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How to Reduce the Temptation to Cheat
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How to Reduce the Temptation to Cheat

The beneficial effects of putting yourself in someone else’s shoes are well known. But can doing so in romantic relationships reduce the temptation to cheat? A team of psychologist from Reichman University in Israel and the University of Rochester in upstate New York put that question to the test in a series of three double-blind, randomized experiments. The answer? Yes, it...

Working from Home Has Benefits, Drawbacks for Employee Wellbeing
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Working from Home Has Benefits, Drawbacks for Employee Wellbeing

Remote jobs can help workers craft more satisfying lives, with higher psychological well-being and work engagement, but only if that work occurs during regularly contracted hours, according to new Cornell University ILR School research. The negative impacts of working at home during off hours were particularly high for women, the researchers found. The COVID-19 pandemic...

Virtual Reality Can Be Used to Prevent Infidelity and Betrayal in Real-World Relationships
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Virtual Reality Can Be Used to Prevent Infidelity and Betrayal in Real-World Relationships

Many people enter into a monogamous romantic relationship hoping to remain faithful to their partner and enjoy all the benefits such a relationship can offer, including a sense of security, belonging and intimacy. However, in an age where the possibilities are seemingly endless, maintaining sexual exclusivity becomes challenging, as high rates of infidelity will testify....

Could Altering Vaginal Microbiome Treat Vaginal Dryness and Painful Sex During Menopause?
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Could Altering Vaginal Microbiome Treat Vaginal Dryness and Painful Sex During Menopause?

As women age, they are more susceptible to vaginal dryness and pain during intercourse because of vulvovaginal atrophy (VVA). A new study suggests that ospemifene and systemic hormone therapy both result in improving VVA symptoms and likely improve the vaginal microbiome by reducing potentially harmful bacteria and increasing health-promoting microorganisms. Study results are published online...

Railway Made Swedish Villages and Towns Greener
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Railway Made Swedish Villages and Towns Greener

Construction of the main railway lines in Sweden included a large-scale garden project. Parks and kitchen gardens were built around the new stations, and long hedges were planted along the railways. A new dissertation from the University of Gothenburg describes how this came to be and explains why almost all of these cultivated areas are...

Interfering in Big Decisions Friends and Family Take Could Violate a Crucial Moral Right, Cambridge Philosopher Argues
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Interfering in Big Decisions Friends and Family Take Could Violate a Crucial Moral Right, Cambridge Philosopher Argues

We have a moral duty to allow others to make ‘transformative choices’ such as changing careers, migrating and having children, a new study argues. This duty can be outweighed by competing moral considerations such as preventing murder but in many cases we should interfere with far greater caution. If you’ve told an adult friend or...

Nudge Nudge, Wink Wink: How Choice Architecture Facilitates Consumer Uptake of Mobile Apps
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Nudge Nudge, Wink Wink: How Choice Architecture Facilitates Consumer Uptake of Mobile Apps

Researchers from Temple University, Columbia University, and Baylor University published a new Journal of Marketing article that examines the effectiveness of adopting different choices to guide digital consumer behavior and clarifies the underlying psychological mechanisms. The study, forthcoming in the Journal of Marketing, is titled “Nudging App Adoption: Choice Architecture Facilitates Consumer Uptake of Mobile Apps” and is authored by Crystal Reeck,...

Covid-19 Conspiracy Theories That Spread Fastest Focused on Evil, Secrecy
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Covid-19 Conspiracy Theories That Spread Fastest Focused on Evil, Secrecy

In the early pandemic, conspiracy theories that were shared the most on Twitter highlighted malicious purposes and secretive actions of supposed bad actors behind the crisis, according to an analysis of nearly 400,000 posts. In the study, researchers identified commonalities in five of the most popular conspiracy theories: those related to Bill Gates, 5G Networks,...

Analyzing the Blueprints of Redlining in Ohio
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Analyzing the Blueprints of Redlining in Ohio

Eighty years after the federal Home Owners’ Loan Corporation (HOLC) carved up the nation’s metropolitan neighborhoods into redlined maps, researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine performed an autopsy on the discriminatory lending practice. Specifically, researchers examined factors that went into decisions made by Ohio’s loan officers, appraisers and real-estate professionals for mortgage applications from...