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Praising Kids For Being Smart Makes Them More Likely to Cheat!

S u m m a r y : Kids who are praised for being smart are more likely to cheat or to give up in the face of challenges, says a new study published in the journal Psychological Science. Words of Praise or Words of Doom? “You are so smart; you did so well.” These

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Spanking Harms Kids, Even 10 Years Later, Says New Scientific Study

S u m m a r y : Spanking during infancy affects the child even when he becomes a teenager, says new research published in the journal Developmental Psychology. Spanking Leaves Its Mark Physical punishment such as spanking is detrimental to children, a harm that extends into later periods of their life as well. However,

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Money Can Buy Time For Happiness

S u m m a r y : Money cannot buy happiness, goes the age-old saying. But, maybe we only cannot buy happiness directly. New research suggests that money can be used to buy free time which, in turn, leads to greater happiness. The paper is published in PNAS. Use Your Money Well! Use money

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Cute Animal Pictures Save Marriages!

S u m m a r y : Viewing pictures of cute animals can help save marriages, suggests a new study published in the journal Psychological Science. Marriage, A Challenge Marriage is not for the weak, because when the initial passion wears off, you have to work to maintain the relationship. How to keep the

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Are Friends Better Than Family?

Friendship might become more important than family in the long run, suggests a new study published in the journal Personal Relationships. Friends vs Family We do not choose our family, but we can choose our friends. The latter become more and more important with time, contributing positively to one’s health and happiness to a greater

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Fathers’ Brains React Differently to Daughters than to Sons

Dads’ brains respond differently to daughters than sons, suggests a new study published in the journal Behavioral Neuroscience. The male is not like the female—a new study reveals yet another difference between the two through brain scans, and recordings of interactions between parents and their children. Conducted by a team from Emory University, and the University

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Instagram Food Photos Help With Healthy Eating

Food photos are helping Instagram users to adhere to healthy eating, suggests a new study to be presented at the CHI 2017 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems next month. We are in the era of social media, and we can’t get enough of posting our pictures online. Of course, this is not to

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Hobbits of Indonesia Came From Africa, Says Science

The little hobbits of Indonesia that lived a long, long time ago came from Africa, suggests a new study published in the Journal of Human Evolution. The hobbits of Indonesia were a species of humans. They are thus called because of their tiny stature. Their scientific name is Homo floresiensis, and they were discovered back in

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Sexual Abuse in Childhood Speeds Up Puberty

Sexual abuse in childhood is linked with an accelerated physical maturation in young girls, says a new study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health. Abuse, undoubtedly, has negative impacts on children. Previous studies have shown that the latter’s psychological development can be affected. But, do the ramifications extend to physical growth as well? The

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Friends, More Than Teachers, Inspire You to Study

Your friends are better teachers than your actual teachers, suggests a new study published in the International Journal of Educational Research. You perform much better academically when your friends, instead of your teachers, provide you with answers to the famous question: “Why Should I Learn This?”. This is the conclusion of new research conducted by

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48-Hour Sexual ‘Afterglow’ Bonds Spouses Together!

The purpose of sex goes beyond reproduction and pleasure: it also promotes bonding between partners through a sexual ‘afterglow’ that lasts for two days, suggests a new study published in the journal Psychological Science. Following sex, partners experience an ‘afterglow’ that extends for a period of 48 hours, thereby boosting the quality of their relationship

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Itching Is Contagious Like Yawning! Blame the Brain!

Seeing someone scratch makes you feel itchy because it is a contagious social behaviour to which the brain is hardwired! The new findings are documented in a paper published in the journal Science. When you see someone scratch himself, do you suddenly feel itchy too? Itching is actually a highly socially contagious behaviour, just like

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