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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...

2012-01-30 11:51:24

The first few weeks of college are a critical time in shaping students' drinking habits. Now Penn State researchers have a tailored approach that may help prevent students from becoming heavy drinkers. "Research shows there is a spike in alcohol-related consequences that occur in the first few weeks of the semester, especially with college freshmen," said Michael J. Cleveland, research associate at the Prevention Research Center and the Methodology Center. "If you can buffer that and get...

2009-07-17 18:47:38

Conventional wisdom says binge drinking on college campuses is prevalent, but there's been no significant upward trend in campus alcohol, U.S. researchers say. Contrary to popular belief, around 80 percent of 18- to 22-year-old undergraduates are not heavy drinkers, and there has been no significant upward trend in the consumption of alcohol on college campuses over the past decade or so, Dr. James C. Turner of the University of Virginia says in a statement. An accurate understanding and...

2009-07-08 10:59:30

Giving students personalized feedback on their drinking behavior and how it compares to social norms might help to reduce alcohol misuse, according to a Cochrane Systematic Review.A large body of social science research has established that students tend to overestimate the amount of alcohol that their peers consume. This overestimation causes many to have misguided views about whether their own behavior is normal and may contribute to the 1.8 million alcohol related deaths every year. Social...

2009-03-25 15:30:22

Efforts to dissuade youth consumption through negative alcohol consumption depictions can be thwarted by portrayals of positive consumption in prime-time television programming. A new study in the Journal of Consumer Affairs reveals that television series often portray mixed messages about alcohol, but the positive and negative messages were shown differently. The research, led by Dale W. Russell and Cristel A. Russell, research scientists at the Prevention Research Center, is based on a...

2009-01-14 10:20:00

New research has revealed that people who drink alcohol in a group assess risk better and are less likely to make mistakes than those who drink alone. Researchers from the departments of psychology at London South Bank University and the University of Kent discovered that although a moderate intake of alcohol causes individuals to make errors, these don't occur if people reach decisions as a group. London South Bank University's Dr Daniel Frings - one of the principal researchers on the...

2008-08-11 09:01:39

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Aug. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- A new study shows significant decreases in serious alcohol-related problems among students at the University of Virginia (UVa) -- including drinking and driving, alcohol-related injury/fighting, taking sexual risks and missed classes -- as a result of a six-year campus-wide social norms marketing campaign. The study's findings are in stark contrast to national statistics on college drinking, which show no change or even slight increases in...

2008-07-21 15:01:02

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., July 21 /PRNewswire/ -- After the 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech University, schools across the country spent tens of millions of dollars to bolster campus security. There have been 137 murders on college campuses in the past eight years and on-campus murders represent less than 1 percent of homicides nationally. "The fact is that colleges and universities may be safer than our own homes," says Dr. James C. Turner, Executive Director of the National Social Norms...

2006-08-10 14:54:12

By Charnicia Huggins NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - An approach to reduce unsafe drinking and other harmful behaviors among college students may be similarly effective among high schoolers, according to research presented during the recent National Social Norms Conference, held in Denver, Colorado. "The success social norms programs have had at reducing high-risk drinking and promoting healthy behaviors at the college level has been remarkable, and we're seeing similar response for...

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  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
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