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Trust Your Heart: Emotions May Be More Reliable When Making Choices

11 years ago from Science Daily

When choosing a flavor of ice cream, an item of clothing, or even a home, you might be better off letting your emotions guide you, according to a new study.

Does Sex Sell? New Study Shows How To Make Women Respond To Sexy Ads

11 years ago from Science Daily

A new study suggests that women's attitudes toward sexually oriented advertising would improve if ads depicted sex in a manner consistent with women's intrinsic values -- for example if the...

Media coverage affects perceptions of climate change

11 years ago from Science Blog

Climate change will not be taken seriously until the media highlights its significance, say researchers at the University of Liverpool. Dr Neil Gavin, from the School of Politics and Communication...

Rare Cheetahs Photographed

11 years ago from Live Science

Four Saharan cheetahs have been photographed in Algeria as part of the first camera-trap survey of the central Sahara.

Don't Flatter Yourself: Why Survey Research Can Be Flawed

11 years ago from Science Daily

We all do things to impress others -- exaggerate our accomplishments, downplay our faults, even fib on surveys. A new study sheds light on why we don't tell the strict...

Are Women More Generous? New Study Sheds Light On Donation Behavior

11 years ago from Science Daily

Why would women give more to the victims of Hurricane Katrina than to the victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami? A new study sheds light onto the way gender and...

Hormone Disorder Drug Could Help Drinkers Stay Sober

11 years ago from Science Daily

A drug prescribed for male and female infertility and menstrual disorders could hold the key to a more effective treatment for alcoholism, according to a new study.

Do experiences or material goods make us happier?

11 years ago from

Should I spend money on a vacation or a new computer? Will an experience or an object make me happier? A new study in the Journal of Consumer Research says...

Aneurysms don't occur earlier in second generation

11 years ago from

People whose parents or aunts and uncles have had a brain aneurysm are more likely to have one themselves, indicating that genetic risk factors passed down by generation are responsible....

Beware The Left-digit Effect: Price Gimmicks May Affect Choice

11 years ago from Science Daily

When shopping, we often find ourselves choosing between lower- and higher-cost items. But most people make a choice based on the first digit they see, according to a new study.

Re-shaping the family: What happens when parents seek siblings of their donor-conceived children

11 years ago from Physorg

Parents who have conceived children with the help of sperm or egg donors and then try to find the donors and also other children conceived with the donors' help, often...

Indigenous culture helps living

11 years ago from Science Alert

A recent study found that Indigenous Australian people in touch with traditional culture were socially and financially better off.

Women appreciate beauty better than men, says study

11 years ago from The Guardian - Science

Brain scans of people looking at paintings and photographs have revealed that beauty

Brain Hub That Links Music, Memory And Emotion Discovered

11 years ago from Science Daily

By using fMRI to map brain activity of college students as they listened to a variety of tunes from their younger years, then comparing the activity to the students' responses...

For Iraq Veterans, Headaches Continue After Traumatic Brain Injury

11 years ago from Science Daily

Many soldiers who experienced mild head trauma or a blast exposure while serving in Iraq or Afghanistan are returning to the United States with headaches, according to a new study.

Supported kids do better at school

11 years ago from Science Alert

Children who receive support from their family are more likely to succeed at school and continue on to university, a new study has revealed.

Substance abuse the tip of the iceberg

11 years ago from Science Alert

Research into youths treated for alcohol and drug dependency has revealed that substance abuse is often only one of the many issues they need help with.

Opposition MPs criticize Tories over listeriosis secrecy

11 years ago from CBC: Health

Opposition MPs say the Harper government's refusal to release handwritten notes on last summer's deadly listeriosis outbreak flouts its own Access to Information laws.

Children in single-parent households and stepfamilies benefit from time with grandparents

11 years ago from

Spending time with a grandparent is linked with better social skills and fewer behaviour problems among adolescents, especially those living in single-parent or stepfamily households, according to a new study...

In U of I study, kids learn to handle emotional responses to siblings

11 years ago from

A University of Illinois researcher has demonstrated successful strategies that children can use to handle the emotional ups and downs that go with being a brother or a sister and...

Don't write off seniors: Retirees are pursuing their life dreams

11 years ago from Science Blog

Contrary to the stereotype of grandparents sitting on the porch in rocking chairs, retirement can be a time of personal growth and activity, according to new research in the Journal...

Chimp Attack Highlights Increased Drug Use Among Pets

11 years ago from National Geographic

The alleged use of the anti-anxiety drug Xanax before a recent chimp attack raises questions about increased use of drugs among more common pets.

New Experiment: Learning Verbs

11 years ago from Science Blog

I run a graduate student research workshop for students in the linguistics and psychology departments here at Harvard. We did a segment on word-learning. One of our guest-speakers started her...

Overdoing it? Simple techniques can help avoid overindulgence

11 years ago from Physorg

Some people overindulge on junk foods or needless shopping sprees when they feel depressed. Others lose control the minute they feel happy. Is there a way to avoid such extreme...

Canadian star testifies in Vancouver about overseas sex-photo scandal

11 years ago from CBC: Technology & Science

A Vancouver-born actor and singer appeared in a Vancouver courtroom Monday morning to testify about his role in a Chinese celebrity sex scandal.

Brainwaves could help understanding of mental health disorders

11 years ago from Physorg

( -- Researchers at the University of Aberdeen have unlocked the details of a communication process that helps to generate the brainwaves that allow us to think and learn.

Taking age stereotypes to heart

11 years ago from

People who hold negative attitudes toward the elderly face an increased risk of heart-related ailments later in life

So, Do You Really Want to Know?

11 years ago from PopSci

In Gattaca’s opening scene, a doctor predicts, at the time of Ethan Hawke’s character Vincent’s birth, the likelihood that Vincent will suffer from a variety of diseases (“Manic depression:...