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August 04, 2014

Animalistic Descriptions of Violent Crimes Increase Punishment of Perpetrators

Describing criminals and criminal activities with animal metaphors leads to more retaliation against perpetrators by inducing the perception that they’re likely to continue engaging in violence, a new Aggressive Behavior study suggests.

August 04, 2014

Study Examines Viewers’ Role in American Death Penalty Films

Over the course of the last 100 years or more, many scenes of execution in American film have offered intimate knowledge of executions, giving viewers a privileged ‘backstage’ gaze of an execution not available outside film, the chance to see what executioners see, and a chance to understand the condemned’s experience as he awaits death.

June 16, 2014

West Andaman Fault determined to be strike slip, rather than back thrust

Before the devastating tsunami hit Sumatra on 26 December 2004, not much was known about the fault zones located offshore Sumatra in the Indian Ocean. Since then, geologists have set out to study the subduction margin’s structure and dynamics for future mitigation of earthquake hazards.

12:00 AM EDT June 04, 2014

Locked, Loaded & Feeling Low: Dangers of Gun Ownership in the Elderly

 The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society explores the legal and medical challenges caused by elderly gun ownership

May 19, 2014

Can Popularist Far-Right Keep Europe’s Conservative Parries Out of Office?

Political Studies analyses how and why Conservative Party members defect to UKIP

May 06, 2014

Family Men: Mafia Men Are Unlikely to Suffer from Psychopathic Disorders

Research in Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health has found that convicted mafia men displayed fewer psychopathic traits then regular criminals, experienced fewer drug problems and were more concerned about their families

April 21, 2014

Authors Arthur B. Laffer, Stephen Moore, Rex A. Sinquefield and Travis H. Brown Explore a Passionate and Detailed Argument for State-level Tax Reform in New Book

An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of States explains why eliminating or lowering tax burdens at the state level leads to economic growth and wealth creation. A passionate argument for tax reform, the book shows that even states with small populations can benefit enormously with the right policies.

12:00 AM EDT April 10, 2014

Politics of Suspicion: How Distrustful Activists Call for and then Block Reforms

Political Psychology reports that while distrust can manifest in protests and demands for reform, the desired change can also be derailed by distrust in the people who are demanded to carry them through

March 17, 2014

Entrepreneurial Survival: Study Explores How Local Initiatives Emerge During Natural Disasters

New research in the Journal of Management Studies investigates these under-studied groups, using Australian bushfires to discover the role these local ventures

March 03, 2014

Humans Responsible for 62% of Cougar Deaths in Re-established Populations

The Wildlife Society Bulletin explores the fatal cost of human interaction with cougars and asks what state agencies can do to protect both species.

March 03, 2014

Tears and Fears: How Do Emotions Change our Political Attitudes?

Political Psychology explores how emotions such as anxiety, even if their cause has nothing to do with politics, can result in a hardening of our views

12:00 AM EST February 18, 2014

“It Takes A Village”—Community-Based Methods for Improving Maternal and Newborn Health

Journal Special Issue Highlights The Maternal and Newborn Health in Ethiopia Partnership

February 18, 2014

Beyond Wellie Boots and Photo Ops: Exploring the Politics of Climate Change in the U.K.

WIREs Climate Change explores how the politics of climate change has shifted from one of consensus, to overt tribalism, and asks how this may be changed by the rise of hitherto fringe political parties.

February 18, 2014

Should Children Be Made to Pay for Their Own Upbringing?

Political Studies suggests that kids should pay their own way

February 18, 2014

Something’s Wrong in Washington: Is American Democracy in Crisis?

Acclaimed political scientists Norman Ornstein and Jared Diamond explore if tribalism is at the heart of the problem, or if the U.S. is facing a far greater political crisis.

February 06, 2014

Intervention in First 1000 Days Vital to Fulfilling Childhood Potential

Freely Available Special Issue published in Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences

February 03, 2014

E-Pundit: Can Google Measure How Public Attention Shifts During Elections?

Social Science Quarterly reveals how Google Insights data can show shifts in public attention DURING political campaigns

January 27, 2014

Shadowy World of Britain’s Discount Hitmen Revealed in New Study

The first typological study of British hitmen, published in the Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, identified four main types of contract killer; the novice, the dilettante, the journeyman; and the master

January 21, 2014

It’s All About Me: Do Narcissists Make Good Line Managers?

Does your boss lack empathy or have a ‘grandiose sense of self importance,’ if so they may be a narcissist, claims new research in Personnel Psychology

January 21, 2014

Ivory Burning and Cartels: Are Anti-Poaching Efforts Repeating the Mistakes of the ‘War on Drugs’?

Research in Conservation Letters asks if anti-poaching measures are repeating the mistakes of the ‘War on Drugs’

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