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A new study from the Netherlands finds that children raised by gay or lesbian parents do better at school than children raised by heterosexual parents.

Previous studies of academic outcomes for children raised by same-sex parents have mostly relied on small sample sizes. But this new study, published last week in the journal American Sociological Review, includes data on 2,971 children with same-sex parents (2,786 lesbian couples and 185 gay male couples), and about 1.2 million children with different-sex (i.e. heterosexual) parents.

Advantage of gay parents continues into high school

The study included data on all children born and raised in the Netherlands between 1998 and 2007. …

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A new study has found that right-wing authoritarians — that is, people who are hostile to non-conformity — are considerably less funny than people who do not share that disposition.

The study appeared on October 6 in the journal Personality and Individual Differences. It looks at the effects of right-wing authoritarianism (RWA) on humor production. The authors define RWA as a combination of factors such as submission to authority, aggression towards deviant and marginal groups, and adherence to traditional social norms.

Studies dating back to the 1950s and 1960s already found that people who score high in authoritarianism enjoy jokes that disparage low-status or marginalized groups. …

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Lots of past research has linked frequent social contact to better health and a longer life. But does that link taper off at a certain point, or even reverse? Is there such a thing as too much social contact?

A new paper by researchers Olga Stavrova and Dongning Ren at Tilburg University in the Netherlands investigated that question.

As they explain, most prior literature on this topic has assumed a linear relationship between social contact and health outcomes; in other words, the more social contact, the better. …


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