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How can organizations promote and benefit from socioeconomic diversity?
A new white paper has been published by the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Written by SIOP members McKenzie Preston and Sumona De Graf, this research evidence explains how individuals from lower social class backgrounds tend to engage highly in prosocial behaviors, which have shown to be related to improvements in team cooperation and performance. Socioeconomic diversity also increases the diversity of perspectives on teams, which has been related to improvements in team preparation. (2019-05-30)

Sex and aggression in mice controlled by cold-sensor in brain
Researchers at the University of Illinois College of Medicine find that TRPM8, long ago identified as a cold-temperature sensor, regulates aggressive and hypersexual behavior in response to testosterone. (2019-03-01)

College students whose friends text and drive more likely to do it too, UMD study shows
Texting while driving is a significant risk factor for automobile collisions, and cell phone use while driving is especially prevalent among young people. More than half (52 percent) of a sample of 861 college students surveyed by University of Maryland School of Public Health researchers reported that they had texted while driving at least once in the past month. The survey also found that texting drivers were more likely to engage in other risky driving behaviors. (2016-01-19)

U-M study highlights multiple factors of ADHD medication use
Youth who take Ritalin, Adderall or other stimulant medications for ADHD over an extended period of time early in life are no more at risk for substance abuse in later adolescence than teens without ADHD, according to a University of Michigan study. (2016-06-08)

Systemic racism needs more examination related to health, says UofL researcher
Although the discipline of public health has recently recognized racism as a social determinant of health, little research examines the issue related to systems and structures. (2018-06-07)

Negative social media behaviors may be associated with depression in millennials
Certain social media factors were linked with major depressive disorder (MDD) in a Journal of Applied Biobehavioural Research study of millennials. (2019-01-09)

Health behaviors and management critical for spinal cord injury patients
U-M researcher is the co-editor of a two-part series of Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation focused on recent research studies about health behaviors and health management in individuals with spinal cord injury. (2016-08-11)

Team of robots learns to work together, without colliding
When you have too many robots together, they get so focused on not colliding with each other that they eventually just stop moving. Georgia Tech's new algorithms are different: they allow any number of robots to move within inches of each other, without colliding, to complete their task -- swapping locations on his lab floor. The roboticists are the first researchers to create such minimally invasive safety algorithms. (2016-09-07)

Fight or flight: Serotonin neurons prompt brain to make the right call
Known for its role in relieving depression, the neurochemical serotonin may also help the brain execute instantaneous, appropriate behaviors in emergency situations, according to a new Cornell study published Feb. 1 in Science. (2019-01-31)

Can your dog predict an earthquake? Evidence is shaky, say researchers
For centuries people have claimed that strange behavior by their cats, dogs and even cows can predict an imminent earthquake, but the first rigorous analysis of the phenomenon concludes that there is no strong evidence behind the claim. (2018-04-17)

New research unveils bird migration strategies
Using weather surveillance radar and citizen-science data, researchers are learning how migratory birds return to their breeding grounds in North America each spring with near-pinpoint accuracy. (2018-05-08)

Increasing opportunities for sustainable behavior
To mitigate climate change and safeguard ecosystems, we need to make drastic changes in our consumption and transport behaviors. A new IIASA study shows how even minor changes to available infrastructure can trigger tipping points in the collective adoption of sustainable behaviors. (2020-01-24)

Empowered employees are more proactive -- even when they don't trust their leader
New research confirms that employees with empowering leaders are more proactive -- and, for the first time, shows that this effect occurs by increasing employee confidence to undertake tasks beyond the job description. The researchers elaborate a model that explains why, and when, empowering leadership can promote proactivity in the workplace, and provide suggestions for managers and organizations. (2017-11-01)

Paper: Don't rely on mixed messages to change health behaviors
Self-improvement messages to lose weight, quit smoking or eat more fruits and vegetables can fall on deaf ears if the intervention message is mixed, says new research from U. of I. psychology professor Dolores Albarracin. (2017-09-28)

College drinking intervention strategies need a refresh
Peer approval is the best indicator of the tendency for new college students to drink or smoke according to new research from Michigan State University. This new finding is key to help universities address the problems of underage or binge drinking. (2019-03-14)

Lonely and non-empathetic people more likely to make unethical shopping decisions
Lonely consumers are capable of behaving morally, but aren't motivated to, according to new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York. (2018-04-30)

Are violent video games associated with more civic behaviors among youth?
Whether violent video games influence the behavior of youth has been a debate that has split the academic community for years. In a new study published in Psychology of Popular Media Culture, Christopher J. Ferguson and John Colwell investigate this issue in a sample of 304 children in the United Kingdom. (2016-08-10)

Researchers find that in race stereotypes, issues are not so black and white
Recent race-related events in Ferguson, Mo., St. Louis, Baltimore, Chicago, Charleston, S.C., and New York City -- all point to the continuing need to study and understand race relations in modern America. These events show how race and stereotypes are intertwined and can lead to explosive situations and protests. Now, three Arizona State University researchers have approached this problem by asking, why do white Americans' stereotypes of black Americans take the particular forms they do? (2015-12-28)

Study finds romance and affection top most popular sexual behaviors
Researchers at Indiana University have published a new US nationally representative study of sexual behavior, the first of its kind to capture a wide range of diverse sexual behaviors not previously examined in the general population. (2017-08-28)

Research explores workers' response to abusive supervision
A recent Naveen Jindal School of Management study examined the damaging impact abusive supervision has in the workplace including the ways employees respond with retaliatory behavior, which lowers productivity. (2018-02-08)

