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Stories by Karen Schrock

How Smokers Think about Death

Do graphic warning labels on cigarette packages really deter people from lighting up?

September 1, 2010 — Karen Schrock

Should parents spank their kids? Probably not, task force concludes

TORONTO—Corporal punishment has long been a hotly debated subject, with conflicting study results and opposing ideologies feeding the fire. Now the results of a five-year effort to review the scientific literature are in: a task force appointed by the American Psychological Association concludes that "parents and caregivers should reduce and potentially eliminate their use of any physical punishment as a disciplinary measure."

The recommendation was announced at the APA's annual meeting here today by the task force chair, psychologist Sandra A.

August 7, 2009 — Karen Schrock

Imaginary worlds are early sign of highly creative kids

TORONTO—All kids like to use their imagination, and many play fantasy games where they pretend to be characters in a made-up world. Some children persist in building especially elaborate imaginary worlds, with impressive depth in terms of histories, taxonomies, language and maps.

August 7, 2009 — Karen Schrock

Monogamy Is All the Rage These Days

TORONTO—Gay or straight, male or female—everyone is having fewer affairs now than they were in the 1970s. According to a new study presented here today at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association, extramarital (and extra-partnership) sex is way down, and discussion about the topic within couples is way up.

August 7, 2009 — Karen Schrock

Why Music Moves Us

New research explains music's power over human emotions and its benefits to our mental and physical well-being

July 1, 2009 — Karen Schrock

What does Barack Obama's brain look like?

Barack Obama still has a month before his inauguration as the 44th U.S. president, but there have already been a number of attempts to get inside his brain.

December 15, 2008 — Karen Schrock

Mental Benefits

A new law requires better insurance coverage for mental illness

December 1, 2008 — Karen Schrock