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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...

Structural Balance Theory Applied To Animal Groups
2013-04-23 05:13:38

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Humans follow complex social situations to decide who to befriend or abandon. A new study that seeks to advance our understanding of the structure of animal social networks reveals that animals use the same level of sophistication in judging social configurations. Published this week in Animal Behaviour, this study is the first to apply a long-standing theory of social psychology — called "structural balance," the theory...

2013-02-13 15:00:36

Governments need to create environmental policies that populations will over time accept as normal Researchers should study how people's social and personal norms are influenced by behavior and use their insights to help governments promote pro-environmental actions, a distinguished group of scholars writes in the March issue of BioScience. The authors maintain that effective policies induce not only short-term changes in behavior but also long-term changes in norms. More effective...

2012-10-10 13:06:32

New research from North Carolina State University, Brigham Young University and the University of California, Irvine finds that parental involvement is a more significant factor in a child´s academic performance than the qualities of the school itself. “Our study shows that parents need to be aware of how important they are, and invest time in their children — checking homework, attending school events and letting  kids know school is important,” says Dr. Toby...

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...

2012-02-21 21:16:23

Researchers say theory may help explain ethical lapses that led to recession Why do some people behave morally while others do not? Sociologists at the University of California, Riverside and California State University, Northridge have developed a theory of the moral self that may help explain the ethical lapses in the banking, investment, and mortgage-lending industries that nearly ruined the U.S. economy. For decades, sociologists have posited that individual behavior results from...

2012-02-16 14:21:45

UC Riverside and CSU Northridge sociologists´ research suggests how bankers, stock brokers and mortgage lenders justified ruinous actions. Why do some people behave morally while others do not? Sociologists at the University of California, Riverside and California State University, Northridge have developed a theory of the moral self that may help explain the ethical lapses in the banking, investment and mortgage-lending industries that nearly ruined the U.S. economy. For decades,...

2011-10-17 17:23:51

A new study by a Temple University Fox School of Business professor finds those who view their car as an extension of themselves have stronger aggressive driving tendencies. The study, “Aggressive Driving: A Consumption Experience,” is thought to be the first to comprehensively examine how personality, attitude and values contribute to aggressive driving behaviors. Driving is one of the most common consumptive behaviors, and aggressive driving causes a third of all accidents...

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...


Word of the Day
glogg
  • Scandinavian punch made of claret and aquavit with spices and raisins and orange peel and sugar.
This word comes from the Swedish 'glogg,' which is an alteration of 'glodgat,' mulled (wine).
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