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How to Prevent Lying and Drinking in Teens, According to Research

Adolescents who have a greater tendency to lie to their parents are also more likely to start using alcohol at an earlier age, while excessive parental supervision may aggravate rather than solve the problem. Both honesty and a lower risk of developing a drinking habit are usually the result of a trusting relationship between a teenager and parents, according to a joint study by New York University and HSE researchers, published at Journal of Adolescence.

Hedonism versus Harmony: Wrong Image of Happiness in Commercials

Commercials could be far more effective by addressing consumers’ attitudes and values.

How to Improve Corporate Governance in State-owned Companies

Russian companies with state participation lack transparency.
May 17

Researchers to Predict Cognitive Dissonance according to Brain Activity

A new study by HSE researchers has uncovered a new brain mechanism that generates cognitive dissonance – a mental discomfort experienced by a person who simultaneously holds two or more contradictory beliefs or values, or experiences difficulties in making decisions. The results of the study have been published in the paper ‘Open Access Neural Mechanisms of Cognitive Dissonance (Revised): an EEG Study’in The Journal of Neuroscience.

Who Runs Russian Banks?

Most CEOs of Russian credit institutions hold two degrees, have spent at least ten years working in the banking sector, and do not have international work experience, according to HSE researchers.

‘Russians May Be Happier Than They Appear, but They Hide It’

A comparative cross-cultural study conducted by the HSE International Laboratory of Positive Psychology of Personality and Motivation has found that Russians tend to be as open with their friends as Americans, but unlike Americans, Russians prefer to hide their happiness when talking to strangers or government officials.

How to Attract Young People to Postgraduate Studies

Postgraduate courses should be of interest not only to future professors, but also to those who choose business or employment outside academia.

What Else Can Fingers Tell Us?

According to HSE researchers, men with a high 2D:4D ratio (i.e. those whose index finger is longer than their ring finger) tend to be better educated. These findings are presented in the paper «2D: 4D and lifetime educational outcomes: Evidence from the Russian RLMS survey» in Personality and Individual Differences.

Repeating non-verbs as well as verbs can boost the syntactic priming effect

According to Glasgow and HSE/Northumbria researchers, repetition of non-verbs as well as verbs can boost the effect of syntactic priming, i.e. the likelihood of people reproducing the structure of the utterance they have just heard.

European Attitudes to Immigrants

Europeans tend to be tolerant towards immigrants of their own ethnicity, but not always willing to live next to ethnic outsiders.

Can Nicotine Help to Treat Schizophrenia?

Several studies have indicated that schizophrenic patients are likely to show high levels of nicotine dependence. Scientists from Higher School of Economics (HSE), Institut Pasteur, the CNRS, Inserm and the ENS employed a mouse model to elucidate how nicotine influences cells in the prefrontal cortex. They visualized how nicotine has a direct impact on the restoration of normal activity in nerve cells (neurons) involved in psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia. These findings were published in a paper that appeared in the journal Nature Medicine.

How Russian Undergraduates Perceive 1917 Events in Russia

The 1917 October Socialist Revolution evokes a dual symbolism in the minds of young Russians.