Social Science

AN APPROACH to combating bullying in schools has found sharing feelings, building empathy and promoting social knowledge significantly improves the learning environment.

A STUDY involving 176 zoos from more than 50 countries has found zoos are missing opportunities to educate visitors about conservation and sustainability.

WHILE it probably won’t make the idea of attending school more appealing social scientists say different infrastructure and behaviour change programs are key to encouraging young people to take a more active route to school.

EXERCISE scientists from Australia and the USA are advocating a ‘whole person’ approach to understanding and developing elite athletes.

CREATING pedestrian-friendly neighbourhoods with trees, footpaths, parks, shops and cafes could be the key to allaying parents’ age-old fears about stranger danger, according to a Perth study.

WHILE finding 30 minutes of exercise each day is preferred it seems walking for 30 minutes just three times a week is enough to boost workers’ feelings of relaxation and enthusiasm and reduces anxiety, research shows.

INTERACTIONS between visitors to Karijini National Park in the Pilbara and park rangers makes for happier visitors, according to recent research.

WE WERE all taught to say it in the playground and everyone learnt later to always say it to our spouses but it seems people with particular personality traits are more willing to actually apologise when they transgress.

FACTORS like a sense of community and residents who are ‘keeping up with the Jonses’ are among complex drivers behind Australian’s preferences for European, colonial style gardens over designs using native plants.

THE MYRIAD challenges involved in animal groups sharing territory has been shown to be a key driver in the march towards higher intelligence in primates, including humans.

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