protective behavior

04/17/2012 - 10:01

A new psychology study by University of Warwick researchers focused on the baby effect and young male syndrome, the risk-taking behavior in men and women. The participants accumulated cash while pumping up a computer-simulated balloon which could explode randomly at any moment. As the game progressed, participants had to decide whether to stop pumping and “bank” the winnings – or whether to continue and risk the balloon exploding and all the cash being lost. Research suggests that unlike women, men don’t curb certain risk-taking behaviours when a baby is present. Whereas women are significantly more cautious when they are partnered with small children in a gambling game measuring their attitude to risk, men don’t substantially alter their willingness to take a chance.

02/20/2012 - 17:10

Researchers have found that parents who anger easily and over-react are more likely to have toddlers who act out and become upset easily. The research is an important step in understanding the complex link between genetics and home environment. In the study, researchers from Oregon State University, Oregon Social Learning Center, and other institutions collected data in 10 states from 361 families linked through adoption – and obtained genetic data from birth parents as well as the children.