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Math story time at home bolsters achievement in school

Adding math talk to story time at home is a winning equation for children's math achievement, according to new research from the University of Chicago.

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Math and me: Children who identify with math get higher scores

How strongly children identify with math (their math "self-concept") can be used to predict how high they will score on a standardized test of math achievement, according to a new...

Study: Ancestral background can be determined by fingerprints

A proof-of-concept study finds that it is possible to identify an individual's ancestral background based on his or her fingerprint characteristics - a discovery with significant applications for law enforcement...

Facebook effect: Research shows comments about candidates have impact on potential voters

Research shows that favorable comments on social networks can have a buoyant effect on potential voters' views of candidates.When Facebook users see favorable comments on the social media site about a political candidate, those opinions positively influence their own views of the politician, while unfavorable comments have a...

A snapshot of Americans' knowledge about science

There are substantial differences among Americans when it comes to knowledge and understanding of science topics, especially by educational levels as well as by gender, age, race and ethnicity, according...

IU scientists use Instagram data to forecast top models at New York Fashion Week

This is the New York Fashion Week logo.With Fashion Week kicking off Sept. 10 in New York City, everyone wants to know who will be the industry's next top model.

Short sleepers are 4 times more likely to catch a cold

A new study led by a UC San Francisco sleep researcher supports what parents have been saying for centuries: to avoid getting sick, be sure to get enough sleep.

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Study finds people's spiritual awareness varies throughout the day

People who report having spiritual awareness have it vary throughout the day, rather than being constant, according to a study by University of Connecticut researchers.

Women more likely than men to initiate divorces, but not non-marital breakups

Women are more likely than men to initiate divorces, but women and men are just as likely to end non-marital relationships, according to a new study that will be presented...

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Study finds causal connection between genotypes and years of education achieved

A first-of-its-kind, nationally representative study of siblings supports previously published research on unrelated individuals that links specific genotypes to educational attainment among adults in their mid-20s to early 30s. The...

Educational expansion created more marriages by same educational level, race

Compulsory schooling laws instituted in the late 1800s and early 1900s caused more people in Northern states to marry people at their same education level and race, possibly contributing to...

UD associate professor Rachael Hutchinson surveyed college students playing Japanese fighting video games and noticed there were differences between the reactions of men and women. Women were more likely to criticize the sexualized depiction of the female characters, she said.
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Twitter behavior can predict users' income level, new Penn research shows

Computer scientists from the University of Pennsylvania and elsewhere have linked the online behavior of more than 5,000 Twitter users to their income bracket. This graph shows salary in relation to how users display objectivity and emotion, what topics they discuss, and the ratio of followers to followees.The words people use on social media can reveal hidden meaning to those who know where to look.

Why is an object's size perceived the same regardless of changes in distance?

A distance cue affects perception of the object size.A group of researchers at Osaka University found that neurons in the monkey visual cortical area V4*1, one of the areas in the visual cortex, calculate the size of an...

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The reason why middle class people are more likely to play music, paint and act revealed

The reason why middle class people are more likely to play music, paint and act has been revealed in a major new study.

Financial distress can hinder success of academically prepared minority students

A new study of more than 500 Black and Latino college students has confirmed that many encounter obstacles after enrolling in college without adequate financial resources.

Study shows that teens lose sleep after change to daylight saving time

A new study shows that high school students lose sleep on school nights following the change to daylight saving time that occurs in March. The loss of sleep during the...

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Massive study reports challenges in reproducing published psychology findings

A study that sought to replicate 100 findings published in three prominent psychology journals has found that, across multiple criteria, independent researchers could replicate less than half of the original...

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Want a better relationship and a better sex life?

If men take up more of the child-care duties, splitting them equally with their female partners, heterosexual couples have more satisfaction with their relationships and their sex lives, according to...

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Unlike boys, girls lose friends for having sex, gain friends for making out

Early adolescent girls lose friends for having sex and gain friends for "making out," while their male peers lose friends for "making out" and gain friends for having sex, finds...

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Kessler Foundation study shows poor sleep contributes to MS-related fatigue

Dr. Strober is senior research scientist in Neuropsychology & Neuroscience Research at Kessler Foundation. Her research focuses on the factors associated with employment among people with multiple sclerosis.West Orange, NJ. August 17, 2015. Kessler Foundation's Lauren Strober, PhD, explores the association of secondary fatigue and sleep disturbances in multiple sclerosis (MS). "Fatigue in multiple sclerosis: a...

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Happiness spreads but depression doesn't

This is Ed Hill, University of Warwick.Having friends who suffer from depression doesn't affect the mental health of others, according to research led by the University of Warwick.

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