Monthly Archives: December 2012

Students’ online and offline social networks can predict course grades

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Students’ online and offline social networks can predict course grades
The information can be used to determine which students need the most help, as well as which ones excel and might be guided to further study or careers in that subject area.

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Monkey see, monkey do: Visual feedback is necessary for imitating facial expressions

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Monkey see, monkey do: Visual feedback is necessary for imitating facial expressions
Research using new computer-based technology shows that our ability to imitate facial expressions depends on learning that occurs through visual feedback.

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Not all gamers are low scorers on friendships, relationships

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Not all gamers are low scorers on friendships, relationships
Not all video game players are destined for lives filled with failing relationships and dwindling friendships, according to researchers, who say that a lot depends on the role of the game-playing activity in the gamer’s life.

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Delusions of gender: Men’s insecurities may lead to sexist views of women

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Delusions of gender: Men’s insecurities may lead to sexist views of women
A new study suggests that men’s insecurities about relationships and conflicted views of women as romantic partners and rivals could lead some to adopt sexist attitudes about women.

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Social networking strengthens boys’ friendships

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Social networking strengthens boys’ friendships
Social networking sites may increase the bonds of friendship among 9- to 13-year-old boys, according to a new study.

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Oxytocin, social sharing and recovery from trauma

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Oxytocin, social sharing and recovery from trauma
Therapists have long known that people who’ve had a traumatic experience feel the need to talk about what they’ve been through. This process is called ‘social sharing’ and can take place for days, weeks, months or years after the event.

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Children’s meetings offline with people met online examined in new study

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Children’s meetings offline with people met online examined in new study
Few parents feel entirely comfortable with their children meeting their online acquaintances in real life. But a new study sets out to put the risks and benefits of such meetings in perspective.

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Bullying by childhood peers leaves a trace that can change the expression of a gene linked to mood

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Bullying by childhood peers leaves a trace that can change the expression of a gene linked to mood
A recent study suggests that bullying by peers changes the structure surrounding a gene involved in regulating mood, making victims more vulnerable to mental health problems as they age.

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Chronic worriers at higher risk for PTSD, research finds

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Chronic worriers at higher risk for PTSD, research finds
People who worry constantly are at greater risk for post-traumatic stress disorder, according to new research.

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Speaking skills crucial for hearing impaired children in the classroom

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Speaking skills crucial for hearing impaired children in the classroom
New research shows that the successful integration of hearing-impaired children into hearing classrooms is dependent upon how well the child can speak. Children with hearing loss, their parents, and their teachers can aid successful integration by focusing on speech development.

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Brain imaging identifies bipolar disorder risk in adolescents

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Brain imaging identifies bipolar disorder risk in adolescents
Australian researchers have used brain imaging technology to show that young people with a known risk of bipolar (but as yet have no signs of the condition) have clear and quantifiable differences in brain activity when compared to controls.

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First study of new treatment for early stage bipolar disorder

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First study of new treatment for early stage bipolar disorder
A new clinical trial of people who have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder for less than five years will be the first study of its kind to shed light on how new treatments could be more effective in the early stages of the condition.

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We are basically honest – except when we are at work, study suggests

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We are basically honest – except when we are at work, study suggests
A new study has revealed we are more honest than you might think. The research suggests that it pains us to tell lies, particularly when we are in our own homes. It appears that being honest is hugely important to our sense of who we are. However, while it might bother us to tell lies at home, we are less circumspect at work where we are probably more likely to bend the truth, suggests the study.

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Less partner abuse, substance abuse and post-partum depression among married women, study finds

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Less partner abuse, substance abuse and post-partum depression among married women, study finds
Women who are married suffer less partner abuse, substance abuse or post-partum depression around the time of pregnancy than women who are cohabitating or do not have a partner, a new study has found.

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Social synchronicity: Research finds a connection between bonding and matched movements

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Social synchronicity: Research finds a connection between bonding and matched movements
Humans have a tendency to spontaneously synchronize their movements. Although this type of synchronous body movement has been observed widely, its neurological mechanism and its role in social interactions remain obscure. In a new study, researchers found that body-movement synchronization between two participants increases following a short session of cooperative training, suggesting that our ability to synchronize body movements is a measurable indicator of social interaction.

