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March 10, 2011

Early Male Friendship as a Precursor to Substance Abuse in Girls

Montreal, QC —March 10, 2011 —In childhood, boys and girls tend to form friendships almost exclusively with same-sex peers. Around early adolescence, they gradually begin to include other-sex friends in their network. A new study published in Journal of Research on Adolescence suggests that girls and boys experience this transition very differently. The findings show that girls tend to initiate the transition to a mixed-gender friendship network earlier than boys, and continue this transition at a faster pace during adolescence. As a result girls who experienced this transition early and fast were more likely to develop substance abuse problems during late adolescence.

March 07, 2011

Less than One Third of Children Aged Five to 15 Will Wake Up To Home Smoke Alarms

An Australian study to determine the likelihood of school-aged children waking up to their home smoke alarm found that 78% of children slept through a smoke alarm sounding for 30 seconds. The outcomes of the study are published today in the journal Fire and Materials.

March 03, 2011

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan Speaks Out on the Costs of Government Activism

Dr. Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the Federal Reserve, issues a major analysis of the U.S. government's economic recovery

March 03, 2011

Sperm Quality and Counts Worsening in Finland

A new study published in the International Journal of Andrology reveals that semen quality has significantly deteriorated during the last ten years in Finland, a country that previously was a region with high sperm counts. At the same time, the incidence of testis cancer in the Finnish population showed a remarkable increase, following the worrying trends observed in several countries in Europe and the Americas.

March 02, 2011

An Appeal to the Caregiving Values of Rural Women for Breast Cancer Prevention

KNOXVILLE, TN —March 2, 2011 — In an effort to develop strategies for breast health awareness in rural populations researchers asked the question, “What message strategies will motivate Appalachian women to attend to breast health issues and become actively involved in their own breast health?” A new study published in the Journal of Consumer Affairs finds that two types of reasons motivate rural Appalachian women to perform breast health self-examinations, get mammograms, and to talk with doctors about their breast health.

March 01, 2011

Building Trust with Cooperative Witnesses in a Crime Investigation

According to major investigative interviewing protocols police investigators are expected to create a comfortable environment before interviewing adult witnesses to a crime. Police often fail to spend time building rapport with adult witnesses before a criminal interview, possibly in an effort to save time. An article published in a forthcoming issue of Applied Cognitive Psychology shows that the additional time spent on building rapport (in particular using verbal techniques) may prevent inaccuracies in witness accounts and decrease the witness’ susceptibility to post-event misinformation.


February 16, 2011

Coffee: Grounds for Debate (Philosophy for Everyone)

The world consumes 500 billion cups of coffee per year. Caffeine is one of the most widely taken psychoactive drugs on earth, and coffee is its foremost delivery system. Coffee: Grounds for Debate (March 2011) asks how and why we have come to prefer the infused beverage as one of our most popular drinks and how our chief indulgence and symbol of “the good life” has become a source of full-bodied ethical, aesthetic, and environmental philosophical debate. 

February 16, 2011

Female Topics Encourage Girls to Study Science

Girls are more interested in studying science if topics are presented in a female friendly way

February 16, 2011

Innovative Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy Shows Promise for Returning Troops

TACOMA, WA —February 16, 2011— An article published in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Traumatic Stress is one of the first to provide evidence of the effectiveness of exposure therapy with active duty military service members suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The study shows that virtual reality exposure therapy resulted in significant reductions in PTSD symptoms after an average of seven treatment sessions. Additionally, 62 % of patients reported clinically meaningful, reliable change in PTSD symptoms.

February 10, 2011

The Asian Dilemma: Asia’s path of economic growth could rewrite our planet’s future

A new and provocative approach to capitalism, economics and the way that Asia will shape both  its own future and that of the world in the 21 century. Consuptionomics is a timely examination of the need for Asia to challenge the conventional wisdom about markets and economic growth as promoted by the West. It suggest that Asian governments will need to impose constraints on the future of consumption lead growth and that the role of the state will be crucial in this regard.

