Latest Social group Stories

Ravens Understand The Relationships Among Other Ravens
2014-04-23 12:54:56

University of Vienna Like many social mammals, ravens form different types of social relationships – they may be friends, kin, or partners and they also form strict dominance relations. From a cognitive perspective, understanding one's own relationships to others is a key ability in daily social life ("knowing who is nice or not"). Yet, understanding also the relationships group members have with each other sets the stage for "political" maneuvers ("knowing who might support whom"). The...

Dominance Is Athlete's First Reaction In Victory
2014-01-10 14:42:23

San Francisco State University Body language, also called 'triumph,' stronger in victors from cultures that emphasize hierarchy Upon victory, an athlete's initial and instinctive reaction is one that displays dominance over his or her opponent, according to a new study published today in the journal Motivation and Emotion. Such body language, known as a "dominance threat display" and labeled as "triumph" in other studies, was observed in winners of Olympic and Paralympic judo...

Children Influenced By Peer Pressure Much Earlier Than Previously Thought
2013-06-05 14:28:43

University of Maryland Peer group influences affect children much earlier than researchers have suspected, finds a new University of Maryland-led study. The researchers say it provides a wake-up call to parents and educators to look out for undue group influences, cliquishness and biases that might set in early, the researchers say. The study appears in the May/June 2013 issue of Child Development, and is available online. The researchers say their work represents a new line of research...

Children Have High Expectations When It Comes To Social Norms
2012-07-27 13:32:24

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Give attention to people who are talking. Wait in line to show courtesy to the person in front. These are just a few of the social norms that are observed on a daily basis. Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology recently set out to better understand how social norms are acquired. Social norms are based off of experiences with other people; an individual will mimic the way other people do things...

2012-01-24 21:48:10

Prejudice against people from groups different than their own is linked to aggression for men and fear for women, suggests new research led by Michigan State University scholars. The researchers report that, throughout history, men have been the primary aggressors against different groups as well as the primary victims of group-based aggression and discrimination. “There is evidence going back thousands of years of bands of men getting together and attacking other bands of men,...

2011-09-28 14:22:11

The company an adolescent keeps affects his or her behavior–particularly when these friends engage in illicit activities and are indifferent to education–right? Well, that all depends, according to a new Northwestern University study, "Being in 'Bad' Company: Power Dependence and Status in Adolescent Susceptibility to Peer Influence," which appears in the September issue of Social Psychology Quarterly. The research, conducted in a primarily Hispanic, low-income neighborhood,...

2011-09-28 10:38:02

Kids in the same groups of friends are not necessarily influenced by peers' negative behavior The company an adolescent keeps, particularly when it comes to drugs and criminal activity, affects bad behavior. Right? It all depends, according to a new Northwestern University study "Being in 'Bad' Company: Power Dependence and Status in Adolescent Susceptibility to Peer Influence" which appears in the September issue of Social Psychology Quarterly. The research, conducted in a primarily...

2011-09-28 10:14:51

New study explains why nice people are overlooked as strong leaders Generosity is typically regarded as a virtue. But among leaders, it can be seen as a sign of weakness, according to a new study. The research finds that generosity – in the sense of contributing to the public good – influences a person's status on two critical dimensions: prestige and dominance. "People with high prestige are often regarded as saints, possessing a self-sacrificial quality and strong moral...

2011-09-13 11:22:09

It doesn't take a village to raise a child after all, according to University of Michigan research. "In the African villages that I study in Mali, children fare as well in nuclear families as they do in extended families," said U-M researcher Beverly Strassmann, professor of anthropology and faculty associate at the U-M Institute for Social Research (ISR). "There's a naïve belief that villages raise children communally, when in reality children are raised by their own families...

2010-08-16 18:33:30

Although girls tend to hang out in smaller, more intimate groups than boys, this difference vanishes by the time children reach the eighth grade, according to a new study by a Michigan State University psychologist. The findings, which appear in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, suggest "girls and boys aren't as different as we think they are," said Jennifer Watling Neal, assistant professor of psychology. Neal's study is one of the first to look at how girls' and boys' peer...

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  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
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