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Narcissism, the seed of violence from children towards their parents
15 December 2015 8:29

The mirror becomes an object that they cannot live without. They fall in love with their own reflection and believe that they deserve special treatment, becoming aggressive if they don't receive it. For the first time, a Spanish study carried out on 591 adolescents and their parents demonstrates that exposure to violence in the home, a lack of affectionate and positive communication between parents and children, and a permissive upbringing all create narcissistic adolescents who physically or verbally assault their parents.

Rejection increases emotional problems in foster children
15 September 2015 10:25

A study carried out in Spain analyses the variables involved in behavioural problems of children in foster care. The study concludes that emotional relationships and educational style are key to reducing problems with children and the strain on foster families.

Acceptance of an unjust devaluation is the essence of humiliation
2 June 2015 10:19

People who suffer from harassment at work, school or online probably feel humiliation, one of the negative emotions that has had the least research done in psychology. A study by the Spanish National University of Distance Education (UNED) describes the cognitive bases of this emotion to help identify and prevent it.

Dyslexic children do not detect stressed syllables well while listening to words
27 April 2015 9:08

Dyslexia is not only a problem related to reading; children with this difficulty also display impaired prosodic processing, in other words, they struggle to detect stressed syllables. A Spanish team of researchers has shown this feature to be lacking in dyslexia for the first time in Spanish (it has already been demonstrated in English) and highlights the importance of including oral expression activities, as well as reading, to differentiate tone, word stress and intonation.

A rich vocabulary can protect against cognitive impairment
20 October 2014 10:54

Some people suffer incipient dementia as they get older. To make up for this loss, the brain’s cognitive reserve is put to the test. Researchers from the University of Santiago de Compostela have studied what factors can help to improve this ability and they conclude that having a higher level of vocabulary is one such factor.

Cooperation among humans, a question of age
15 July 2014 17:00

According to an article by scientists from the Universities of Barcelona, Carlos III of Madrid, and of Zaragoza which was published in the journal Nature Communications, young people between the ages of ten and sixteen demonstrate more fickle behavior when it comes to cooperating, unlike other age groups. People over the age of 66 demonstrated the most cooperative behavior.

Are we ready for contact with extraterrestrial intelligence?
5 May 2014 9:34

The SETI project scientists are known for tracking possible extraterrestrial signals, but now they are also considering sending messages from Earth telling of our position. A researcher from the University of Cádiz (Spain) questions this idea in view of the results from a survey taken by students, revealing the general level of ignorance about the cosmos and the influence of religion when tackling these matters.