Where I live, fall has definitely arrived and as the weather cools down it is the perfect time to curl up on the couch and do some reading. This is exactly what I have been doing after work each day for the past week. Today, I wanted to share several research articles I have recently read that I really enjoyed. I have provided a quick synopsis of each, so if something catches your eye be sure to click the link and check out the full story.
For Better Research Results, Let Mice Be Mice
Mice are commonly used to study human communication disorders, such as autism and schizophrenia. During these studies, mice are often socially isolated, however, new studies suggest that keeping mice in a more natural environment could make them more effective models for humans. According to the study, done by the University of Buffalo, keeping mice isolated changes their acoustic communication. The full article dives into the implications of this and provides suggestions for improvement.
How People Judge Your Personality, According to Research
Humans judge people before getting to know them, our brains just work that way. It is a way of keeping us safe. This article explores what factors influence the initial judgements we make about personality. They include some interesting subconscious factors such as the temperature of a person’s hands and how someone reacts to eye contact as well as some more direct methods, such as judging how someone speaks about others.
Improving Reproducibility in Earth Science Research
This article suggests that in order to improve research in the field of Earth Science, researchers need software that makes it easy to integrate and process their data with existing data so that it is easier to compare and reproduce results. The full article explains why reproducibility is so important and outlays the way in which new software could be beneficial.
An Avocado A Day Could Keep Bad Cholesterol Away, Finds New Research
millennial’s dream! Toss apples to the side and bring on the guacamole and avocado toast. This study found that when adults who were obese or overweight ate an avocado a day their bad cholesterol levels decreased over time. The article dives into the science behind why this might be, leading to some insights about managing cholesterol more generally.
Rising Seas Will Erase More Cities by 2050, New Research Shows
New research suggests that 150 million people currently living on land will fall below the high tide line by the year 2050. This is about three times more than what was previously estimated. The article provides maps and descriptions of the areas that will be most affected. If you weren’t already fired up about stopping climate change, after reading this article you will be!
What’s New From the Zoo? An Analysis of Ten Years of Zoo-Themed Research Output
Ten years ago, published work identified the need for zoos to conduct empirical research on a diverse range of species beyond the large animal species that have popular appeal, for example, tigers, elephants and bald eagles. This study reviews works published over the past 10 years to discover if zoos are meeting this goal or if there is still room for improvement.
UK's First Black Female History Professor to Research Bristol's Slavery Links
In 2018, Olivette Otele became the United Kingdom’s first female, black history professor after she was awarded a professorship and a chair in history by Bath Spa University. Her research, conducted over almost two decades, examines the legacies of colonial pasts as well as a reluctance to address such issues. Now she will have a role at the University of Bristol where she will begin a two-year research study of Bristol’s involvement in the slave trade.
Women, Young and Old People Are Most Risk Averse, Research Finds
When it comes to financial risk, women, younger and older people are the most likely to play it safe, according to a new study by the University of Bristol and Cass Business School. The study also dives into a variety of other demographic factors in its study of willingness to take financial risks. Professor David Blake, report co-author, said, “the findings have important implications for both financial advisers and their clients and by including questions about these characteristics in a client fact find, financial advisers might be able to get a better fix on the true risk and loss attitudes of their clients.”
Bonus: In honor of Halloween tomorrow, check out this article that dives into the psychology behind haunted houses and why we find them so scary.
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