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Selfish Behaviour Lowers Levels Of Happiness

Credit: Bill Kuffrey/public domain Cheating to get ahead is likely to reduce your level of happiness. That's according to a new study by University of California, Riverside sociology professor Jan E. Stets. The study, titled "Happiness and Identities," was published in the journal Social Science Research. In the study, Stets examined happiness in a morally challenging [...]

The Eldest Child Is The Favourite, According To Researchers

74% of mothers have a favourite child CREDIT: REX Rsearchers have found that 74% of mothers and 70% of fathers admit to having a favourite child - and children say there is a bias towards the eldest one. Sociologists from the University of California performed a study which found the first-born appears to get [...]

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Animals Can Tell Right From Wrong

Stock Photo Scientists studying animal behaviour believe they have growing evidence that species ranging from mice to primates are governed by moral codes of conduct in the same way as humans. Until recently, humans were thought to be the only species to experience complex emotions and have a sense of morality. But Prof [...]

Loneliness As Harmful As No Exercise To Teenagers’ Health

Gallery Hip New research at the University of North Carolina has found that being lonely is as harmful to teenagers' health as not getting enough exercise. There have been many studies showing the health effects of social isolation on the elderly, but this is the first to look at the impact on the [...]

This is Your Brain on Whiteness: The Invisible Psychology of White American Ignorance Explained

Racial bias in news reporting has been repeatedly documented by scholars in media studies, critical race theory, political science, and sociology. As anti-racism activist Jane Elliot incisively observed, “People of color can’t even turn on the televisions in their own homes without being exposed to white racism.” - Chauncey DeVega Source: This is your brain on [...]

Commissioner opens Generation Next seminar to support youth

On Friday 30 May, NSW Mental Health Commissioner, John Feneley addressed teachers, nurses, social workers, police and mental health professionals as he officially opened the Sydney Generation Next seminar. Held at the Sydney Town Hall, the Generation Next seminar saw more than 1000 professionals from across multiple disciplines come together to learn how to support [...]

Racism rising in Australia

Community groups and academics say they are concerned about a "rising tide of racism" in Australia, stemming from recent tensions in the Middle East. Sociology professor Andrew Jakubowicz from the University of Technology in Sydney says there has been a noticeable rise in racism in Australia. Professor Jakubowicz says part of the problem has been [...]

Bullying Also Affects Popular Kids

Most of us science nerds vividly remember episodes of bullying that took place throughout our childhood, but a new study has found that the popular kids are victimized by bullies too. In fact, the study, published in the American Sociological Review, found that becoming more popular actually raises the risk of getting bullied. “Most people [...]

Is ‘Sluggish Cognitive Tempo’ A Valid New Childhood Disorder?

Sociology influences medicine more than we like to admit. One only needs to look at the history of psychiatric disorders – a term used broadly here to incorporate developmental disorders – to see how “normal” in one era is often deemed “abnormal” in another. And how the dividing line between these two ends is often [...]

‘Intelligent people are more likely to trust others’

Intelligent people are more likely to trust others, while those who score lower on measures of intelligence are less likely to do so, says a new study. Oxford University researchers based their finding on an analysis of the General Social Survey, a nationally representative public opinion survey carried out in the United States every one [...]