Posts made in May, 2014

Cyberbullying Does Not Discriminate by Class

»Posted by on May 23, 2014 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

A new study by a Michigan State University criminologist discovers the gap between people with access to online technologies and those without may be nonexistent, at least when it comes to cyberbullying. “We found neighborhood conditions that are indicative of poverty and crime are a significant predictor for bullying — not only for physical and verbal bullying, but cyberbullying as well,” said Thomas J. Holt, Ph.D., a Michigan State University associate professor of criminal justice. “This is a very unique and somewhat surprising finding.” About 30 percent of American youth have experienced a bullying incident, either as victim or bully, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Victims are at greater risk for academic and mental...

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How Different Types of Meditation Affect the Brain

»Posted by on May 20, 2014 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

Be it mindfulness, zen, acem, meditation drumming, chakra, Buddhist, or transcendental meditation, there are countless ways to meditate. Researchers are now parsing how the brain works during different kinds of meditation. “No one knows how the brain works when you meditate. That is why I’d like to study it,” says Jian Xu, M.D., a physician at St. Olavs Hospital and a researcher at the Department of Circulation and Medical Imaging at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Along with colleagues at the University of Oslo and the University of Sydney, Xu’s research was recently published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. Different meditation techniques can actually be divided into two main groups. One type is concentrative...

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Parents Play Role in Teens’ Prescription Drug Abuse

»Posted by on May 13, 2014 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

Investigators believe parental beliefs on drug use may help to explain racial/ethnic variations in prescription drug misuse among teens. “Our findings add support to growing evidence that parents continue to remain a vital part of adolescents’ decision-making, particularly regarding potentially risky behaviors,” report Brigid M. Conn, M.A., and Amy K. Marks, Ph.D., of Suffolk University, Boston. As reported in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, researchers analyzed data on prescription drug misuse from a national survey of more than 18,000 adolescents. “Misuse and abuse of prescription drugs is one of the fastest growing drug epidemics in the United States,” the researchers write. As in previous studies, Caucasian teens had the...

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