Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

August 08, 2009
Father-son team says positive gains can be made in 'psychological wealth'
A focus on psychological wealth rather than financial wealth can help people get through today's tough times, according to two of the world's leading psychological experts on happiness.

Psychologists offer ways to improve prison environment, reduce violent crime
US prisons are too punitive, and often fail to rehabilitate, but targeting prisoners' behavior, reducing prison populations and offering job skills could reduce prisoner aggression and prevent recidivism, a researcher told the American Psychological Association on Saturday.

Renowned canine researcher puts dogs' intelligence on par with 2-year-old human
Although you wouldn't want one to balance your checkbook, dogs can count.

ICTP awards prestigious Dirac Medal to simulation experts
ICTP awards its 2009 Dirac Medal to Roberto Car and Michele Parrinello for their revolutionary

Parents can help stop the obesity epidemic, says psychologist
Childhood obesity has quadrupled in the last 40 years, which may mean today's children become the first generation to have a shorter lifespan than their parents, a leading obesity expert told the American Psychological Association on Saturday.

Female supervisors more susceptible to workplace sexual harassment
Women who hold supervisory positions are more likely to be sexually harassed at work, according to the first-ever, large-scale longitudinal study to examine workplace power, gender and sexual harassment.

A double-threat to teen health
Researchers in the department of public health and psychology at Temple University have found that teens who are smokers are also more likely to binge drink.

Indiana University research at the American Sociological Association annual meeting
Indiana University researchers discuss their studies involving the use of the Internet by rural gay and lesbian youth, dog ownership mindsets and pitfalls in how bullying is characterized.

Marriage, family on the decline for highly educated black women
Fewer black women with postgraduate degrees are getting married and having children, according to research to be presented at the 104th annual meeting of the American Sociological Association.

Epidemic of student cheating can be cured with changes in classroom goals
Schools have the ability to drastically reduce cheating among their students -- all they need to do is follow the relatively simple and inexpensive solutions suggested by research.
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