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Study finds smartphone gaming can be harmful to players seeking relief from boredom
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Study finds smartphone gaming can be harmful to players seeking relief from boredom

Washington [US], July 21 (ANI): According to a new study, smartphone gaming can be harmful to players who game to escape their negative mood and feelings of boredom. The findings of the study were published in the journal 'Computers in Human Behavior'.Researchers at the University of Waterloo found that bored "escape players", those who have difficulty engaging with the real environment and sustaining attention, may seek "flow," which is a deep and effortless state of concentration in an activity linked to loss of awareness of time and space."We found that people who experience intense boredom frequently in everyday life reported playing smartphone games to escape or alleviate these feelings of boredom," said Chanel Larche, study lead author and a PhD candidate in cognitive neuroscience at...
Tackling income inequality could boost low-income children’s vocabulary, new study suggests
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Tackling income inequality could boost low-income children’s vocabulary, new study suggests

Washington [US], July 20 (ANI): While parenting deficiencies have long been blamed for the word gap, new research from the University of California, Berkeley, implicates the economic context in which parenting takes place- in other words, the wealth gap.The findings, published this month in the journal Developmental Science, provide the first evidence that parents may talk less to their kids when experiencing financial scarcity."We were interested in what happens when parents think about or experience financial scarcity and found evidence that such strain could suppress their speech to their children," said study senior author Mahesh Srinivasan, a professor of psychology at UC Berkeley."Our results suggest that parenting training may not be sufficient to close the academic achievement gap ...
Angry politicians make angry voters, new study finds
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Angry politicians make angry voters, new study finds

Washington [US], July 20 (ANI): Politicians may have good reason to turn to angry rhetoric, according to research led by political scientists from Colorado-the strategy seems to work, at least in the short term.In a new study published in the journal Political Research Quarterly, Carey Stapleton at the University of Colorado Boulder and Ryan Dawkins at the US Air Force Academy discovered that political furore may spread easily: Ordinary citizens can start to mirror the angry emotions of the politicians they read about in the news. Such "emotional contagion" might even drive some voters who would otherwise tune out of politics to head to the polls."Politicians want to get reelected, and anger is a powerful tool that they can use to make that happen," said Stapleton, who recently earned his ...
Mental illness linked to drug dependence history
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Mental illness linked to drug dependence history

Washington [US], July 18 (ANI): People with a history of drug dependence are much less likely to have flourishing mental health and are more likely to have mental illnesses, suggests the findings of a recent study.The findings of the study were published in the 'International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction'.Researchers compared a nationally representative sample of 460 Canadians with a history of illicit drug dependence (excluding cannabis) to 20,305 Canadians with no history of illicit drug dependence using data drawn from Statistic Canada's Canadian Community Health Survey-Mental Health.While 80 per cent of those with a history of drug dependence were in remission, more than half (52.1 per cent) were still experiencing mental illness. Further, only 37.9 per cent were in excellent...
Marginal gap observed between students attending high school in person vs remotely\
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Marginal gap observed between students attending high school in person vs remotely\

Washington [US], July 18 (ANI): High school students who attended school remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic suffered socially, emotionally, and academically compared with those who attended in person, suggests new research.The findings of the study appeared in 'Educational Researcher', which is a peer-reviewed journal of the American Educational Research Association.The study was carried out by researchers Angela L. Duckworth, Tim Kautz, Amy Defnet, Emma Satlof-Bedrick, Sean Talamas, Benjamin Lira, and Laurence Steinberg."Many news stories have reported on individual stories of teenagers who have suffered from anxiety, depression, and other mental health challenges during the pandemic," said lead author Duckworth, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania and the founder and CEO of ...
Idea sharing leads to increased online learner engagement
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Idea sharing leads to increased online learner engagement

Washington [US], July 17 (ANI): Online learning engagement can be increased by nearly one-third by simply prompting students to share course ideas rather than personal details in the form of icebreakers and social introductions, a new study suggested.These findings by University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign experts appeared in the 'Journal of Marketing Research'.Online learning engagement can be increased by nearly one-third by simply prompting students to share course ideas in a discussion forum rather than having them share information about their identity or personal motivations for enrolling, said Unnati Narang, a professor of business administration at the Gies College of Business.With less than 10 per cent of online learners completing courses, and less than 5 per cent participating ...
Parents’ health in later life is influenced by college degrees of adult children
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Parents’ health in later life is influenced by college degrees of adult children

New York [US], July 15 (ANI): Write down the benefits of obtaining a college degree and, more than likely, all the items on the completed list will relate to graduates: higher salaries, autonomous jobs and better access to health care.All of those factors, supported by extensive research, help draw a direct line connecting higher education and health. Similar research suggests how the education of parents affects their children.Now, two University at Buffalo sociologists have used a new wave of data from a survey launched in 1994 to further extend the geometry linking educational attainment and health that demonstrates another dimension of the intergenerational effects of completing college.Their findings, published recently in the Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, suggest that adul...
Research shows handwriting has certain benefits over watching videos, typing
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Research shows handwriting has certain benefits over watching videos, typing

Washington [US], July 10 (ANI): A new study has found that handwriting helps people learn certain skills surprisingly faster and significantly better than learning the same material by watching videos or typing.The findings of the study were published in the journal 'Psychological Science'."The question out there for parents and educators is why should our kids spend any time doing handwriting," said senior author Brenda Rapp, a Johns Hopkins University professor of cognitive science.Rapp added, "Obviously, you're going to be a better hand-writer if you practice it. But since people are handwriting less than maybe who cares? The real question is: Are there other benefits to handwriting that have to do with reading and spelling and understanding? We find there most definitely are."Rapp and ...
Researchers explore impact of police action on population health
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Researchers explore impact of police action on population health

Washington [US], July 11 (ANI): The authors of a new University of Washington led study found that because law enforcement directly interacts with a large number of people, hence "policing may be a conspicuous yet not-well understood driver of population health."Understanding how law enforcement impacts the mental, physical, social and structural health and wellbeing of a community is a complex challenge, involving many academic and research disciplines such as criminology, sociology, psychology, public health and research into social justice, the environment, economics and history. The study was published in the journal Social Science and Medicine."We needed a map for how to think about the complex issues at the intersection of policing and health," said lead author Maayan Simckes, a rece...
Recovery of language functions after stroke can be boosted by vocal music
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Recovery of language functions after stroke can be boosted by vocal music

Washington [US], July 10 (ANI): The findings of a new study suggest that listening to music daily improves language recovery in patients who have experienced a stroke, even though the neural mechanisms underlying the phenomenon have so far remained unknown.The study published in the journal 'eNeuro' was conducted at the University of Helsinki and the Turku University Hospital Neurocenter.It compared the effect of listening to vocal music, instrumental music, and audiobooks on the structural and functional recovery of the language network of patients who had suffered an acute stroke.In addition, the study investigated the links between such changes and language recovery during a three-month follow-up period.Based on the findings, listening to vocal music improved the recovery of the structu...