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When do alcohol-dependent mothers parent harshly?

Mon, 18 Nov 2019

New Rochester research makes considerable progress towards understanding what triggers mothers with substance use disorders to treat their children harshly, and how parents and medical care providers can predict parenting difficulties.

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How much do we lie when sex is on the brain?

Fri, 01 Nov 2019

A new study shows the extent to which people will change their own opinions to conform to a stranger's, or lie about their number of past sexual partners, when the sexual systems of the brain have been activated.

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Do open relationships work?

Tue, 29 Oct 2019

Past studies have attempted to gauge the success of nonmonogamous relationships. Now a Rochester team has studied the distinctions and nuances within various types of nonmonogamous relationships and found that solid communication is key.

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Teenagers’ ability to describe negative emotions protects against depression

Thu, 27 Jun 2019

A Rochester study shows that teenagers who can describe their emotions in precise and nuanced ways—saying ‘I feel ashamed’ instead of simply saying ‘I feel bad’— are better protected against depression than their peers who can’t.

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Would you eat genetically modified food if you understood the science behind it?

Fri, 24 May 2019

The short answer is “yes,” according a new study from researchers in Rochester, Amsterdam and Wales, who set out to discover whether more information about genetically modified foods could change consumers’ attitudes.

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Applying psychology to online dating

Tue, 19 Mar 2019

“There’s the old saying that you have to kiss a lot of frogs to find a prince—and I think that really applies to online dating,” says professor Harry Reis in an NBC News post on how to be better at online dating, according to psychology.

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Ice cream and entrepreneurship in Manhattan’s Chinatown

Wed, 13 Mar 2019

Christina Seid ’02 mixes it up at the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory, bringing new flavors to her family's deep Chinatown roots.

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Does awe lead to greater interest in science?

Wed, 06 Mar 2019

In a recent study, participants who watched awe-inducing nature videos or virtual reality simulations consistently reported greater interest in science and greater awareness of gaps in their knowledge.

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When parenting teens, keep calm and don’t carry on

Tue, 19 Feb 2019

In a new study, Rochester psychologists found that mothers and fathers who were less capable of dampening down their anger are more likely to resort to harsh discipline aimed at their teens, and that fathers in particular were not as good at considering alternative explanations for their teens' behavior.

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Common test of mental state understanding is biased

Thu, 24 Jan 2019

A new Rochester study has shown that a widely accepted test for assessing a patient’s ability to understand the mental state of another is biased against the less educated and against racial and ethnic minorities.

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