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Oxytocin increases social altruism
Nowadays, much emphasis is placed on sustainability. The degree to which people are willing to donate their own money for this depends on their level of oxytocin. Scientists at the University of Bonn Hospital have discovered that the willingness to donate increases with the quantity of this bonding hormone. However, oxytocin only has an effect with regard to social sustainability projects. (2015-11-26)

Landmark Carnegie Mellon addiction study finds people underestimate power of drug cravings
A novel experiment conducted by Carnegie Mellon University Professor George Loewenstein and colleagues may explain why people try a drug, such as heroin, for the first time despite ample evidence that it is addictive. The results of the study, which are being published in the Journal of Health Economics, reveal that even longtime addicts underestimate the influence that drug cravings have over their behavior. (2007-02-12)

Family, culture affect whether intelligence leads to education
Intelligence isn't the only thing that predicts how much education people get; family, culture and other factors are important, too. A new Psychological Science study compares identical and fraternal twins in Minnesota and Sweden to explore how genetic and environmental factors involved in educational differ in countries with different educational systems. Family background can get an education even for people of low intelligence, the authors conclude -- but helps much more in Minnesota, than in Sweden. (2010-09-27)

Study reveals impact of powerful CEOs and money laundering on bank performance
Banks with powerful CEOs and smaller boards are more likely to take risks and be susceptible to money laundering. The study tested for a link between bank risk and enforcements issued by US regulators for money laundering in almost 1,000 publicly listed US banks. The results show that money laundering enforcements are associated with an increase in bank risk. The impact of money laundering is heightened by the presence of powerful CEOs and only partly mitigated by large and independent executive boards. (2020-08-04)

APS urges greater federal investment in energy research
The American Physical Society, a leading organization of physicists, presses congressional leaders to increase research investments for future energy technologies that will strengthen energy security and reduce the likelihood of disastrous effects associated with fossil fuel exploration as evidenced by the BP oil spill. (2010-06-25)

Study: Small firms need more access to credit during financial troubles
When the economy sours, small firms seeking credit tend to face higher costs of financing, leading them to reinvest their profits before they pay off creditors,says U. of I. finance professor Murillo Campello. (2010-10-05)

Poorer countries, countries that spend little on health-care have worse stroke outcomes
People living in poor countries or countries that spend proportionately less on health-care are about 30 percent more likely to have a stroke, a new study shows. (2011-10-27)

Louisiana Tech University students present research at Senior Projects Conference
Senior class students from Louisiana Tech University's College of Engineering and Science showcased their research and innovative solutions to real-world problems at the College of Engineering and Science Senior Projects Conference held recently on the Louisiana Tech campus. (2016-05-13)

Rice University study: Americans need to save paycheck to paycheck
Americans are better at saving money when they set goals in the near future -- such as next month -- rather than the more distant future, according to a new study by researchers at Rice University and Old Dominion University. The study was presented this month at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association. (2008-08-21)

Higher health insurance costs force doctors to talk about money with patients
As health insurers require people to base more treatment decisions on out-of-pocket costs, physicians should learn to talk to patients about money, according to researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. (2009-11-05)

Insurance Restrictions On Acne Drug Are Outmoded And Costly
Insurance companies could save money and make the lives of doctors and their adult acne patients easier by reducing or eliminating the restrictions for dispensing the acne drug tretinoin, according to dermatologists at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. (1999-04-23)

The crack as a tool
We encounter glass everywhere -- as window and facade glazing, coffee-table tops and shelving. A new process makes it possible to cut the brittle material cost-efficiently and opens up new applications thanks to superior edge quality. (2008-05-29)

Science partnerships crucial to US - Arab relations
Research partnerships in science and technology are a crucial part of American efforts to build alliances with Arab nations, and should receive increased financial support from the United States and oil-rich Arab governments. (2005-02-19)

Charitable donation discrepancies: Why are some countries more generous than others?
When it comes to charitable giving, some countries open their collective wallets more than others. According to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research, people who live in countries that promote equality in power and wealth are more likely to donate money than those who live in societies that expect and accept inequality. (2014-04-15)

Exploring Africa's success stories
The world needs more researchers thinking about what's working in African economic development, and what isn't, says Brown economist David Weil. Weil co-directs the African Successes project, helping to fill that need. (2010-10-20)

Papyrus research provides insights into the 'modern concerns' of the ancient world
A University of Cincinnati-based journal devoted to research on papyri is due out Nov. 1. That research sheds light on an ancient world with surprisingly modern concerns: including hoped-for medical cures, religious confusion and the need for financial safeguards. (2010-10-29)

Is difficult better? Study reveals we tend to ignore simple items while pursuing goals
When we are pursuing a goal, we need to carefully consider the best ways of achieving it. If we come across something very difficult, how will that affect our ability to meet our goal? A new study in Psychological Science reveals that when something is difficult, we tend to believe that because it is difficult, it must be important in helping us achieve our goals. (2009-02-20)

Health care incentive model offers collaborative approach
A major focus in the search for accountability in the US health care system is new reimbursement and benefit models that provide incentives better linked to positive health outcomes. A recent study found some valuable lessons from a model in Maine that tied some degree of risk and reward for both health care providers and employer/purchasers. (2007-08-17)

Study reveals the positive impact of financial education in the workplace
A study conducted by Virginia Tech researchers shows that financial education and financial advice positively impacts worker money behaviors and attitudes -- and their health and workplace performance. (1999-11-04)

