PsyPost http://www.psypost.org Behavior, cognition and society Sat, 25 Apr 2015 18:44:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.3 Facial plastic surgery improves perception of femininity, personality, attractiveness http://www.psypost.org/2015/04/facial-plastic-surgery-improves-perception-of-femininity-personality-attractiveness-33795 http://www.psypost.org/2015/04/facial-plastic-surgery-improves-perception-of-femininity-personality-attractiveness-33795#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 18:44:10 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=33795 Facial rejuvenation surgery may not only make you look younger, it may improve perceptions of you with regard to likeability, social skills, attractiveness and femininity, according to a report published online by JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery. The relationship between facial features and personality traits has been studied in other science fields, but it is lacking [...]

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Gene loss creates eating disorder-related behaviors in mice http://www.psypost.org/2015/04/gene-loss-creates-eating-disorder-related-behaviors-in-mice-33793 http://www.psypost.org/2015/04/gene-loss-creates-eating-disorder-related-behaviors-in-mice-33793#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 18:42:56 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=33793 Building on their discovery of a gene linked to eating disorders in humans, a team of researchers at the University of Iowa has now shown that loss of the gene in mice leads to several behavioral abnormalities that resemble behaviors seen in people with anorexia nervosa. The team, led by Michael Lutter, MD, PhD, assistant [...]

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For young learners, communication overrides the ‘statistics’ of events http://www.psypost.org/2015/04/for-young-learners-communication-overrides-the-statistics-of-events-33791 http://www.psypost.org/2015/04/for-young-learners-communication-overrides-the-statistics-of-events-33791#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 18:41:16 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=33791 It is cultural transmission – the ability to pass knowledge on from one individual to another even across generations – that makes us unique among animals. True, we also learn by observing what happens in the world around us, for example, by associating events that frequently occur together (or in a rapid sequence). However, human [...]

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Improving the quality of medical care using computer understanding of human language http://www.psypost.org/2015/04/improving-the-quality-of-medical-care-using-computer-understanding-of-human-language-33789 http://www.psypost.org/2015/04/improving-the-quality-of-medical-care-using-computer-understanding-of-human-language-33789#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 18:39:05 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=33789 How can computer-based analysis of free text — the narrative comments found in medical records and expressed in everyday language or technical terminology – help improve the quality of medical care? Timothy Imler, M.D., of the Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University School of Medicine, will present “Quality Monitoring Utilizing Natural Language Processing” at the 2015 [...]

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A grateful heart is a healthier heart http://www.psypost.org/2015/04/a-grateful-heart-is-a-healthier-heart-33787 http://www.psypost.org/2015/04/a-grateful-heart-is-a-healthier-heart-33787#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 18:37:54 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=33787 Recognizing and giving thanks for the positive aspects of life can result in improved mental, and ultimately physical, health in patients with asymptomatic heart failure, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. “We found that more gratitude in these patients was associated with better mood, better sleep, less fatigue and lower levels of [...]

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Neighborhood stigma affects online transactions, researchers find http://www.psypost.org/2015/04/neighborhood-stigma-affects-online-transactions-researchers-find-33785 http://www.psypost.org/2015/04/neighborhood-stigma-affects-online-transactions-researchers-find-33785#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 18:36:35 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=33785 The stigma associated with particular neighborhoods has a direct impact on economic transactions, a team of New York University sociologists has found. Their study, which appears in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows that when sellers are seen as being from an economically disadvantaged neighborhood, they receive fewer responses to advertisements [...]

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MRI shows association between reading to young children and brain activity http://www.psypost.org/2015/04/mri-shows-association-between-reading-to-young-children-and-brain-activity-33783 http://www.psypost.org/2015/04/mri-shows-association-between-reading-to-young-children-and-brain-activity-33783#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 17:40:57 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=33783 Among the advice new parents receive is to read to their babies early and often. The hope is that sharing books together will help children’s language development and eventually, turn them into successful readers. Now there is evidence that reading to young children is in fact associated with differences in brain activity supporting early reading [...]

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Cell phones take parents’ attention away from kids on playgrounds http://www.psypost.org/2015/04/cell-phones-take-parents-attention-away-from-kids-on-playgrounds-33780 http://www.psypost.org/2015/04/cell-phones-take-parents-attention-away-from-kids-on-playgrounds-33780#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 17:39:44 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=33780 Parents who take their kids to the playground may be tempted to pull out their cell phone to send a quick text or check Facebook. It may be more prudent, however, to stay focused on their child to ensure he or she plays safely, according to two studies to be presented at the Pediatric Academic [...]

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‘Summer slide’ reduced by letting kids pick their own summer reading http://www.psypost.org/2015/04/summer-slide-reduced-by-letting-kids-pick-their-own-summer-reading-33777 http://www.psypost.org/2015/04/summer-slide-reduced-by-letting-kids-pick-their-own-summer-reading-33777#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 17:36:01 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=33777 At the end of the school year, districts often send stacks of books home with their students in the hopes of combating the “summer slide,” the literacy loss experienced during the long break that hits low-income students particularly hard. But a study by researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center showed that these programs [...]

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If you can forgive, it actually makes it easier to forget http://www.psypost.org/2015/04/if-you-can-forgive-it-actually-makes-it-easier-to-forget-33775 http://www.psypost.org/2015/04/if-you-can-forgive-it-actually-makes-it-easier-to-forget-33775#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 02:58:30 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=33775 At some point in our lives, we have all struggled with the wrongs or perceived wrongs that others have done to us. And being unable to forgive someone is not without its costs. The emotional pain associated with such incidents can severely limit our ability to get on with our lives and plan for the [...]

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