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Rising summer heat could soon endanger travelers on annual Muslim pilgrimage  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 hours
Over two million Muslim travelers just finished the annual religious pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, traveling during some of the country's hottest weather. New research finds... more
Climate change could pose danger for Muslim pilgrimage: study  PHYS.ORG · 6 hours
For the world's estimated 1.8 billion Muslims—roughly one-quarter of the world population—making a pilgrimage to Mecca is considered a religious duty that must be performed at least once in a... more
Young Eastern Europeans in UK: Experiencing more racism, xenophobia since Brexit vote  PHYS.ORG · 6 hours
Young Eastern Europeans living in England and Scotland have experienced more racism and xenophobia since the Brexit vote, with some saying that teachers were... more
Study: Reef Manta Rays Form Complex and Longer-Lasting Social Relationships  SCI-NEWS.COM · 8 hours
Reef manta rays (Mobula alfredi) form social bonds and actively choose their social partners, according to... more
First of its kind mapping model tracks how hate spreads and adapts online  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Online hate thrives globally through self-organized, scalable clusters that interconnect to form resilient networks spread across multiple social media platforms, countries and... more
Free and unlimited Lyft rides could lead to better health outcomes for older adults  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 days
Better access to on-demand transportation could help older adults miss fewer medical appointments as well as reduce their social isolation to improve... more
Study explores motives, experiences of young people using New Psychoactive Substances  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 days
A research study into New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) - formerly referred to as 'legal highs' - provides new evidence about why young people were attracted to... more
Best practices for wildfire adaptation and resilience  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
New research outlines best practices for social and ecological resilience in a Western landscape where wildfires are becoming inevitable. more
Indigenous scholars confront the power, limitations of genomics  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
They traveled to central Illinois from Manitoba, Mexico City, Nova Scotia and 18 U.S. states, bringing expertise in a variety of fields, including anthropology, biomedical engineering, ethics, health and environmental policy, law,... more
Peer influence, social networks might be leveraged to aid gun violence reduction efforts  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
Reductions in violence might be increased if focused-deterrence programs can enhance network diffusion, according to researchers. more
Religion may play role in HPV vaccination rate for female college students  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 days
It's been more than a decade since a vaccine was introduced to prevent contraction of human papillomavirus, the most common sexually transmitted disease in... more
Traumas change perception in the long-term  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
Adults who have experienced maltreatment as children have a changed perception of social stimuli. Traumatized people found touch stimuli less comforting than people who had not experienced trauma. They also maintained a greater social distance from... more
Peer influence, social networks might be leveraged to aid gun violence reduction efforts  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
A new Northwestern University study found that a program aimed at reducing gun violence in Chicago, the Violence Reduction Strategy (VRS), deterred... more
Facts and stories: Great stories undermine strong facts  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
If someone is trying to persuade or influence others, should they use a story or stick to the facts? According to research from social psychologists, stories can increase the persuasiveness of weak... more
Traumatic childhood experiences change perception of social stimuli in adulthood  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 days
People with maltreatment experiences in their childhood have a changed perception of social stimuli later as adults. This is what scientists from the Division of Medical Psychology at... more
Climate misinformation may be thriving on YouTube, a social scientist warns  SCIENCE-NEWS · 3 days
Analyzing 200 climate-related videos on YouTube shows that a majority challenge widely accepted views about climate change and climate engineering. more
Facts and stories: Great stories undermine strong facts  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Some research shows facts are better received when presented on their own. Other studies show facts are more accepted when interwoven with stories; stories can help bridge emotional connections. If someone is... more
Research finds lack of racial diversity in clinical trials for cancer drugs  NEWS MEDICAL · 5 days
New research published this week in JAMA Oncology has found a lack of racial and ethnic diversity in clinical trials for cancer drugs. more
Nuisance neighbors, dangerous dogs: Anti-social behaviors impact quality of life  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Nuisance neighbors and problems with out of control/dangerous dogs are the anti-social behaviors which have the largest impact on quality of life, according to new research led by... more
Busting the myth of the 'white working class'  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
New research led by University of Leeds academics and UK's leading race equality think tank has highlighted growing racial and ethnic diversity in Northern towns and cities. more
Trauma begets trauma: Bullying associated with increased suicide attempts among 12-to-15-year-olds  SCIENCE DAILY · 7 days
A new study reports that bullying victimization may increase the risk of suicide attempts among young adolescents by approximately 3-times worldwide. more
In difficult times, having multiple husbands can be an advantage  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Researchers infer that women can buffer themselves against economic and social crises, and more effectively keep their children alive. Data was collected on nearly 2,000 individuals living in... more
Cultural selection shapes network structure  Science Magazine · 1 week
Cultural evolution relies on the social transmission of cultural traits along a population’s social network. Research indicates that network structure affects information spread and thus the capacity for cumulative culture. However, how network structure itself is driven by... more
