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Sometimes, adolescents just can't resist

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A University of Iowa study finds teenagers are far more sensitive than adults to the immediate effect or reward of their behaviors. Even when a behavior is no longer in a teenager’s best interest to continue, they will because the effect of the reward is still there and lasts much longer in adolescents than in adults. Story

UI researcher says percentage of Iowans with gambling problem declines

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University of Iowa psychiatrist and gambling researcher Donald W. Black says his latest published study on compulsive gambling has found that the percentage of gamblers who report gambling problems has dropped despite the expansion of casinos in the state. Story from: KCRG TV 9


More casinos do not mean more gamblers

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While the number of casinos in Iowa has doubled since 1995, there are fewer gamblers overall, and fewer gambling addicts as well, according to a new study from the University of Iowa. The results suggest the market for gaming facilities, in Iowa and other states, reaches a saturation point. Findings published in the journal "Annals of Clinical Psychiatry." Story

Infants learn to look and look to learn

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Researchers at the University of Iowa have explained how infants learn by looking, and the crucial role these activities play in how infants gain knowledge. Their computer model of babies aged 6 weeks to one year shows how infants use looking to create knowledge and to sear that knowledge into memory. The model also explains how infants' looking and learning changes as they develop. Results appear in the journal "Cognitive Science." Story

Early child-parent bond leads to positive emotional development

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A new study by researchers at the University of Iowa has determined that parental bonding early on could result in behavioral and emotional benefits for the child. Story from:

Parental bonding=happy, stable child

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Infants who have a close, intimate relationship with at least one parent are less likely to experience emotional or behavioral problems in childhood, according to a University of Iowa study. The researchers found that a child can be close to either the mother or the father to reap the emotional dividend, and that closeness with both parents conferred no additional advantage. Results published in the journal "Child Development." Story

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