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  • Crab Study Puts Pain on the Menu
    Source: Social Psychology Network NewsA number of questions may come to mind when picking shellfish from a menu. Is it safe to eat? How was it sourced? But not many of us would think to ask: did it die a painful death? Perhaps we should. New research published in the Journal of Experimental Biology shows that crabs can learn to avoid electric shocks more...

  • "Happy Gene" May Increase Chances of Romantic Relationships
    Source: The GuardianHaving a double dose of a gene that boosts levels of serotonin appears to increase students’ chances of romance Chinese scientists claim to have found a gene variant that nudges up the odds of university students being in romantic relationships. They found that students who inherited two copies of the gene type were more likely to have a romantic partner than other students. The researchers put the effect down to the influence that the gene... more...

  • Americans Support Gay Rights More Than Public Displays of Affection
    Source: Yahoo News - ScienceMany Americans support legal rights for gay and lesbian couples but still don't think those couples should kiss in public, a new study suggests. Over the past two decades, same-sex couples have made great progress in terms of legal rights in the United Sates. The experimental survey revealed that heterosexual people are equally supportive of legal benefits for same-sex couples and heterosexual couples, but are much less supportive of public... more...

  • Marijuana Use Linked to Changes in the Brain
    Source: Yahoo News - ScienceUsing marijuana daily for four years or longer may be related to certain changes in the brain, according to new research. The investigators found that the people who had been smoking marijuana daily for at least four years had a smaller volume of gray matter in a region called the orbitofrontal cortex, which is commonly associated with addiction. "We found that there … not only is a change in structure, but there also tends to be a change... more...

  • Gay Singers Test Country Music's Appeal
    Source: Yahoo News - Top HeadlinesChurch, pickup trucks and dive bars -- the imagery of classic country songs evokes "traditional" small-town American life. The winner for Song of the Year at this year's Country Music Association awards was Kacey Musgraves' "Follow Your Arrow," whose message of not caring about outsiders' judgment alludes both to same-sex love and marijuana-smoking. more...

  • Behind the Scenes of a "Shocking" New Study on Human Altruism
    Source: The GuardianA recent study suggests most people would rather harm themselves than a stranger for profit. Lead author Molly Crockett takes us behind the scenes of the research. How much money would you give up to prevent a stranger’s pain? And how does this compare to what you’d pay to prevent your own pain? With colleagues at University College London I addressed this question in a recent study . We were interested in quantifying how much people... more...

  • Wearable Technology for People with Disabilities
    Source: U.S. News and World ReportTracking steps is nice, but helping people with disabilities navigate their worlds with ease and confidence is nicer. more...

  • New Suicide Crisis Line Aims to Help Transgender People
    Source: Time MagazineOn 2014's annual day of remembrance for transgender victims of violence, a new hotline is ready to field calls. more...

  • Dance Is Just What the Doctor Ordered
    Source: The GuardianPeople with Parkinson’s and other diseases are benefiting from a growing recognition of the therapeutic benefits of dance Dance is having a moment that’s not about knuckle-headed judging on Strictly, star ballerinas or a cool new choreographer, but about the fascinatingly therapeutic uses to which the art form is increasingly being put. Dancers are being used in the training of doctors, helping them develop skills of empathy and... more...

  • Women with Workplace Power Are More Depressed; Men, Not So Much
    Source: Google News - HealthLadies, are you leaning in? Good. But once you've successfully tilted forward, your mental health could suffer. That's according to new research on depression among women already in positions of leadership. Women with job authority -- ones who have the ... more...

  • African Leaders Move to Pass Antigay Laws That Could Carry Life Sentences
    Source: Globe and Mail - WorldThe president of Gambia has signed a bill that calls for life imprisonment for homosexual acts, while Ugandan lawmakers have drafted a revised anti-gay law. more...

  • Social Sensing Game Detects Classroom Bullies
    Source: ScienceDailyResearchers have developed a computer game that can detect classroom bullies, victims and bystanders. The game's behavior analyses effectively identify classroom bullies, even revealing peer aggression that goes undetected by traditional research methods, the researchers say. more...

  • Report Finds Missed Chances to Help Newtown Shooter
    Source: CNN - Top StoriesNewtown shooter Adam Lanza was an isolated young man with deteriorating mental health and a fascination for mass violence whose problems were not ignored but misunderstood and mistreated, according to a report released Friday by a Connecticut state agency. more...

  • Nearly 1 in 5 American Adults Had Mental Illness in 2013, Study Finds
    Source: CBS News - HealthwatchNew data shows just how many people suffered from a diagnosable mental condition last year. more...

  • Barbie Can Be a Computer Engineer... But Only with the Help of a Man
    Source: The GuardianBreaking away from her pink heels, pink ball gown and oversized pink hairbrush, Barbie – the fashion doll manufactured by Mattel – now has a range of gender-stereotype-breaking books. In the “I can be” series, we learn that Barbie can be president, a sports star and a computer engineer ... except in the latter case she needs the help of a man. Pamela Ribon, a writer at Walt Disney animation studios, this week pointed out the sexism on... more...

  • Playing with Barbie Could Dampen a Girl's Career Dreams, Study Suggests
    Source: Social Psychology Network NewsAlthough the marketing slogan suggests that Barbie can "Be Anything," girls who play with this extremely popular doll see fewer career options available to themselves compared to boys, according to researchers. The study examined girls' career choices after playtime with Barbie dolls and with Mrs. Potato Head. It is one of the first experiments looking at how playing with fashion dolls influences girls' perceptions about more...

  • Many Older Brains Have Plasticity, But in a Different Place
    Source: ScienceDailyBrain scientists have long believed that older people have less of the neural flexibility, or plasticity, required to learn new things. A new study shows that older people learned a visual task just as well as younger ones, but the seniors who showed a strong degree of learning exhibited plasticity in a different part of the brain than younger learners did. more...

  • Iraqi Government "Likely Complicit" in Persecution of LGBT Community
    Source: The GuardianReport claims central government is providing cover for recent increase in militia attacks against gay people in Baghdad. Shia militias acting with Iraqi government cover are leading the persecution of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Iraqis, sharply increasing their risk of death or exile, a report has found. The role of the militias has added a new layer of danger to the country’s vulnerable LGBT community, which was already... more...

  • Transplanted Hands Can Regain Feeling, Even Years Later
    Source: Yahoo News - ScienceThe restored sense of touch appears to stem from the brain's ability to reorganize itself after an amputation. After a hand amputation, brain areas that once received sensory input from the missing limb become rewired. "After an injury to the spinal cord or to the limbs, what we see are that the changes not only occur within the peripheral nervous system [the nerves of the body outside of the brain and spinal cord], but they extend to the... more...

  • World's Longest-Running Study of People with Down’s Syndrome
    Source: The GuardianPioneering psychologist on her 50-year study of people with Down’s syndrome that became a lifelong commitment to changing attitudes. After half a century and at the age of 87, Janet Carr has just completed the world’s longest-running research project into people with Down’s syndrome. The longitudinal study began with 54 babies born in the year to November 1964 and living with their families in a part of south-east England. Driven by an... more...

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