How seeking to destroy rivals can turn into political suicide, and other findings from the world of research

It’s time once again to go around the world to do a round-up of researchers’ latest insights into the human condition.

  • When the stress is on, women pay more attention, and men pay less attention, to facial expressions. A study conducted by the University of Southern California found that men tend to respond to stress by becoming less sociable, while women try to become more sociable in these instances. One possible reason: researchers noticed that, under stress, the male brain tends to dedicate less energy to evaluating facial expressions, while the female brain tends to devote more energy to this effort.
  • Spiritual children tend to be happier.A study conducted by researchers at the University of British Columbia found that, among children aged 8 to 12 years, a higher level of spirituality — such as belief in a higher power — tended to be associated with a stronger feeling of happiness in their own lives. The researchers also found, however, no relationship between children’s attendance at religious services and their level of happiness, suggesting that “children’s spirituality and religiousness can be separated, even though many adults have trouble with the concept,” according to an April 5 report in the Vancouver Sun. “We think it might be a component of whether it’s voluntary or not that’s important,” UBC prof. Mark Holder said.
  • Social networkers nearly the majority in the U.S. A study released this month by Arbitron and Edison Research found that 48 percent of Americans aged 11 years and over have profiles on at least one social networking web site. According to the study, the percentage of Americans using social networking sites has doubled since 2008, when only 24 percent had online profiles. Not surprisingly, social networking was most common among teenagers (78%) and 18-24 year olds (77%).
  • Extended unemployment benefits only lead to “modest” reduction in desire to work. A study released this week by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco found that extending the amount of time that recipients could continue to receive unemployment benefits has had only a “modest effect” on the U.S. unemployment rate. The research by economists Rob Valletta and Katherine Kuang concluded that “our analyses suggest that extended UI benefits account for about 0.4 percentage point of the nearly 6 percentage point increase in the national unemployment rate over the past few years.”

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One Response to How seeking to destroy rivals can turn into political suicide, and other findings from the world of research

  1. Brian says:

    “…the researchers found that the rivalry became so intense in many encounters that players even went as far as to undermine their own chances of winning, with four-in-five encounters ending in mutual defeat.”

    Interesting. I know a few people who could learn from that lesson right about now! 🙂

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