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  • Ability to Balance on One Leg May Reflect Brain Health, Stroke Risk
    Source: ScienceDailyStruggling to stand on one leg for less than 20 seconds was linked to an increased risk for stroke, small blood vessel damage in the brain, and reduced cognitive function in otherwise healthy people, a study has shown. One-legged standing time may be a simple test used to measure early signs of abnormalities in the brain associated with cognitive decline, cerebral small vessel disease and stroke. link to source

  • China Rules Against "Gay Therapy"
    Source: BBC News - Top HeadlinesChina orders a psychological clinic to pay compensation to a gay man who was given electric shocks in an attempt to make him heterosexual. link to source

  • Loss of Teeth Linked to Physical, Mental Decline
    Source: U.S. News and World ReportResearchers say association was strongest among 60- to 74-year-olds. link to source

  • The Jigsaw Classroom Goes Mobile with New Website
    Source: Social Psychology Network NewsSocial Psychology Network has released a new-and-improved website on the jigsaw classroom, a cooperative learning technique used by thousands of classrooms to reduce racial conflict and increase positive educational outcomes such as improved test performance, reduced absenteeism, and greater liking for school. link to source

  • How Parents Can Help Shy Children
    Source: Yahoo News - ScienceShy babies and toddlers are at greater risk of developing anxiety later in life, compared with outgoing kids. In fact, shyness and withdrawal from new situations is linked to later anxiety only in babies and toddlers without a secure attachment to their caregivers, according to new research published today (Dec. 18) in the journal Child Development. A secure attachment is a warm, nurturing relationship in which kids feel confident to explore... link to source

  • Paralyzed Woman Lifts Objects with a Thought-Controlled Robotic Arm
    Source: Social Psychology Network NewsJan Scheuermann has been paralyzed from the neck down for years -- but thanks to a cutting-edge robotic arm, she can move and lift things with impressive dexterity. link to source

  • Mild Memory, Thinking Lapses: What Works and What Doesn't
    Source: ScienceDailyFor up to one in five Americans over age 65, getting older brings memory and thinking problems. It may seem like part of getting older - but officially, it’s called mild cognitive impairment or MCI. A new definitive look at the evidence about what works and what doesn’t in MCI should help doctors and the seniors they treat. link to source

  • President Obama Says He Was Mistaken for a Valet Driver
    Source: Google NewsAs protests against racial profiling sweep the country in the wake of recent police killings of unarmed black men, President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama recounted some of their own experiences with discrimination in an interview excerpt released on Thursday. "I think people forget that we've lived in the White House for six years," the first lady told People magazine. link to source

  • UK Proposes Rules for Embryos Made from 3 People
    Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer - Health and FitnessNew rules proposed in Britain would make it the first country to allow embryos to be made from the DNA of three people in order to prevent mothers from passing on potentially fatal genetic diseases to their babies. In a statement issued on Wednesday, the department of health said it had taken "extensive advice" on the safety and efficacy of the proposed techniques from the scientific community. link to source

  • Over Half of U.S. Kids Will Live with an Unmarried Mother, Says Report
    Source: ScienceDailyMore than half of all American children will likely live with an unmarried mother at some point before they reach age 18, according to a new report. The absence of a biological father increases the likelihood that a child will exhibit antisocial behaviors like aggression, rule-breaking and delinquency. As a result, these children are 40 percent less likely to finish high school or attend college. link to source

  • Virtual Bodyswapping May Reduce Prejudice Toward Others
    Source: ScienceDailyResearchers explain how they have used the brain's ability to bring together information from different senses to make white people feel that they were inhabiting black bodies and adults feel like they had children's bodies. The results of such virtual bodyswapping experiments are remarkable and have important implications for approaching phenomena such as race and gender discrimination. link to source

  • What Makes Patriots Perpetrators of Torture?
    Source: Social Psychology Network NewsCIA employees are the “best and brightest,” but some also engaged in the acts. What made them do it? link to source

  • Domestic Abuse of Pregnant Women Linked to Children's Nightmares
    Source: ScienceDailyDomestic violence can affect children even before they're born, indicates new research. The study is the first to link abuse of pregnant women with emotional and behavioral trauma symptoms in their children within the first year of life. Symptoms include nightmares, startling easily, being bothered by loud noises and bright lights, avoiding physical contact and having trouble experiencing enjoyment. link to source

  • Psychologist Admits He Waterboarded Al Qaeda Suspects
    Source: Yahoo News - Top HeadlinesOne of the chief architects of the CIA’s harsh Bush-era interrogation program has admitted in a media interview for the first time that he waterboarded terrorism suspects, including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the suspected mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. James Mitchell, a former U.S. Air Force psychologist, confirmed some of the specific details in a Senate committee report released last week and link to source

  • Study Offers Support for the Notion of E-Cigarettes As a Gateway Drug
    Source: L.A. Times - HealthDo e-cigarettes lure teens into a world of vice that turns them into smokers of regular cigarettes? This is the big fear of anti-smoking activists, and new data from Hawaii suggest they may be right. link to source

  • Can Identifying Mental Illness Stop Terror Attacks?
    Source: Yahoo News - Top HeadlinesA radical Muslim killed a soldier outside Canada's Parliament. A right-wing extremist opened fire on buildings in Texas' capital and tried to burn down the Mexican Consulate. An Al-Qaida-inspired assailant hacked an off-duty soldier to death in London. Police said all three were terrorists and motivated by ideology. Authorities and family members said they may have been mentally ill. A growing body of research suggests they might well have been... link to source

  • Merriam-Webster Names "Culture" Word of the Year
    Source: Yahoo News - Top HeadlinesA nation, a workplace, an ethnicity, a passion, an outsized personality. The people who comprise these things, who fawn or rail against them, are behind Merriam-Webster's 2014 word of the year: culture. link to source

  • Russia Ignoring Antigay Attacks, Says Human Rights Watch
    Source: BBC News - EuropeRussia's authorities are failing to prevent an increase in homophobic attacks, Human Rights Watch warns. link to source

  • Berkeley Again at Forefront of Anti-Racism Protests
    Source: USA Today - Top StoriesIn the 1960s, the grandmother of Kadijah Means rallied against racial injustice alongside farmworker organizers and Black Panther members. This week, the college-bound high school senior organized more than 600 of her classmates to march on the same issue: racial injustice, thrown into high relief by recent killings of unarmed black men by white police officers. link to source

  • Study Finds Link Between Extraversion and Immunity
    Source: Yahoo News - HealthA team of health psychologists zeroed in on five major human personality characteristics to understand their relationship with the immune system in a new study from the University of Nottingham and the University of California in Los Angeles. link to source

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