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2010-01-25 13:22:14

Although changing social and cultural contexts mean guilt has less power today than it once did, a new study has shown that in the West this emotion is "significantly higher" among women. The main problem, according to the experts, is not that women feel a lot of guilt (which they do), but rather that many males feel "too little". "Our initial hypothesis was that feelings of guilt are more intense among females, not only among adolescents but also among young and adult women, and they also...

2009-12-17 17:08:03

Tufts study finds white characters on popular shows elicit more positive responses Subtle patterns of nonverbal behavior that appear on popular television programs influence racial bias among viewers, according to research from Tufts University to appear in the December 18, 2009, issue of the journal Science. "Today, racial bias is often revealed via more subtle means than outright racial slurs," said first author Max Weisbuch, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow in the psychology department at the...

2009-11-20 12:31:59

People preferentially marry those with similar ancestry, but their decisions are not necessarily based on hair, eye or skin color. Research, published in BioMed Central's open access journal Genome Biology, shows that Mexicans mate according to proportions of Native American to European ancestry, while Puerto Ricans are more likely to settle down with someone carrying a similar mix of African and European genes. Neil Risch, from the University of California, San Francisco, worked with a team...

2009-09-09 09:27:38

When it comes to health disparities between different groups, how society sees people in terms of race might play a greater role than genetics, according to a new University of Florida study. The study also showed that taking stock of socio-cultural factors might improve our understanding of how genes influence individual health "” regardless of race. Consider high blood pressure, a complex disease governed both by genetic and environmental factors. Not only was social classification...

2009-07-06 15:06:03

As the popularity of take-home DNA kits to trace ancestry or calculate the risk for serious medical conditions grows, there is an increasingly critical need for federal oversight of "direct-to consumer" genetic testing, as well as of the use of DNA samples for research, according to researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, and several other academic institutions.In the past year, scientists, sociologists and bioethicists, among others, have come to agree that the technology of...

2009-06-26 13:53:22

Much is often said about the glaring statistics showing that some racial and ethnic minorities face greater risks than whites when it comes to health.Nina T. Harawa, an Assistant Professor and researcher at Charles Drew University, says today's disparities are linked to many factors, including economics, access to health care and the impact of living in a race conscious society.But in the recent issue of Ethnicity and Disease, she writes that the concept of race is often misunderstood or...

2009-06-09 00:57:50

Both boys and girls have learning issues, but those affecting boys in school are more serious and have been neglected, a U.S. researcher says. Judith Kleinfeld of the University of Alaska in Fairbanks, reviewed gender differences in literacy levels, college entrance tests, school grades, engagement in school, dropout rates, as well mental health, suicide, depression and conduct disorders. The study, published in the journal Gender Issues, found that compared with girls, U.S. boys have lower...

2009-04-29 14:09:23

A new study finds feelings of experienced racial discrimination among African American youths can have negative implications for their feelings about their own race. In a study of African American teens between the ages of 14 and 18 who attended racially heterogeneous schools in the Midwest, researchers found age played a role in a teen's feelings about their race. Older teens who felt they had experienced more racial bias were more likely to feel more negatively about their race. These same...

2009-02-12 09:14:06

Women have traditionally been viewed as being more social and cooperative than men. However, there is recent evidence that this may not be the case. In fact, studies have shown that men maintain larger social networks with other males compared to women and tend to have longer lasting friendships with members of the same-sex than do women. Psychologist Joyce F. Benenson from Emmanuel College, along with her colleagues from Harvard University and the Universite du Quebec a Montreal wanted to...

2009-01-23 08:38:07

A new technique may help reduce physical racial stereotypes and aid in witnesses' facial identification. Researchers at Brown University found simple studying can help people unconsciously distinguish between faces of those of a different race using perceptual training. Such training helped subjects address physical racial biases and improve their ability to distinguish between faces of difference races. "If you give people the tools to start individuating, maybe they will make more...