My picks from ScienceDaily

Insights on Economic Choices From Game Theory and Cognitive Psychology:

How game theory and insights from cognitive psychology can shed light on the economic choices people and corporations make will be the focus of a topical lecture presented by California Institute of Technology (Caltech) behavioral economist Colin Camerer at the 2009 annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).*

It’s Hard Work That Fosters Responsibility In Teen Programs:

Millions of American teenagers participate in Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, 4-H, and other programs designed to develop responsibility in young people. A new study suggests that it’s not the fun and games of these programs, but the tough tasks–those that ask young people to make sacrifices and do difficult things for the good of the group–that are most likely to foster responsibility and self-discipline.

Pre-verbal Number Sense Common To Monkeys, Babies, College Kids:

Basic arithmetic and “number sense” appear to be part of the shared evolutionary past of many primates; it’s the use of language to explain abstractions that apparently takes human math to a higher level.

Internal Choices Are Weaker Than Those Dictated By The Outside World:

The underlying sense of being in control of our own actions is challenged by new research from UCL (University College London) which demonstrates that the choices we make internally are weak and easily overridden compared to when we are told which choice to make.

Males Are More Tolerant Of Same-sex Peers. Study Shows:

Women have traditionally been viewed as being more social and cooperative than men. However, there is recent evidence that this may not be the case. In fact, studies have shown that men maintain larger social networks with other males compared to women and tend to have longer lasting friendships with members of the same-sex than do women.

Perception Of Time Pressure Impairs Performance:

Ask anyone working on a project, and the biggest complaint one hears is “There’s not enough time.” But instead of more time, maybe what they need is a change of perception.

Toddlers’ Gesturing Linked To Later Vocabulary And School Readiness:

Children who convey more meanings with gestures at age 14 months have much larger vocabularies at 54 months than children who convey fewer meanings and are accordingly better prepared for school, according to research at the University of Chicago published in the journal Science on Friday, Feb. 13.

Empathy Partly Based On Genes, Mouse Study Shows:

The ability to empathize with others is partially determined by genes, according to new research on mice from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU).

‘Wake Up’ To Health Risks Of Heavy Snoring:

Heavy snoring can be far from a nuisance. It can be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea, a condition where an individual briefly stops breathing during the night which raises the risk of heart failure and strokes.

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