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Environment - Social Sciences - 18.04.2024
New study on Amazonia’s fire crises urges action ahead of the next burning season
In response to the escalating fire crises in the Amazon, a timely study has revealed alarming shortcomings in the emergency fire bans implemented by the Brazilian Government. Initially seen as a promising solution in 2019, these bans have consistently fallen short in subsequent years, revealing a pressing need for strategies that address the underlying causes of each type of fire.

Psychology - Social Sciences - 17.04.2024
Younger Canadians are more prone to self-judgment, SFU study finds
Younger Canadians are more prone to self-judgment, SFU study finds
A study by Simon Fraser University psychologists that examined different facets of mindfulness in Canadians has found that youth and adolescents are more likely to display traits of self-judgment and have worse mental health, including anxiety, depression and stress. By contrast, older participants were found to be more likely to be mindful and focus their attention on the present moment, observing themselves and others without judgment.

Social Sciences - Psychology - 16.04.2024
There are benefits - and risks - to pornography
A new study reveals that viewing porn can either help or hinder sexual satisfaction, depending on the type of content. Consuming pornography can lead to improved sexual satisfaction - or it can be detrimental to it, as different content types are associated with different outcomes. That's what's revealed in a new study by Université de Montréal psychology professor Beáta Bothe , published in February in the Journal of Sex Research.

Health - Social Sciences - 09.04.2024
When and how touch is good for you
When and how touch is good for you
A hug can have a soothing effect. Even if it comes from a robot . Touch can do a lot of good - so far, so good. But to what extent do people benefit from it? How much touch is allowed? Who should touch and where? Does it even have to be another person with whom we come into physical contact? A research team from Bochum, Duisburg-Essen and Amsterdam analyzed over 130 international studies with around 10,000 participants to answer these questions.

Pharmacology - Social Sciences - 08.04.2024
Economic solution to Canada’s opioid crisis
Waterloo student uses mathematical modelling to bring awareness to opioid-related death reduction method Nasal-administered naloxone is more cost-effective and could help reduce the number of opioid-related fatalities compared to the current publicly funded intermuscular version, a new study has found.

Environment - Social Sciences - 08.04.2024
Restoring biodiversity in Canada
Restoring biodiversity in Canada
Environment As the world commemorates Earth Day 2024, a Waterloo researcher shares how we can unlock more Canadian restoration solutions with community and academic collaboration With the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration well underway, one message is taking center stage - we need to restore biodiversity on our planet.

Social Sciences - Health - 04.04.2024
Connection the key to retaining rural GPs
Connection the key to retaining rural GPs
A supportive workplace, work-life balance and a connection to rural communities are all key to retaining doctors in rural and remote areas of Australia, according to a new study from The Australian National University (ANU). The study involved two groups of general practitioners - those who'd completed their training in Australia and those who'd trained internationally - now working in regional NSW.

Social Sciences - Pedagogy - 03.04.2024
Puppets could offer valuable support for autistic teenagers
Puppets could offer valuable support for autistic teenagers
Puppets could potentially provide autistic teens with a tool to communicate, express their identity and interact socially in ways that are uniquely their own, according to a new study by Dr Olivia Karaolis, lecturer in special and inclusive education. Ms Katherine Hannaford, a teacher librarian at Macquarie Fields High School in Sydney has been teaching students with autism for 20 years and is an expert in puppet making and play-based learning.

Social Sciences - Health - 03.04.2024
Netflix misses the mark by trivializing teenagers' pain
Netflix misses the mark by trivializing teenagers’ pain
UCalgary-led research discovers movies and TV series aimed at adolescents reinforce gender and racialized pain stereotypes. Researchers at the University of Calgary and the University of Bath, U.K., are calling on Netflix to do a better job of representing the kind of pain typically experienced by 12- to 18-year-olds.

Social Sciences - Campus - 02.04.2024
Characterizing social networks
A new method to measure homophily in large group interactions offers insights into how groups might interact in the future. People tend to connect with others who are like them. Alumni from the same alma mater are more likely to collaborate over a research project together, or individuals with the same political beliefs are more likely to join the same political parties, attend rallies, and engage in online discussions.

