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February 20, 2019

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February 20, 2019

No Evidence Tougher Policies Deter Adolescent Cannabis Use

Feb. 19, 2019 — A new study has found no evidence that teenage cannabis use is lower in countries with tougher ... read more

Feb. 11, 2019 — The allure of smartphones, and how they impact our interpersonal relationships, might be the result of our evolutionary history, according to ... read more

Feb. 11, 2019 — Everyone has secrets, but what causes someone to think about them over and over again? People who feel shame about a secret, as opposed to guilt, are more likely to be consumed by thoughts of what ... read more

Oral Contraceptives Could Impair Women's Recognition of Complex Emotions

Feb. 11, 2019 — Women who take the pill are nearly 10 percent worse at recognizing subtle expressions of complex emotions like pride or contempt, according to new research. Previous research suggests the ... read more

Bridging the 'Liking-Gap,' Researchers Discuss Awkwardness of Conversations

Feb. 8, 2019 — Social and personality psychologists will present their latest findings on how people engage in casual conversations, and what this means for our own performance ... read more

MDMA Users More Empathetic Than Other Drug Users, Study Suggests

Feb. 8, 2019 — Long-term MDMA users have higher levels of empathy than cannabis and other drugs users, new research suggests. The findings contradict previous suggestions that long-term MDMA use may cause ... read more

Parenting in the Age of Legal Pot: Household Rules, Conversations Help Guide Teen Use

Feb. 7, 2019 — The legalization of marijuana in Washington state in 2012 gave parents the opportunity for a new teachable moment. Many say that as society has become more permissive, they want information and ... read more

Morals Versus Money: How We Make Social Decisions

Feb. 6, 2019 — Our actions are guided by moral values. However, monetary incentives can get in the way of our good intentions. Neuroeconomists have now investigated in which area of the brain conflicts between ... read more

The Interplay Between Relationships, Stress, and Sleep

Feb. 6, 2019 — A new study documents how the quality of a person's romantic relationship and the life stress he or she experiences at two key points in early adulthood (at age 23 and 32) are related to sleep ... read more

'Doing Science,' Rather Than 'Being Scientists,' More Encouraging to Girls

Feb. 6, 2019 — Asking young girls to 'do science' leads them to show greater persistence in science activities than does asking them to 'be scientists,' finds a new psychology ... read more

Advocating for Social Issues at Work More Likely to Succeed Linking Morality and Mission, Study Says

Feb. 4, 2019 — When convincing management to consider advocating for a particular social issue, employees may think it is wise to focus on the benefits to the bottom line but making a moral argument may be a better ... read more

Females Find Social Interactions to Be More Rewarding Than Males, Study Reveals

Jan. 30, 2019 — Females find same-sex social interactions to be more rewarding than males, and females are more sensitive to the rewarding actions of oxytocin than males, according to a new research on the brain ... read more

Data Show No Evidence That Teens' Social Media Use Predicts Depression Over Time

Jan. 30, 2019 — Longitudinal data from adolescents and young adults show no evidence that social media use predicts later depressive symptoms. However, the findings do show that relatively higher depressive symptoms ... read more

Difference in Brain Connectivity May Explain Autism Spectrum Disorder

Jan. 30, 2019 — Researchers have identified a possible mechanism of human cognition that underlies autism spectrum disorders, or ASD. They found there was brain overconnectivity in the unimodal-subcortical ... read more

Your Body Image Is Impacted by Those Around You

Jan. 30, 2019 — Spending time with people who are not preoccupied with their bodies can improve your own eating habits and body ... read more

Giving High School Students the Tools to Question Classic Literature

Jan. 29, 2019 — Generations of students have read Shakespeare and Hemingway for high school literature class. Assigning these texts without questioning issues of race or gender may exclude students and make them ... read more

Listeners Get an Idea of the Personality of the Speaker Through His Voice

Jan. 29, 2019 — New research has shown that listeners across languages form very rapid personality impressions from the voice and this is not modulated by the language of the listener, native or ... read more

Common Test for Mental Health Understanding Is Biased, Study Finds

Jan. 28, 2019 — The National Institute for Mental Health recommends a test, called the Reading the Mind in the Eyes Task (RMET), for assessing a person's mental health understanding -- that is a patient's ... read more

Future Changes in Human Well-Being to Depend More on Social Factors Than Economic Factors

Jan. 28, 2019 — The changes in the perception of personal well-being that could take place in the next three decades, on a global level, depend much more on social factors than on economic ... read more

Kids Prefer Friends Who Talk Like They Do

Jan. 24, 2019 — Children tend to prefer to be friends with other children who speak with the same local accent as they have, even if they grow up in a diverse community and are regularly exposed to a variety of ... read more

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