New study debunks Dale Carnegie advice to ‘put yourself in their shoes’

Putting yourself in someone else’s shoes and relying on intuition or “gut instinct” isn’t an accurate way to determine what they’re thinking or feeling,” say researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU), the University of Chicago and Northeastern University. “We incorrectly presume that taking someone else’s perspective will help us understand and improve interpersonal […]

Water-limited landscapes can facilitate disease transmission

In water-limited landscapes sick animals can have increased contact with healthy individuals, which can facilitate disease transmission. Scientists from the German Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (Leibniz-IZW) present these findings in the British Ecological Society journal Functional Ecology. Sick individuals often behave differently. For example, they usually sleep more and eat less. Accordingly, […]

Parents’ explanations of peer interactions affect how children interpret peers’ behavior

Young children are more likely to behave aggressively if they think other children want to hurt them — for example, when they interpret accidental bumps as provocations. Researchers investigated whether parents’ explanations of how peers interact would help 4- to 6-year-olds interpret others’ behavior with less hostility and behave less aggressively. They found that parents’ […]

Technology breakthrough could enable detection of fetal genetic abnormalities in early pregnancy

A wide range of fetal genetic abnormalities could soon be detected in early pregnancy thanks to a world-first study led by University of South Australia researchers using lab-on-a-chip, non-invasive technology. Biomedical engineers Dr Marnie Winter and Professor Benjamin Thierry from UniSA’s Future Industries Institute (FII) and the ARC Centre of Excellence in Convergent Bio-Nano Science […]

Physiological and social determinants of children’s sharing behavior

In a multipart study the researchers first observed the children’s interactions during free play in the classroom setting and further asked the children to name their best friends in the class. Additionally, they recorded a physiological marker for prenatal testosterone. Anthropologists argue that the level of testosterone present during pregnancy leads to a “masculinisation effect” […]