All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘studies’

Debit Card Welfare Payments Could Cut Crime, Shows Study

In recent years more states have begun to move their public assistance programs over to Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) systems. The programs essentially provide assistance through debit cards rather than cash through traditional checks. These EBT initiatives have sparked plenty of debate about the nature of welfare and the part the banking industry plays in EBT systems. A new study …

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Instagram Likes Hard to Come By? Take a Selfie

Your face drives engagement. It’s really that simple. Your Instagram photos (and possibly your Facebook photos too) are going to be much more popular if they prominently feature one crucial element–a human face. The Georgia Institute of Technology teamed up with Yahoo Labs and looked at 1.1 million Instagram photos to find that out. Instagram photos that featured a human …

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Lying to Children Could Make Them Into Liars

For many parents lying to their young children is much easier than forcing compliance or spending time on a lengthy explanation that isn’t likely to be understood anyway. It’s an understandable impulse, but even seemingly innocuous lies could be teaching children the wrong sorts of lessons. A new study published in the journal Developmental Science shows that children who are …

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Math Fears Could Be Genetically Influenced, Shows Study

A large portion of the human population knows the fear of math, that stomach-rumbling anxiety encountered when numbers blur into a jumble as the only correct solution to an equation is demanded. For many these fears may stem from early education that did not prepare them for the increasingly complex math introduced with each successive school year. Now a new …

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Dark Chocolate Health Benefits Explained by New Study

The health benefits of dark chocolate, at least when consumed in moderate amounts, have been known throughout history. Exactly why this is the case, though, hasn’t been truly understood until now. New research presented at the 247th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society this week has now shown exactly how dark chocolate affects the human body. The …

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Love Imagery Can Hurt Sales, Shows Study

Just one month ago stores, magazines, and television were filled with images of perfect couples celebrating Valentine’s Day with the perfect compliment of expensive flowers, jewelry, and chocolates. In the midst of the season, however, it is easy to forget that a large segment of the population is not in a committed relationship. This can lead love marketing to be …

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NASA to Conduct Twin Astronaut Studies

The physics behind spaceflight are well understood, but what exactly being in orbit does to the human body is still being uncovered. To help out with this research NASA today announced that it now has plans to study the physiological effects of microgravity using twins. The agency’s Human Research Program and the National Space Biomedical Research has selected 10 “short-term” …

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Math Anxiety Could Hurt Health Messaging, Shows Study

Though mathematics is one of the most important inventions in the history of humanity, many humans actually have an aversion to the subject. Researchers call this “math anxiety” and new research is showing that the condition can influence people in a variety of situations. A new study from researchers at Pennsylvania State University is now showing that math anxiety can …

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Extra Calories Could Help Slow Lou Gehrig’s Disease

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gherig’s disease) is a debilitating motor neuron disease that can make it difficult for those affected to move or even breathe. For decades now doctors and other researchers have been searching for a way to cure or at least extend the lives of those with ALS. Now a new study has shown …

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American Wealth Still Down Since the Recession, Shows Study

Though the U.S. was hit hard by the recession and the popped housing market bubble, generous infusions of government money have managed to begin turning the numbers around. Employment numbers are slowly rising, though income remains largely stagnant. Wall Street is back on its feet, though that won’t mean much for a majority of Americans. In all, economic indicators are …

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Breastfeeding No Better Than The Bottle, Shows Study

New mothers are often under quite a bit of pressure to breastfeed. This isn’t possible for everyone, though, and so many women end up feeling like failures due to these social pressures. Good news, then, that a new study could help to begin erasing the stigma of the bottle. The new study, published in the Social Science & Medicine, casts …

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Baby Reading Tools Don’t Work, Shows Study

New parents eager to dote on their new arrival are often ambitious for their child. The large industry that has sprung up around teaching babies to read early is a testament to that. However, it now appears that such well-intentioned reading instruction is a cause lost on the babies themselves. A new study published in the Journal of Educational Psychology …

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