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Acts of Kindness Spread Surprisingly Easily: Just a Few People Can Make a Difference

ScienceDaily (Mar. 10, 2010) — For all those dismayed by scenes of looting in disaster-struck zones, whether Haiti or Chile or elsewhere, take heart: Good acts -- acts of kindness, generosity and cooperation -- spread just as easily as bad. And it takes only a handful of individuals to really make a difference.

If your friends get divorced, you could be next in line

Academic research finds that relationship break-ups within groups of friends can be contagious

Economy

Just Thinking About Money May Have an Effect, Study Shows

Having money, or just thinking about money, may affect behavior, a study in Science shows.

Neuroscience

The guardians of fear - molecules that provide safety nets for scary memories

As sufferers of post-traumatic stress syndrome know all too well, frightening experiences can be strong, long-lasting and notoriously difficult to erase. Now, we're starting to understand why. Far from trying to purge these memories, the brain actively protects them by hiring a group of molecular bodyguards called CSPGs (or chondroitin sulphate proteoglycans in full).

Scientific research

Could It Be? Spooky Experiments That 'See' The Future

Later today you are going to do something, something you don't know about yet. Yet somehow, it's already happened. Somehow, it's already affected you.

Diplomacy

Judges most lenient early or after lunch, researchers say

WASHINGTON — If you have to face a judge, try for first thing in the morning or right after lunch. A new study suggests that’s when they’re most lenient.

Sexuality

Extra testosterone reduces your empathy

A new study from Utrecht and Cambridge Universities has for the first time found that an administration of testosterone under the tongue in volunteers negatively affects a person’s ability to ‘mind read’, an indication of empathy. The findings are published this week in the journal Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences.

Scientific research

What Your TV Habits May Say About Your Fear of Crime

ScienceDaily (Feb. 8, 2011) — What's your favorite prime-time crime show? Do you enjoy the fictional world of "CSI" or "Law & Order," or do you find real-life tales like "The First 48" or "Dateline" more engrossing? Your answers to those questions may say a lot about your fears and attitudes about crime, a new study finds.

Problem solving

Say a little prayer to control angerSay a little prayer to control anger

Furious about an unkind comment? Angry about a social snub? Say a prayer, even if you're not religious.

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