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How Our Media Bubble Protects Our Ideologies

How are media sources from opposing sides of the political spectrum covering the election? Most of us have no idea. We live in a media “bubble,” one in which we usually only consume “friendly” material: news and opinion from outlets and commentators who share our lean. At Facebook, employees followed a sample of 10.1 million […]

Many alcohol-related injuries occur at home

(Wiley) Of all alcohol-related injuries in various public hospital emergency departments in Queensland, Australia, more occurred at home than at licensed premises.

Saying sorry not enough when trust, gender roles broken, just ask Clinton and Trump

(York University) Gender stereotypes continue to be an issue in the workplace and on the campaign trail. Women are still expected to be benevolent and concerned about others, while men are perceived to be confident, competitive and independent. Show More Summary

Focus on the mental health of young obesity surgery patients

(Lund University) Research from Lund University in Sweden shows that one in five adolescents who have undergone obesity surgery experience poor mental health. Some have even had suicidal thoughts. The study is based on follow-up studies...Show More Summary

Diabetes UK to fund major new study aiming to prevent kidney disease

(University of Lincoln) Charity funding has been awarded for a major new study which will aim to prevent glucose-induced damage to kidney function in people with diabetes.

Despair at losing one's job

(University of the Basque Country ) In an exhaustive study of the evolution in suicide rates in the municipality of Barakaldo during the 2003-2014 period, a UPV/EHU lecturer in psychiatry uncovers the social groups in which there was an increase in the number of suicides owing to loss of employment. Show More Summary

Study of euthanasia trends in Belgium has lessons for other countries

(Canadian Medical Association Journal) A new study on euthanasia trends in Belgium, which shows an increase in reported cases since legislation was introduced, provides lessons for countries that have legalized assisted dying. The research is published in Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Knowing this is clickbait won’t stop you from clicking it

Subtle nudges to alter our behaviour still work if we're told about them beforehand, making us donate more to charity and eat healthier food

Kuwait’s mass DNA database is a huge attack on genetic privacy

The Gulf State will soon be the first nation to force all residents and visitors to hand over DNA, risking its reputation and more, warns geneticist Olaf Rieß

White Power and White Powerlessness: A New Double Consciousness?

By Peter Kaufman Can someone really feel powerful and powerless at the same time? Is it possible that some white people feel compelled to assert the dominance of their race because they fear that whiteness is becoming less dominant? Are...

Stereotypes skew our predictions of others' pains and pleasures

(Association for Psychological Science) Every day, millions of people -- including senators, doctors, and teachers -- make consequential decisions that depend on predicting how other people will feel when they experience gains or setbacks. Show More Summary

All In the Family

September 11, 2016 Posted by Jay Livingston “God must love the common man,” goes the quote usually attributed to Lincoln, “He made so many of them.”Greg Mankiw must love the rich. He writes so many articles promoting policies that help them. Show More Summary

the mind blowing achievement of john hattie – or, we know how to run schools

We often act as if running a school is a mysterious thing. It’s not. There have been thousands of studies looking at every sort of education policy. John Hattie is an educational researcher in Australia who took the time to collect data from thousands of studies and do a meta-meta analysis to figure out what […]

WWI babies whose fathers were killed in action have shortened adult life expectancies

(European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology) French children born between 1914 and 1916 whose fathers were killed or severely injured during the war lost approximately one year of adult life expectancy, according to research presented today at the 55th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology. Show More Summary

Post-Truth, Bullshit, and the Mandela Effect

Remember popular crooner Gene Pitney? He had a string of hits in the 60s and 70s, and would probably be best remembered by us 80s kids for his memorable number one with Marc Almond in 1989. Subsequent to that, he spent a lot of his time on the road, gigging about and serving his loyal fan base. Show More Summary

red clay, it never gets boring

50+ chapters of grad skool advice goodness: Grad Skool Rulz ($2!!!!)/From Black Power/Party in the Street

Trigger Warnings

September 10, 2016 Posted by Jay Livingston I posted a trigger warning last week, the first one I have ever used. I begin the semester contrasting individual facts with social facts, and the example I use is Durkheim’s study of suicide – suicide rates and social integration as social facts. Show More Summary

Saturday Interview: Chelley Ryan

Chelley Ryan is a Labour activist, writer, and blogger from Sussex who's supported Jeremy Corbyn from the moment he launched his challenge last Summer. She blogs at Turning the Tide and is a contributor to the Morning Star. You can also follow Chelley on Twitter here. Show More Summary

Study suggests bilinguals have an improved attentional control

(University of Birmingham) Researchers from the University of Birmingham have shed light onto the cognitive benefits of bilingualism, pointing to an enhanced ability to maintain attention and focus.

How long should children play video games?

(Wiley) A new study indicates that playing video games for a limited amount of time each week may provide benefits to children, but too much can be detrimental. The findings are published in the Annals of Neurology.

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