Excess social media use harms teen health  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
The incredible growth of social media over the last decade has fueled many debates on whether it’s actually good or bad. Now, a new study sheds light on the effects of social media on... more
Males of a feather flock together  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
'Birds of a feather flock together' or rather 'opposites attract'? The recently published study on male macaques in Thailand speaks for the former: Behavioral biologists and psychologists have observed that the more similar male Assamese macaques... more
Emotional journey of a digital detox while traveling  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
New research reveals the emotional journey that tourists go on when they disconnect from technology and social media while travelling. The study investigated how engaging in digital-free tourism impacted travelers' holiday experiences.... more
Optimal vitamin D levels may vary for different ethnic and racial groups  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
When recommending vitamin D supplements, doctors should look at each individual patient as having different requirements and not rely on 'one-size-fits-all' guidelines, according to... more
Behavioral scientists test biological principle on free-living Assamese macaques  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
"Birds of a feather flock together," or rather "opposites attract"? A recently published study on male macaques in Thailand speaks for the former: Behavioral biologists from the German Primate Centre—Leibniz... more
Study explores how engaging in digital-free tourism impacts travelers' holiday experiences  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
New research reveals the emotional journey that tourists go on when they disconnect from technology and social media while traveling. more
Scientific Meeting » New Perspectives on Cerebellar Function: Implications for Mental Health  NIMH · 1 week
This NIMH-sponsored symposium will bring together experts in basic and translational neuroscience to discuss the state of the field and identify opportunities to advance... more
What's more powerful, word-of-mouth or following someone else's lead?  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh, UCLA and the University of Texas published new research in the INFORMS journal Marketing Science (Editor's note: The source of this research is INFORMS),... more
What's more powerful, word-of-mouth or following someone else's lead?  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Researchers have published new research that reveals the power of word-of-mouth in social learning, even when compared to the power of following the example of someone we trust or admire.... more
Researchers identify glial cells as critical players in brain's response to social stress  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Exposure to violence, social conflict, and other stressors increase risk for psychiatric conditions such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. A new... more
Sociologist explores the religious and racial origins of society's obsession with thinness  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
When your breakout book is reviewed by Essence, Bitch Media and Ms., you know your topic has struck a chord. That's the case with... more
Analysis shows large decline in criminal sentencing race gap  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Racial and ethnic gaps in criminal sentences have declined, in some cases significantly, since the mid-1990s, a new analysis of state, county and federal data suggests. more
Racial disparities found in pregnancy rates for kidney transplant recipients  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
Among women who are kidney transplant recipients, Hispanic women have a higher likelihood of pregnancy than white women, according to new research from the University of Cincinnati. more
New study finds that race is a factor in investment judgments  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
According to new research released today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, race influences the investment judgments of asset allocators. Experts believe this... more
Mapping the effects of drought on vulnerable populations  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
The greater frequency of droughts, combined with underlying economic, social and environmental risks, means that dry spells have an increasingly destructive impact on vulnerable populations, and particularly on children in the developing... more
It's not you, it's the network  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
The result of the 2016 US presidential election was, for many, a surprise lesson in social perception bias -- peoples' tendency to assume that others think as we do, and to underestimate the size and influence... more
Over-55s shouldn't wait for retirement to make time for their health  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
People in middle-age need to keep up their physical activity levels if they are to enjoy a fit and healthy retirement -- according to a new... more
Keeping fit now pays off in retirement, says new study  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
A new study from the University of Anglia demonstrates that physical fitness in middle age is important for a healthy retired life. Especially, it focuses on the crucial... more
Research on cholera adds to understanding of the social life of bacteria  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Strains of the bacterium Vibrio cholerae transform themselves from small, comma-shaped cells to long filaments in nutrient-poor environments to aid short-term survival. more
Enhancing the quality of AI requires moving beyond the quantitative  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Artificial Intelligence engineers should enlist ideas and expertise from a broad range of social science disciplines, including those embracing qualitative methods, in order to reduce the potential harm... more
Research on cholera adds to understanding of the social life of bacteria  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Certain strains of cholera can change their shape in response to environmental conditions to aid their short-term survival, according to new research from Dartmouth... more
BrainHealth research explores the neurochemistry of social perception  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Cues signaling trust and dominance are crucial for social life. Recent research from Dr. Dan Krawczyk's lab at the Center for BrainHealth explored whether administering two chemically similar hormones known to affect... more
Survey explores trans, non-binary population  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Researchers hope findings from a new nationwide survey will offer greater insights into trans and non-binary communities where little data currently exist—doing for Canada what a similar survey did for Ontario a decade ago. The findings will inform... more
