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April 05, 2011

How Materialistic Advertising Messages Negatively Shape the Female Body Image

Psychological research has consistently shown that women feel unhappy with their body after looking at images of thin, idealized models, which are typically represented in the media. However, today's consumer culture and media promote not only the ideal of perfect beauty, but also that of the material affluent lifestyle, both of which are commonly depicted together, and highlight the benefits of beauty and of owning material goods to one's personal success and fame. A new study from the British Journal of Social Psychology is the first to examine the impact of materialistic messages and values - the desire for financial success and an affluent lifestyle on women's feelings about their own body.

March 30, 2011

Educational Development Stunted by Teenage Fatherhood

Public interest in the issue of teenage childbearing has recently increased, largely due to increases in both the teen pregnancy rate and the teen birth rate. A new study from Economic Inquiry examines the negative educational and economic outcomes of teenage fatherhood, a topic far less researched than teenage motherhood.

March 23, 2011

Interest in Toys Predicts Effectiveness of Autism Treatment in Toddlers

New study shows that toddlers diagnosed with autism who played with a limited number of toys showed more improvement in their communication skills following parent-guided treatment than those receiving other community-based treatments

March 15, 2011

The New Adulthood: Extended Parental Support as a Safety Net

Minneapolis, MN —March 15, 2011—A new study from the Journal of Marriage and Family shows that contrary to popular anxieties about slacker young adults who refuse to grow up, or indulgent parents who stifle their adult children’s development by continuing to support them, there is evidence that parental assistance in early adulthood promotes progress toward autonomy and self-reliance.

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

Female Topics Encourage Girls to Study Science

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

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 26, 2011

Megalomaniac CEOs: Good or Bad for Company Performance?

According to a new study, dominant CEOS, who are powerful figures in the organization as compared to other members of the top management team, drive companies to extremes of performance. Unfortunately for shareholders, the performance of a company with an all powerful CEO can be either much worse than other companies, or much better. But there is one solution to an all powerful CEO: a strong board of directors. Companies with strong boards counteract powerful CEOS, and swing the tide of performance to the plus side. This study on dominating CEOs and powerful boards is now published in the Journal of Management Studies.

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

December 28, 2010

The Awakening Course

Inspirational speaker and best-selling author, Joe Vitale’s new book The Awakening Course: The Secret to Solving All Problems is based on his most recent breakthrough program that explains the four stages of awakening as a guide to take readers out of their traditional approach to life’s problems to where they want to be.

December 15, 2010

The Top 10 Distinctions Between Winners and Whiners

Become a Winner in both your professional and personal life

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 09, 2010

Care for Minority Patients at Veterans Affairs Hospitals Highly Concentrated

A new study published in the Journal for Healthcare Quality reveals that care for minority patients is highly concentrated among a small number of providers in both the private sector and among hospitals in the Veterans Affairs healthcare system.

December 08, 2010

Your Creative Brain: Seven Steps to Maximize Imagination, Productivity, and Innovation in Your Life

Dr. Carson is the first researcher to frame creativity as a set of neurological functions and says that the basic properties of neuroplasticity – the physiological ability our brains have to repair,regenerate and reorganize – enable Based on scientific findings from studies involving brain imaging, neuropsychological testingand interviews with hundreds of highly creative individuals (family members not included!)


December 06, 2010

Fires in the Mind

A youth perspective on motivation and success

November 18, 2010

Racial Profiling To Limit Terror Attacks Is Fundamentally Flawed

In the Significance paper Press, based in the departments of Computer Science and Integrative Biology at the University of Texas at Austin, takes a thorough mathematical and statistical view of the process that underlies racial profiling, and concludes that some forms of racial profiling may even result in a smaller chance of detaining a terrorist than carefully conducted standard sampling.

November 15, 2010

THE PURPOSE OF BOYS: Helping Our Sons Find Meaning, Significance, and Direction In Their Lives

Bestselling author Michael Gurian has spent more than two decades advocating for boys, examining and explaining how they learn and develop differently from girls and how parents and teachers can help them succeed.  In THE PURPOSE OF BOYS, the final installment of his groundbreaking boys trilogy, Gurian explains that there has been a significant shift in the development of male purpose in America – boys no longer understand what their social roles should be, and communities, families, and schools don’t understand how to give them the direction they need.

November 09, 2010

Fatherhood: The Dao of Daddy: Philosophy for Everyone

“Not so much a subject matter, philosophy is a way of thinking. Thinking not just about the Big Questions, but about little ones too. This series invites everyone to ponder things they care about, big or small, significant, serious … or just curious.”—Philosophy for Everyone