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Are state Medicaid policies sentencing people with mental illnesses to prison?
(University of Southern California) A new study finds a link between Medicaid policies on antipsychotic drugs and incarceration rates for schizophrenic individuals.

CEOs who motivate with 'fightin' words' shoot themselves in the foot
(Brigham Young University) Heading into the war room to fire up the troops? Declaring war on the competition to boost sales? Well, CEO, you might want to tamp down them's fightin' words -- you could be shooting yourself in the foot.A new Brigham Young University business study finds that bosses who try to motivate their employees with violent rhetoric -- think of Steve Jobs declaring "thermonuclear war" on Samsung -- end up motivating rival employees to play dirty.

Empathy or justice: What makes consumers donate more to charity?
(University of Chicago Press Journals) Have you ever received a request for help and wondered how deserving the recipients are of your donation? This way of thinking may seem inconsistent with your moral values, especially if you consider yourself an otherwise compassionate and empathic person. A new study in the Journal of Consumer Research suggests that moral identity decreases donations when recipients are deemed to be responsible for their plight.

Mom the Chemistry Professor
(Springer) When is the 'right' time? How can women meet the demands of a professorship while caring for a young family? Choosing to become a mother has a profound effect on the career path of women holding academic positions, especially in the physical sciences. Yet many women successfully manage to do both. In Mom the Chemistry Professor, published by Springer, fifteen inspirational personal accounts describe the challenges and rewards of combining motherhood with an academic career.

You deserve it! Are consumers more likely to buy unique products when made to feel special?
(University of Chicago Press Journals) Graduating from college is an important life event often attributed to being smart and working hard. Many people celebrate this milestone achievement by buying themselves an expensive gift or taking a dream vacation. A new study in the Journal of Consumer Research shows that consumers who attribute their successes to internal character traits rather than hard work are more likely to select unique products.

Trying to get kids to eat healthier? Don't tell them veggies are good for them
(University of Chicago Press Journals) At some point, most kids will hear that drinking milk helps make their bones strong or that fish is food for the brain. But do these messages foster the idea that if something is good for us, it must surely taste bad? According to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research, when children hear about the benefits of healthy food, they're less likely to eat it.

The nostalgia effect: Do consumers spend more when thinking about the past?
(University of Chicago Press Journals) Say you are out clothes shopping and you spot something that brings you back to a special time from your childhood when you were surrounded by friends and family. Suddenly, you find yourself purchasing an expensive shirt that makes you feel like a kid again. According to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research, we're more likely to spend money when we're feeling nostalgic.

New York squirrels are nuts about city life
(Curtin University) Curtin University-led research has shown squirrels have adapted to New York City's human behaviour, allowing them to thrive just as well, if not better, than their fellow squirrels in the woods.Dr Bill Bateman, Senior Lecturer at Curtin's Department of Environment & Agriculture, led the study that proved eastern grey squirrels were able to modify their behaviour in urban environments and prevent unnecessary responses when humans acted in a predictable manner, such as staying on the footpath.

Researchers provide guide to household water conservation
(Indiana University) A paper co-written by an Indiana University researcher and published in the current issue of the journal Environment describes how households can reduce water use substantially by simple actions such as installing more efficient appliances and changing day-to-day habits involving water consumption.

'Beyond the North-South Culture Wars'
(Springer) The book 'Beyond the North-South Culture Wars,' published by Springer, explores the conflicts which exist between northern and southern Australia. Increasingly, Australia's agriculturalists are looking to the nation's north to escape the decline in southern Australia's water and soil resources. Booming mineral and gas development is also helping to drive the nation's economic success. At the same time, the south's conservation sector would like to see much of the north preserved as iconic wilderness.

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