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March 2013

Daily Mail (March 6)

Giving someone the cold shoulder is as painful to you as it is to them, researchers claim

girl with head in handsRichard Ryan, from the University of Rochester, said: “In real life and academic studies, we tend to focus on the harm done to victims. This study shows that when people bend to pressure to exclude others, they also pay a deep personal cost.” 

Also reported in: Huffington Post, Psych Central, Red Orbit, Science Daily, Mother Nature Network, Globe and Mail,, Der Spiegel, and others

NPR (March 7)

To Make Mice Smarter, Add A Few Human Brain Cells

“I can’t tell the differences between a neuron from a bird or a mouse or a primate or a human,” says Steve Goldman, a neuroscientist at the University of Rochester who has studied brain cells for decades. But Goldman says glial cells are easy to tell apart. “They have more fibers and they send those fibers out over greater distances.” 

Also reported in: Daily Mail, Science Magazine, MSN,, U.S. News & World Report, Scientific American, Slate Magazine, Newsday, NPR, The Telegraph, The Guardian, Science Daily, Oregon Public Broadcasting, Red Orbit, and others

Scientific American (March 11)

To Predict Success in Children, Look Beyond Willpower

Celeste Kidd, a doctoral candidate in brain and cognitive sciences at the University of Rochester and lead author of the new study, suspected there might be a common misconception about the classic marshmallow study – namely, that waiting is always the right choice. So Kidd and her colleagues ran a study in which they manipulated the reliability of their young participants’ environment.

CBS News (March 7)

Brain damage found in college football players who didn’t suffer concussions, study suggests

A new study of college football players, however, suggests even in the absence of concussions, players may suffer long-term brain damage.

Also reported in: Popular Science, Fox News, Bloomberg Businessweek,Time Magazine, Huffington Post, Forbes, Newsday,, Science Daily, Mother Nature Network,, Innovations Report, and others

New York Times (March 13)

Cellphones as a Modern Irritant

The brain simply can’t ignore a stream of desultory new information, said Lauren Emberson, the postdoctoral associate at the University of Rochester, New York, who led the Cornell study when she was working there.

Also reported in: Newsday, MedBroadcast, iVillage, Anchorage Daily News