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  • 11 States Sue U.S. Government Over Transgender Bathroom Policy
    Source: The GuardianTexas, Alabama and other states seek to overturn a directive that schools allow transgender students to use the bathroom matching their gender identity Eleven US states sued the Obama administration on Wednesday, seeking to overturn a directive from the federal government this month that public schools should allow transgender students to use the bathroom matching their gender identity. Ramping up the culture wars in America, the states, led by... more...

  • Psychiatric Disorders More Common Among Workaholics, Study Finds
    Source: Medical News TodayPublished in the journal PLOS One, the study found that workaholics were more likely to have anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) than non-workaholics. more...

  • Exhibit Explores Truth About George Washington as Slaveholder
    Source: CBS News - U.S. NewsIt is the unavoidable Achilles' heel in the reputation of George Washington and so many other Founding Fathers: that men who risked their lives to protect their nation's liberty were also slaveholders. more...

  • Psychology of Strategic Deception Revealed by Online Poker
    Source: ScienceDailyOnline poker offers new insights into the mind-set of scheming Machiavellians, researchers have found. The card betting game can be used as a novel way to better understand the psychology of strategic deception, say the researchers. Before now, the trait has rarely been studied in natural settings outside laboratories. more...

  • South Africa's Parliament Approves Land Expropriation Bill
    Source: Yahoo News - Top HeadlinesSouth Africa's parliament on Thursday approved a bill allowing state expropriations of land to redress racial disparities in land ownership, an emotive issue two decades after the end of apartheid. Most of South Africa's land remains in white hands and many commercial and small-scale farmers are currently facing tough times because of the worst drought in at least a century. more...

  • When It Comes to Replicating Studies, Context Matters
    Source: ScienceDailyContextual factors, such as the race of participants in an experiment or the geography of where the experiment was run, can reduce the likelihood of replicating psychological studies, a team of researchers has found. more...

  • "Not That Big of a Deal": Kids' View of the Transgender Bathroom Debate
    Source: Canadian Broadcasting Company - Canadian NewsWhen it comes to the debate over transgender bathroom rights in schools, parents and politicians on both sides like to say they're doing what's best for children. But what do the kids who actually use these washrooms think? Some of the students who actually use those bathrooms say their voices are getting lost amid the noise. more...

  • Angelina Jolie Gets New Role As Visiting Professor at LSE
    Source: The GuardianActor to join ex-foreign secretary William Hague as ‘professor in practice’ as part of new MSc in women, peace and security She met her husband Brad Pitt while playing an assassin , and won an Oscar for her portrayal of a sociopathic patient in a mental hospital, but Angelina Jolie ’s latest role may be her most surprising yet. The Hollywood actor and director has been appointed a visiting professor at the London School of Economics,... more...

  • Extreme Preemies Disadvantaged in Jobs, Income, Marriage by 30s
    Source: ScienceDailyExtremely low birth weight (ELBW) babies who survive are more likely to be disadvantaged in employment, income, self-esteem, marriage and more by the time they reach their 30s. A longitudinal study has followed the ELBW survivors born between 1977 and 1982. more...

  • Blood Pressure Swings Linked to Faster Mental Decline
    Source: U.S. News and World ReportFluctuations in blood pressure may be linked to faster declines in thinking skills among seniors, a new study suggests. Among older patients, those whose systolic blood pressure -- the top number in a blood pressure reading -- varied between doctor's visits showed more rapid mental deterioration and loss of verbal memory than those whose blood pressure stayed within normal ranges, researchers found. more...

  • Powerful Role of Experience in Linking Language and Cognition in Infants
    Source: ScienceDailyEven before infants understand their first words, they have already begun to link language and thought. Listening to language boosts infant cognition. New evidence provides even greater insight into the crucial role of language exposure in infants' first months of life. more...

  • U.S. Supreme Court Sides with Death Row Inmate in Race Bias Case
    Source: Google NewsThe Supreme Court ruled Monday morning in favor of a death row inmate in a case concerning race discrimination in jury selection. more...

  • How Not to Talk to Someone with Anxiety
    Source: The GuardianAs part of mental health awareness week, we asked people with anxiety to explain the most and least helpful things to say In the UK a third of Britons now experience an anxiety disorder at some stage in their life. But, despite its growth, how well do we really understand it? As part of mental health awareness week we asked those who live with anxiety to tell us how it feels to them and to explain what people can say and do to make their... more...

  • Yale Introduces Gender-Neutral Bathrooms Amid National Debate
    Source: The GuardianAs legislators clash over LGBT rights in states across the country, university says it is seeking to send a signal to the public Yale has become the latest college to introduce gender-neutral restrooms. The move comes as conservative and liberal legislators in states across the nation battle over where they believe their constituents have a right to pee . Related: Texas poised to be the next bathroom battleground in transgender fight Continue... more...

  • Alcohol Interventions Aimed at Frats Often Fail, Study Finds
    Source: MSNBC - Top NewsFraternity members who party hard are unlikely to change their boozy behavior any time soon, even with proven methods of reducing alcohol abuse, a new study suggests. more...

  • Infrared Heat Eases Depression Symptoms, Study Finds
    Source: Yahoo News - HealthAmerican researchers have found that exposing skin to heat from infrared lamps can mimic the effect of antidepressants by stimulating the production of serotonin, the hormone linked to mood regulation. Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the USA saw a clear improvement in the mental health of patients suffering from depression when they were exposed to heat from infrared lamps. After raising patients' body temperature... more...

  • Miss Chubby Pageant Embraces Plus-Size Beauty
    Source: The GuardianContestants are paired with a nutritionist, psychologist and image consultant to teach them how to improve eating habits and be comfortable with their body Ana Fleitas dreads taking the bus every morning. When the doors open the young woman, who weighs 110kg (242lbs), has to face a crowd of passengers looking annoyed as she makes her way to take a seat. “People look at me as if they don’t want me to touch them,” says the 25-year-old woman... more...

  • Same-Sex Sexual Acts Punishable by Death in 13 U.N. States
    Source: The GuardianTwo-thirds of adults would be upset if their child was gay, and only a quarter would find it acceptable if boy dressed as a girl. The survey, which was conducted by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) found that regional differences in opinion exist, but that overall the findings show “deeply entrenched heteronormative concepts of sexual orientation and gender identity.” more...

  • "Sixth Sense" May Protect Drivers, But Not While Texting
    Source: Yahoo News - HealthA coping mechanism that keeps part of the brain’s attention on the road and the steering wheel lets experienced drivers tolerate many mental stresses and distractions, researchers say, but texting breaks that built-in auto-pilot. In experiments using a driving simulator, drivers distracted by complex or emotional questions constantly compensated for erroneous steering reactions. more...

  • Psychologists Reveal One of the Best Ways to Boost Your Mood
    Source: Social Psychology Network NewsWhen we’re having a rough day, many of us tend to treat ourselves to some form of retail therapy, a favorite dessert or going out with friends in hopes of feeling better. But a new study published in the journal Emotion last week suggests that more...

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