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Psychology in the News

Read the articles below to find out some interesting research studies that have been conducted by psychologists.

"Violence in the Media Psychologists Study Potential Harmful Effects"

Research by psychologists L. Rowell Huesmann, Leonard Eron and others starting in the 1980s found that children who watched many hours of violence on television when they were in elementary school tended to show higher levels of aggressive behavior when they became teenagers. Other research has found that exposure to media violence can desensitize people to violence in the real world and that, for some people, watching violence in the media becomes enjoyable and does not result in the anxious arousal that would be expected from seeing such imagery.  

"Undoing Dyslexia via Video Games

Psychologists and neuroscientists are using new techniques to identify the source of language and reading problems such as dyslexia in the brain and create innovative new therapies to significantly improve children's language learning and reading.  An estimated 13 percent to 14 percent of the school-aged population suffers from dyslexia, according to the International Dyslexia Association. Untreated, the disorder can have lasting effects on well-being,

"Men More Likely to 'Marry Up' as Women Become More Highly Educated

In a new study out of the University of Kansas, women are more likely to marry a less-educated man and bring more money to the relationship. “As the number of highly educated women has increased in recent decades, the chances of ‘marrying up’ have increased significantly for men and decreased for women,” the study reports

"Third Brake Light is no Third Wheel

Distracted driving killed more than 3,300 people and injured 421,000 in 2012, according to U.S. government figures. A third brake light provides an extra signal to distracted drivers and studies confirm that it reduces automobile accidents.  With flashing lights, honking horns, cellphones, meandering pedestrians, fighting kids in the back seat, a driver's attention is spread thin, which is one reason car accidents are so commonplace. In 1974, psychologist John Voevodsky, PhD, tested a small, inexpensive gadget that would eventually make U.S. highways much safe. 

"Adults View Black Girls as 'Less Innocent' Report Says"

When compared with their white peers, young black girls are viewed less as children and more like adults, according to a new research report.Adults in the United States tend to view black girls as "less innocent" and more grown-up than white girls, according to the report, which published by Georgetown Law's Center on Poverty and Inequality on Tuesday. Based on those findings, the research suggests that adults may perceive that black girls need less nurturing and protection than white girls, which could influence how black girls are treated in the education or juvenile justice systems.  

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