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Article ID: 552665

Psychologists Find that Head Movement is More Important than Gender in Nonverbal Communication

University of Virginia

University of Virginia psychologists and computer scientists have found that gender is less important than head motion in the nonverbal dynamics of human conversation.

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21-May-2009 1:45 PM EDT
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Article ID: 552543

Tying Education To Future Goals May Boost Grades More Than Helping With Homework

American Psychological Association (APA)

Helping middle school students with their homework may not be the best way to get them on the honor roll. But telling them how important academic performance is to their future job prospects and providing specific strategies to study and learn might clinch the grades, according to a research review.

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19-May-2009 10:35 AM EDT
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Article ID: 552541

Step-By-Step Guide to Handling Anti-social Behavior at School Published

Vanderbilt University

Many schools across the nation struggle in their efforts to deal with challenging behaviors. A new book co-authored by Kathleen Lane, associate professor of special education at Vanderbilt University's Peabody College of education and human development, aims to help schools develop a comprehensive strategy to identify and help students with behavior issues before violence erupts.

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19-May-2009 9:50 AM EDT
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Article ID: 552303

Trauma Experienced Before Pregnancy Will Influence Offspring

University of Haifa

"The findings show that trauma from a mother's past, which does not directly impact her pregnancy, will affect her offspring's emotional and social behavior. We should consider whether such effects occur in humans too," stated Prof. Micah Leshem who carried out the study.

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12-May-2009 8:55 AM EDT
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Article ID: 552104

Babies Brainier Than Many Imagine

Association for Psychological Science

These results suggest that five-month-old infants are able to discriminate a solid from a similar-looking liquid, based on movement cues "” that is, according to how an object moved around in the container, the infants could predict if it will pour or tumble from the glass if it is upended.

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6-May-2009 3:55 PM EDT
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Article ID: 552082

Babies as Young as 19 Months Understand Various Accents

Association for Psychological Science

The results suggest that phonological constancy (recognizing words in different dialects) is already evident by 19 months of age, but is not yet present at 15 months.

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6-May-2009 12:10 PM EDT
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Article ID: 552080

Study on Alcohol Reveals Drinkers Unaware They Zone Out

Association for Psychological Science

A new study suggests that a moderate dose of alcohol increases a person's mind wandering, while at the same time reducing the likelihood of noticing that one's mind has wandered.

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6-May-2009 12:00 PM EDT
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Article ID: 551844

Do 'Babyfaceness' and Warmth Benefit Black CEOs?

Association for Psychological Science

Babyface features had a clear influence on professional achievement, both perceived and real. Black CEOs were rated as being more babyfaced, and having warmer personalities, than whites. The more babyfaced the black CEO, the more he was also thought to earn.

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30-Apr-2009 11:20 AM EDT
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Article ID: 551799

Consumer Belt-Tightening Likely Here for the Long Haul, Says Consumer Psychologist

Ithaca College

Though the economy shows signs of improvement, consumers will likely hang onto their new, thriftier spending behavior for the long-haul. Industries that survive will likely emerge from the crisis in a very different form.

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29-Apr-2009 11:15 AM EDT
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Article ID: 551751

Study Suggests Left-Side Bias in Visual Expertise

Association for Psychological Science

The left-side bias exhibited by the native Chinese reader volunteers in the second experiment suggests that since this effect does not appear to be face-specific, it may be a marker of general visual expertise.

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28-Apr-2009 1:45 PM EDT
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