Self-perpetuating signals may drive tumor cells to spread
A team of international researchers has identified a self-perpetuating signaling circuit inside connective tissue cells that allows these cells to form a front and a back and propel themselves in a particular direction over a long period of time. This propulsion is the same movement that tumor cells use to invade healthy tissue during cancer metastasis so cracking the code to this signaling network may lead to new therapeutic strategies. (2013-07-16)

Money illusion and the market
People often pay more attention to price tags than to real value. Professor Jean-Robert Tyran, University of Copenhagen, discusses when money illusion can affect markets (eg. the housing market) in the current issue of Science. (2007-08-23)

Character traits outweigh material benefits in assessing value others bring us
When it comes to making decisions involving others, the impression we have of their character weighs more heavily than do our assessments of how they can benefit us, a team of NYU researchers has found. (2015-08-03)

More doubts over value of defibrillators
Use of defibrillators by police and fire fighters to emergency calls shows only a modest benefit, finds a study in this week's BMJ. A second study shows that public place defibrillators are not good value for money. (2003-12-04)

Perceptions of health improve with pension receipt, researcher says
A University of Missouri researcher found that South African men and women viewed their health more positively when they began receiving their pensions, but their heightened sense of well-being faded over time. The researcher says her study might give researchers and policymakers in the United States an idea of how aging adults in the US may feel about receiving fixed incomes after retirement. (2013-02-20)

Research and innovation essential to economic recovery
The Science Coalition today urged Congress and the incoming Obama Administration to include funding for research in legislation currently being developed to aid in economic stimulus and recovery. (2008-12-18)

Scientists shed light on gambling and the brain
Discrete parts of the human brain respond in an ordered fashion to the anticipation and reward of money. This represents the first linkage of human brain events to ideas from behavioral economics. Monetary rewards tap into a generalized system that processes other categories of reward such as drugs and food. (2001-05-22)

Alcohol researchers localize brain region that anticipates reward
Researchers at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism have localized to a specific brain region (the nucleus accumbens) the anticipation of positive reward. This first report in humans to link nucleus accumbens activity to human emotion is published in the August 15 hard copy issue of the Journal of Neuroscience. (2001-08-03)

Churches fail to teach civic skills to lower classes
American churches, which mirror the country's societal and economic divisions, have largely failed to give lower income persons, including minorities, opportunities to master civic skills necessary for participation in the democratic process, a Penn State researcher says. (2000-08-13)

Consumer predictions: Do categories matter when predicting the lottery or stock market?
From sports to the stock market and even winning the lottery, it's in our nature to predict who or what will come out on top. But, sometimes we can't see the forest for the trees. According to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research, people are more likely to make a prediction about something when it is grouped in a large category of similar items. (2014-04-15)

Municipal utilities drive sustainability in smaller cities
Small cities and rural areas lag behind in environmental protection policymaking because they often lack the financial or technical resources needed. According to newly published research at Binghamton University, places that have municipal utilities have the capacity to pursue sustainability -- and are more likely to leverage that capacity to adopt more green energy policies. (2015-08-10)

Cardiac CT is faster, more effective for evaluating patients with suspected heart attack
Cardiac computed tomography angiography scans can provide a virtually instant verdict on whether chest pain is from blockage of the coronary arteries. When used early to evaluate chest pain, the scans save patients and hospitals time and money by allowing doctors to quickly determine who should be admitted for treatment for a heart attack and who can be safely sent home, according to research presented today at the American College of Cardiology's 61st Annual Scientific Session. (2012-03-27)

MU newspaper study: Investing in the newsroom is good for business
In recent years, the newspaper industry has experienced a variety of changes. None have been more noticeable than declining profit margins. Researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia now have valuable information that could help publishers reverse the downward trend. (2007-02-14)

Study: Woman Have Good Reasons For More Conservative Investments
Women tend to be more conservative investors. That's a fact that's caused family finance analysts to fret over women's investment portfolios and wonder if they'll have enough money built up at retirement. However, an Ohio State University study indicates that there are usually very good reasons for women's conservative behavior. (1998-05-27)

Does equality increase status spending?
People are happier when goods are more equally distributed, but equality makes people want to spend more to get ahead of their neighbors, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research. (2010-12-22)

Reducing aeromedical transport for traumas saved money and lives
Changes to the trauma triage protocol in Maryland resulted in decreased use of helicopter transport for trauma patients and improved patient outcomes, saving lives and money. The results of a 11-year study of the impact of statewide field triage changes to Maryland's helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) were published online Wednesday in Annals of Emergency Medicine: 'Maryland's Helicopter Emergency Medicine Services Experience from 2001-2011: System Improvements and Patients' Outcomes.' (2015-10-02)

People with anxiety show fundamental differences in perception
Patients may overgeneralize their responses to stimuli. (2016-03-10)

70 percent of college students stressed about finances
Seven out of 10 college students feel stressed about their personal finances, according to a new national survey. Nearly 60 percent said they worry about having enough money to pay for school, while half are concerned about paying their monthly expenses. (2015-07-01)

New study suggests migration does not bring happiness
Economic migrants seeking a (2010-08-31)

How campaign contributions improve policy analysis in Congressional committees
Do hard money contributions by interest groups to members of Congress contribute to better quality policy deliberations and outcomes in congressional committees? A new study conducted by political scientist Kevin M. Esterling (University of California, Riverside) finds that over the long term -- regardless of the intent of such contributions -- they tend to create incentives for members of Congress to enhance their analytical capacity for policymaking. (2007-02-22)

Envy holds back agricultural development
Agricultural innovation in developing countries can be hampered and discouraged by envy, according to research published today by academics at the University of East Anglia, UK. (2011-03-22)

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