Thursday, January 08, 2009

I've Been Lazy Ed Links Edition

I have many saved up and just have been too lazy to do the work to transfer them over.

Effect Of Parental Education On Heritability Of Children's Reading Disability

There is a significant interaction between parents' years of education and the heritability of reading disability. Researchers concluded that on average, poor instruction or lack of reading practice may often be the main influence on reading disabilities in families with low socioeconomic status, while genes may be the main influence on reading disability among children in families with high socioeconomic status and educational support.

Eliminating Soda From School Diets Does Not Affect Overall Consumption

With childhood obesity increasing, school administrators and public health officials are reducing availability of sugar-sweetened beverages in schools. In a new study in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, researchers found that reduction or elimination of sugar-sweetened beverages from school menus has little effect on total consumption by adolescents.

Computer Model Can Predict Human Behavior And Learning

A new computer model can predict how people will complete a controlled task and how the knowledge needed to complete that task develops over time.

Narcissistic People Most Likely To Emerge As Leaders

When a group is without a leader, you can often count on a narcissist to take charge, a new study suggests. Researchers found that people who score high in narcissism tend to take control of leaderless groups. Narcissism is a trait in which people are self-centered, exaggerate their talents and abilities and lack empathy for others.

American Culture Derails Girl Math Whizzes, Study Finds

A culture of neglect and, at some age levels, outright social ostracism, is derailing a generation of students, especially girls, deemed the very best in mathematics, according to a new study.

Overbearing Parents Foster Obsessive Children, New Study Finds

Parents watch your nagging. A new study from the Université de Montréal in Quebec, Canada, has found that parental control directly influences whether a child will develop a harmonious or obsessive passion for their favorite hobby.

Young Children's 'Theory Of Mind' Linked To Subsequent Metacognitive Development In Adolescence

A new study detects a systematic link between children's "theory of mind" as assessed in kindergarten and their metacognitive knowledge in elementary school.

I Can, Automatically, Become Just Like You

No one likes to be excluded from a group: exclusion can decrease mood, reduce self-esteem and feelings of belonging, and even ultimately lead to negative behavior (e.g., the shootings at Virginia Tech). As a result, we often try to fit in with others in both conscious and automatic ways. Psychologists studied people's tendency to copy automatically the behaviors of others in order to find out how this mimicry can be used as an affiliation strategy.

"Parents, leave those kids alone": Freedom’s Just Another Word For Less Sexually Active Teens Rigid parenting appears to be linked to increased sexual activity in older teens. More than two of every three American teens has sexual intercourse before age 19. Although it is difficult to confirm that controlling mothers and fathers cause kids to have more sex, the findings suggest it is wise to give children freedom.

'Feeling Fat' Is Worse Than Being It, German Study Finds

The quality of life of adolescents who think they are too fat is worse than for adolescents who really are obese. This was a result of the all Germany Health Interview and Examination Survey for Children and Adolescents (KiGGS) of the Robert Koch Institute, as presented by Bärbel-Maria Kurth and Ute Ellert in the current edition of Deutsches Ärzteblatt International.

Humor Shown To Be Fundamental To Our Success As A Species
Experts explain how and why we find things funny and identify the reason humor is common to all human societies, its fundamental role in the evolution of homo sapiens and its continuing importance in the cognitive development of infants.

And [only referring to myself] "IT'S NOT MY FAULT! I JUST THINK TOO MUCH":

Thinking People Eat Too Much: Intellectual Work Found To Induce Excessive Calorie Intake

Scientists have demonstrated that intellectual work induces a substantial increase in calorie intake. The details of this discovery could go some way to explaining the current obesity epidemic.

1 comment:

Meaghan said...

Thanks, I enjoyed the links. I especially liked the last one. Finally an excuse for those extra pounds!