Archive for January, 2011

Jan 27 2011

Psychopaths lack same sense of compassion as those with head injuries

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January 26, 2011  AHN

People diagnosed as psychopaths have the same difficulty showing empathy as people who suffered frontal lobe head injuries, according to a new study. University of Haifa researchers assessed 17 people who had been diagnosed by psychiatrists as psychopaths who had not suffered head injuries, and another 25 people who suffered frontal lobe injuries.

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Jan 27 2011

Bilingual children have an edge

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January 27, 2011  ISRAEL21c

Bilingual children show greater cognitive flexibility and have an advantage over kids who speak only one language, according to University of Haifa researchers. The study found that children who speak two languages can easily learn a third, and can raise their IQ while doing so. Researchers also showed that those with Russian as a first language are more fluent in Hebrew compared to those who speak Hebrew as a mother tongue.

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Jan 27 2011

Psychopathy, brain damage — common traits

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January 27, 2011  UPI

People diagnosed as psychopathic have difficulty showing empathy and behave as though they are suffering frontal brain damage, Israeli researchers say. Study author Dr. Simone Shamay-Tsoory of the University of Haifa and colleagues say psychopathy is a personality disorder that finds expression in extreme anti-social behavior and intentional harm to others, including a lack of compassion and empathy.

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Jan 27 2011

Watching terror coverage on TV

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Viewing TV coverage of terrorist events causes deterioration of psychological resources, such as commitment and a sense of success, and to feeling threatened, which in turn can also lead to loss of resources and other negative affects. This has been found in a new study at the University of Haifa. “Mass media plays a central role in reporting on terrorism and political violence. The present study shows that watching this type of coverage on television has negative effects, even for someone who was not at all involved in an event being viewed,” said Prof. Moshe Zeidner, who headed the study. Continue Reading »

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Jan 27 2011

Cocktail reception supports the American Society of the University of Haifa

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January 26, 2011  Sun Sentinel

Philanthropists Madeline and Eugene Pargh recently hosted a cocktail reception for 50 guests at their Boca Raton home on Jan. 9 in support of the Southeast Region of the American Society of the University of Haifa (ASUH).

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Jan 26 2011

Progress in peace talks

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22 January, 2011  IBA News

For his part, Middle East analyst Dr. Dan Schueftan of the Haifa University told IBA’’s Efrat Batat that he does not foresee any progress in peace talks with the Palestinians any time in the near future.

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Jan 25 2011

Psychopathy, brain damage and empathy

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35754_motovational_hate_4People diagnosed as psychopathic have difficulty showing empathy, just like patients who have suffered frontal head injury. This has been shown in a new study from the University of Haifa. “Our findings show that people who have psychopathic symptoms behave as though they are suffering frontal brain damage,” said Dr. Simone Shamay-Tsoory, who conducted the study. Continue Reading »

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Jan 25 2011

Sleeping with lights on can spur cancer

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January 24, 2011  ISRAEL21c

Israeli researchers are reporting a link between exposure to artificial light at night (LAN) and elevated rates of breast cancer and prostate cancer. The 10-year study conducted by the University of Haifa’s Biology Department confirmed suspicions that exposure to higher-intensity light during sleep can be dangerous. The results were recently published in the Chronobiology International journal.

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Jan 23 2011

Tel Aviv on its way to becoming a dolphin spotter’s paradise

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January 23, 2011  Haaretz

“We believe there are between 300 and 400 Mediterranean bottlenose dolphins near Israel’s shoreline,” Dr. Aviad Scheinin chairman of the research center, which is a non-profit group, said yesterday. “The data of the past year strengthens research I did at the University of Haifa showing that the bottlenose dolphin has a permanent population near Israel’s shores and is an inseparable part of Israel’s flora and fauna.”

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Jan 23 2011

Faster development might have its costs

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Fast development is often perceived as an advantage, as it enables better harmony with one’s environment and readiness to cope with the challenges that it poses. However, research conducted at the University of Haifa, Israel, and University of California, Santa Cruz, and published in the scientific journal PLoS ONE*, found that the acceleration of developmental rate incurs potentially lethal physiological costs for the developing individual. “Our findings are consistent with research findings on other animals and call for further research on rates of development in humans,” said Asaf Sadeh who led the study. Continue Reading »

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