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Personality put to test in hiring screenings

Personality put to test in hiring screenings

The 10 young men and women were there to impress.

Decked out in their best suits, they were vying for hourly work as sales associates, ride operators, drivers and cooks at Universal Studios Hollywood theme park and its adjoining retail unit. When asked their favorite movies, they mentioned ones they knew were produced by Universal. When asked what they detested most about their previous jobs, they said not much. And when asked what single word would describe them...

Stop procrastinating

It's just before midnight on Tax Day - April 15 - and you're running breathlessly to the post office, hastily scribbled tax return in hand.

Is this a sign of pecuniary prowess? Or is it a testimony to your tendency to put things off -...

Some health experts look to humor for its healing power

Some health experts look to humor for its healing power

Evidence shows it can improve mental, physical .

The chaplain with a pig snout visiting patients in Jefferson City's St. Marys Health Center personifies what many medical professionals and researchers are prescribing for their patients — a good dose of humor.

Medical professionals agree patients' health is no laughing matter, but they are increasingly looking to a growing body of evidence indicating humor's benefits for physical and mental health, as well as patient-caregiver relationships.

After getting to...

Teen Depression: When Should You Worry?

Teen Depression: When Should You Worry?

He sleeps the day away, and is irritable when he's awake. She's moody and mopes around. He eats everything or almost nothing. She hides in her room, shunning even the simplest chores. Does this sound like a teenager you know?

Neuroscientists suspect the adolescent brain is wired for emotional turbulence and retreat from the family. These tendencies may help teenagers separate from their parents and reach out to peers. But those same tendencies can make it hard to tell...

Psychological reasoning begins earlier than had been thought, study shows

Psychological reasoning begins earlier than had been thought, study shows

According to conventional wisdom, babies don't begin to develop sophisticated psychological reasoning about people until they are about 4 years old. A study of 15-month-olds at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign proves otherwise.

The findings, published in the April 8 issue of the journal Science, potentially could lead to an early screening tool for autism, a developmental disability that is marked by a failure on false-belief and related tasks, the researchers say.

In a non-verbal...

Surprise! College students likely drink much more alcohol than they think they do

Surprise! College students likely drink much more alcohol than they think they do

Previous research has shown that college students tend to put too much alcohol into what is considered a "drink," likely leading to inaccuracies in self-reported consumption, which is a mainstay of surveys on college drinking. A study in the April issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research confirms that college students tend to overestimate volumes, over-pour drinks, and under-report levels of consumption. However, educational feedback regarding definitions of standard drinks appears...

Spotlight on Schiavo’s Death Didn’t Illuminate Disorder

Spotlight on Schiavo's Death Didn't Illuminate Disorder

As the debate quiets down over the life and death of Terri Schiavo, Toni Saiber thinks one crucial issue has been overlooked:

How Schiavo came to die, brain-damaged, at the eye of a maelstrom.

In most accounts, her underlying medical problem gets only a quick mention: She suffered cardiac arrest because of a potassium deficiency believed to have been brought on by an eating...