is exploding — and so is the possibility of a related psychopathology called Internet addiction. Now a researcher says that a review of several case studies from his own practice shows a direct connection between psychotic episodes and participation in certain online social networking sites.

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Comments, traffic statistics help empower bloggers

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Comments, traffic statistics help empower bloggers
Whether bloggers are writing to change the world, or just discussing a bad break-up, they may get an extra boost of motivation from traffic-measuring and interactive tools that help them feel more connected to and more influential in their communities, according to researchers.

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Embattled childhoods may be the real trauma for soldiers with PTSD

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Embattled childhoods may be the real trauma for soldiers with PTSD
New research on posttraumatic stress disorder in soldiers challenges popular assumptions about the origins and trajectory of PTSD, providing evidence that traumatic experiences in childhood – not combat – may predict which soldiers develop the disorder.

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Brazilian mediums shed light on brain activity during a trance state

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Brazilian mediums shed light on brain activity during a trance state
Researchers analyzed the cerebral blood flow (CBF) of Brazilian mediums during the practice of psychography, described as a form of writing whereby a deceased person or spirit is believed to write through the medium’s hand. The new research revealed intriguing findings of decreased brain activity during mediumistic dissociative state which generated complex written content

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Mathematical counseling for all who wonder why their relationship is like a sinus wave

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Mathematical counseling for all who wonder why their relationship is like a sinus wave
Neuroinformaticians have provided a mathematical model for efficient communication in relationships. Love affair dynamics can look like a sinus wave: a smooth repetitive oscillation of highs and lows. For some couples these waves grow out of control, leading to breakup, while for others they smooth into a state of peace and quietness. The ‘relationship-sinus’ depends on the time partners take to form their emotional reactions towards each other, mathematicians show.

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Homophobia in sport: Sporting identity, authoritarian aggression, and social dominance

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Homophobia in sport: Sporting identity, authoritarian aggression, and social dominance
Homophobia exists in many areas of life. It also seems to be particularly entrenched in sport, exercise and physical education (PE) settings of all kinds. But why is this the case?

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Chronic fatigue syndrome: System under stress

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Chronic fatigue syndrome: System under stress
Evidence links autonomic functioning to cognitive impairment in chronic fatigue syndrome.

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Four family cultures of America identified

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Four family cultures of America identified
Four types of family cultures – the Faithful, the Engaged Progressives, the Detached and the American Dreamers – are molding the next generation of Americans, a three-year study finds.

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Four family cultures of America identified

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Four family cultures of America identified
Four types of family cultures – the Faithful, the Engaged Progressives, the Detached and the American Dreamers – are molding the next generation of Americans, a three-year study finds.

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Babies born to stressed mothers more likely to be bullied at school

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Babies born to stressed mothers more likely to be bullied at school
Children whose mothers were overly stressed during pregnancy are more likely to become victims of bullying at school, according to new research.

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Research explores relationship-building program for male same-sex couples

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Research explores relationship-building program for male same-sex couples
University of Cincinnati research is examining the effectiveness of a relationship education program that was created to specifically address the needs of male same-sex couples.

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Novice or expert: How do consumers increase their knowledge about products?

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Novice or expert: How do consumers increase their knowledge about products?
Consumers seek out novel consumption experiences to increase their knowledge about products but do so selectively based on their level of expertise, according to a new study.

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Why yawning is contagious in bonobos: As with humans, yawning Is more contagious when individuals are closely related

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Why yawning is contagious in bonobos: As with humans, yawning Is more contagious when individuals are closely related
Being socially close to another bonobo is more likely to make bonobo apes yawn in response to the other’s yawns, according to new research. The researchers found that yawning in bonobos is more contagious when individuals are strongly bonded to one another as kin or close friends.

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Evolving roles of hospice and palliative care

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Evolving roles of hospice and palliative care
Many people think hospice and palliative care come at the end of life, and while both often play a key role then, palliative care also can provide pain relief, symptom control, emotional comfort and spiritual support as patients recover from serious illnesses.

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Hormone affects distance men keep from unknown women they find attractive: Oxytocin may promote fidelity

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Hormone affects distance men keep from unknown women they find attractive: Oxytocin may promote fidelity
Men in committed relationships choose to keep a greater distance between themselves and an unknown woman they find attractive when given the hormone oxytocin, according to new research. The findings suggest oxytocin may help promote fidelity within monogamous relationships.

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Childhood abuse leads to poor adult health

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Childhood abuse leads to poor adult health
The psychological scars of childhood abuse can last well into adulthood. New research shows the harm can have long-term negative physical effects, as well as emotional ones.

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Meditation may reduce death, heart attack and stroke in heart patients

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Meditation may reduce death, heart attack and stroke in heart patients
Twice-a-day Transcendental Meditation helped African Americans with heart disease reduce risk of death, heart attack and stroke. Meditation helped patients lower their blood pressure, stress and anger compared with patients who attended a health education class. Regular Transcendental Meditation may improve long-term heart health.

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Snap judgments during speed dating

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Snap judgments during speed dating
For speed daters, first impressions are everything. But it’s more than just whether someone is hot or not. Researchershave found that people make such speed-dating decisions based on a combination of two different factors that are related to activity in two distinct parts of the brain.

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Meditation appears to produce enduring changes in emotional processing in the brain

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Meditation appears to produce enduring changes in emotional processing in the brain
A new study has found that participating in an eight-week meditation training program can have measurable effects on how the brain functions even when someone is not actively meditating. The researchers also found differences in those effects based on the specific type of meditation practiced.

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Brain injury and stress disorder strong indicators of vision problems for veterans

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Brain injury and stress disorder strong indicators of vision problems for veterans
Many veterans of the United States armed forces who have traumatic brain injury or post-traumatic stress disorder also have undiagnosed, chronic vision problems, according to two studies.

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