When It Comes to Relationships, Nice Guys May In Fact Finish First

In a new study, Michigan State University investigators suggest that despite popular belief, sharing similar personalities may not be as important as most people think to relationship compatibility. And dating apps may be less useful than once thought.
“People invest a lot in finding someone who’s compatible, but our research says that may not be the end-all be-all,” said Dr. Bill Chopik, associate professor of psychology and director of MSU’s Close Relationships Lab.

Fitness-Brain Function Link in Old Age May Be More Robust in Men

A new Canadian study of older adults suggests that the well-established link between physical fitness and brain function may be particularly strong in men. The findings are published in the Journal of Applied Physiology.
Previous research has linked fitness levels with changes in the brain’s nerve-rich gray matter and better cognitive function in later life. Studies have also shown that cardiorespiratory fitness — a measure of how well oxygen is delivered to the muscles during exercise — is tied to how the brain functions during periods of rest.

From Consumers to Producers: Helping Kids Make Screen Time Meaningful

Over Christmas break, I spent some time with my in-laws down in Ocean City. One of my favorite people to hang out with was there: my 3 year-old-niece. She is hysterical, 3 going on 16, and she loves to watch YouTube. Her favorite types of videos to watch are people unboxing toys, cartoons, and these weird videos about families going on vacation or otherwise living their day-to-day life. I earned some cool uncle points when I showed her my YouTube channel. She thought it was the neatest thing and asked if she could be on my channel.

Inattention in Low-Income Boys Tied to Lesser Earnings in Adulthood

Inattention and low levels of prosocial behaviors in kindergarten may be tied to reduced earnings in adulthood, according to a new study of 6-year-old boys from low-income backgrounds. Hyperactivity, aggression and opposition were not significantly associated with changes in later earnings.
The findings are published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.

Mindfulness Training via Smartphone Can Improve Social Skills

While smartphones are often criticized for issues ranging from addictive properties, community seclusion and sleep disturbances, research shows that used in the right way, smartphones may be a vehicle to deliver mindfulness-based training.
In a new study, Carnegie Mellon University investigators discovered smartphone-based mindfulness training may help individuals feel less lonely and motivate them to interact with more people.
The researchers also found acceptance skills training to be a critical active ingredient for improving these social functioning outcomes.

2 Tips to Connect with More Families on Facebook

More and more educators and schools are using Facebook to connect with families. However, they might not be connecting with as many families as possible if they are not ensuring they are posting inclusive content. This is particularly important in places like New York City which serves a population where 20% of students have disabilities. About half of the population speaks a language other than English at home according to census bureau data.