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How people view their own weight influences bariatric surgery success

Negative feelings about one's own weight, known as internalized weight bias, influence the success people have after undergoing weight loss surgery, according to research appearing in the journal Obesity Surgery, published by Springer. The study, from the Geisinger Health System...

Backpack physics: Smaller hikers carry heavier loads

A group of backpackers hike on an Outward Bound course in the La Sal Mountains, UT.Hikers are generally advised that the weight of the packs they carry should correspond to their own size, with smaller individuals carrying lighter loads. Although petite backpackers might appreciate the...

'Red effect' sparks interest in female monkeys

Recent studies showed that the color red tends increase our attraction toward others, feelings of jealousy, and even reaction times. Now, new research shows that female monkeys also respond to...

The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology: Gradual weight loss no better than rapid weight loss for long-term weight control

Contrary to current dietary recommendations, slow and steady weight loss does not reduce the amount or rate of weight regain compared with losing weight quickly, new research published in The...

Teens' science interest linked with knowledge, but only in wealthier nations

It seems logical that a student who is interested in science as an academic subject would also know a lot about science, but new findings show that this link depends...

Size of minority population impacts states' prison rates, Baker Institute researcher finds

New research from Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy found that states with a large minority population tend to incarcerate more people.

Managers can boost creativity by 'empowering leadership' and earning employees' trust

Managers can promote creativity in employees by "empowering leadership" and earning employees' trust, according to a new study by Rice University and American University.

Teen hormones and cellphones

Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston say that sexting may be the new "normal" part of adolescent sexual development and is not strictly limited to at-risk...

Study: Workplace diversity can help the bottom line

Gender diversity in the workplace helps firms be more productive, according to a new study co-authored by an MIT researcher -- but it may also reduce satisfaction among employees.

How curiosity changes the brain to enhance learning

The more curious we are about a topic, the easier it is to learn information about that topic. New research publishing online October 2 in the Cell Press journal Neuron...

Alcohol makes smiles more 'contagious,' but only for men

Consuming an alcoholic beverage may make men more responsive to the smiles of others in their social group, according to new research in Clinical Psychological Science, a journal of the...

What americans fear most -- new poll from Chapman University

Chapman University has initiated the first comprehensive nationwide study on what strikes fear in Americans in the first of what is a planned annual study. According to the Chapman poll, the number one fear in America today is walking alone...

Less-numerate investors swayed by corporate report presentation effects

Less-numerate investors are more susceptible to style and presentation effects in corporate social responsibility reports, according to research from W. Brooke Elliott, the Roedgers Fellow in Accountancy and Professor Ken Perry Faculty Fellow at the College of Business.Publicly traded corporations are increasingly publishing social responsibility reports for investors, who now consider such information alongside traditional financial data before investing in a company.

Reminding people of their religious belief system reduces hostility: York U research

Few topics can prove more divisive than religion, with some insisting it promotes compassion, selflessness and generosity, and others arguing that it leads to intolerance, isolation and even violence.

New way of syncing music to video will revolutionize TV ads

Joined by his Ph.D. supervisor, Dr. Ian Gibson, Andy has just presented his findings at the International Computer Music Association's 2014 conference, held in Athens.  His paper-- entitled Transient analysis for music and moving images: considerations for television advertising -- was selected from hundreds of submissions.  Now, its content will be published in the proceedings of the conference, bringing it widely to the attention of soundtrack composers and music editors.A University of Huddersfield researcher has shown that tiny tweaks to the soundtrack can make TV adverts much more memorable, increasing their commercial impact.

Millennials uneducated on important clothing care skills, MU study finds

As more and more high schools around the country drop home economics classes due to budget cuts or changes in educational priorities, many high school students are left without basic...

Amputees discern familiar sensations across prosthetic hand

Even before he lost his right hand to an industrial accident 4 years ago, Igor Spetic had family open his medicine bottles. Cotton balls give him goose bumps.

Acknowledging appearance reduces bias when beauties apply for masculine jobs, says CU-led study

Past research shows physical beauty can be detrimental to women applying for masculine jobs. But belles can put the brakes on discrimination by acknowledging their looks during an interview, according...

Sharing makes both good and bad experiences more intense

Undergoing an experience with another person -- even if we do it in silence, with someone we met just moments ago -- seems to intensify that experience, according to new...

Are leaders born or made? New study shows how leadership develops

Hardly a day passes without pundits crying for leadership in the NFL commissioner and team owners, among high-ranking government officials, and in other public figures. If University of Illinois experts...

Gender equality leads to more Olympic medals for men and women

Gender equality boosts a country's Olympic medal count for both women and men, shows a new study from the University of British Columbia.

Hand size appears to stay constant, providing natural 'ruler'

People tend to perceive their dominant hand as staying relatively the same size even when it's magnified, lending support to the idea that we use our hand as a constant...

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