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Charismatic speaking strategies of presidential candidates

Researchers at UCLA's Voice Center for Medicine and the Arts have recently examined the speech patterns of Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump and Carly Fiorina in a variety of settings to determine whether the presidential candidates followed the same...

Humiliation from stares are worse than tiny seats for obese air travelers -- new study

Feelings of shame and humiliation bother obese air passengers more than tight seat belts and tiny seats, according to a study published by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) researchers.

Female meerkats compete to outgrow their sisters

Meerkats are intensely social and all group members engage in bouts of wrestling, chasing and play fighting, though juveniles and adolescents play more than adults.Meerkats live in groups of up to 50 individuals, yet a single dominant pair will almost completely monopolise reproduction, while subordinates help to raise offspring through feeding and babysitting. Since...

Your friends have more friends than you do

No matter how smart and funny you think you are, those you follow on Twitter really do have a larger following than you. And the same holds true for Facebook....

Words, more words ... and statistics

Have you ever racked your brains trying to make out even a single word of an uninterrupted flow of speech in a language you hardly know at all? It is...

When selling good karma goes bad

People who believe in karma respond favorably to being asked to donate time to a charitable cause, but can be discouraged from donating if they perceive the motivation to be selfish.RIVERSIDE, Calif. (http://www.ucr.edu) -- When you're paid to sell things, it doesn't hurt to be able to stretch the truth or prey on people's emotions once in a...

Rapid eye movement sleep: Keystone of memory formation

For decades, scientists have fiercely debated whether rapid eye movement (REM) sleep - the phase where dreams appear - is directly involved in memory formation.

Mice cooperate if they benefit

Young mice in a communal nest.Four people meet for dinner in a restaurant and split the check four ways. Anyone who ordered more or something more expensive than the others gains an advantage from the...

Genetic testing proves Bene Israel community in India has Jewish roots

A new study from Tel Aviv University, Cornell University and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine reveals genetic proof of the Jewish roots of the Bene Israel community in the...

How to talk about climate change so people will act

Members of the general public who thought about the problem of climate change in collective terms were, relative to control, willing to donate up to 50 percent more.What can you do about climate change? The better question might be: What can we? University of California San Diego researchers show in a new study that framing the issue...

Genetic variant may help explain why Labradors are prone to obesity

A genetic variation associated with obesity and appetite in Labrador retrievers - the UK and US's favourite dog breed - has been identified by scientists at the University of Cambridge....

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Zika conspiracy theories on social media putting vulnerable people at risk

Conspiracy theories and pseudoscientific claims refuting the facts around Zika virus vaccines could be putting vulnerable people at risk, according to a new study published in Vaccine. By analyzing social media in real time, researchers were able to identify conversations...

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Why is there no Labor Party in the United States?

The improbable rise of Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign presents an interesting question: why is Sanders, a self-proclaimed "democratic socialist," running as a Democrat? McGill University sociologist Barry Eidlin examines...

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Exploring gender perception via speech

When listening to voices, we tend to perceive the speaker as masculine or feminine rather quickly. These snap judgments are based on acoustic information from the speaker's voice. But some...

Relationship satisfaction depends on the mating pool, study finds

Relationship satisfaction and the energy devoted to keeping a partner are dependent on how the partner compares with other potential mates, a finding that relates to evolution's stronghold on modern...

Twitter location data can reveal users' home, work addresses

Researchers at MIT and Oxford University have shown that the location stamps on just a handful of Twitter posts -- as few as eight over the course of a single...

Badges acknowledging open practices significantly increase reported data

Sharing research data and materials facilitates the scientific process by making a publication's findings open to critique, replication, and extension. However, relatively few researchers engage in these practices because there...

Post-conflict reconciliation led to societal healing, but worsened psychological health

A new study in <em>Science</em> reports on the effects of a post-civil war reconciliation program in Sierra Leone. While the program led to increased forgiveness, it also worsened the psychological health of those who participated.Civil wars divide nations along social, economic and political lines, often pitting neighbors against each other. In the aftermath of civil wars, many countries undertake truth and reconciliation efforts to...

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A sixth sense protects drivers except when texting

One of the 59 volunteers in a distracted driving study by the University of Houston and Texas A&M Transportation Institute sits in a high-fidelity driving simulator.While much has been made about the dangers of texting and driving, less attention has been focused on the age-old distractions of being absent minded or upset while driving. A...

Significant portion of postdoc researchers eye non-academic careers, study shows

Henry Sauermann is an associate professor in Georgia Tech's Scheller College of Business.For doctoral students studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics, landing a job as a research-oriented college or university faculty member typically requires having spent time as a postdoctoral researcher.

Perceived diversity in neighborhoods is related to more prejudice, study finds

Survey conducted in Leeds, UK, and Warsaw, Poland, finds residents who think their neighbourhoods are more ethnically diverse express lower acceptance of minority ethnic groups Relationship between attitudes and perceived...

Is it possible to cry a river?

With Tottenham's dreams of Premier League glory shattered before their very eyes by a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge, University of Leicester students research whether it is possible to really...

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