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May 22, 2019

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AI Systems Shed Light on Root Cause of Religious Conflict: Humanity Is Not Naturally Violent

Artificial intelligence can help us to better understand the causes of religious violence and to potentially control it, according to new research. ... read more

Youth Violence Lower in Countries With Complete Ban on Corporal Punishment

A study shows that in countries where there is a complete ban on all corporal punishment of children there is less fighting among young ... read more

Witnessing Violence in High School as Bad as Being Bullied

Over the long term, being a bystander of high-school violence can be as damaging to mental health as being directly bullied, a new study ... read more

People Show Confirmation Bias Even About Which Way Dots Are Moving

People have a tendency to interpret new information in a way that supports their pre-existing beliefs, a phenomenon known as confirmation bias. Now, researchers have shown that people will do the ... read more
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Australian Drivers Ready to Embrace Phone Restriction Apps -- If They Can Still Talk

Almost 70 per cent of drivers would be willing to install smartphone apps that block texting and browsing, according to new Australian research -- but only if they can still do hands-free calls and ... read more

One in Five People in England Harmed by Others' Drinking Over Past Year

One in five people in England have been harmed in some way by others' drinking over the past year, suggest the results of the largest survey of its kind in the United ... read more

Lure of the 'Loot Box' Looks a Lot Like Gambling

Gamers who are drawn to 'loot boxes' -- randomly generated prizes of undisclosed value that can be attained or purchased within a game -- bear a closer resemblance to problem gamblers than ... read more

Another Victim of Violence: Trust in Those Who Mean No Harm

Exposure to violence does not change the ability to learn who is likely to do harm, but it does damage the ability to place trust in 'good people,' psychologists ... read more

Logical Reasoning: An Antidote or a Poison for Political Disagreement?

New research exploring American liberals and conservatives shows that regardless of political affiliation, tribal instincts kick in and people's ability to think logically suffers when it comes ... read more

The Whisper Room: Moderates on Twitter Are Losing Their Voice

A researcher finds that partisan users form highly partisan social networks on Twitter, moderate users -- or those less politically engaged -- continue to avoid politics, potentially creating an ... read more

Social Media Has Remarkably Small Impact on Americans' Beliefs, Research Finds

Social media had only a small influence on how much people believed falsehoods about candidates and issues in the last two presidential elections, a pair of new national studies found. And Facebook ... read more

A Groove Is Better With Rhythm and Harmony, New Research Shows

New research finds that the sensation that makes people want to move when they listen to music -- the groove -- is more enjoyable with moderate rhythm and harmony ... read more

Junk Food Purchases Increase After Recreational Marijuana Legalization

New research found a link between state recreational marijuana legalization and increased consumption of certain high-calorie ... read more

Dangerous School Commutes Lead to Student Absenteeism

The more crime that occurs along a student's way to school, the higher the likelihood that student will be absent, researchers have ... read more

Mental Illness Not to Blame for Gun Violence, Study Finds

Counter to a lot of public opinion, having a mental illness does not necessarily make a person more likely to commit gun violence. According to a new study, a better indicator of gun violence was ... read more

Walking With Pokémon

In a recent study, researchers reveal how the Pokémon GO augmented reality game positively impact the physical activity in players over 40. The authors hope the findings will inform urban planners ... read more

Policy Statements on the Effects of Media Overlook Scientific Complexity

As different forms of media infuse everyday life, several organizations and associations have issued public statements about the effects of media exposure. However, a scholarly review suggests that ... read more

Risk Aversion Rises With Violent Crime

Fear in the wake of violent conflicts causes people to take fewer risks, which may come at the expense of bettering their lives and the economy. Researchers looked at longitudinal survey data taken ... read more

Popular Music Lyrics Become Angrier and Sadder Over Time

A scientific analysis of the sentiment of popular music lyrics from the 1950s to 2016 showed that the expression of anger and sadness in popular music has increased gradually over time, while the ... read more

Violence in PG-13 Rated Movies Not Linked to Violence in US Society

New research suggests that policy makers should remain focused on issues that have been demonstrated to impact criminal behavior, such as family environment, mental health, poverty and ... read more

One in Four Women at Sexual Health Clinics Reports Coercion Over Their Reproductive Lives

As many as one in four women attending sexual and reproductive healthcare services say they are not allowed to take control of their own reproductive lives, reveals a new ... read more

Austerity Results in 'Social Murder' According to New Research

The consequence of austerity in the social security system -- severe cuts to benefits and the 'ratcheting up' of conditions attached to benefits -- is 'social murder', according ... read more

The Wizard of Oz Most 'Influential' Film of All Time According to Network Science

The Wizard of Oz, followed by Star Wars and Psycho, is identified as the most influential film of all time in a new ... read more

Views of Ideal Female Appearance in China Are Changing

A researcher found that young women in China, living in a rapidly changing society with more personal independence, disposable income and exposure to Western media than ever before, are also altering ... read more

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