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Classes set by ability are hitting children's self-confidence, study finds
The way a vast amount of schools are setup, with classes grouping children based on their ability, is severely affecting pupil's self-confidence. (2020-06-16)

Strong convictions can blind us to information that challenges them
When people are highly confident in a decision, they take in information that confirms their decision, but fail to process information which contradicts it, finds a UCL brain imaging study, published in Nature Communications. (2020-05-27)

Trust in medical scientists has grown in the US, but mainly among democrats
A new Pew Research Center report examines how Americans' confidence in scientists have shifted amid the COVID-19 outbreak and their views on whether scientists should play an active role in policy discussions about science-related topics. (2020-05-21)

Inspiring stories from women like themselves helped these moms improve their diet
When researchers asked prospective study participants who they would like to see in videos promoting healthy lifestyle behaviors, the answer was unequivocal: They wanted to see themselves -- that is, other mothers living in low-income households who were overweight or obese. The researchers obliged. And the intervention they designed produced the desired results when it came to improving participants' diet. (2020-05-20)

Field courses boost student success, support STEM diversity efforts, study reveals
The challenge of diversifying STEM fields may get a boost from the results of a new study that show field courses help build self-confidence among students -- especially those from underrepresented groups. (2020-05-19)

AI tool speeds up search for COVID-19 treatments and vaccines
Northwestern University researchers are using artificial intelligence (AI) to speed up the search for COVID-19 treatments and vaccines. The AI-powered tool makes it possible to prioritize resources for the most promising studies -- and ignore research that is unlikely to yield benefits. (2020-05-04)

The downside of feeling prepared
Feeling prepared and confident about a job interview you have tomorrow is great. But a new study suggests that you may bring that sense of confidence into other parts of your life for which you might not be nearly so prepared. (2020-04-22)

Support plan boosts confidence of military spouses
A support program that aims to boost retention in the Armed Forces has received a positive research evaluation from Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), with military personnel reporting increased confidence in their employment prospects and increased goodwill towards the Armed Forces. (2020-04-16)

How expectations influence learning
During learning, the brain is a prediction engine that continually makes theories about our environment and accurately registers whether an assumption is true or not. A team of neuroscientists from Bochum has shown that expectation during these predictions affects the activity of various brain networks. They report on the results in two articles that were published in March and April 2020 in the journals Cerebral Cortex and Journal of Neuroscience. (2020-04-15)

Cocky kids: The four-year-olds with the same overconfidence as risk-taking bankers
Overconfidence in one's own abilities despite clear evidence to the contrary is present and persistent in children as young as four, a new study by the University of Sussex Business School has revealed. (2020-04-02)

Survey shows emergency physicians may benefit from training on safely handling firearms
Emergency physicians may benefit from training on safely handling firearms, according to the findings of a survey to be published in the March 2020 issue of Academic Emergency Medicine (AEM), a journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM). (2020-03-11)

Self-care linked to greater confidence in parents of children with FASD
Children diagnosed with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) -- caused by prenatal alcohol exposure -- often face lifelong developmental, cognitive and behavioral problems. But the children are not the only ones who struggle; often their parents and caretakers do, too. A new study by University of Rochester researchers examines how FASD caregivers' perceived confidence in and the frequency of self-care is related to stress, parenting attitudes, and family needs. (2020-02-04)

UBC research reveals young children prefer to learn from confident people
Researchers found that young children between the age of four and five not only prefer to learn from people who appear confident, they also keep track of how well the person's confidence has matched with their knowledge and accuracy in the past (a concept called 'calibration') and avoid learning new information from people who have a history of being overconfident. (2020-01-27)

A more intuitive online banking service would reinforce its use among the over-55s
The very nature of online banking is the cause of the reticence of the over-55s to use it as they do not feel comfortable navigating the 'digital world'. To combat this situation, the experts recommend developing more intuitive applications with appropriate signposting and instructions to help avoid errors. (2019-12-18)

'I will do my very best!' Children who engage in positive self-talk about effort can boost their math achievement
Children who think poorly of themselves often underachieve in school. A new Dutch study tested whether a simple mental activity -- having children with low self-confidence say favorable, encouraging words to themselves -- could boost their achievement. The study found that children who engaged in this kind of self-talk improved their math performance when the talk focused on effort, not ability. (2019-12-17)

Sleep helps memory, right? Not for eyewitnesses
New research investigating the effect of sleep on eyewitness memory has found that having a period of sleep, compared to a period of wake, does not improve eyewitness identification accuracy. (2019-12-03)

Study: lack of tolerance, institutional confidence threaten democracies
The stability of democracies worldwide could be vulnerable if certain cultural values continue to decline, according to a new study published in Nature Human Behavior. The findings by researchers from the United States and New Zealand are based on an analysis of survey data from 476,583 individuals in 109 countries. (2019-12-02)

Americans maintain high levels of trust in science
A new report analyzing decades of public opinion surveys reveals that the public's trust in scientists has remained stable and high over decades. (2019-11-14)

Talking with trained doctors can help abused women
Women who are experiencing intimate partner violence feel better supported, more confident, and less depressed when trained family doctors counsel them, according to new research in the journal Family Practice. (2019-11-13)

Mayo Clinic study finds differences in how men and women perceive their own health
A Mayo Clinic study published in the American Journal of Health Behavior investigates differences in how men and women perceive their own health. The study finds that confidence in maintaining good health habits can be influenced by gender. (2019-11-13)

