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Behavioural Sciences

New study on tsunami survivors

10 September, 2008 - Karolinska Institutet

[PRESS RELEASE 2008-09-10] People who survived the Indian Ocean tsunami or lost loved ones in the waters went through a complex process of trauma, grief and at best rehabilitation. Researchers at Karolinska Institutet and Stord/Haugesund University College in Norway are now presenting a study based on deep interviews with victims of the tsunami disaster.

Society’s attitudes have little impact on choice of sexual partner

16 June, 2008 - Karolinska Institutet

[PRESS RELEASE, 16 June 2008] A unique new study from the Swedish medical university Karolinska Institute (KI) suggests that the attitude of families and the public have little impact on if adults decide to have sex with persons of the same or the opposite sex. Instead, hereditary factors and the individual’s unique experiences have the strongest influence on our choice of sexual partners.

Relaxation exercises sharpens shooting in biathlon

29 May, 2008 - Mittuniversitetet

The method is called Applied tension release (ATR) (or TASP, an acronym based on its name in Swedish) and was developed by Jan Lisspers, a professor of psychology at Mid Sweden University. Thus far it has primarily been used to reduce symptoms of stress and pain in health-care patients. A new study has investigated whether it can help improve the performance of elite-level biathletes.

Rules of the game­ the unwritten rules of the bar pick-up

19 May, 2008 - Umeå universitet

How is a pick-up done in a bar? What strategies for rejection and sexual come-ons do men and women use? In his dissertation Hans Andersson of Umeå University in Sweden provides insight into the unwritten rules of flirting and the pick-up.

Female sex offenders often have mental problems

14 May, 2008 - Karolinska Institutet

[PRESS RELEASE, 14 MAY 2008] Women who commit sexual offences are just as likely to have mental problems or drug addictions as other violent female criminals. This according to the largest study ever conducted of women convicted of sexual offences in Sweden.

Intelligence and rhythmic accuracy go hand in hand

16 April, 2008 - Karolinska Institutet

People who score high on intelligence tests are also good at keeping time, new Swedish research shows. The team that carried out the study also suspect that accuracy in timing is important to the brain processes responsible for problem solving and reasoning.