Memory load differentially influences younger and older users’ learning curve of touchscreen gestures

Experiment 2 aimed to examine whether memory load differentially influences the younger and older users’ gesture learning curve over memorizing sessions. Different from Experiment 1 where memory loads of 15 and 22 gesture-letter pairs were tested, in this experiment we applied a wider range of memory load levels varying between 6 and 22 gesture-letter pairs… Continue reading Memory load differentially influences younger and older users’ learning curve of touchscreen gestures

Investigating the association between infertility and psychological distress using Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health (ALSWH)

Starrs, A. M. et al. Accelerate progress-sexual and reproductive health and rights for all: Report of the Guttmacher-Lancet Commission. Lancet 391, 2642–2692. https://doi.org/10.1016/s0140-6736(18)30293-9 (2018). Article  PubMed  Google Scholar  WHO. WHO fact sheet on infertility. Glob. Reprod. Health 6, e52. https://doi.org/10.1097/grh.0000000000000052 (2021). Article  Google Scholar  Sun, H. et al. Global, regional, and national prevalence and disability-adjusted… Continue reading Investigating the association between infertility and psychological distress using Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health (ALSWH)

A novel methodology of international discourse: online joint course across cultures

In the present study we share the experience of designing and executing an online, joint-course where the University of Pécs, Hungary and Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, USA collaborated to investigate sociolinguistic- and psycholinguistic aspects of social identity and intercultural communication in an interdisciplinary framework. The approach generally followed the “Collaborative Online International Learning” (COIL) framework… Continue reading A novel methodology of international discourse: online joint course across cultures

Intercultural discussion of conceptual universals in discourse: joint online methodology to bring about social change through novel conceptualizations of Covid-19

Since the influential works by Lakoff and Johnson (1980, 1999) on the conceptual nature of metaphors, it is almost universally accepted in cognitive linguistics and psycholinguistics that the role of metaphor in human language and cognition is essential, as they are not merely linguistic entities, but in fact, constitute a fundamental feature of the human… Continue reading Intercultural discussion of conceptual universals in discourse: joint online methodology to bring about social change through novel conceptualizations of Covid-19

Theories on socio-political evolution put to the test

Apparent stasis interspersed by periods of rapid change, associated with major technological “revolutions”, triggered by novel military technologies. The longest period of no systematic change was during the nearly two millennia between the Iron/Cavalry Revolution and the Gunpowder Revolution. Although empires rose and fell during this period, the maximum areas of empires fluctuated around the… Continue reading Theories on socio-political evolution put to the test

What does the research show?

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Mass shootings are a source of shared anguish and outrage among Americans and are becoming more frequent. Extreme risk protection orders (ERPOs), also known as gun violence restraining orders or “red flag” laws, are designed to help prevent these shootings. Below, UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program (VPRP) experts explain what… Continue reading What does the research show?

Examining the two faces of social ties and empathic behavior

Cognitive flexibility and inter-group empathy hold the key to negotiating stress due to structural inequality and interpersonal conflicts during uncertain times. Credit: KyotoU/Global Comms Humans have evolved as social animals. From childhood, we are taught the benefits of forging ties and being empathetic as a strategy for survival and mental well-being—or at least that is… Continue reading Examining the two faces of social ties and empathic behavior

Climate change affects the likelihood of armed conflict

Climate change affects the likelihood of armed conflict. Credit: UPV Climate change influences the likelihood and duration of armed conflicts in Africa. This is the finding of a study carried out by a team from the INGENIO Institute, a joint center of the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) and the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas… Continue reading Climate change affects the likelihood of armed conflict

Scientists apply genetic methods to linguistics to track human migration

The map shows the relative influence of Upper Valais morphosyntactic features in the dialects spoken in different regions of Switzerland. Credit: LASIG / EPFL EPFL scientists have produced a series of maps showing historical migration events, including the migration of mountain farmers native to Upper Valais who began to settle in German-speaking Switzerland in the… Continue reading Scientists apply genetic methods to linguistics to track human migration

Australia’s African youth are using social media to find racial dignity

Credit: Merakist on Unsplash Social media offers Black African young people in Australia safe spaces to engage in positive expressions of their Afro-blackness, according to a new study led by Southern Cross University and published in the Australian Journal of Social Issues. Dr. Kathomi Gatwiri of Southern Cross University and Ph.D. researcher Claire Moran of… Continue reading Australia’s African youth are using social media to find racial dignity