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Balancing and doing tricks requires visual attention. ThamKC via shutterstock.com

Fidget toys aren’t just hype

Fidget items can have practical uses that help people calm down and stay focused. The problem with spinners may be that they require visual attention, which can distract users and others nearby.
Children currently in – or who have histories with – residential care services are more likely to have contact with the justice system. AAP/Julian Smith

How resilience can break the link between a ‘bad’ childhood and the youth justice system

Knowing why people with troubled childhoods may be more likely to engage in criminal activity is necessary to inform the development of effective prevention and early intervention initiatives.
Ricky Gervais has faced a lot of criticism for jokes perceived as offensive. Matt Hobbs/Flickr

What is the point of offensive humour?

You may think a rape joke is harmless but research shows that it can have serious consequences.
A statue celebrating Monty Python’s sketch The Dead Parrot near London’s Tower Bridge ahead of a live show on the TV channel Gold. DAVID HOLT/Flickr

Is there such a thing as a national sense of humour?

There are ways to pin down what a country laughs at – including who they like to make fun of.
Women can experience significant distress in the lead-up to their periods. from shutterstock.com

Men can help women deal with their PMS

A new study found a woman's partner can help decrease PMS symptoms, rather than exacerbating them.
Social psychologists and sociologists have spent decades understanding how values are best assessed. pixabay

Australian values are hardly unique when compared to other cultures

There has been much talk recently about “Australian values”. The new citizenship test will require aspiring Australians to demonstrate they possess them, or can at least reproduce them under exam conditions…
13 Reasons Why is the story of high-school student Hannah, who took her own life and left 13 tapes explaining why. IMDb/Kicked to the Curb Productions, Anonymous Content, July Moon Productions, Paramount Television

Why we shouldn’t ignore what 13 Reasons Why is trying to tell us

While there are some some safety concerns about watching the show, 13 Reasons Why raises many issues relevant to adolescents – and we should learn from them.

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