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August 13, 2020

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Autism: How a Gene Alteration Modifies Social Behavior

A team of researchers has discovered a new connection between a genetic alteration and social difficulties related to autism: A mutation in the neuroligin-3 gene reduces the effect of the hormone ...

Strong Relationships in Adulthood Won't 'Fix' Effects of Early Childhood Adversity

Harsh conditions in early life are a fundamental cause of adult stress, and according to new research on wild baboons, this effect is not explained ...

An Averted Glance Gives a Glimpse of the Mind Behind the Eyes

Shakespeare once wrote that the 'eyes are the window to your soul.' But scientists have found it challenging to peer into the brain to see how it derives meaning from a look into another's eyes. ...

When It Comes to Happiness, What's Love Got to Do With It?

Researchers have conducted one of the first studies of its kind to quantify the happiness of married, formerly married and single people at the end of their lives to find out just how much love and ...
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Teens' Social Media Use Does Not Raise Risk for Depression, Study Finds

New findings refute popular wisdom and may provide relief to parents and educators concerned with adolescents' heavy use of social media -- particularly during the COVID-19 ...

Language May Undermine Women in Science and Tech

Researchers examined gender stereotypes baked into 25 languages to explore why fewer women enter science, technology, engineering and mathematics ...

Brain Cell Types Identified That May Push Males to Fight and Have Sex

Two groups of nerve cells may serve as ''on-off switches'' for male mating and aggression, suggests a new study in rodents. These neurons appear to send signals between two parts ...

Sci-Fi Foretold Social Media, Uber and Augmented Reality, Offers Insights Into the Future

Science fiction authors foresaw augmented reality video games, the rise of social media and trends of hyper-consumption, and can help predict future consumer ...

Older Adults Feel Stressed, Yet Resilient in the Time of COVID-19

America's oldest citizens say they've been through worse, but many older adults are feeling the stress of COVID-19 and prolonged social distancing measures, according to a new ...

Front-Line Physicians Stressed and Anxious at Work and Home

Amid the COVID-19 chaos in many hospitals, emergency medicine physicians in seven cities around the country experienced rising levels of anxiety and emotional exhaustion, regardless of the intensity ...

Exercise in a First-Year Writing Course Increases Retention at Broad-Access Universities

New research shows that embedding a reading-and-writing exercise about social belonging into the first-year college curriculum increased the persistence and performance of Black, Latinx, Native ...

New Research Highlights Increased Loneliness in Over-70s During COVID-19 Pandemic

A new report highlights effects of COVID-19 government measures on Ireland's older population. The research finds that public health measures such as social distancing and cocooning to curb the ...

Freedom of Choice: Adding Value to Public Goods

An experimental game reveals that having the freedom to choose preferred public goods greatly increases their value by motivating more, and better, ...

About Nine Family Members to Suffer Grief from Every COVID-19 Fatality

A new study finds that ripple effects from COVID-19 could cast a net of despair that reaches well beyond the fatality. Researchers suggest that approximately nine surviving close family members will ...

Couldn't Socially Distance? Blame Your Working Memory

A new study highlights the critical role that working memory capacity plays in social distancing compliance during the early stages of the COVID-19 ...

Our Itch to Share Helps Spread COVID-19 Misinformation

A study contains bad news and good news about Covid-19 misinformation -- and a new insight that may help reduce the ...

Contracting COVID-19: Lifestyle and Social Connections May Play a Role

Current research indicates that unhealthy lifestyle choices, including smoking and lack of exercise, along with emotional stressors like social isolation and interpersonal conflicts are important ...

Distorted Passage of Time During the COVID-19 Lockdown

A survey conducted in the U.K. suggests that social and physical distancing measures put in place during the Covid-19 pandemic significantly impacted people's perception of how quickly time ...

'Bystander Effect' Not Exclusive to Humans

A rat is less likely to help a trapped companion if it is with other rats that aren't helping, according to new research that showed the social psychological theory of the ''bystander ...

Kindness Researcher Challenges the Notion of Mean Teens

A researcher is hoping to flip the switch on the preconceived notion that teens are mean. He says teenagers often receive a negative reputation, sometimes showcased in mainstream media reports of ...

Sensory Neurons Outside the Brain Drive Autistic Social Behaviors, Study Suggests

A new study lends further evidence that the social behaviors tied to autism spectrum disorders (ASD) emerge from abnormal function of sensory neurons outside the ...

Context Reduces Racial Bias in Hate Speech Detection Algorithms

When it comes to accurately flagging hate speech on social media, context matters, says a new study aimed at reducing errors that could amplify racial ...

Do We Know What We Want in a Romantic Partner? No More Than a Random Stranger Would

New research suggests that people's ideal partner preferences do not reflect any unique personal ...

Prospective Teachers Misperceive Black Children as Angry

New research finds that prospective teachers appear more likely to misperceive Black children as angry than white children, which may undermine the education of Black ...

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