Monthly Archives: January 2013

A positive family climate in adolescence is linked to marriage quality in adulthood

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A positive family climate in adolescence is linked to marriage quality in adulthood
Experiencing a positive family climate as a teenager may be connected to your relationships later in life, according to new research.

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Mindfulness meditation heightens a listener’s musical engagement

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Mindfulness meditation heightens a listener’s musical engagement
When De’Anthony Thomas returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown in the 2013 Fiesta Bowl, says a researcher, Thomas put Ducks fans into a heightened zone of engagement for watching the game, not unlike what was experienced by music students who were first exposed to a brief session of mindfulness meditation before hearing an opera passage.

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Husbands who do more traditionally female housework have less sex

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Husbands who do more traditionally female housework have less sex
Married men and women who divide household chores in traditional ways report having more sex than couples who share so-called men’s and women’s work, according to a new study.

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Online social networking at work can improve morale and reduce employee turnover

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Online social networking at work can improve morale and reduce employee turnover
By allowing employees to participate in a work-sponsored internal social networking site, a company can improve morale and reduce turnover, according to a new article.

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‘First time’ may predict lifelong sexual satisfaction

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‘First time’ may predict lifelong sexual satisfaction
The first sexual experience can set the tone for the rest of one’s sexual life, according to new research.

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‘First time’ may predict lifelong sexual satisfaction

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‘First time’ may predict lifelong sexual satisfaction
The first sexual experience can set the tone for the rest of one’s sexual life, according to new research.

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Gay African-American youth face unique challenges coming out to families

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Gay African-American youth face unique challenges coming out to families
Coming out to one’s family can be stressful, but gay black males face a unique set of personal, familial and social challenges, according to new research.

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New study reveals sex to be pleasurable with or without use of a condom or lubricant

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New study reveals sex to be pleasurable with or without use of a condom or lubricant
American men and women rated sex as highly arousing and pleasurable regardless of whether condoms and/or lubricants were used, according to a new study.

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Key elements in preventing homophobic bullying in schools

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Key elements in preventing homophobic bullying in schools
How are non-heterosexual people affected by discrimination endured in the school environment due to their affective-sexual orientation?

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Sociologists find similarities in meanings behind protestant work ethic, religious tattoos

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Sociologists find similarities in meanings behind protestant work ethic, religious tattoos
The reasoning behind getting religious-themed tattoos is strikingly similar to a 100-year-old theory about how the Protestant work ethic powered the Industrial Revolution.

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Emotional stress reduces effectiveness of prostate cancer therapies in animal model

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Emotional stress reduces effectiveness of prostate cancer therapies in animal model
Not surprisingly, a cancer diagnosis creates stress. And patients with prostate cancer show higher levels of anxiety compared to other cancer patients. A new study indicates that stress is not just an emotional side effect of the diagnosis; it also can reduce the effectiveness of prostate cancer drugs and accelerate the development of prostate cancer.

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Brotherly love and the Super Bowl: Win or lose, healthier if you stay close

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Brotherly love and the Super Bowl: Win or lose, healthier if you stay close
Siblings who are close as adults — like brothers/head coaches Jim and John Harbaugh, who will clash in the Super Bowl on Feb. 3 — are less likely to be depressed and have higher blood pressure over the long haul, says one researcher.

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Household chores: Gender equality’s final frontier

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Household chores: Gender equality’s final frontier
Working-class couples that buck convention and live together rather than marry take on traditional roles when it comes to housework, according to a new study by a Cornell University sociologist. Cohabiting women do a disproportionate share of the housework, even when the women work and the men don’t – and even when the women want to share the housework more equally.

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Severe abuse at home linked to dating violence

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Severe abuse at home linked to dating violence
Young urban black women who are exposed to severe abuse within their families are much more likely to be victims of dating violence, according to a new study.

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New study examines on/off relationships and ‘sex with an ex’ among teenagers and young adults

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New study examines on/off relationships and ‘sex with an ex’ among teenagers and young adults
A new study finds that nearly half of older teenagers and young adults break up and get back together with previous dating partners and over half of this group have sex as part of the reconciliation process.

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From dark hearts comes the kindness of humankind

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From dark hearts comes the kindness of humankind
The kindness of humankind most likely developed from our more sinister and self-serving tendencies, according to research that suggests society’s rules against selfishness are rooted in the very exploitation they condemn.

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Fashion blogs: How do ordinary consumers harness social media to become style leaders?

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Fashion blogs: How do ordinary consumers harness social media to become style leaders?
The Internet has given consumers the unprecedented opportunity to reach a mass audience and thereby advance their social position through displays of good taste, according to a new study.

