'uok?' Text messages can soothe the disconnected soul

ext messaging often gets a bad rap for contributing to illiteracy and high-risk behavior such as reckless driving. But a social welfare professor at the University of California, Berkeley, has found an upside to texting, especially for people who ...

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Dead plants encourage belief in global warming

In 2006, the Conservative party in the UK unveiled its new logo - a scribbled sketch of a healthy-looking oak tree. The image was intended in part to communicate the party's renewed dedication to environmental causes. A new study by French ...

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Listen up, parents: For toddlers (and chimps), the majority rules

A study published online on April 12 in the Cell Press journal Current Biology offers some news for parents: even toddlers have a tendency to follow the crowd. That sensitivity isn't unique to humans either; chimpanzees also appear more likely to ...

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Web: Motivation Affects What You See, Which Affects What You Do -

I’m sure that you have had the experience of hopping into the grocery store when you are hungry. As you walk through the aisles, all kinds of snacks and chips seem to leap from the shelves into your cart. What you hoped was going to be a quick ...

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Web-based tool produces fast, accurate autism diagnosis

Researchers at Harvard Medical School have significantly reduced from hours to minutes the time it takes to accurately detect autism in young children. The process of diagnosing autism is complex, subjective, and often limited to only a segment of ...

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Let your children play

When was the last time you let your child play without thinking it was a complete waste of time? If you think Junior would be better off attending enrichment classes, think again. "Original play", as Dr Fred Donaldson, author of the Pulitzer ...

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Born Nice? Peoples' Niceness May Reside in Their Genes, Study Finds

It turns out that the milk of human kindness is evoked by something besides mom's good example. Research by psychologists at the University at Buffalo and the University of California, Irvine, has found that at least part of the reason some people ...

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How Wealth Reduces Compassion As riches grow, empathy for others ...

Who is more likely to lie, cheat, and steal—the poor person or the rich one? It’s temping to think that the wealthier you are, the more likely you are to act fairly. After all, if you already have enough for yourself, it’s easier to think ...

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Study finds link between autism and obesity during pregnancy

Pregnant women might now have one more good reason to watch their diet and exercise: A new study links autism and developmental delays in young children to metabolic conditions, like obesity and diabetes, in their mothers. The findings, published ...

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A Periodic Stress Meter

Ask yourself this set of simple questions every few weeks to help gauge how much damaging stress you are experiencing. Overwhelming stress cripples. Neuroscientists have begun to learn that even acute, everyday stress can turn off the brain’s ...

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Consumerism and its antisocial effects can be turned on -- or off

Money doesn't buy happiness. Neither does materialism: Research shows that people who place a high value on wealth, status, and stuff are more depressed and anxious and less sociable than those who do not. Now new research shows that materialism is ...

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Mental Illness Prevention - People Don't Like Paying

According to a study published in the April issue of Psychiatric Services, people are less prepared to pay for prevent mental illnesses than for treatments of medical conditions. The study also revealed that regardless of the fact that mental ...

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Dealing with Difficult People Online

If you maintain any type of presence online, you’ve likely encountered at least one difficult person whose behavior you find irritating. Unfortunately, as much as you might want to lash out and demonstrate just how “wrong” this person is, ...

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Top 5 Regrets of the Dying

Author, Bronnie Ware, took her experiences working with dying patients and wrote a beautiful book called The Top Five Regrets of the Dying. The wisdom she imparts from helping people die with dignity is inspiring, poignant and apt to make you think ...

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