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Social media data pose pitfalls for studying behaviour

Researchers urged to hone methods for mining social-media data ...

Frailty linked to physical and mental decline in old age

Older people in Northern Ireland are three times more likely to be frail than those in the Republic of Ireland, a ...

Anxiety hits women most about job loss in the family

Females are more anxious than men when someone in their family loses a job, found a University of Melbourne report that used interviews from 13,000 Australians. ... Full story

How do we make moral judgements?

In a target article published in the current issue of the American Journal of Bioethics (AJOB) Neuroscience, Université de Montréal and IRCM neuroethics experts open the black box of moral intuitions by suggesting a new approach to explain the way we make moral judgements. The proposed “ADC framework” could offer insight into the types of simple and fast intuitive processes involved in the potentially infinite number and variety of moral assessments. ... Full story

Stanford scientists seek to map origins of mental illness and develop noninvasive treatment

An interdisciplinary team of scientists has convened to map the origins of mental illnesses in the brain and develop noninvasive technologies to treat the conditions. The collaboration could lead to improved treatments for depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. ... Full story

Feeling — Not Being — Wealthy Drives Opposition to Wealth Redistribution

People’s views on income inequality and wealth distribution may have little to do with how much money they have in the bank and a lot to do with how wealthy they feel in comparison to their friends and neighbors, according to new findings published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. ... Full story

Swinburne research shows lemon balm improves mood

Research from Swinburne University of Technology has found that a herb often used to flavour ice cream and tea, has been associated with improvements in mood and cognitive performance. ... Full story

Boy Moms More Social in Chimpanzees

In this 1965 photo from the Jane Goodall Institute Research Center at Duke, Goliath the alpha male gently interacts with an infant (age and identity unknown) while a female and her male infant sit very nearby at right. (© the Jane Goodall Institute / Hugo van Lawick, Feb. 1965) ... Full story

The Sound of Status: People Know High-Power Voices When They Hear Them

Being in a position of power can fundamentally change the way you speak, altering basic acoustic properties of the voice, and other people are able to pick up on these vocal cues to know who is really in charge, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. ... Full story

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