Racial and ethnic disparities exist in palliative care use among hospitalized patients with ESKD  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Striking racial and ethnic disparities exist in the use of palliative care by hospitalized patients with end-stage kidney disease on... more
Human activity likely affects giraffe's social networks  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Researchers examined information on two adjacent giraffe populations in Kenya to determine whether human activities and high predation affect their social networks. more
Cooperation with high status individuals may increase one's own status  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
While other animals tend to gain status through aggression, humans are typically averse to allowing such dominant individuals to achieve high status. Instead, those highest in social status... more
Human activity likely affects giraffe's social networks  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
In a new Ethology study, researchers examined information on two adjacent giraffe populations in Kenya to determine whether human activities and high predation affect their social networks. more
Cooperation with high status individuals may increase one's own status  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Seeking social status is a central human motivation. Whether it's buying designer clothing, working the way up the job ladder, or making a conspicuous donation to charity, humans... more
Racist words and acts, like the El Paso shooting, harm children’s health  SCIENCE-NEWS · 2 weeks
Racism can take a lifelong toll on children’s and adolescents’ health. U.S. pediatricians are tackling the problem. more
Social Contact Earlier in Life Could Play Role in Staving Off Dementia  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
A new study, published in the journal PLoS Medicine, suggests that more frequent social contact during early and midlife may build cognitive reserve, which... more
Opioid use recovery requires persistence, range of services  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Successful recovery from opioid use disorder appears to be even more challenging than recovery from alcohol use disorder, and individuals with opioid use problems may require more intensive medical, psychological and social... more
Patterns of substance use and co-use by adolescents  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Using in-depth interviews with adolescents (16-19 years of age) who used alcohol and marijuana, this study examines the role that social and physical contexts play in adolescent decision-making about simultaneous use of... more
Social contact could play an important role in staving off dementia  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
Being more socially active in your 50s and 60s predicts a lower risk of developing dementia later on, finds a new UCL-led study. more
Researchers map global economy in collaboration with LinkedIn  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
A small team of researchers at Indiana University has created the first global map of labor flow in collaboration with the world's largest professional social network, LinkedIn. The work is reported in... more
Pseudoscience is taking over social media – and putting us all at risk  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Search for "climate change" on YouTube and before long you'll likely find a video that denies it exists. In fact, when it... more
'Fake news,' diminishing media trust and the role of social media  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
The term "fake news" has been popularized by President Donald Trump in recent years, and while its meaning has been hotly debated, the spreading of false... more
Three concepts from complexity could play a big role in social animal research  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
A new article lays out three concepts from complex systems science that could advance studies into animal social complexity. more
Three concepts from complexity could play a big role in social animal research  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
From bees to birds to humans, the animal kingdom is full of organisms that have evolved complex social structures to solve specific... more
Why intercountry adoption needs a rethink  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Associate Professor Sonja Van Wichelen, sociologist and leader of the Biohumanity FutureFix research project in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences made the call in a paper published in the latest issue of Law and... more
'Virtual teams' can overcome barriers to thrive, study finds  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Employees working in 'virtual teams' can overcome performance difficulties to work effectively if they have positive feedback, social support and job autonomy in their tasks and jobs, new research involving... more
What compulsive dating-app users have in common  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Loneliness and social anxiety is a bad combination for single people who use dating apps on their phones, a new study suggests. more
How we care for the environment may have social consequences  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Anyone can express their commitment to the environment through individual efforts, but some pro-environmental or 'green' behaviors may be seen as either feminine or masculine, which researchers say... more
Students with a greater sense of school belonging are less likely to become bullies  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Research has shown that, despite great efforts, one in three children continue to experience bullying in school. However, research also... more
How we care for the environment may have social consequences  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Anyone can express their commitment to the environment through individual efforts, but some pro-environmental or "green" behaviors may be seen as either feminine or masculine, which Penn State... more
Penn State researchers explore how the opioid epidemic affects society  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
The devastating consequences of the opioid crisis are far-reaching in the United States, impacting public health as well as social and economic welfare. more
School segregation worsens for Latino children compared with a generation ago  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Latino children are likely to enter elementary schools this year with fewer white peers than a generation ago, judging by data reported in a new study... more
Researchers estimate societal costs of the opioid epidemic  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
