Posts Tagged ‘Psychology’

Prof. Janet Werker, UBC Psychology Dept. Martin Dee photo.

Maternal depression affects language development in babies

Oct. 8, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Maternal depression and a common class of antidepressants can alter a crucial period of language development in babies, according to a new study by researchers at the University of British Columbia, Harvard University and the Child & Family Research Institute (CFRI) at BC Children’s Hospital.

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Parents are happier than non-parents, new research suggests

May. 17, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

New research by psychologists at three North American universities, including the University of British Columbia, finds that parents experience greater levels of happiness and meaning from life than non-parents.

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UBC psychology student Ashley Whillans is trading movie sets for happiness research. Justin Beckett Photograph

‘Juno’ actress finding happiness in research

May. 2, 2012 | Filed under: UBC Reports Stories | Tags: , , , , ,

After studying acting in London and working in Hollywood North, something clicked in a psychology class at UBC.

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Analytic thinking can decrease religious belief: UBC study

Apr. 26, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

A new University of British Columbia study finds that analytic thinking can decrease religious belief, even in devout believers.

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Pride and prejudice: Pride impacts racism and homophobia

Apr. 12, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

A new University of British Columbia study finds that the way individuals experience the universal emotion of pride directly impacts how racist and homophobic their attitudes toward other people are.

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Coffee and other stimulant drugs may cause high achievers to slack off: UBC study

Mar. 28, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

While stimulants may improve unengaged workers’ performance, a new University of British Columbia study suggests that for others, caffeine and amphetamines can have the opposite effect, causing workers with higher motivation levels to slack off.

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Maternal depression and bilingual households can impact infant language development

Feb. 17, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

While babies are born ready to learn any of the world’s languages, the crucial developmental period when they attune to their native languages can change due to environmental influences such as maternal depression or a bilingual upbringing, according to new University of British Columbia research.

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Monogamy reduces major social problems of polygamist cultures

Jan. 23, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed, News Tip | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

In cultures that permit men to take multiple wives, the intra-sexual competition that occurs causes greater levels of crime, violence, poverty and gender inequality than in societies that institutionalize and practice monogamous marriage.

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UBC study explores distrust of atheists by believers

Nov. 30, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Distrust is the central motivating factor behind why religious people dislike atheists, according to a new study led by UBC psychologists.

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Babies embrace punishment earlier than previously thought, study suggests

Nov. 28, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Babies as young as eight months old want people who commit or condone antisocial acts to be punished, according to a new study led by a University of British Columbia researcher.

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