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Metaphors Help Us Understand Other’s Thoughts and Feelings

Metaphors Help Us Understand Other’s Thoughts and Feelings

March 13th, 2015
A new study suggests paying attention to the metaphors a person uses in a conversation is a good way to understand their emotional or mental state. In their research, Andrea Bowes and Albert Katz of the University of Ontario discovered that metaphors ...
Unethical Behavior Often Begins with Small Misdeeds

Unethical Behavior Often Begins with Small Misdeeds

March 12th, 2015
Getting away with small misdeeds, such as stealing a pen from work, may make it easier for people to justify bigger, more serious crimes, according to a new study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology. After conducting four experiments, researchers found that ...
Layoff Can Damage Trust For Years

Layoff Can Damage Trust For Years

March 11th, 2015
A new UK study discovers that people who lose their jobs are less willing to trust others for up to a decade after being laid off. Researchers from The University of Manchester found that being forced into unemployment can reduce trust to such ...
Work-Life Stress Can Lead to Verbal Abuse

Work-Life Stress Can Lead to Verbal Abuse

March 11th, 2015
New research suggests that some people become verbally abusive when their family life interferes with job performance on a consistent basis. The verbal abuse may be directed at co-workers or loved ones, say researchers from Michigan State University. A supportive boss, however, can mitigate ...
Cannabis Use Ups Risk of Dropping Out of School

Cannabis Use Ups Risk of Dropping Out of School

March 10th, 2015
Using cannabis as a teenager may negatively affect educational attainment, new findings suggest. About seven percent of U.S. high school seniors are daily or near-daily cannabis users, and surveys indicate that use is increasing. Dr. Edmund Silins of the University of New South ...
Stress from Long-term Unemployment May Undermine Health

Stress from Long-term Unemployment May Undermine Health

March 9th, 2015
Researchers have found the direct biological stress associated with unemployment may explain the increased mortality and morbidity among job-seekers. University of College London investigators correlated inflammatory markers found in blood, which are influenced by stress, to heart disease. The markers are clinically important because ...
Study Shows It’s Hard to Bluff Your Boss

Study Shows It’s Hard to Bluff Your Boss

March 8th, 2015
A new study has found that a good supervisor can easily detect the motives of an employee, discerning when an employee is sucking up to them out of personal ambition versus when an employee is motivated by what’s good for the company. Supervisors ...
Smartphone Laziness?

Does Smartphone Use = Laziness?

March 6th, 2015
New research suggests smartphones are making us cognitively lazy. And, the evidence is still out as to if this will be an issue as we age. The ubiquitous cellular devices allow us to obtain information without having to retrieve information that is traditionally ...
Easy for Parents to Unwittingly Encourage Materialism

Easy for Parents to Unwittingly Encourage Materialism

March 5th, 2015
According to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research, children who receive more material rewards from their parents grow up to be more materialistic as adults. "Using material possessions to express love or reward children for their achievements can backfire. Loving ...
Divorce More Likely When Wives Get Sick

Divorce More Likely When Wives Get Sick

March 5th, 2015
Divorce is six percent more likely when the wife becomes seriously ill, compared to marriages in which the wife remains healthy, according to a new study by Iowa State University researchers. When a husband becomes ill, however, there is no increase in divorce ...