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Posting personal experiences on social media may help you remember them in the future

A new study -- the first to look at social media's effect on memory -- suggests posting personal experiences on social media makes those events much easier to recall.

Pet therapy can combat homesickness

John Tyler Binfet, seen with his dog Frances, conducted a study on the effect of pet therapy on homesickness. Binfet runs the Building Academic Retention Through K'9s (B.A.R.K.) program at UBC's Okanagan campus.The expression dog is man's best friend might have more weight in the case of first-year university students suffering from homesickness, according to a new UBC study.

Link between weather and chronic pain is emerging through innovative smartphone research

Preliminary findings from a mass participation study have indicated a link between weather conditions - specifically rain and lack of sunshine - and chronic pain.

Parents' math skills 'rub off' on their children

Parents who excel at math produce children who excel at math. This is according to a recently released University of Pittsburgh study, which shows a distinct transfer of math skills...

The Lancet Psychiatry: Increasing number of US adults using marijuana as fewer people perceive the drug as harmful

An increasing number of US adults are using marijuana, as fewer people perceive the drug as harmful, according to a survey of over 500000 US adults conducted between 2002 and...

US teens more likely to vape for flavorings than nicotine in e-cigarettes

US teens are more likely to vape for the flavourings found in e-cigarettes rather than nicotine, suggests research published online in the journal Tobacco Control.

Chew on this: How we believe our meat is raised can influence how it tastes

Our beliefs about how farm animals are raised can shape our meat-eating experience, according to a new study led by Lisa Feldman Barrett, University Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Northeastern...

Chimpanzees choose cooperation over competition

When given a choice between cooperating or competing, chimpanzees choose to cooperate five times more frequently Yerkes National Primate Research Center researchers have found. This, the researchers say, challenges the...

Why prisons continue to grow, even when crime declines

The U.S. prison population continued to rise even after the crime rate began declining in the mid-1990s because judges were faced with more repeat offenders, a new study suggests.

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'I miss you so much': How Twitter is broadening the conversation on death and mourning

Death and mourning were largely considered private matters in the 20th century, with the public remembrances common in previous eras replaced by intimate gatherings behind closed doors in funeral parlors...

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Being the primary breadwinner is bad for men's psychological well-being and health

Gendered expectations in marriage are not just bad for women, they are also bad for men, according to a new study by University of Connecticut (UConn) sociologists.

The UW research team tested different types of data visualizations and social comparisons with lapsed Fitbit users.

UBC research could help local governments plan together

This is John Janmaat, University of British Columbia.A new approach to modelling land use change developed at UBC could help cities and towns better coordinate their land-use planning efforts.

Personnel selection, training could mitigate effects of cognitive lock-up in automation operators

Automation failures have been the cause of such widely reported disasters as the crash of Air France Flight 447 in 2009, with most of the focus placed on deficiencies in...

Study links autism severity to genetics, ultrasound

For children with autism and a class of genetic disorders, exposure to diagnostic ultrasound in the first trimester of pregnancy is linked to increased autism severity, according to a study...

Dog brains process both what we say and how we say it

Trained dogs around the MR scanner.The first study to investigate how dog brains process speech shows that our best friends in the animal kingdom care about both what we say and how we say it....

How long do you want to live? Your expectations for old age matter

Why do some people want to live a very long time, while others would prefer to die relatively young? In a latest study, a team of researchers including Vegard Skirbekk,...

Music at work increases cooperation, teamwork

Cornell University researchers found that music can have important effects on the cooperative spirits of those exposed to music.From casual acoustic melodies at the coffee shop to throbbing electronic beats at teen clothing outlets, music is used to mold customer experience and behavior. But what impact does it...

Relationships with family members, but not friends, decrease likelihood of death

For older adults, having more or closer family members in one's social network decreases his or her likelihood of death, but having a larger or closer group of friends does...

Is divorce seasonal? UW research shows biannual spike in divorce filings

To everything there is a season -- even divorce, new research from University of Washington sociologists concludes.

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Why do they treat me like that? Taking the mask off of envy

You just received the promotion you have worked so hard for, but you overhear a co-worker say that you got it because the boss only gives the easy projects to...

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Bartending and family life might not mix, study says

If you want to mix drinks for a living, don't expect to have a typical family life.

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