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Internet Use in Class Tied to Lower Test Scores

Friday, December 16, 2016
Suasan Ravizza, associate professor of psychology, poses in her office on Thursday June 12, 2014.

Warning: Surfing the internet in class is now linked to poorer test scores, even among the most intelligent and motivated of students. Michigan State University researchers studied laptop…

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Wildcat Brains: An Evolutionary Curveball

Monday, October 31, 2016
wild african leopard looking down from a branch of a tree

The brains of wild cats don’t necessarily respond to the same evolutionary pressures as those of their fellow mammals, humans and primates, indicates a surprising new study led…

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Is America Still an Empathetic Country?

Friday, October 14, 2016
empathy map of the world

A first-of-its-kind study that ranks nations by empathy puts the United States at No. 7, behind countries ranging from Peru to Korea to Saudi Arabia. While a top…

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Meditation Keeps Emotional Brain in Check

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Jason Moser and Yanli Lin

Meditation can help tame your emotions even if you’re not a mindful person, suggests a new study from Michigan State University. Reporting in the journal Frontiers in Human…

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Happy Spouse, Healthy You

Monday, September 26, 2016
William Chopik

A happy spouse may actually make you healthier, according to a large new study led by a Michigan State University scholar. Analyzing 1,981 married couples in the Health…

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MSU Project Helps Schools Find Most Effective Programs

Monday, September 19, 2016

One-third of Michigan’s public school administrators have nowhere to go for information about programs to help students deal with bullying, manage their emotions or build healthy relationships. That’s…

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Seniors Embrace Social Technology

Thursday, August 25, 2016
elderly woman at computer

Contrary to popular belief, older adults enjoy emailing, instant messaging, Facebook and other forms of social technology. Not only that, but such online networking appears to reduce seniors’…

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Are Brain Changes Fueling Overeating in the Obese?

Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Alexander Johnson

Obese mice are much more likely than lean mice to overeat in the presence of environmental cues, a behavior that could be related to changes in the brain,…

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Why Clinton and Trump Backers Don’t Mix

Friday, July 8, 2016
High Quality Render of Democratic Party and Republic Party logo in the United States. Isolated on white background. Clipping path is included. Great use for US elections 2016.

Living around people with opposing political viewpoints affects your ability to form close relationships and accept other perspectives – and may even change your personality, finds a national…

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Liberals, Conservatives Differ in Response to bin Laden’s Death

Tuesday, June 28, 2016
William Chopnik

Conservative Americans remained unwaveringly suspicious of foreigners following Osama bin Laden’s death, while liberals dropped their guard briefly before returning to more vigilant beliefs, finds a provocative new…

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