Social Sciences - 01.04.2024
For Professional Women, Having High-Status Connections Can Backfire
New research conducted in China and the United States suggests that having high-status connections can backfire for women. The study, by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Michigan, appears in  Organization Science. "Our findings reveal a social-network dilemma for women that is contrary to a widely accepted belief that women should build their network with high-status individuals," said coauthor Catherine Shea , assistant professor of organizational behavior and theory at CMU's Tepper School of Business.

Social Sciences - 28.03.2024
Netflix trivialising teenagers' pain - new study
Netflix trivialising teenagers’ pain - new study
New analysis of adolescent TV and film on Netflix suggests that too often it shows misleading depictions of pain. Published on Thursday 28 March 2024 Last updated on Thursday 4 April 2024 New analysis of adolescent TV and film on Netflix suggests that too often it shows misleading depictions of pain, portraying pain as something arising only through a violent act or injury.

Social Sciences - Computer Science - 21.03.2024
UC3M gets Fundación BBVA research project to analyse the relationship between friendship and culture
The Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) is coordinating one of the five BBVA Foundation's Fundamentals Programme's innovative research projects to explore core issues in basic science. Specifically, the UC3M project, in which research staff from the Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB) and the University of Florida (UF) in the USA are also participating, will analyse the mutual dependence between social relations and cultural characteristics.

Health - Social Sciences - 21.03.2024
More than 70 per cent of B.C. inmates with substance use disorders are reincarcerated: SFU study
More than 70 per cent of B.C. inmates with substance use disorders are reincarcerated: SFU study
Former prisoners with substance use and co-occurring disorders are at an alarmingly high risk of reincarceration, according to a new Simon Fraser University-led study. The study found that 72 per cent of people with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, and 70 per cent of people with substance use disorders alone, returned to prison within three years of release.

Psychology - Social Sciences - 21.03.2024
Neighbourhood connection improves mental health
University of Queensland research has found building a sense of community is key to improving people's mental health, particularly in low socio-economic suburbs. Professor Alex Haslam from UQ's School of Psychology is part of a research team that modelled the effect of social and psychological factors, and identified a strong but complex link between where people live and their mental health.

Social Sciences - Environment - 15.03.2024
Communities more likely to adopt conservation measures if their neighbours have
Research undertaken in Fiji found that communities were more likely to adopt marine conservation initiatives if their neighbours have. A new paper published in Global Environmental Change featuring Imperial College London researchers explores how Indigenous-led initiatives can be scaled to protect marine ecosystems.

Social Sciences - 15.03.2024
Do school grades influence parental support?
The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, Germany, has researched parents' support behavior in relation to school grades. The study shows that low-income families support their children equally regardless of grades, while parents from higher income groups tend to give more support to children with lower grades.

Social Sciences - Law - 14.03.2024
A UC3M study points out the changes needed to achieve an inclusive care model based on human rights
In order to achieve a personalised and community-based care model for certain vulnerable population groups (people with disabilities, the elderly, children and adolescents at risk and homeless people)

Social Sciences - Politics - 14.03.2024
Unknown is unloved: Local exposure to refugees promotes more positive attitude to asylum seekers
People who live near a refugee center tend to develop a more positive attitude to asylum seekers compared to people who live further away. They are also less likely to support anti-immigration parties. This is the conclusion of research conducted by economist Sigrid Suetens and her team. The study suggests that this positive attitude is a result of contact between local residents and refugees.

Health - Social Sciences - 12.03.2024
Delta-8-THC use reported by 11% of 12th graders
Use of the psychoactive cannabis product is higher in states without existing delta-8 regulations or cannabis legalization, study finds Study: Adolescent Delta-8-THC and Marijuana Use in the United States (DOI: 10.1001/jama. The first ever national estimates of teen delta-8 use indicate that 11% of 12th grade students across the United States used it in the past year.
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