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People Who Follow Their Intuition Are Less Likely To Cheat

People who follow their instinct (intuition) are less likely to indulge in immoral actions, suggests a new study published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences. The author of the study, Sarah Ward, psychology doctoral candidate from the University of Missouri, examined how people following their gut instinct would behave in certain situations. The way

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Narcissists Dismiss Advice Because They Think Others Are Incompetent

Why do narcissists generally show aversion to advice? A new study analysing the mechanisms behind the link between narcissism and advice-taking provides new insight into the behaviour. The paper, available on ScienceDirect, is published in the journal Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. Researcher Edgar E. Kausel from the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management,

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Envy Motivates Facebook Users To Create Unrealistic Posts to Compete With Friends

Envy is an important motivating factor for Facebook posts, says a new study conducted by researchers from Sauder School of Business. The emotion would also be a cause of decreased mental well-being. The findings are published in Information Systems Research. The concept of social online networks being a double-edged sword has been brought up yet

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Teaching Is Not The Only Mechanism For Humans’ Cultural Progress

Researchers from the University of Exeter have recently challenged the important position of teaching in the history of humans: their findings indicate that the making of improved tools over time does not depend entirely on teaching. Rather, while having a teacher is useful, it is not a limiting factor to cultural progress, because humans can

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Humans Talk & Sing Just Like Birds!

The same physical mechanism is behind the songs of birds and the words of humans, says a new study published in the journal Nature Communications. The sound of human speech might seem very different from birds singing, but, the similarities that exist far beyond our eyes are stark. While humans produce sounds via the larynx,

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Dispersal of humans 100,000 Years Ago Triggered By Betrayal and Trust

How did our species spread across the world? University of York archaeologist Penny Spikins believes that the process accelerated 100,000 years ago because of betrayals of trust. The new paper is published in Open Quarternary. The dispersal of humans transitioned from a slow pace to a fast one 100,000 years ago. Prior to the change,

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Healthy Breakfast Linked With Better Grades

We are always hearing of the benefits of a healthy breakfast, and how the lack of it can have adverse effects. A new study, published in Public Health Nutrition, has recently considered its effects on school performance. Analysing eating habits of 5,000 children Researchers from Cardiff University, UK, conducted a study involving over 5,000 children

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Going To Work When Ill Is Detrimental To Both Employees & Employers

Going to work when one is ill is actually a bad idea for the employer himself: the organisation pays the cost of low productivity when the performance of employees is compromised. Working when ill (‘presenteeism’) comes with negative effects on both the employee and the firm. Not only can the workers worsen their health, but

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Self-Weighing Linked With Negative Psychological Outcomes In Teenagers & Young Adults

A new research suggests that self-weighing might have detrimental effects on teenagers. Self-weighing, though an efficient tool to control one’s weight, might have unwanted repercussions on teenagers. Adolescents and young adults were shown to experience negative psychological outcomes in the study that evaluated the behaviour of over 1,900 participants; the data was collected over a

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Sleep Deprivation Is As Harmful As A High-Fat Diet To Insulin Sensitivity

A new research presented by scientists from the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles suggests that sleep deprivation can impair insulin sensitivity in a similar manner as high-fat diets do. The paper highlighting the importance of sleep was presented at the Obesity Society Annual Meeting in Los Angeles. The aim of the researchers was to determine

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Do We Lack Sleep or Darkness?

Given our fast-paced lifestyles packed with activities, sleep deprivation is often mentioned as one of the ills societies are exposing themselves to. A new study, on the other hand, questions whether we are really lacking adequate sleep; perhaps, the real issue has to do with darkness-deprivation. The researchers of the new study, led by Jerome

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Why Do Most Alcohol Drinkers Also Smoke?

A team of scientists from the School of Medicine of the University of Missouri have discovered that nicotine wears out alcohol’s sleep-inducing properties, which might explain why smoking and drinking alcohol often come together. The paper is published in the Journal of Neurochemistry. Why do cigarette smokers often also tend to drinking alcohol, and vice-versa? Is

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