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November 13, 2014

Is There Such a Thing as ‘Facebook Murder’?

Investigators recently set out to consider whether homicides involving social networking sites were unique and worthy of labels such as ‘Facebook Murder’, and to explore the ways in which perpetrators had used such sites in the homicides they had committed.

October 06, 2014

Milgram at 50: Is It Time for a Rethink?

New research suggests we may have been misinterpreting Stanley Milgram’s famous experiments on obedience. Those experiments, in which ordinary people were convinced to administer seemingly severe electric shocks to their fellow humans—created an uproar when they were first published 50 years ago. Then, and for decades afterwards, they were seen to imply that people do the bidding of those in authority without thinking about the consequences of their acts. Not only did Milgram’s experiments appear to expose an ugly truth about ourselves, they provide a compelling explanation of the seemingly inexplicable: How ordinary Germans could have participated in history’s greatest crime. 

September 15, 2014

Does Having Daughters Cause Judges to Rule for Women's Issues?

Judges with daughters consistently vote in a more feminist fashion on gender issues than judges who have only sons, and the effect appears to be driven primarily by Republican judges.

September 15, 2014

The Smell of Politics – People Are Attracted to the Body Odor of Others with Similar Political Beliefs

A new study reveals that people find the smell of others with similar political opinions to be attractive, suggesting that one of the reasons why so many spouses share similar political views is because they were initially and subconsciously attracted to each other’s body odor.

September 02, 2014

Muslim Headscarf May Buffer Against Negative Body Image Among Women

Researchers have found that British Muslim women who wear a hijab generally have more positive body image, are less reliant on media messages about beauty ideals, and place less importance on appearance than those who do not wear a hijab. These effects appear to be driven by use of a hijab specifically, rather than religiosity.

September 02, 2014

Oceans Apart: Study Reveals Insights into the Evolution of Languages

A new Journal of Evolutionary Biology study provides evidence that physical barriers formed by oceans can influence language diversification.

August 13, 2014

Wiley Announces Continued Growth in Titles with Impact Factor

John Wiley & Sons, Inc., today announced a continued increase in the proportion of its journal titles indexed in the 2014 release of Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports® (JCR).  A total of 1,202 Wiley titles (approximately 70%) were indexed, up from 1,193 in the 2012 JCR, and including 13 titles which have been indexed for the first time.

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.

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