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Cornell University researchers found that music can have important effects on the cooperative spirits of those exposed to music.

Why prisons continue to grow, even when crime declines

The U.S. prison population continued to rise even after the crime rate began declining in the mid-1990s because judges were faced with more repeat offenders, a new study suggests.

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Relationships with family members, but not friends, decrease likelihood of death

For older adults, having more or closer family members in one's social network decreases his or her likelihood of death, but having a larger or closer group of friends does...

Why do they treat me like that? Taking the mask off of envy

You just received the promotion you have worked so hard for, but you overhear a co-worker say that you got it because the boss only gives the easy projects to...

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Bartending and family life might not mix, study says

If you want to mix drinks for a living, don't expect to have a typical family life.

Female forensic scientists more stressed than males

Forensic scientists generally are stressed but happy with their jobs -- and female scientists are particularly stressed, finds a federally funded study led by Michigan State University criminologist Thomas Holt.Women may be at the forefront of the fast-growing forensic science field, but they're also more stressed than their male counterparts, indicates new research led by a Michigan State University...

Many underestimate financial loss due to poor arithmetic

Can you do the maths?Anyone who has lost out on an investment in recent weeks - from pension funds and stocks to the housing rental market and currency exchange - may have lost more...

Chronic pain linked to partners of people with depression

Partners of people with depression are more likely to suffer from chronic pain, research has found.

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Is acetaminophen use when pregnant associated with kids' behavioral problems?

Using the common pain-relieving medication acetaminophen during pregnancy was associated with increased risk for multiple behavioral problems in children, according to an article published online by JAMA Pediatrics.

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New UTSA study addresses lack of American engineers and scientists

A new study by Huy Le, associate professor of management at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), identifies factors that could lead more young students to successful careers...

Orangutan able to guess a taste without sampling it, just like us

Naong drinking.Without having tasted a specific new juice mix before, an orangutan in a Swedish zoo has enough sense to know whether it will taste nice or not based on how...

Chimpanzees choose cooperation over competition

When given a choice between cooperating or competing, chimpanzees choose to cooperate five times more frequently Yerkes National Primate Research Center researchers have found. This, the researchers say, challenges the perceptions humans are unique in our ability to cooperate and...

'I miss you so much': How Twitter is broadening the conversation on death and mourning

Death and mourning were largely considered private matters in the 20th century, with the public remembrances common in previous eras replaced by intimate gatherings behind closed doors in funeral parlors...

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Is divorce seasonal? UW research shows biannual spike in divorce filings

To everything there is a season -- even divorce, new research from University of Washington sociologists concludes.

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Being the primary breadwinner is bad for men's psychological well-being and health

Gendered expectations in marriage are not just bad for women, they are also bad for men, according to a new study by University of Connecticut (UConn) sociologists.

Genetic influence in juvenile songbird babblings

A family of zebra finches.As human language and birdsong are both acquired through vocal practice, different patterns emerge among individuals. These distinctions play an important role in communication and identification. Until now, however, it...

Two Barbados bird species enter the select club of string-pullers

Bullfinches performing the string-pulling task.The Barbados bullfinch and Carib grackle can pass the popular animal cognition test of string-pulling, but this ability may be unrelated to performance on six other cognitive tests, according a...

Study finds that views of swing voters do not matter much to presidential candidates

This graph is titled "Ideological Positions of Swing Voters, Presidential Candidates, and Party Bases, 1980-2012".Los Angeles, CA (August 17, 2016) Despite the familiar belief that candidates must appeal to the "moderate middle" of the voting public in order to win elections, U.S. presidential candidates...

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Hey, tall guy! What's the politics like up there?

If you want to predict which political party someone will support, take note of the person's height.

Black and Hispanic children and youth rarely get help for mental health problems

Black children and young adults are about half as likely as their white counterparts to get mental health care despite having similar rates of mental health problems, according to a...

Emergency financial aid from call centers effectively prevents homelessness

Homelessness in the United States is a persistent and complex problem. Each year more than 2.3 million people experience homelessness, 7.4 million people live "doubled up" with friends or family...

Volunteering in middle age and senior years linked to enhanced mental health

Volunteering in middle and older age is linked to good mental health/emotional wellbeing, finds a large study of British adults, published in the online journal BMJ Open.

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