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Pressure to look attractive linked to fear of rejection in men and women

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People who feel pressure to look attractive are more fearful of being rejected because of their appearance than are their peers, according to a new study by researchers at the...

British Chef Plays with the Psychological Taste of Words to Enhance Flavor

11 years ago from PopSci

A chef and a professor are teaming up to create a dining experience that capitalizes on synaesthetic perception that links tastes to certain sounds. Synaesthesia is the association of different...

Partner status influences women's interest in men

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A study by Indiana University neuroscientist Heather Rupp found that a woman's partner status influenced her interest in the opposite sex...

Time Warner CEO hints at online fees for magazines

11 years ago from Physorg

(AP) -- One of the world's largest magazine publishers appears to be having second thoughts about giving away most of its articles on the Internet.

Flipping the brain's addiction switch without drugs

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When someone becomes dependent on drugs or alcohol, the brain's pleasure centre gets hijacked, disrupting the normal functioning of its reward circuitry...

Brain's Object Recognition System Activated By Touch Alone

11 years ago from Science Daily

Portions of the brain that activate when people view pictures of objects compared to scrambled images can also be activated by touch alone, confirms a new report.

Americans Choose Media Messages That Agree With Their Views

11 years ago from Science Daily

A new study provides some of the strongest evidence to date that Americans prefer to read political articles that agree with the opinions they already hold. Researchers found that people...

Half of your friends lost in seven years

11 years ago from Physorg

Had a good chat with someone recently? Has a good friend just helped you to do up your home? Then you will be lucky if that person still does that...

Long-distance Brain Waves Focus Attention

11 years ago from Newswise - Scinews

Just as our world buzzes with distractions -- from phone calls to e-mails to tweets -- the neurons in our brain are bombarded with messages. Research has shown that when...

Government concerned by eHealth spending: McGuinty

11 years ago from CBC: Health

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty admitted his government is concerned with news of nearly $5 million in apparent untendered contracts by newly minted eHealth Ontario and wants to speed up a...

Honduras 'must push for more research'

11 years ago from SciDev

Honduras must encourage science research and incorporate it into a national plan, say scientists.

People With Parents Who Fight Are More Likely To Have Mental Health Problems In Later Life

11 years ago from Science Daily

People with parents who were violent to each other are more likely to have mental health problems when they grow up, reveals new research.

Did Mozart Really Have ADHD? History Of Hyperactivity Off-base, Says Researcher

11 years ago from Science Daily

A Canadian researcher working in the UK says doctors, authors and educators are doing hyperactive children a disservice by claiming that hyperactivity as we understand it today has always existed.

Africa Analysis: Continental science fund forgotten?

11 years ago from SciDev

As African science ministers prepare to meet in Burundi, Linda Nordling asks what has happened to the idea of a pan-African science fund.

A bad performance is better than no performance at all

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The learning of birdsong resembles the learning of speech in humans. Crucial for the process are acoustic perception and the ability to produce sound. Social isolation leads to a disturbed...

Study checks firefighter fitness

11 years ago from Science Alert

Researchers have found that firefighters typically work a 14-hour day at 40 degrees, but only need about average fitness.

Contracts adding legal twist to family health care

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Financial contracts to care for sick or ageing relatives - nearly unthinkable just a decade ago - are drawing new interest as everyday Americans wrestle with the time and expense...

Music Soothes Circumcision Pain

11 years ago from Live Science

Music may reduce pain for babies during certain procedures, research suggests

Neuroscience arms race could lead to guilt-free soldiers

11 years ago from The Guardian - Science

The science of the brain is poised to play a major role in the wars of the future, according to Jonathan Moreno at Penn State University

Opinion: Can experts be trusted?

11 years ago from Science Alert

Expert opinions in environmental decision-making are a necessary evil. We can do better to harness expert knowledge to avoid its worst social and psychological pitfalls.

Cigarettes in Popular Films Are Target of Health Groups

11 years ago from NY Times Health

The advocacy arm of the American Medical Association unveiled a campaign intended to publicly shame movie studios for depicting images of smoking.

Warring Sides on Health Care Carry Their Fight to TV and Radio Ads

11 years ago from NY Times Health

Interest groups are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on advertisements supporting or attacking health care legislation they expect to emerge from Congress.

The nail in the coffin for group selection?

11 years ago from News @ Nature

Benefits to an individual and its family may be enough to account for altruistic behaviour.

Cat in China grows a pair of wings

11 years ago from MSNBC: Science

A kitty in Chongqing, China, is getting some extra-special attention these days: The furry feline has developed wings!

'DTXTR' translates teen text into English

11 years ago from Physorg

Wot r ur kids txting? If you're wondering -- or 1dering -- there's a new online translation tool that helps decipher the code.

Review: New headsets let you shoot the breeze

11 years ago from Physorg

(AP) -- Bluetooth wireless headsets have become a lot better in the last few years at picking out the user's voice from noisy surroundings.

Rethinking monogamy in Western Canada

11 years ago from Physorg

( -- You hear it all the time, especially in debates concerning same-sex marriage and polygamy: The biggest threat to the social order is the breakdown of monogamous marriage.

Should I stay or should I go? Neural mechanisms of strategic decision making

11 years ago from Physorg

A new study demonstrates that when faced with a difficult decision, the human brain calls upon multiple neural systems that code for different sorts of behaviors and strategies. The research,...