PsyPost http://www.psypost.org Behavior, cognition and society Mon, 02 Mar 2015 03:15:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Online computer games force women into the closethttp://www.psypost.org/2015/03/online-computer-games-force-women-into-the-closet-32147 http://www.psypost.org/2015/03/online-computer-games-force-women-into-the-closet-32147#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 03:15:38 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=32147 Female gamers choose male avatars and gender-neutral names. They choose not to talk when they wear headsets, or they use a voice changer. They refuse to answer personal questions. The consequence of revealing your gender may be extensive harassment, sometimes also outside game world. A new survey on sexual harassment in online computer games shows [...]

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After merger, chimpanzees learned new grunt for ‘apple’http://www.psypost.org/2015/03/after-merger-chimpanzees-learned-new-grunt-for-apple-32145 http://www.psypost.org/2015/03/after-merger-chimpanzees-learned-new-grunt-for-apple-32145#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 03:07:51 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=32145 Chimpanzees have special grunts for particular types of foods, and their fellow chimps know exactly what those calls mean. Now, by studying what happened after two separate groups of adult chimpanzees moved in together at the Edinburgh Zoo, researchers have made the surprising discovery that our primate cousins can change those referential grunts over time, [...]

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Study describes behaviors, preferences of picky eatershttp://www.psypost.org/2015/03/study-describes-behaviors-preferences-of-picky-eaters-32143 http://www.psypost.org/2015/03/study-describes-behaviors-preferences-of-picky-eaters-32143#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 03:06:59 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=32143 Although there’s no scientific definition of picky eating, parents say they know it when they see it. Now a University of Illinois study shows that picky eaters do exhibit definable preferences and mealtime behaviors. Why is this important? “If we better understand the behaviors that parents associate with picky eating, we can develop specific recommendations [...]

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Cognitive representation of movement develops in early infancyhttp://www.psypost.org/2015/03/cognitive-representation-of-movement-develops-in-early-infancy-32140 http://www.psypost.org/2015/03/cognitive-representation-of-movement-develops-in-early-infancy-32140#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 03:06:12 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=32140 Human beings are born with a visual system already predisposed to see (and mentally representing) objects as discrete perceptual units. Movement is an important visual feature, but how early in a child’s development is it represented independently from the object itself? And what function does this skill serve in the development of cognitive abilities? Research [...]

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Overcoming addiction with an app: Online brainwashing with a positive aimhttp://www.psypost.org/2015/03/overcoming-addiction-with-an-app-online-brainwashing-with-a-positive-aim-32138 http://www.psypost.org/2015/03/overcoming-addiction-with-an-app-online-brainwashing-with-a-positive-aim-32138#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 03:01:52 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=32138 Can a game installed on your smartphone help you to overcome an addiction? Soon this will be a possibility. Marloes Postel, a lecturer at the University of Twente, observed the need for easily accessible care for people with addictions. This has led to the development of an app version of an existing computer course used [...]

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Teachers’ gender bias in math affects girls laterhttp://www.psypost.org/2015/03/teachers-gender-bias-in-math-affects-girls-later-32136 http://www.psypost.org/2015/03/teachers-gender-bias-in-math-affects-girls-later-32136#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 03:00:10 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=32136 New research has found some teachers mark boys’ primary (elementary) school maths tests more favourably than girls, impacting girls’ uptake of advanced mathematics and science subjects in high school. Entrance rates into maths and science degrees at university level can also be traced back to the impacts of teachers’ gender bias in primary school. Higher [...]

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Warning on use of drug for children’s sleephttp://www.psypost.org/2015/03/warning-on-use-of-drug-for-childrens-sleep-32134 http://www.psypost.org/2015/03/warning-on-use-of-drug-for-childrens-sleep-32134#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 02:58:23 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=32134 Sleep researchers at the University of Adelaide are warning doctors and parents not to provide the drug melatonin to children to help control their sleep problems. Melatonin is a hormone produced in the body with the onset of darkness. It plays an important role in fine tuning people’s circadian rhythms, such as the timing of [...]

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Do long sleepers have an increased risk of stroke?http://www.psypost.org/2015/03/do-long-sleepers-have-an-increased-risk-of-stroke-32132 http://www.psypost.org/2015/03/do-long-sleepers-have-an-increased-risk-of-stroke-32132#comments Sun, 01 Mar 2015 18:21:50 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=32132 People who sleep more than eight hours a night may have an increased risk of stroke, according to a new study published in the February 25, 2015, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The study found that people who slept more than eight hours a night, called long sleepers, [...]

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Helmet add-ons may not lower concussion risk in athleteshttp://www.psypost.org/2015/03/helmet-add-ons-may-not-lower-concussion-risk-in-athletes-32130 http://www.psypost.org/2015/03/helmet-add-ons-may-not-lower-concussion-risk-in-athletes-32130#comments Sun, 01 Mar 2015 18:00:43 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=32130 Football helmet add-ons such as outer soft-shell layers, spray treatments, helmet pads and fiber sheets may not significantly help lower the risk of concussions in athletes, according to a study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 67th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, April 18 to 25, 2015. “Our study [...]

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Strong connection between violence and mental illness during Guatemala Civil Warhttp://www.psypost.org/2015/03/strong-connection-between-violence-and-mental-illness-during-guatemala-civil-war-32127 http://www.psypost.org/2015/03/strong-connection-between-violence-and-mental-illness-during-guatemala-civil-war-32127#comments Sun, 01 Mar 2015 18:00:05 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=32127 Violence during the civil war in Guatemala from 1960 to 1996 resulted in the development of significant mental health problems and conditions for the county’s people, according to a new multi-institution study from researchers under the Guatemala-Penn Partnership . People who experienced or witnessed violence were four times more likely to suffer from alcohol-related disorders [...]

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