Research in the University of New sOuth Wales, and colleagues suggests that when mothers return to work, girls are more likely to benefit from a range of advantages such as increased work ethic, whereas boys are more likely to suffer, especially in terms of education. This study was the subject of discussion on a recent Radio National Life Matters program featuring Professor Matt Sanders, Professor Marian Baird and Dr Xiaodong Fan.
Professor Sanders pointed out to listeners that while boys were more likely to display behavioural, emotional and conduct problems than girls, it was also important to remember from an early intervention perspective, that it’s not the quantity of time that a parent devotes to a child that's important, it’s the quality of time.
“The developmental research shows that many of the interactions that drive development are brief and frequent, they are child-initiated interactions, it’s not just large blocks of time of being with children,'' Professor Sanders said.
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Dr Kylie Burke discusses family conflict in The Courier Mail.
A Quarter of Queensland parents are fighting with their teens at harmful levels well above the average rate of family conflict, new research has revealed.
These parents are dealing with persistent aggression, hostility and unresolved conflict with their teenagers that can lead the child to increased risk-taking behaviour, mental health problems and truancy.
On average, parents can expect to go through about two “disagreements” with their teen each week with mothers and teenage daughters most likely to be in conflict.
UQ Psychology's Bill von Hippel was interviewed on Channel 7 about the psychology of lying, but is he telling the truth?
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Professor Virginia Slaughter says the ability to tell what people are feeling, thinking and wanting is a basic precursor to emotional intelligence in adults.
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ABC Science has an article about Fingerprint Matching featuring UQ School of Psychology's Dr Matthew Thompson.
"Gut feeling is responsible for a lot more of the accuracy than many people think, even the experts themselves," says Dr Matthew Thompson.
"The results from these experiments suggest that a surprising amount of fingerprint examiners' accuracy can be accounted for by non-analytic thinking, which is intuitive, unconscious, associative, and effortless," says Thompson.
"You can think of it as a sort of gut feeling."
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John Pickering talks to The Conversation:
I am someone who investigates how science can help parents deal with the sleepless nights, the fussy eaters, the sibling rivalry, the intrusive in-laws, and a career that favours fulltime hours.
What I have experienced, though, is the growing and seemingly widespread view that parents these days aren’t doing a good job – that in fact they’re doing a “crap” job.
Parents are out of touch, we’re told, and too soft. They give in to their kids too easily. They’re over-involved helicopter parents, or under-involved don’t care parents. Or they could be bulldozer or lawn-mower parents, the ones who smooth the way for their child’s transition through life and make life difficult for everyone else in the process.
This is the old “kids these days" narrative but applied to parents.
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Researchers have known for decades that jobs with high demands and low autonomy seem to drain workers’ mental and physical health. For example, women with these types of jobs were 40 percent more likely to suffer from heart disease in a 10-year study of more than 17,000 women. Because of this pattern, it seems logical that employers can help workers with demanding jobs by giving them more autonomy.
The study used a questionnaire to assess participants’ motivation. The questionnaire measured two types of focus. The first is called “prevention focus,” which is how much people focus on avoiding negative outcomes such as getting a failing grade. The other, “promotion focus,” describes the drive to excel and achieve goals. After completing the questionnaire, 110 university students played the role of a human resources manager answering emails from employees. For the first set of emails, participants had information about company policies but no specific instructions about how to do their jobs. Then, some participants were instructed to answer future emails in chronological order and at a consistent pace, while others were told they were free to choose their own order and pace.
"The results suggest that anxious or risk-averse people may do better in a structured environment where they know exactly what is expected of them." - Dr Stacey Parker (UQ Psychology Lecturer in Organisation Psychology)
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Brendan Zietsch looks at a possible genetic link with infidelity: 'Born to be unfaithful? Study says cheating behaviour can be inherited. The story was covered by The Telegraph in the UK.
"It could be the perfect excuse for cheating spouses who are caught out: infidelity may be inherited. Both men and women may be more likely to have affairs as a result of the genes passed down by their parents, according to research."
"Scientists have even identified a single gene which has variations that make women more likely to commit adultery."
"The study, carried out by researchers at the University of Queensland and other institutions, examined the roles played by genes in human affairs."
"Dr Brendan Zietsch, research fellow at the university’s school of psychology, who led the study, said: “Our research clearly shows that people’s genetic make-up influences how likely they are to have sex with someone outside their main partnership."
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Alex Haslam was interviewed on the 7.30 Report last week about the forthcoming G20 in Brisbane, and how police can engage constructively with protesters.
"Most of the people in crowds are there for a good reason and they're actually exercising their legitimate rights whether it's to go to a football match or to engage in protest and if you treat that group of people as if they're just all criminals then they will turn against the police and against the authorities and align themselves with those elements who are intent on violence. So actually you get a spiral of activity which is very, very destructive, very, very counter-productive."
Dr Eric Vanman was featured on Catalyst discussing how his research has shown that people can identify the faces of people crying even at an unconscious level.
"It must just have been something that some ancestor was able to create - this secretion - and those people who could do that when they were sad were more likely to be taken care of and cared for. So you'd basically get these criers that get passed on, where generations after them can now show tears as well."
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