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AI Found to Boost Individual Creativity – at the Expense of Less Varied Content
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AI Found to Boost Individual Creativity – at the Expense of Less Varied Content

Stories written with AI assistance have been deemed to be more creative, better written and more enjoyable. A new study published in the journal Science Advances finds that AI enhances creativity by boosting the novelty of story ideas as well as the ‘usefulness’ of stories – their ability to engage the target audience and potential for publication....

Research Shows Gamified Investment Sites Have Risks for Novice Investors
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Research Shows Gamified Investment Sites Have Risks for Novice Investors

What happens when online investment trading platforms start to resemble games that keep people playing for hours, with badges and exploding confetti to reward investors for their engagement? For those who know what they’re doing, it won’t make much of a difference. New research from the University of Toronto engaging nearly 1,000 volunteers in artificial...

‘A History of Contact’: Princeton Geneticists Are Rewriting the Narrative of Neanderthals and Other Ancient Humans
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‘A History of Contact’: Princeton Geneticists Are Rewriting the Narrative of Neanderthals and Other Ancient Humans

Ever since the first Neanderthal bones were discovered in 1856, people have wondered about these ancient hominins. How are they different from us? How much are they like us? Did our ancestors get along with them? Fight them? Love them? The recent discovery of a group called Denisovans, a Neanderthal-like group who populated Asia and...

Women and Social Exclusion: the Complicated Nature of Rejection and Retaliation
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Women and Social Exclusion: the Complicated Nature of Rejection and Retaliation

New research from the University of Ottawa (uOttawa) has provided a complicated glance into young women’s responses to interpersonal conflict, with retaliation often the answer to rejection and perceived social exclusion by other females. The study, published in Nature’s Scientific Reports, highlights the complicated nature of women’s interpersonal relationships by examining the stress arising from rejection, and...

Digital Self-Harm Surges Among U.S. Teens from 2016 to 2021
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Digital Self-Harm Surges Among U.S. Teens from 2016 to 2021

Adolescents worldwide have embraced social media and online platforms for self-expression and to explore their identity. This freedom, however, can lead to risky behaviors, especially with limited adult supervision. For example, digital self-harm is a recent, emerging trend where individuals anonymously post or share hurtful content about themselves online. This behavior can be mistaken for...

A Decision of Surpassing Recklessness in Dangerous Times
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A Decision of Surpassing Recklessness in Dangerous Times

The Supreme Court’s decision in Trump v. United States would have been wrong and dangerous at any time. It’s uncommonly so with Trump poised to retake power. The United States has gone for two-and-a-half centuries without a constitutional rule concerning presidential immunity, and it has been able to do so for a very simple reason:...

Magic Mushrooms Are Most-Used Psychedelic Drug; As States Change Laws, Federal Policymakers Face Urgent Questions
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Magic Mushrooms Are Most-Used Psychedelic Drug; As States Change Laws, Federal Policymakers Face Urgent Questions

Psilocybin mushrooms are the psychedelic substance most often used in the United States, with its popularity outpacing other psychedelic drugs such as MDMA (known as ecstasy), according to a new RAND report. Based on a new national survey, researchers found that about 12 percent of respondents reported using psilocybin at some point over their lives and...

Foreign Interference Could Affect Municipal Elections, Too. Here Are 2 Ways to Reduce It
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Foreign Interference Could Affect Municipal Elections, Too. Here Are 2 Ways to Reduce It

Election integrity is back in the news as Canadian political party leaders react to an explosive report released by a top-secret parliamentary committee. Concerns about China interfering in Canadian elections emerged in February 2023. As a result, Justice Marie-Josée Hogue was tasked in September to lead a public inquiry on electoral integrity and foreign interference...