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Civil Engineering/Traffic Engineering - Social Sciences
07.12.2015
City dwellers travel more but pollute less
City dwellers travel more but pollute less
Statistics show that urbanites travel thousands of miles during their leisure time. Is it an urgent need for greenery?
Social Sciences - Life Sciences
30.11.2015
Anxiety can kill your social status
Anxiety can kill your social status
30.11.15 - Neuroscientists at EPFL identify a brain region that links anxious temperament to low social status. The researchers were able to tweak social hierarchy in animals by using vitamin B3. There are important differences in how individuals approach life. While some people are relaxed and calm, others often see situations as threatening, making them worried and tense.
Life Sciences - Social Sciences
25.02.2015
Norway rats reciprocate help according to the quality of the help they received
Norway rats reciprocate help according to the quality of the help they received
Research performed at the University of Bern indicates that animals beyond Homo sapiens consider the value of previously received help when deciding whether to help a social partner. Reciprocal exchange of services and commodities among conspecifics is common, and has been observed for instance in primates, vampire bats and rats.
Social Sciences - Psychology
19.02.2015
How stress can lead to inequality
How stress can lead to inequality
How does stress affect our self-confidence when we compete? An EPFL study shows how stress could actually be both a consequence and a cause of social and economic inequality, affecting our ability to compete and make financial decisions. Stress is a staple of our lives today, and we know intuitively that it can influence our confidence in competing with others.

 
 
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