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Why It's So Hard to Ignore a Baby's Cry, According to Science

Why It's So Hard to Ignore a Baby's Cry, According to Science | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
As is the case with any primal vocalisation, crying evolved to have a specific impact on listeners.
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Hmm, this is one that got me thinking. How would the blood work of neonatal nurses differ from those working with older children? Would those squalling babies cause an increase in oxytocin levels by the end of the day that would transfer over into the rest of life with much caring or an exhaustion of the oxytocin production mechanism which would result in less bonding with others outside of work. How about that effect over time? Another related question: Do men with babies at home do less well at sports? Especially aggressive sports? That could be studied retroactively by looking at performance records as correlated to say football players' wives pregnancies. Anyway you cut it, the interplay of science and behavior fascinates me. 
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Something fascinating happened after these male baboons died. Men should keep this in mind.

Something fascinating happened after these male baboons died. Men should keep this in mind. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
It was completely unexpected.
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Human behavior, can we change or are we programmed to be the way we are? Here's an interesting if unique instance from the animals of the world.

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Your Phone Knows If You're Depressed

Your Phone Knows If You're Depressed | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Phone data could predict with 87% accuracy whether someone had depressive symptoms
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It ain't rocket science to know that a person's behavior reflects mood and mental health. I have mixed feelings about methods that big brother can use to keep track of how I'm feeling and functioning. Still, as a psychologist, I thought this an interesting study.

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Bonobos will share with strangers before acquaintances - I love bonobos.

Bonobos will share with strangers before acquaintances -  I love bonobos. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Bonobos, those notoriously frisky, ardently social great apes of the Congo, value social networking so much, they share food with a stranger before an acquaintance.
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Better to win a new friend and avoid a battle than keep a friend in case one is attacked by a stranger.

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