UK vets need special training to report suspected animal abuse
UK vets need special training to report cases of suspected animal abuse and neglect, finds research published online in Vet Record. (2019-10-28)

A new approach to reconstructing protein evolution
One angle scientists have taken to explore how protein functions arise is to trace family evolution and relatedness, which is difficult. In eLife, Roman Sloutsky of UMass Amherst and his former advisor Kristen Naegle, now at UVA, propose an unusual, new and more accurate way to trace how proteins diverged over time. ''It can yield powerful insights into the relationship between protein sequence, structure and function for that family,'' he says. (2019-10-17)

Promotional games at retail stores increase consumer spending
Surprisingly, even when the discount won from a promotional game is smaller than a traditional discount -- say only 10% versus 20% -- researchers still saw the same phenomenon. (2019-10-03)

Looking confident key to raising money in Initial Coin Offerings -- new research
The key to raising money in an Initial Coin Offering (ICO) appears to be about how confident your team look to potential investors, new research shows. (2019-09-26)

Job sharing can boost number of women in senior higher education roles
Research from Lancaster University Management School, shows job sharing offers a route to increase the number of women in senior leadership roles in higher education. (2019-09-24)

When it comes to robots, reliability may matter more than reasoning
What does it take for a human to trust a robot? That is what Army researchers are uncovering in a new study into how humans and robots work together. Research into human-agent teaming, or HAT, has examined how the transparency of agents--such as robots, unmanned vehicles or software agents--influences human trust, task performance, workload and perceptions of the agent. (2019-09-23)

New research sheds light on how happy couples argue
In marriage, conflict is inevitable. Even the happiest couples argue. And research shows they tend to argue about the same topics as unhappy couples: children, money, in-laws, intimacy. So, what distinguishes happy couples? According to a study published this August in Family Process, it is the way happy couples argue that may make a difference. (2019-09-16)

Distractions distort what's real, study suggests
A new study suggests that distractions -- those pesky interruptions that pull us away from our goals -- might change our perception of what's real, making us believe we saw something different from what we actually saw. Even more troubling, the study suggests people might not realize their perception has changed - to the contrary, they might feel great confidence in what they think they saw. (2019-09-12)

A little kindness goes a long way for worker performance and health
Small gestures of kindness by employers can have big impacts on employees' health and work performance, according to an international team of researchers. The team specifically examined the effects of employers enhancing the lunches of bus drivers in China with fresh fruit and found that it reduced depression among the drivers and increased their confidence in their own work performance. (2019-09-10)

A dual imaging approach may improve diagnosis and monitoring of prostate cancer
A new platform that combines two established imaging methods can peer into both the structure and molecular makeup of the prostate in men with prostate cancer. (2019-08-28)

Growth mindset intervention boosts confidence, persistence in entrepreneurship students
A low-cost intervention aimed at fostering a growth mindset in students gave the students more confidence in their entrepreneurship abilities and helped them persist when challenges arose. (2019-08-13)

Study finds changes in mindset key to helping college students exercise more
According to the survey, respondents indicated that sustaining the weekly 150 minutes of exercise would require the support of family and friends, as well as an emotional shift, in which students would use exercise as an outlet for stressors. Respondents also said social changes, like making friends who also exercise regularly would improve their ability to persist. (2019-08-08)

Sorting out who needs a pill sorter
Researchers have developed guidance to help prescribers and pharmacists decide which patients should use a pill organizer. The team's previous research has shown that switching to using an organizer can do more harm than good. Their new study reveals that pharmacies are giving out twice as many pill organizers as they were ten years ago. It is hoped that the guidance will help prescribers better understand which patients' health could be put at risk by using an organizer. (2019-08-07)

The impacts of smoking on patients with ulcerative colitis
Because smokers are less likely to develop ulcerative colitis (UC), a type of inflammatory bowel disease, patients with UC may be tempted to start smoking to lessen their symptoms. (2019-08-07)

Strong evidence for causal link between obesity and multiple diseases
New research from the University of South Australia presents the strongest evidence yet of a causal relationship between obesity and a wide range of serious conditions. (2019-08-01)

Facebook can help college students with lower confidence build relationships
Facebook can help first-semester college students maintain relationships with high school friends and assist them in creating new friendships, according to new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York. (2019-07-23)

Failure to launch: Parents are barriers to teen independence
National Poll: While most parents say they are doing enough to prepare their teen for adulthood, they gave low rankings of their teen's ability to handle basic tasks. (2019-07-22)

Over-claiming knowledge predicts anti-establishment voting
People who think they know more than they actually do are more likely to vote against the establishment, shows new research out of the Netherlands. (2019-07-18)

'Racist police officer' stereotype may become a self-fulfilling prophecy
Belief in the 'racist police officer' stereotype may become a self-fulfilling prophecy for law enforcement officers and lead to increased support for forceful or threatening policing tactics, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. (2019-07-15)

Do passengers prefer autonomous vehicles driven like machines or like humans?
Passenger and pedestrian confidence are key to future development of autonomous vehicles so researchers at WMG at the University of Warwick have conducted and reported an experiment to see which driving style engendered the highest levels of confidence among autonomous vehicles passengers - driving with full machine efficiency, or driving in a way that emulates average human driving. The surprising result was that neither was optimal but that a blend of both might be best. (2019-07-08)

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