Non-fearful social withdrawal linked positively to creativity  [LINK]
Spending too much time alone can be unhealthy and there is growing evidence that the psychosocial effects of too much solitude can last a lifetime. But newly published research suggests that not all forms of social withdrawal are detrimental. In fact, the research findings suggest that one form of social withdrawal, referred to as unsociability, is not only unrelated to negative outcomes, but link... [Read More]
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Non-fearful social withdrawal linked positively to creativity  [LINK]
Spending too much time alone can be unhealthy and there is growing evidence that the psychosocial effects of too much solitude can last a lifetime. But newly published research suggests that not all forms of social withdrawal are detrimental. In fact, the research findings suggest that one form of social withdrawal, referred to as unsociability, is not only unrelated to negative outcomes, but link... [Read More]
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Materialists collect Facebook friends and spend more time on social media  [LINK]
If you're materialistic, you're likely to use Facebook more frequently and intensely. A new article reveals that materialistic people see and treat their Facebook friends as 'digital objects,' and have significantly more friends than people who are less interested in possessions. It also shows that materialists have a greater need to compare themselves with others on Facebook. [Read More]
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Materialists collect Facebook friends and spend more time on social media  [LINK]
If you're materialistic, you're likely to use Facebook more frequently and intensely. A new article reveals that materialistic people see and treat their Facebook friends as 'digital objects,' and have significantly more friends than people who are less interested in possessions. It also shows that materialists have a greater need to compare themselves with others on Facebook. [Read More]
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When male voles drink alcohol, but their partner doesn't, their relationship suffers  [LINK]
Researchers find that the relationship between prairie vole couples suffers when the male has access to alcohol, but his female partner doesn't - similar to what has been observed in human couples. The researchers also found changes in a specific brain region in the male voles. The results could help researchers find strategies to overcome the negative effects of alcohol on human relationships. [Read More]
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Why remote work makes business sense  [LINK]
Thanks to advances in technology, office work no longer needs to be done only in the office. As employers strive for a more productive workforce and employees demand flexible working conditions to better balance work and life, remote work – or telecommuting, which is performed by about one-quarter of Australian workers – offers a win-win solution for both groups. Indeed, all senior exe... [Read More]
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How technology affects children’s learning  [LINK]
The rapid expansion of technology in children’s lives has enabled many opportunities for their educational development. However, if not used effectively or appropriately, technology can also be a headwind for children’s academic wellbeing. When reviewing evidence and practice in this area, the question is not whether children should use technology for their learning. Rather, the import... [Read More]
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Mobile phones in the classroom: A helpful or harmful hindrance?  [LINK]
My three year-old daughter has rarely seen an old-school phone without a screen. Nevertheless, she still places any vaguely telephone-shaped object, such as a shoe, to her ear with a passionate, “HELLO”. Somehow, I find this more comforting than her blankly staring into the sole of the shoe numbly thudding away at pretend buttons in imitation of the way she’s mostly seen a phone ... [Read More]
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The personality traits that feed trolls  [LINK]
Trolling has become the ultimate 21st century crime – from an anonymous IP address, anyone in the world can send abusive messages to anyone with an email address or social media account. Trolling has become a topic of public discussion following several high-profile cases reached the media of people being hounded, abused, sent explicit material of beheadings and sexual assaults, and sent dea... [Read More]
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How computer games are revolutionising recruitment  [LINK]
Traditional psychometric tests that employers use to assess your suitability for a job haven’t changed much in the past 50 years – until now. Multiple-choice tests of old that distinguish right from wrong and not much else are being replaced by a new generation of game-based assessments – computer games – that are a lot less stressful for candidates and much more accurate f... [Read More]
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Do commonplace jokes normalize sexual misconduct experiences?  [LINK]
Commonplace suggestive jokes, such as “that’s what she said,” normalize and dismiss the horror of sexual misconduct experiences, experts suggest in a new essay. [Read More]
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Six questions to help teens stay safe in the digital age  [LINK]