New brain target for potential treatment of social pathology in autism spectrum disorder
Researchers at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science have induced empathy-like behavior by identifying then manipulating a brain circuit in an experimental model, an indication that new strategies may help people with autism spectrum disorder gain social abilities. (2017-02-07)

Research: Despite what you might think, sexting isn't just about sex
Sexting is extremely common among adults -- but maybe not for the reasons you think. New research from the Sexuality, Sexual Health & Sexual Behavior Lab in the Texas Tech University Department of Psychological Sciences shows that two-thirds of people who sext do so for non-sexual reasons. (2019-11-26)

Behavior in high school predicts income and occupational success later in life
Being a responsible student, maintaining an interest in school and having good reading and writing skills will not only help a teenager get good grades in high school but could also be predictors of educational and occupational success decades later, regardless of IQ, parental socioeconomic status or other personality factors, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. (2018-02-26)

Improve your information security by giving employees more options
A recent study published in the Journal of Management Information Systems suggests information security managers and supervisors could have greater success in motivating employees to act more securely by avoiding cold, authoritative commands, and instead create security messages that are relatable and provide options for how employees can better protect information and respond to threats. (2018-03-26)

Children can learn ways to significantly reduce salt usage
Consuming excessive salt during childhood is associated with cardiovascular health risk factors, yet the effectiveness of education- and behavior-based strategies to lower salt usage among children has not been fully researched. A new study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior found that a web-based salt education program improved salt-related knowledge, self-efficacy, and behaviors among children ages 7-10 years. (2018-06-07)

Mind over matter: Amygdala circuit counteracts pain-driven emotion
Two pathways in the brain converging at the amygdala regulate the anxiety and depression that often accompanies chronic pain, suggests research in male rats published in JNeurosci. One of these pathways may represent a top-down mechanism that controls negative emotion under stress. (2018-06-25)

Hormone-influenced social strategies shape human social hierarchy, study shows
In a game of chicken, the most aggressive players are fueled by testosterone and are more willing to harm others; and while it may be easy to demonize such hawkish behaviors, psychology researchers from The University of Texas at Austin say there is sound evolutionary reason for their existence. (2017-04-24)

Speech and language deficits in children with autism may not cause tantrums
Speech or language impairments may not be the cause of more frequent tantrums in children with autism, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers. The findings could help parents of children with autism seek out the best treatment for behavior problems. (2017-05-03)

In China, traits related to traditional rice or wheat farming affect modern behavior
After observing the behaviors of customers in cafes in several modern Chinese cities, researchers report that people from rice-growing regions -- many of whom aren't involved in farming at all -- showed interdependent behaviors, like sitting in groups or squeezing themselves through narrowly placed chairs, whereas people from wheat-growing regions (again, many of whom didn't farm) more often displayed individualistic behaviors, sitting alone or actively moving chairs that blocked their way. (2018-04-25)

Do mothers' parenting attitudes & behaviors change with their first- and second-born?
New research reveals that mothers hold similar views and attitudes when parenting their first and second children, but their parenting behaviors with their two children differ. (2018-08-08)

Lifetime sentence: Incarcerated parents impact youth behavior
Young adults who had parents incarcerated during childhood do not receive timely healthcare and have more unhealthy behaviors, Lurie Children's researchers find. (2018-07-09)

Trial of omega fatty acid supplementation in toddlers born preterm shows promising results
Thirty-one toddlers who were born prematurely participated. For three months, half took a daily dietary supplement that contained a special combination of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, and half took a placebo. The group that took the daily omega fatty acid supplement exhibited a greater reduction in ASD symptoms than those who took the placebo, according to ratings provided by the children's parents. (2018-03-01)

Tight-knit teammates may conform to each other's behavior
In a study with NCAA athletes, researchers found that the more closely a player identified as being part of their team, the more likely they were to conform to their teammates' behavior. This was true for both risky and positive behaviors. (2018-08-29)

Cut to the chase
A budding relationship or just a one-night stand? The difference may not be immediately obvious, least of all to those involved. However, sex helps initiate romantic relationships between potential partners, a new study finds. (2019-01-09)

Large declines seen in teen substance abuse, delinquency
Survey data indicate that in recent years, teens have become far less likely to abuse alcohol, nicotine and illicit drugs, according to researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Teens also are less likely to engage in behaviors like fighting and stealing, and the researchers believe the declines in substance use and delinquency are connected. (2017-10-25)

Parasitic worms don't just wait to be swallowed by new hosts
Contrary to widespread assumptions, parasitic nematodes that spread among mice via food may not wait passively to be swallowed. Instead, according to new research published in PLOS Pathogens, these tiny worms may use odors from host mice as cues to position themselves where they have a higher chance of being eaten. (2017-11-30)

Researchers find improved preventive care from Obamacare Medicaid expansion
More Americans are taking steps to prevent disease because of the insurance expansions of the Affordable Care Act, according to a new, groundbreaking study by Indiana University and Cornell University researchers. (2017-01-26)

Males have greater reproductive success if they spend more time taking care of kids
Males have greater reproductive success if they spend more time taking care of kids -- and not necessarily only their own, according to new research published by anthropologists at Northwestern University. (2018-10-15)

Riding a romantic roller coaster? Relationship anxiety may be to blame
In a recent study in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Florida State University graduate student Ashley Cooper explores how high levels of fluctuation in how secure an individual feels in his or her relationship may actually doom its success. (2017-06-19)

'The Doctor Had No Time To Explain'
When the parents of children diagnosed with chronic illnesses were asked about non-supportive and hurtful behaviors from relatives, friends and health-care providers, they said more than a third of such incidents came from those they most expected to help -- doctors and other health professionals. (1997-12-09)

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