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Are consumers with fewer friends more likely to take financial risks?

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Are consumers with fewer friends more likely to take financial risks?
Feeling socially isolated causes consumers to pursue riskier but potentially more profitable financial opportunities, according to a new study.

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Facebook makes users feel envious, dissatisfied: German study reveals social network’s big role in users’ emotional life

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Facebook makes users feel envious, dissatisfied: German study reveals social network’s big role in users’ emotional life
In a new study by researchers in Germany, Facebook users were surveyed regarding their feelings after using the platform. More than one-third of respondents reported predominantly negative feelings, such as frustration. The researchers identified that envying their “Facebook friends” is the major reason for this feeling.

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Shorter woman, taller man: Preferences for partner height translate into actual partner choices

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Shorter woman, taller man: Preferences for partner height translate into actual partner choices
Finding Mr. or Ms. Right is a complicated process, and choosing a mate may involve compromising on less important factors like their height. However, new research suggests that despite the many other factors involved, people’s preferences for a partner’s height are reflected in real couples in the UK.

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Surprising connections between our well-being and giving, getting, and gratitude

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Surprising connections between our well-being and giving, getting, and gratitude
We all know that getting a good night’s sleep is good for our general health and well-being. But new research is highlighting a more surprising benefit of good sleep: more feelings of gratitude for relationships.

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From bullying to relationships: Mapping our online communications

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From bullying to relationships: Mapping our online communications
When we typically think of kids who are the victims of school bullying, what comes to mind are isolated youth who do not fit in. A new study, however, shows that when that harassment occurs online, the victims tend to be in mainstream social groups — and they are often friends or former friends, not strangers.

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Compensation negotiation among women in the workplace

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Compensation negotiation among women in the workplace
Studies have shown that women are less likely to take the most direct approach to ensure that they receive fair pay compared to their male counterparts – simply asking. So what happens when women begin to negotiate for higher salaries? Could women begin to close the gender pay gap simply by learning to negotiate for more money?

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How repeated aggression triggers social aversion in mice

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How repeated aggression triggers social aversion in mice
One of the mechanisms involved in the onset of stress-induced depression has been highlighted in mice. Scientists have determined the role of the corticosterone (stress hormone) receptor, in the long-term behavioral change triggered by chronic stress. In mice subject to repeated aggressions, this receptor participates in the development of social aversion by controlling the release of dopamine, a key chemical messenger. If this receptor is blocked, the animals become “resilient”: although anxious, they overcome the trauma and no longer avoid contact with their fellow creatures.

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Powerful people better at shaking off rebuffs, bonding with others

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Powerful people better at shaking off rebuffs, bonding with others
Employees often tiptoe around their bosses for fear of offending them. But new research shows people in power have thicker skin than one might think.

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Mindfulness meditation may relieve chronic inflammation

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Mindfulness meditation may relieve chronic inflammation
People suffering from chronic inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and asthma — in which psychological stress plays a major role — may benefit from mindfulness meditation techniques, according to a new study.

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Stress makes exhausted women over-sensitive to sounds

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Stress makes exhausted women over-sensitive to sounds
Women suffering from stress-related exhaustion exhibit hypersensitivity to sounds when exposed to stress. In some cases, a sound level corresponding to a normal conversation can be perceived as painful.

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Social networks may inflate self-esteem, reduce self-control

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Social networks may inflate self-esteem, reduce self-control
Researchers have obtained evidence on Facebook behavior and how it relates to users’ self-control, body-mass indexes, and credit-card debt.

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How do happiness and sadness circuits contribute to bipolar disorder?

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How do happiness and sadness circuits contribute to bipolar disorder?
Bipolar disorder is a severe mood disorder characterized by unpredictable and dramatic mood swings between the highs of mania and lows of depression. These mood episodes occur among periods of ‘normal mood’, termed euthymia. Prior research has clearly shown that brain emotion circuitry is dysregulated in individuals diagnosed with bipolar disorder. It is thought that these disturbances impair one’s ability to control emotion and contribute to mood episodes. Investigators have now used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to investigate which areas of the brain showed abnormal activation while patients in different mood phases of bipolar disorder tried to control their response to emotional and non-emotional material.

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Marriage linked to better survival in middle age; Study highlights importance of social ties during midlife

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Marriage linked to better survival in middle age; Study highlights importance of social ties during midlife
Could marriage, and associated companionship, be one key to a longer life? According to new research, not having a permanent partner, or spouse, during midlife is linked to a higher risk of premature death during those midlife years.

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