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Social ties help drive user content generation that leads to online ad revenue growth

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Social ties help drive user content generation that leads to online ad revenue growth
Study reveals that networking sites can drive advertising revenue by encouraging the density of social ties, or boosting the level of friendship or social connections between users.

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Too big or just right? Optimal circle of friends depends on socioeconomic conditions

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Too big or just right? Optimal circle of friends depends on socioeconomic conditions
Some people like to have a few close friends, while others prefer a wider social circle that is perhaps less deep. These preferences reflect people’s personalities and individual circumstances — but is one approach to social networks “better” than the other? New research suggests that the optimal social networking strategy depends on socioeconomic conditions.

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Psychological therapies improve life for children with post-traumatic stress disorder, study suggests

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Psychological therapies improve life for children with post-traumatic stress disorder, study suggests
Children suffering post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of traumatic events, including child abuse, may benefit from psychological therapies, according to a new review. In the first systematic review of PTSD in young people, researchers found that children and teenagers diagnosed with PTSD showed signs of improvement up to three months following treatment and called for more studies to assess long-term benefits.

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Feeling lonely linked to increased risk of dementia in later life

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Feeling lonely linked to increased risk of dementia in later life
Feeling lonely, as distinct from being/living alone, is linked to an increased risk of developing dementia in later life, indicates new research.

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Sexual and social behavior modified by serotonin system drugs

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Sexual and social behavior modified by serotonin system drugs
Drugs that bind to specific serotonin receptors in the brain can both improve and impair female sexual function in non-human primates.

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Eating or spending too much? Blame it on social networking sites

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Eating or spending too much? Blame it on social networking sites
Participating in online social networks can have a detrimental effect on consumer well-being by lowering self-control among certain users, according to a new study.

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Epigenetics may be a critical factor contributing to homosexuality, study suggests

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Epigenetics may be a critical factor contributing to homosexuality, study suggests
Epigenetics — how gene expression is regulated by temporary switches, called epi-marks — appears to be a critical and overlooked factor contributing to the long-standing puzzle of why homosexuality occurs. According to the study, sex-specific epi-marks, which normally do not pass between generations and are thus “erased,” can lead to homosexuality when they escape erasure and are transmitted from father to daughter or mother to son.

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Epigenetics may underlie homosexuality, study finds

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Epigenetics may underlie homosexuality, study finds
Is homosexuality genetic? It’s a long-running debate. Now researchers say they’ve found a clue that may unlock the mystery. It lies in something called epi-genetics — how gene expression is regulated by temporary switches.

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Teen dating violence linked to long-term harmful effects

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Teen dating violence linked to long-term harmful effects
Teenagers in physically or psychologically aggressive dating relationships are more than twice as likely to repeat such damaging relationships as adults and report increased substance use and suicidal feelings years later, compared with teens with healthy dating experiences, reports a new study.

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‘Commitment-phobic’ adults could have mom and dad to blame

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‘Commitment-phobic’ adults could have mom and dad to blame
A study of the romantic history of 58 adults aged 22-28 found that those who avoid committed romantic relationships are likely a product of unresponsive or over-intrusive parenting, says a psychologist.

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Saliva analysis can reveal decision-making skills

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Saliva analysis can reveal decision-making skills
Scientists have demonstrated that cortisol levels in saliva are associated with a person’s ability to make good decisions in stressful situations.

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Oxytocin produces more engaged fathers and more responsive infants

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Oxytocin produces more engaged fathers and more responsive infants
A large body of research has focused on the ability of oxytocin to facilitate social bonding in both marital and parenting relationships in human females. A new laboratory study has found that oxytocin administration to fathers increases their parental engagement, with parallel effects observed in their infants.

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Skills that make us a good partner make us a good parent

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Skills that make us a good partner make us a good parent
Being a good partner may make you a better parent, says a new study. The same set of skills that we tap to be caring toward our partners is what we use to nurture our children, researchers found.

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Study of social network ‘check-ins’ shows we still make friends face-to-face

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Study of social network ‘check-ins’ shows we still make friends face-to-face
Even in the age of social media, the closer you live to another persons, the more likely you are to be friends with them, according to a study that drew on data from a location-based social network provider.

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Adolescents under pressure to speak ‘properly’

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Adolescents under pressure to speak ‘properly’
As adolescents transition to adulthood, the pressure to meet adult expectations — such as speaking properly — may be greater than expected, according to a new study.

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