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White individuals on average react positively to a Black person referring to them with the n-word

White individuals on average react positively to a Black person referring to them with the n-word

Racial slurs such as the n-word are sometimes adopted by the group they were once meant to insult — a phenomenon known as reappropriation. But what happens when a reappropriated slur is used by a Black person towards a White person? New research published in the provides insight into the intragroup uses of reappropriated slurs.Previous studies investigated the use of racial slurs by White individuals toward Black individuals and the reclaiming of disparaging words among racial minorities. But no research had yet examined the reappropriated use of racial slurs by Black individuals toward...

May 9, 2020
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New research suggests using cannabis at a young age might have long-term effects on sleep

New research suggests using cannabis at a young age might have long-term effects on sleep

Age of onset of regular cannabis use is predictive of lower adult sleep duration, according to a new study published in the journal . The findings suggest that trouble sleeping is one of the developmental consequences for early cannabis use.Evan A Winiger, the corresponding author of the new study, decided to investigate the topic after realizing that “the body of research focused on cannabis and sleep outcomes not only lacked prior twin studies, but also seemed to suffer from conflicting results in terms of if there is a beneficial or negative relationship between cannabis and sleep...

February 11, 2020
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Machiavellian women and narcissistic men desire more sexual attention from others

Machiavellian women and narcissistic men desire more sexual attention from others

New psychology research indicates that “dark” personality traits are associated with the desire for sexual attention. The study found that narcissism strongly predicted desire for sexual attention in men but not women, while Machiavellianism strongly predicted desire for sexual attention in women but men.The findings have been published in the journal .“The desire some people have to be noticed and receive sexual attention from others influences a range of behaviors including flirting, obsessing over one’s looks, and even keeping online dating profiles active despite being ‘unavailable,'”...

March 3, 2020
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Social anxiety is linked to impaired memory for positive social events

Social anxiety is linked to impaired memory for positive social events

People with social anxiety tend to have a harder time remembering social scenarios that end positively, according to new research published in the journal . The study provides more evidence that social anxiety is related to biases in memory.“Prior research has suggested that symptoms of social anxiety are related to memory biases for autobiographical information, and particularly biases for negative social information,” explained study author Mia Romano of the University of Waterloo.“We were interested in trying to understand whether or not these biases occur only for social information...

February 13, 2020
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Study: Women evaluate partners more negatively when estrogen is elevated -- and men know it

Study: Women evaluate partners more negatively when estrogen is elevated -- and men know it

New research provides evidence that natural fluctuations in women’s hormones are not only associated with their own psychology, but also their partner’s perception and well-being.The study, published in , was the first to examine how the rise and fall of women’s hormones during the menstrual cycle impacts their partners’ feelings and perceptions.“Hormones have an underappreciated effect on behavior. This is true for men and women, just as it’s true for animals of other species,” said study author , an associate professor at VU Amsterdam.“Researchers have begun to explore how the hormonal...

February 17, 2020
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Women taking birth control pills may benefit less from exposure therapy

Women taking birth control pills may benefit less from exposure therapy

Hormonal contraceptives may affect the efficacy of exposure therapy, according to new research from Germany that examined women with spider phobia.“Considerable evidence from human and animal studies suggests that estrogen mediates the amount and rate of fear extinction learning and its later recall. Oral contraceptives may interfere with these processes due to suppressing endogenous estrogen secretion, thus leading to impaired fear extinction,” the researchers wrote in their study, which was published in the .For the study, 54 women with arachnophobia received two sessions of exposure...

February 24, 2020
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A small quantity of caffeine can improve text reading skills in adults

A small quantity of caffeine can improve text reading skills in adults

A small quantity of caffeine accelerates the reading speed of text, according to new research published in the . The observed improvements in reading speed were also accompanied by a change in the overall perception of visual stimuli.“While studying the cause of developmental dyslexia — the inability to acquire adequate reading abilities — we observed that children with dyslexia show a specific deficit in the analysis of whole visual images, showing a tendency to focused on local details,” explained study author Sandro Franceschini of the University of Padova in Italy.“In rehabilitation...

February 11, 2020
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Study sheds light on the roots of moral stigma against consensual non-monogamy

Study sheds light on the roots of moral stigma against consensual non-monogamy

People in consensually non-monogamous relationships tend be more willing to take risks, have less aversion to germs, and exhibit a greater interest in short-term mating compared to those in monogamous relationships, according to new research published in . The findings may help explain why consensual non-monogamy is often the target of moral condemnation.“Consensual non-monogamy (CNM) is an increasingly popular romantic relationship practice in societies historically predominated by monogamy. CNM refers to any romantic relationship where people form consensually non-exclusive romantic or...

March 7, 2020
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Young children think that those who receive help are less smart, study finds

Young children think that those who receive help are less smart, study finds

Young children often think that groups who receive help are less smart than those who don’t receive such help, according to new research published in the journal .“This research examines how young children perceive helping behavior. Understanding what helping signals to young children is important because children, by virtue of their age, receive a great deal of help from others that is often foundational to their academic and social development,” said study author , an assistant professor at VU Amsterdam.“We were specifically interested in understanding the inferences children make when...

March 10, 2020
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Physical exercise performance is not affected by having sex the night before

Physical exercise performance is not affected by having sex the night before

Having sex the night before a battery of physical tests does not seem to help or hurt athletic performance, according to two new preliminary studies.“I knew some people that completed their master’s theses on the topic but could not get it their studies published or had no motivation or desire to do so. I thought that this was a disservice to the scientific community that difficult studies such as this one would remain unnoticed by being unpublished,” the author of the studies told PsyPost.“Thus, I was able to help get the study published by writing the full manuscript, re-analyzing their...

February 8, 2019
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