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Domestic violence likely more frequent for same-sex couples

Domestic violence occurs at least as frequently, and likely even more so, between same-sex couples compared to opposite-sex couples, according to a review of literature by Northwestern Medicine® scientists.

Being social: Learning from the behavior of birds

A new study on monk parakeets reveals a sophisticated social structure with layers of relationships and complex interactions.Science has learned a great deal about complex social behavior by studying nonhuman mammals and primates, but parrots might have something to teach too.

Exxon Valdez 2014: Does media coverage of manmade disasters contribute to consumer complacency?

Twenty-five years ago, the Exxon Valdez spilled 11 million gallons of oil into Alaska’s Prince William Sound. Americans found themselves cleaning up another giant oil spill in the Gulf of...

Can consumers use an easy trick to extend wonderful experiences and shorten bad ones?

Many experiences rarely seem to last the right amount of time. Vacations feel too short, meetings seem too long, and bad dates never seem to end. A new study in...

Sam Houston State study examines use of GIS in policing

This is Yan Zhang of Sam Houston State University, College of Criminal Justice.Police agencies are using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for mapping crime, identifying crime "hot spots," assigning officers, and profiling offenders, but little research has been done about the effectiveness of...

You can classify words in your sleep

When people practice simple word classification tasks before nodding off -- knowing that a "cat" is an animal or that "flipu" isn't found in the dictionary, for example -- their...

Facebook posts reveal personality traits, but recent changes could make it harder to do so

A study from the University of Kansas finds that people can accurately detect the personality traits of strangers through Facebook activity; however, changes to the social media site in the...

Will the real unemployment rate please stand up?

America's unemployment rate -- most recently reported as 6.1 percent -- has long been used to gauge the country's economic well-being. But a new working paper released by Princeton University's...

Lady baboons with guy pals live longer

Humans may send cards or spend time together over beers or coffee, but one way that baboons make friends and cement social bonds is by grooming -- an activity that involves picking dirt and parasites and dead skin out of each other's fur. This adult male is grooming an adult female near Amboseli National Park in Kenya.Numerous studies have linked social interaction to improved health and survival in humans, and new research confirms that the same is true for baboons.

News media losing role as gatekeepers to new 'social mediators' on Twitter, study finds

A new study shows that individual users mediate news from the Department of State in the Middle East and Northern Africa. Communication in most areas, in contrast, was mediated by Twitter accounts of US government agencies.The U.S. government is doing a better job of communicating on Twitter with people in sensitive areas like the Middle East and North Africa without the participation of...

Study finds 'family meal' ideal is stressful, impossible for many families

A lack of transportation and limited finances make it difficult for mothers in poor families to provide their children with fresh produce.Magazines, television and other popular media increasingly urge families to return to the kitchen, stressing the importance of home-cooked meals and family dinners to physical health and family well-being. But...

A new study from University of Illinois business professor Ravi S. Gajendran says telecommuting is positively associated with improvement in two important employee measures: task-based performance and organizational citizenship behavior.

Smart teens rub off on teammates

A new study of high school activities bears this message for incoming high school students: Play what the smart kids play.

Do ads showing sexy women make male consumers less charitable?

What happens when you use images of sexy women to attract men's attention? According to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research, male consumers who are shown images...

Why are consumers willing to spend more money on ethical products?

What motivates consumers to make ethical choices such as buying clothing not made in a sweat shop, spending more money on fair-trade coffee, and bringing their own bags when they...

When casualties increased, war coverage became more negative

As the number of U.S. casualties rose in Afghanistan, reporters filed more stories about the conflict and those articles grew increasingly negative about both the war effort and the military,...

Some male scientists willing to forsake careers for family

One third of men in academic science are willing to scale back their careers to focus on family life, according to researchers.

Childhood mentors have positive impact on career success

Researchers evaluated surveys of more than 12,000 people, and found that having a mentor at a young age can put people on the path to career success.New research from North Carolina State University finds that young people who have had mentors are more likely to find work early in their careers that gives them more responsibility...

New study shows impact of movies on dog breed popularity

The effect of movies featuring dogs on the popularity of dog breeds can last up to ten years and is correlated with the general success of the movies, according to...

Liberal countries have more satisfied citizens while conservatives are happier individuals

People living in more liberal countries are happier on average than those in less liberal countries, but individually, conservatives are happier than liberals no matter where they live, according to...

Researchers demonstrate direct brain-to-brain communication in human subjects

In a first-of-its-kind study, an international team of neuroscientists and robotics engineers have demonstrated the viability of direct brain-to-brain communication in humans. Recently published in PLOS ONE the highly novel...

Research letter: Viewers ate more while watching Hollywood action flick on TV

Television shows filled with action and sound may be bad for your waistline. TV viewers ate more M&Ms, cookies, carrots and grapes while watching an excerpt from a Hollywood action...

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