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Money-Savers Focus Attention — and Eyes — on the Prize

Why are some people able to patiently save for the future, while others opt for smaller amounts of money now? A new study from Duke University takes a close look at what drives “patient savers,” and reaches some surprising conclusions. Saving takes patience. People must sacrifice instant financial rewards in favor of larger, delayed rewards....

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Some Personal Beliefs and Morals May Stem from Genetics

A new baby is often welcomed with speculation about whether they got their eyes and nose from mom or dad, but researchers say it may be possible for children to inherit their parents’ moral characteristics, as well. The researchers found that while parents can help encourage their children to develop into responsible, conscientious adults, there...

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Electronic ‘Word of Mouth’ Useful in Detecting, Predicting Fashion Trends

Ever stare at your closet and wonder why fashion designers aren’t creating the clothes you really want? Talking about it on social media might just be the answer. According to new research from the University of Missouri, social media hashtags could be the tool fashion designers use to forecast trends in the industry to better...

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You Recognize Your Face Even When You Don’t ‘See’ It

Given the limited capacity of our attention, we only process a small amount of the sights, sounds, and sensations that reach our senses at any given moment — what happens to the stimuli that reach our senses but don’t enter awareness? Research suggests that certain stimuli – specifically, your own face – can influence how...

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Savoring … It’s Not Just for Dinner

Most of us know what it’s like to savor a decadent slice of chocolate cake or a glass of our favorite wine. But savoring is a concept that goes far beyond our taste buds. While the word “savor” is often used in the context of food, we can also savor important experiences, moments or even...

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A Peek at Living Room Decor Suggests How Decorations Vary Around the World

People around the world paint their walls different colors, buy plants to spruce up their interiors and engage in a variety of other beautifying techniques to personalize their homes, which inspired a team of researchers to study about 50,000 living rooms across the globe. In a study that used artificial intelligence to analyze design elements,...

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The Medium Shapes the Message: New Communication Technologies May Bias Historical Record

The introduction of communication technologies appears to bias historical records in the direction of the content best suited for each technology, according to a study published in PLOS ONE by C. Jara-Figueroa and colleagues from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. Studying the societal impact of new communication technologies is challenging, due to limited data on historical...

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The New Exercise Trend That’s Made for Everyone

Bringing the science of high intensity interval training (HIIT) into everyday life could be the key to helping unfit, overweight people get more of the exercise they need to improve their health, according to an international research team. From washing the car to climbing stairs or carrying groceries, each of these activities is an opportunity...

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Lesbian and Bi Women at Increased Risk of Being Overweight

Lesbian and bisexual women are at increased risk of being overweight or obese compared to heterosexual women, according to new research from the University of East Anglia and UCL. Gay men however are less likely to be overweight than their straight counterparts, and more at risk of being underweight. The study, published in the Journal of...