Reassurance Freaks Out Kids
Distraction is a much better tactic for calming children than conventional reassurance, which often heightens fear, researchers have found.
Distraction is a much better tactic for calming children than conventional reassurance, which often heightens fear, researchers have found. Larry O'Hanlon explains that reassuring kids before a painful medical procedure makes them more fearful. And, it's not so much what you say, but the way that you say it. The researchers found that "during reassuring behavior, facial expressions conveying fear and talking in a rising tone caused more fear in the children." When an actor used distracting behaviors rather than reassuring but still wore a fearful expression, "children also rated it as quite worrisome. This was exacerbated when the actor's voice had a falling tone."
Delay, deny and deflect were the strategies Facebook has used to navigate scandals it's faced in recent years, according to the New York Times.
- The exhaustive report is based on interviews with more than 50 people with ties to the company.
- It outlines how senior executives misled the public and lawmakers in regards to what it had discovered about privacy breaches and Russian interference in U.S. politics.
- On Thursday, Facebook cut ties with one of the companies, Definers Public Relations, listed in the report.
Protected animals are feared to be headed for the black market.
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- Nearly all domestic animals share several key traits in addition to friendliness to humans, traits such as floppy ears, a spotted coat, a shorter snout, and so on.
- Researchers have been puzzled as to why these traits keep showing up in disparate species, even when they aren't being bred for those qualities. This is known as "domestication syndrome."
- Now, researchers are pointing to a group of a cells called neural crest cells as the key to understanding domestication syndrome.
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