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Medicine/Pharmacology - Social Sciences
06.12.2016
Honey bee teenagers speed up the ageing process of their elders
Honey bee teenagers speed up the ageing process of their elders
Bern, 06.12.2016 - Honey bee (Apis mellifera) colonies are complex societies, in which work is not distributed by a central power. How tasks are allocated among workers is still poorly understood. A research team from the Swiss Bee Research Center at Agroscope and the Institute of Bee Health at the University of Bern (both Switzerland), discovered that young adults influence this process by promoting older individuals to perform duties outside the hive, which shortens their life expectancy.
Social Sciences
15.11.2016
The Swiss buy more fair trade products than the Germans as a matter of conviction
The Swiss buy more fair trade products than the Germans as a matter of conviction
Switzerland is one the world's top countries in terms of per capita consumption of fair trade products.
Social Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
04.10.2016
Inequality threatens our wellbeing
Inequality threatens our wellbeing
Poverty, unemployment and other forms of exclusion adversely affect people's wellbeing, reveals the Swiss Social Report 2016, which is published by the Swiss Centre of Expertise in the Social Sciences (FORS), with support from the SNSF.
Business/Economics - Social Sciences
22.09.2016
Europeans favor high-skilled, vulnerable and Christian asylum seekers
Europeans favor high-skilled, vulnerable and Christian asylum seekers
Dominik Hangartner from UZH's Department of Political Science and the London School of Economics and Political Science teamed up with colleagues from Stanford University (USA) to compile 180,000 fict
Social Sciences
29.08.2016
Fair or Unfair? Facial Cues Influence how Social Exclusion Is Judged
Fair or Unfair? Facial Cues Influence how Social Exclusion Is Judged
People are often excluded from social groups. As researchers from the University of Basel report in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, whether uninvolved observers find this acceptable or not may depend on the facial appearances of those excluded. The exclusion of cold and incompetent looking people is more likely to be accepted.
Social Sciences - Business/Economics
03.08.2016
Shorter asylum procedures reduce unemployment
Shorter asylum procedures reduce unemployment
Although refugees in Switzerland are allowed to take up employment while their asylum application procedure is still pending, a long wait reduces their chances of entering into employment. Researchers supported by the SNSF have now robustly quantified this negative effect for the first time. On 5 June 2016, the Swiss electorate approved an accelerated asylum procedure.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Social Sciences
29.07.2016
Psychiatry on Closed and Open Wards: the Suicide Risk Remains the Same
Psychiatry on Closed and Open Wards: the Suicide Risk Remains the Same
In psychiatric clinics with an exclusively open-door policy, the risk of patients committing suicide or absconding from treatment is no higher than in clinics with locked wards.
Psychology - Social Sciences
28.07.2016
Smartphone Exercises for a Better Mood
Smartphone Exercises for a Better Mood
Brief, directed smartphone exercises can help quickly improve our mood. This is the latest finding from psychologists at the University of Basel and their international colleagues, reported in the journal Frontiers in Psychology. Participants in the international study felt more alert, calmer and uplifted after - using five-minute video tutorials on their smartphones as a guide - they had, for example, practiced concentrating on their bodies.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Social Sciences
29.06.2016
Largest global psoriasis survey shows 84% of people face discrimination and humiliation because of their skin
Largest global psoriasis survey shows 84% of people face discrimination and humiliation because of their skin
Novartis today released new results from the largest global survey to date of people with psoriasis.
Social Sciences - Law/Forensics
26.04.2016
The law enforcement system is ill-prepared for dying prisoners
The law enforcement system is ill-prepared for dying prisoners
In Switzerland, an increasing number of offenders are aging and dying in prison. Penal institutions need to better adjust to this situation, and uniform rules are needed to ensure a dignified end of life in prison.
Social Sciences - Life Sciences
29.03.2016
Predators drive social complexity
Predators drive social complexity
Media releases, information for representatives of the media Media Relations (E) Variation in social organization and behavior of of highly social animals like cichlids is primarily explained by predation risk and related ecological factors.
Social Sciences - Psychology
16.03.2016
Scaling mental resilience more effectively
Scaling mental resilience more effectively
Many people get on with their lives after traumatic experiences without any psychological suffering. This is because, in spite of all the trauma, they manage to pigeonhole what they have experienced. Although this sense of coherence was first described in the 1970s, measuring it has remained problematic to this day.
Agronomy/Food Science - Social Sciences
16.03.2016
Variety keeps Swiss farmers satisfied
Variety keeps Swiss farmers satisfied
A project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation has found that Swiss farmers enjoy greater levels of job satisfaction than their counterparts in industrialised agricultural systems. What impact do agricultural systems have on job satisfaction among farmers? This is the question that Agroscope researchers have been investigating with funding from the Swiss National Science Foundation.
Life Sciences - Social Sciences
08.03.2016
Bird communication: chirping with syntax
Bird communication: chirping with syntax
People communicate meaning by combining words according to syntactic rules. But this ability is not limited solely to humans: A group of evolutionary biologists from Tokyo, Uppsala and the University of Zurich have discovered that Japanese great tits, like humans, have also evolved syntax. By combining their various calls using specific rules, these songbirds can communicate specific messages and engage in complex interactions.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Social Sciences
07.03.2016
Everyone sees the world through their own prism
Everyone sees the world through their own prism
How can public opinion be influenced in favour of climate protection? ETH political scientist Thomas Bernauer explored the question in a recent study. His sobering answer is that there is no magic formula. Policy-makers have been charged with taking appropriate measures against the looming threat of climate change.
Social Sciences
07.03.2016
WiFi breadcrumbs reveal pedestrian patterns
WiFi breadcrumbs reveal pedestrian patterns
07.03.16 - By using anonymized WiFi data collected on campus, EPFL researchers were able to analyze students' motivations in a fundamental activity: eating.
Life Sciences - Social Sciences
23.02.2016
Tracking prejudices in the brain
Tracking prejudices in the brain
Media releases, information for representatives of the media Media Relations (E) We do not always say what we think: we like to hide certain prejudices, sometimes even from ourselves. But unconscious prejudices become visible with tests, because we need a longer time if we must associate unpleasant things with positive terms.

 
 
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