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2014-08-29 08:24:12

First Day School Outfits and other Essential Supplies Help Children Confidently Return to the Classroom MELVILLE, N.Y., Aug. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Henry Schein's annual "Back to School" program held at 28 company locations will help more than 5,000 children return to the classroom prepared for success, setting a new record for participation in the 17(th) year of the program. School essentials provided to the children range from new first day outfits to backpacks filled with...

Harvesting Happiness Instead Of Chasing It
2014-04-16 04:49:21

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Every day, it seems, we are bombarded with advertisements, memes and well-meaning emails telling us how to "be happy." Despite this, a new study led by Stanford University reveals that chasing happiness may actually make us less happy. The new research, published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, does, however, point to effective ways to find happiness. One such path is through concrete, specific goals of benevolence...

New Study Sheds Light On Animal Social Behavior
2014-03-06 15:04:31

University of Exeter A theoretical study led by the University of Exeter has shed new light on the conditions that lead to the evolution of spite or altruism in structured populations. Understanding the way in which social behaviors such as altruism – when animals benefit others at their own expense – develop is a long-standing problem that has generated thousands of articles and heated debates. Dr Florence Débarre of Biosciences at the University of Exeter led a study,...

Social Experience Creates Empathetic, Pro-social Behavior In Rats
2014-01-14 11:22:21

[ Watch The Video: Social Experiences Determine Whether Rats Will Help Strangers ] University of Chicago Medical Center Rats will help a stranger in distress only if they have had prior social experience with the type of the unfamiliar individual Empathy-driven behavior has been observed in rats who will free trapped companions from restrainers. This behavior also extends toward strangers, but requires prior, positive social interactions with the type (strain) of the unfamiliar...

Virtual Superpowers May Encourage Altruism
2013-02-01 13:44:52

Jedidiah Becker for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online For years, the debate over whether violent video games, films and television shows encourage aggressive behavior has raged in both the academic community as well as public discourse. Now a group of researchers has taken a slightly different angle and explored the effects of virtual superpowers on an individual´s behavior towards others. An interdisciplinary team of scientists at Stanford University made use of the...

2012-08-13 12:54:18

We´re often told to ℠count our blessings´ and be grateful for what we have. And research shows that doing so makes us happier. But will it actually change our behavior towards others? A new study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, suggests that thinking about what we´ve given, rather than what we´ve received, may lead us to be more helpful toward others. Researchers Adam Grant of The Wharton School of the...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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