Are you concerned about your child’s online activities? Psychologists recommend that parents focus on becoming informed about their life online, teach them technology management skills, maintain open communication and establish rules for online activity. Why should parents spend time helping teens with online technology? There are many benefits for young people in living in the digital age.&... [Read More]
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Beyond the digital divide  [LINK]
Carmel Molony is Facebook friends with her daughter, Frankie, who just turned 14. She also follows her daughter’s Instagram account. But then Frankie’s digital life disappears into Snapchat and Carmel knows she cannot follow. “I could be on Snapchat with her but I still wouldn’t be able to know her activity. It’s not a platform like the others,” she said. &ldquo... [Read More]
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Love actually: Americans agree on what makes people 'feel the love'  [LINK]
Americans may disagree on many things, but love might not be one of them. According to researchers, people in the US largely agree about what makes them feel loved, coming to a general consensus that it may be small gestures that matter most. [Read More]
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Strength and power: autistic pupils and their parents’ experiences of support in secondary school  [LINK]
CRFR Associate PhD student Elizabeth Graham writes about her research exploring children with autism and their experiences of social and educational support in school. In recent years there has been a significant driving force to teach and include autistic pupils in mainstream schools (Humphrey, 2008). Beardon (2017) asserts that it is autism and the environment that equates to the outcome. For ex... [Read More]
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Kicking the habit, online  [LINK]
Online social networks designed to help smokers kick the tobacco habit are effective, especially if users are active participants, according to a new study. [Read More]
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Adolescents don't just think of themselves  [LINK]
Parents often see that when their sweet, socially-minded children become adolescents they change into selfish 'hotel guests' who think only of themselves. But adolescents become increasingly better at weighing up one another's interests, development psychologists have discovered. [Read More]
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Absentee Dads affect how women interpret interest from men  [LINK]
New research finds that women who were reminded of a time that their dad was absent from their lives -- or who actually experienced poor quality fathering while growing up -- perceived greater mating intent in the described behaviors of a hypothetical male dating partner and when talking with a man. These women also 'saw' more sexual arousal when viewing images of men's faces. [Read More]
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Mini-microscopes reveal brain circuitry behind social behavior  [LINK]
A microscope lens implanted deep inside a mouse's brain shows different patterns of neural activity when the mouse interacts with males, females, or other stimuli. Now, researchers have discovered that sexual experience can trigger long-term changes in these brain patterns. [Read More]
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Challenging settings where child sexual abuse can thrive  [LINK]
CRFR Associate Researcher Dr Sarah Nelson comments on the high-profile sexual abuse scandals being reported in the media and outlines what needs to change. Sexual abuse scandals involving the leading American film producer Harvey Weinstein, British music colleges such as Chetham’s and Royal Northern College, and football clubs throughout the UK might seem to have little in common. However a.... [Read More]
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Teams work better with a little help from your friends  [LINK]
Here’s something both you and your boss can agree on: Workplace teams are better when they include your friends. Researchers analyzed the results of 26 different studies (called a meta-analysis) and found that teams composed of friends performed better on some tasks than groups of acquaintances or strangers. [Read More]
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Does rhinoplasty change perceptions of attractiveness, success, health?  [LINK]
Participants in a web-based survey who viewed pictures of patients before and after rhinoplasty rated patients after surgery as more attractive, successful and overall healthier, research shows. [Read More]
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What characteristics do school shooters share?  [LINK]
Boys involved in school shootings often struggle to live up to what they perceive as their school's ideals surrounding masculinity. When socially shunned at school, they develop deep-set grudges against their classmates and teachers. The shooters become increasingly angry, depressed, and more violent in their gendered practice. A shooting rampage is their ultimate performance, according to experts... [Read More]
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Nature or nurture? Innate social behaviors in the mouse brain  [LINK]
The brain circuitry that controls innate, or instinctive, behaviors such as mating and fighting was thought to be genetically hardwired. Not so, neuroscientists now say. [Read More]
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