The devastating consequences of the opioid crisis are far-reaching in the United States, impacting public health as well as social and economic welfare. more
Black students receive fewer warnings from teachers about misbehavior  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
A social work professor found in a new study that black middle school students receive fewer warnings from their teachers about misbehavior, giving them fewer opportunities to correct their behavior... more
Seeking new physics, scientists borrow from social networks  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
A new technique that draws inspiration from social networks can automatically spot anomalous particle smashups, which may point to new types of physics beyond the Standard Model. more
Black students receive fewer warnings from teachers about misbehavior  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
A new study of racial and ethnic disparities in school discipline found that black middle school students were significantly less likely than their white peers to receive verbal or written... more
Workplace safety can worsen under bullying bosses  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
A new study suggests that bullying bosses aren't just bad for employee morale and well-being -- they can also be bad for workplace safety. more
Workplace safety can worsen under bullying bosses, study finds  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
A new Portland State University study suggests that bullying bosses aren't just bad for employee morale and well-being—they can also be bad for workplace safety. more
Scientists reverse social traits associated with autism in mouse model  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
Research has been ongoing in the field of genetic mutations and changes and brain and other neural disorders including Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and a new study in... more
Study provides clues to neural circuits underlying social deficits linked to ASD  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
Although psychiatric disorders can be linked to particular genes, the brain regions and mechanisms underlying particular disorders are not well-understood. more
Researchers find link between burnout symptoms and racial bias in medical residents  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
Mayo Clinic researchers have found an association between increased symptoms of burnout and heightened racial bias in medical residents. more
Seeking new physics, scientists borrow from social networks  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
When two protons collide, they release pyrotechnic jets of particles, the details of which can tell scientists something about the nature of physics and the fundamental forces that govern the universe. more
Seeking new physics, scientists borrow from social networks  MIT · 4 weeks
Technique can spot anomalous particle smashups that may point to phenomena beyond the Standard Model. more
Maternal behavior in mice linked to oxytocin-sensitive cells in the female brain  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
A startling new study shows that cells that are exquisitely sensitive to oxytocin are found in a tiny region in the brains of female... more
Scientists find clue to 'maternal instinct'  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
Oxytocin is referred to as the love hormone and is important in the regulation of social and maternal behavior. The oxytocin system in the brain may be key to new treatments for many mental health disorders... more
Expressing religious identity at work good for staff wellbeing  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
When employees are provided with a supportive environment to express their religious identity in the workplace they experience increased wellbeing and work more efficiently, according to a new research review... more
Nature and mental health: An ecosystem service perspective  Science Magazine · 4 weeks
A growing body of empirical evidence is revealing the value of nature experience for mental health. With rapid urbanization and declines in human contact with nature globally, crucial decisions must be made... more
Accidental infant deaths in bed tripled from 1999 to 2016 in the US  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
Although sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) has been on the decline, a new study shows that infant deaths from accidental suffocation and... more
Public health authorities need to reassess how they market to racialized groups  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Have you ever seen an HIV awareness advertisement featuring Black or Latino models? These ads are widespread in both print and social media. However,... more
How the kava plant produces its pain-relieving and anti-anxiety molecules  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Kava (Piper methysticum) is a plant native to the Polynesian islands that people there have used in a calming drink of the same name in religious and cultural... more
Study examines how gentrifiers' race affects retail development  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
How is the racial composition of gentrifiers associated with retail development in gentrifying neighborhoods? more
Americans' tolerance for racist speech declines  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Focusing on the First Amendment, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) went to court in 2017 to argue in favor of white nationalists' right to rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. But in the tragic aftermath of the... more
Compensatory strategies to disguise autism spectrum disorder may delay diagnosis  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
The first scientific study of compensatory strategies -- techniques to camouflage autism -- finds that they have positive and negative outcomes, increasing social integration, but possibly also resulting... more
New moms may be vulnerable to 'sharenting'  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
Two related studies found evidence that women's feelings of vulnerability about being a mother are linked to their posting on social media -- and those posts sometimes include their children's personally identifiable information, such... more
What motivates people to join -- and stick with -- citizen science projects?  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
After more than 20 years, the UW's Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team, or COASST, is itself the subject of scientific study.... more
Researchers unveil first of four reports on racial disparities in prosecutor behavior  PHYS.ORG · 1 month
To promote fairness and transparency in the criminal justice system, researchers at FIU and Loyola University Chicago have partnered with prosecutors in Tampa, Chicago,... more
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