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  • Parents' Views on Justice Linked to Babies' Moral Development
    Source: ScienceDailyBabies' neural responses to morally charged scenarios are influenced by their parents' attitudes toward justice, new research shows. The developmental neuroscientists found that strong individual differences in the perception of prosocial and antisocial behaviors are present in children as young as 12 to 24 months old--and that these differences are predicted by their parents' sensitivity to justice. Moreover, parental cognitive empathy is... link to source

  • Older People Getting Smarter, But Not Fitter, Say Researchers
    Source: ScienceDailyOlder populations are scoring better on cognitive tests than people of the same age did in the past -- a trend that could be linked to higher education rates and increased use of technology in our daily lives, say population researchers. link to source

  • IBM Watson: What Are Companies Using It For?
    Source: Yahoo News - BusinessIBM's cognitive computing system, Watson, is more than just a champion Jeopardy contestant. Here's how Watson is being used to power a variety of practical applications. link to source

  • Yearlong Mock Mars Mission Will Test Mental Toll of Isolation
    Source: Yahoo News - ScienceOn Friday (Aug. 28), six scientists left the comforts of civilization, set to be gone for an entire year. Their mission will simulate what it might be like for astronauts journeying to Mars. In the confines of a 36-foot-wide (11 meters) and 20-foot-high (6 m) solar-powered dome in a remote location on the island of Hawaii, the six team members will have to live together for 365 days. They will have no face-to-face contact with humans outside of... link to source

  • New APA Policy Bans Psychologist Participation in Security Interrogations
    Source: APA MonitorAPA's Council of Representatives voted almost unanimously to prohibit psychologists from participating in national security interrogations. Its resolution states that psychologists "shall not conduct, supervise, be in the presence of, or otherwise assist any national security interrogations for any military or intelligence entities, including private contractors working on their behalf, nor advise on conditions of confinement insofar as these... link to source

  • Americans Value Mental Health Care But Report Lacking Access
    Source: U.S. News and World ReportWhile most Americans believe mental and physical health care are equally important, about one-third see mental health care as inaccessible, and 40 percent see cost as a barrier to treatment, according to a new survey released Tuesday. link to source

  • China Adopts Tougher Rules to Curb Tobacco Advertisements
    Source: Yahoo News - HealthChina enforced sweeping new rules on Tuesday to restrict tobacco advertisements, in its latest step to rein in a widespread habit that has caused a massive health crisis. More than 300 million people have made cigarettes part of the social fabric in the world's biggest producer and consumer of tobacco, and another 740 million are exposed to second-hand... link to source

  • Borderline Personality Traits Linked to Lowered Empathy
    Source: ScienceDailyThose with borderline personality disorder, or BPD, a mental illness marked by unstable moods, often experience trouble maintaining interpersonal relationships. New research indicates that this may have to do with lowered brain activity in regions important for empathy in individuals with borderline personality traits. link to source

  • Settling the Back-to-School Jitters
    Source: U.S. News and World ReportMental health expert says some kids get anxious about returning to the classroom, but parents can help. link to source

  • Yale Urges Discussion on Renaming College That Honors Racist Alumnus
    Source: ABC News - US NewsYale leaders urge discussion on name change for college that honors slavery advocate Calhoun. link to source

  • Fashion's Flirted with Using Disabled Models But Has Much More to Do
    Source: The GuardianModels with disabilities – Jillian Mercado, Jamie Brewer – have made the headlines, but the handful of examples is just a drop in the ocean. Reading certain sections of the media over the past few weeks you might have thought that we were living in a golden age of diversity in fashion. Modelling – so the narrative goes – is finally opening its doors to people who reflect the eclectic beauty of the world’s population, with disabled... link to source

  • 3 Lessons IBM's Watson Can Teach Us About Our Brains' Biases
    Source: Yahoo News - BusinessWhat can artificial intelligence teach us about human intelligence? Quite a bit, it turns out. IBM's Watson had its crowning moment back in 2011 when the cognitive computing system famously destroyed its ... link to source

  • U.N. Body Calls on Dutch to End "Black Pete" Racial Stereotype
    Source: Reuters - World NewsA U.N. body called on the Netherlands on Friday to revamp its "Black Pete" Christmas tradition, where white performers black up to entertain children, as many saw it as a "vestige of slavery". link to source

  • Massive Study Reports Low Reliability of Psychology Findings
    Source: ScienceDailyA study that sought to replicate 100 findings published in three prominent psychology journals has found that, across multiple criteria, independent researchers could replicate less than half of the original findings. In some cases this may call into question the validity of some scientific findings, but it may also point to the difficulty of conducting effective replications and achieving reproducible results. link to source

  • Fair Trade Logo Boosts Consumer’s Willingness to Pay
    Source: ScienceDailyProducts labeled with a Fair Trade logo cause prospective buyers to dig deeper into their pockets. Participants were willing to pay on average 30 percent more for ethically produced goods, compared to their conventionally produced counterparts. The neuroscientists analyzed the neural pathways involved in processing products with a Fair Trade emblem. They identified a potential mechanism that explains why Fair Trade products are evaluated more... link to source

  • Nasal Spray Device for Mental Illness
    Source: ScienceDailyResearchers have tested a new device for delivering hormone treatments for mental illness through the nose. This method was found to deliver medicine to the brain with few side effects. link to source

  • Domestic Violence Twice As Likely in Polygamous Marriages, Report Says
    Source: Science and Development NetworkIn Kenya, women are twice as likely to suffer domestic violence if their husband has more than one wife. link to source

  • Link Between Gene Variant and Aggression in Children
    Source: ScienceDailySome children react more strongly to negative experiences than others. Researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) have found a link between aggression and variants of a particular gene. link to source

  • South African Black Doll Breaks the Barbie Mold in Style
    Source: The GuardianDecked out in the latest fashions and sporting an impressive afro, young South African girls are learning to love a new doll whose maker hopes to change the way black children look at themselves. link to source

  • Fish Oil Pills Don't Help Memory, Study Finds
    Source: MSNBC - Health NewsThe study may dispel the belief that taking omega-3 supplements can protect the brain from cognitive decline and dementia. link to source

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