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Israelis' attribution of love and hate to Israelis and Palestinians
What makes human conflict intractable – and how can psychological research resolve historic disagreements? A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academic of Sciences by a team of researchers from The New School for Social Research, Northwestern University and Boston College demonstrates how seemingly unsolvable political and ethnic conflicts are fueled by asymmetrical perceptions of opponents’ motivations – and that these tensions can be relieved by providing financial incentives to better understand what drives an adversary group. [more...]
 

Workers punching in for the graveyard shift may be better off not eating high-iron foods at night so they don't disrupt the circadian clock in their livers. Disrupted circadian clocks, researchers believe, are the reason that shift workers experience higher incidences of type 2 diabetes, obesity and cancer. The body's primary circadian clock, which regulates sleep and eating, is in the brain. But other body tissues also have circadian clocks, including the liver, which regulates blood glucose levels. [more...]
 
In a world of matinee idols and cover girls it's easy to assume that humans want their men to be manly and their women womanly. But a groundbreaking new study suggests that, rather than being a preference passed down through a long process of social and sexual selection, it's a relatively new habit that has only emerged in modern, urbanised societies. [more...]
 

A shortterm exercise program consisting of mobilizing and coordinative movements has a positive influence on the performance of concentration. The correlation between performance of concentration and alpha-power assumes an influence of acute exercise on cognition, Andrea Geipel (Technical University Munich) reports. [more...]
 

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Physical exercise in old age can improve brain perfusion as well as certain memory skills. This is the finding of Magdeburg neuroscientists who studied men and women aged between 60 and 77. In younger individuals regular training on a treadmill tended to improve cerebral blood flow and visual memory. However, trial participants who were older than 70 years of age tended to show no benefit of exercise. Thus, the study also indicates that the benefits of exercise may be limited by advancing age. [more...]
 

Longevity is no longer today´s concern; rather, it is the quality of life of the aging, Professor Eva Sandis (Fordham University/USA) notes. She examined world population trends among the elderly, their impact on family structures and functions - and the implications for social policy. [more...]
 

A new experimental study found that "there are conditions under which lesbians - a group often stereotyped negatively - are less susceptible to invoking negative female stereotypes than heterosexual women are." [more...]
 

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It seems rather weird: You see an artificial hand lying on a table in front of you knowing exactly it isn't your real hand. Nevertheless, you feel as though it actually belongs to your body. Your brain delivers the illusion that the artificial hand is a part of your body – even though you know for a fact that it is not. [more...]
 

There are two phenomena which basically determine the lives of all organisms: the continuous day-and-night cycle and the occurrence of sudden events. To respond adequately to this, organisms have developed special mechanisms that have one surprising thing in common. [more...]
 

Media-Psychology: "Boys who report a high involvement with the computer, report fewer psychosomatic symptoms than their less computerminded agemates. This relationship even becomes stronger over time. Computer-involved boys not only report better well-being, but they are able to even improve their psychosomatic status over time. This effect is most pronounced for boys who expressed a high sense of developmental pressure," Professor Dr. Klaus Boehnke and colleagues report (in the textbook New Media in Everyday Life). [more...]
 
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