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Employer Acceptance of Religious Beliefs Can Aid Worker Performance

December 18th, 2014
A new study finds that when employees are allowed to openly discuss their religious beliefs, their morale and job satisfaction is enhanced. The workforce is rapidly becoming a mixture of multiple cultures, and it may be beneficial for employers to celebrate holidays and ...

Hugs, Social Support Shown to Protect Against Stress & Illness

December 18th, 2014
New research suggests hugs may be the tonic for reducing stress and preventing infections. Carnegie Mellon University researchers tested whether hugs act as a form of social support, protecting stressed people from getting sick. Their findings, as published in the journal Psychological Science, found ...

Common Factors for Teens at Risk for Alcohol Abuse

December 17th, 2014
Neuroscientists are homing in on key brain factors and behaviors that put teens at risk for alcohol abuse even before they start drinking, according to new research at Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC). So far, they have found that teens at risk for ...

Average Faces Considered Trustworthy

December 17th, 2014
New research suggests typical or average- looking faces are considered more honest than attractive, or unattractive faces. The way people judge faces is especially important in cultural environments where face typicality, or the similar structure of faces, often influences face-related judgments. “Face typicality likely ...

Work Connections Turn Stress Into Better Performance

December 17th, 2014
Challenging new research suggests that well-connected employees adapt well to pressures caused by changes in the workplace. Industries often have to implement pay cuts, reduce working hours, and provide fewer training and promotion opportunities as methods to cope with economic downturn and industry ...

Learning In Infancy Reaps Long-Term Benefits

December 17th, 2014
Developmental psychologists believe that talking to babies in their first year can provide learning benefits that are seen as much as five years later. Experts say the benefits are particularly associated with naming things in the infant’s world, as this can help the ...

Taking Time To Make Healthy Food Choices

December 17th, 2014
New research suggests it takes a while for the brain to consider the healthiness of a food. Therefore, taking time to consider our food choices – be it eating a slice of pecan pie or instead opting for fruit -- may be our best ...

Work Burnout Linked to Atypical Depression

December 16th, 2014
New research suggests a strong link between being disenchanted by work and depression. City College of New York psychology professor Dr. Irvin Schonfeld studied more than 5,500 school teachers to estimate the prevalence of depressive disorders in workers with burnout. He discovered 90 percent ...

Virtual Body-Swapping May Reduce Racism

December 16th, 2014
A new study uses technology to create illusions that may be used to reduce prejudice and racism. An illusion is a distortion of the senses, revealing how the brain normally organizes and interprets sensory stimulation. Though illusions distort reality, they are generally shared ...

‘Technoference’ Tied to Lower Relationship Quality

December 16th, 2014
In a new study, couples who allowed technology to frequently interrupt their time together (even when it's unintentional) also reported lower relationship satisfaction, more depressive symptoms, and lower life satisfaction overall. There is a word for this new phenomenon: "technoference." The term, coined ...
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