February 01, 2011

Arranged Unions and Distrust: The Influence of Parental Choice on Mate Guarding

Groningen, The Netherlands —February 1, 2011— Mate guarding is classified as excessive or unwarranted jealous or protective behavior towards a spouse or mate. This is common among many different species and can be useful to defend territory, guarantee paternity, or prevent disease. The authors of a new study published in Personal Relationships have discovered that this behavior is more common in societies which practice arranged marriages or in cultures that place a high value on parental influence in the choice of mate for their children. Furthermore, the authors comment on the fact that mate guarding is not an exclusively male phenomenon, and women can be just as forceful in protecting their monogamous relationships.

January 25, 2011

"WE" Reveals Reasons Behind Record-Breaking Employee Dissatisfaction

Data-Rich 'We' Calls for Deeper Engagement from Companies and Individuals

January 24, 2011

Socially ADDept

Socially ADDept is an easy-to-follow program that helps teachers and parents teach special needs children basic social skills. The book covers everything from body language and being a good listener to joining an ongoing group and dealing with teasing. Unlike other social skills programs, Giler’s approach teaches children to see themselves as others do, demonstrating clearly what they need to do to "fit in."

January 14, 2011

The Science of ADHD: A Guide for Parents and Professionals

"This is an accessible and sane account of our knowledge about ADHD. The combination of personal experience and scientific understanding make it an attractive and helpful account for all those wanting to learn.”—Professor Eric Taylor, Kings College London Institute of Psychiatry, UK

January 03, 2011

The New Financial Deal

In The New Financial Deal, Skeel analyses each of the main components of the Dodd-Frank Act, explaining how they will work and showing that the new regulatory framework depends on precisely the qualities that Americans found so offensive about the bailouts of 2008: special treatment of the largest financial institutions and ad hoc intervention in the event of trouble.  

December 16, 2010

CAPITAL OFFENSE: How Washington’s Wise Men Turned America’s Future Over To Wall Street

According to conventional wisdom, if the economy is not in full recovery by the fall, President Obama will sacrifice one of his high-ranking economic advisors, most likely Tim Geithner.  However, not only is he more likely to send National Economic Council head Larry Summers on permanent vacation, it's far past time for Obama to abandon the ideology they both represent.

December 13, 2010

Book Reveals, Prevents, The Art of Human Hacking

“Chris Hadnagy has penned the ultimate text on social engineering. Meticulously researched and teeming with practical applications, this brilliant book offers solutions to very real problems and ever-present dangers to your business - and even to yourself. Truly groundbreaking.” -Kevin Hogan, author of The Science of Influence: How to Get Anyone to Say ‘Yes’ in 8 Minutes or Less

December 13, 2010

The Global Debt Trap

The great debt crisis of recent years, prematurely declared “dead and buried” by government leaders on both sides of the Atlantic, has suddenly returned to haunt those same leaders where it hurts them the most—in their own sovereign debts. Thus, Claus Vogt and Ronald Leuchel’s book, The Global Debt Trap: How to Escape Danger and Build A Fortune, with a foreword by New York Times bestselling author Martin D. Weiss, could not be more timely. In it, the authors explain what’s most likely to happen next and what the average investor-citizen can do—not only to survive the debt crisis but to actually use it to grow wealth. 

December 09, 2010

Barbarians of Wealth

The Huns, The Vikings, Charlemagne, Genghis Khan. These groups and individuals are infamous for changing history and for the methods they used to force their rule on dozens of provinces and territories. Their names are also associated with the suffering of millions and the lavish lives they lived as a result of their conquests. Sandy Franks and Sara Nunnally’s new book Barbarians of Wealth: Protecting Yourself from Today’s Financial Attilas demonstrates how these historic predators are not so different from the financial barbarian of current times, which include now historic names such as Goldman Sachs, AIG, Alan Greenspan and the U.S. banking industry, including the Federal Reserve.