Digital Worlds Can Help Autistic Children to Develop Social Skills

The benefits of virtual worlds can be used to help autistic children develop social skills beyond their anticipated levels, suggest early findings from new research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Researchers on the Echoes ...

Oct 22

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Men Win Humor Test (by a Hair)

Men are funnier than women, but only just barely and mostly to other men. So says a psychology study from the University of California, San Diego Division of Social Sciences. While the findings lend some support to the stereotype on gender ...

Oct 21

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People With a 'Sweet Tooth' Have Sweeter Dispositions

If you’re dealing with a crabby co-worker or sour-faced friend, perhaps some new research can help. It sheds light on the question: Can eating sweets make you—well—sweet? A new study by researchers at North Dakota State University, Fargo, ...

Oct 20

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Body Language Improves Our Communication

Texting, emailing, IMing, DMing. These methods are great ways to keep in touch—but they also carry the risk of miscommunication. The lack of vocal inflection is one reason, but there are other more cues we lack in digital conversation. In a ...

Oct 20

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The Summer of our Discontent

This summer the UK was rocked by riots with young people playing the major role in the looting of shops. In the weeks that followed children as young as 11 were put in front of the courts. Many of these young offenders had already chalked up a list ...

Oct 19

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Relationships more important than genetic ties when deciding who ...

America's elderly population will nearly double by 2050, according to a Pew Research report. As baby boomers enter retirement, concern exists as to who will care for them as they age. Traditionally, children have accepted the caregiving ...

Oct 19

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People Who Really Identify With Their Car Drive More Aggressively, ...

A new study by a Temple University Fox School of Business professor finds those who view their car as an extension of themselves have stronger aggressive driving tendencies. The study, "Aggressive Driving: A Consumption Experience," is thought to ...

Oct 18

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What Have You Done for Me Lately? Entitlement: A Key Narcissistic ...

In the borderline personality disorder online community, there is a lot of confusion about the difference between BPD and narcissistic personality disorder. Many similarities exist. But clear differences are just as visible. One of them is a sense ...

Oct 18

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Avoiding Founder Frustration in Technology Start-Ups

A new study of more than 440 technology entrepreneurs reveals that wealth does not necessarily bring happiness. According to research published in the International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing, long-term employment growth in a new ...

Oct 17

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Why You Should Keep Your Goals Secret

Making a public commitment to your goals reduces motivation. Search around for advice on how to commit to a goal and one commandment comes up again and again. Apparently you should make your goals public and this will increase your commitment to ...

Oct 14

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Permanently Dismal Economy Could Prompt Men to Seek More Sex Partners

Grim economic times could cause men to seek more sexual partners, giving them more chances to reproduce, according to research by Omri Gillath, a social psychology professor at the University of Kansas. Men are likely to pursue short-term mating ...

Oct 14

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Twitter Study Tracks When We Are :)

Drawing on tweets posted by more than two million people in 84 countries, researchers discovered that the emotional tone of people’s messages followed a similar pattern not only through the day but also through the week and the changing seasons. ...

Oct 13

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Fall Market Jitters a SAD Thing: Less Daylight in Fall May Lead to ...

It's no surprise to researcher Lisa Kramer that financial market dips and crashes typically happen in the fall. Her most recent study, forthcoming in Social Psychological and Personality Science, shows that people who experience seasonal depression ...

Oct 13

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Age of 'Coming Out' Is Now Dramatically Younger: Gay, Lesbian and ...

The repeal of the U.S. military's "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy and the legalization of gay marriage in New York state represent great strides for the rights of lesbian, gay and bisexual people in America. And according to a Tel Aviv University ...

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