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Fifty years after the famous 'marshmallow test' found that children who resist temptation do better on measures of life success, a study of preschoolers in Boulder and Japan reveals that what kids are willing to wait for depends on their cultural upbringing.

But 50 years after the seminal "marshmallow test" suggested this, a fresh, multicultural approach to the test adds a missing piece of the story: What kids are willing to wait for depends largely on their cultural upbringing.

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A new study revealed that when attempting to avoid an unwanted thought, people frequently reject and replace it after it occurs. However, avoiding an association proactively can be much more efficient and help prevent the repetitive looping of unwanted thoughts.

The findings of the study were published in the PLOS Computational Biology by Isaac Fradkin and Eran Eldar of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.

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Milder for most but still highly contagious, Omicron has filled intensive care beds again at a hospital near Barcelona. LEHTIKUVA / AFP

The Omicron variant replaced the Delta variant as the dominant COVID-19 variant in the world, starting from late 2021 to early 2022. But, the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant caused less severe disease than Delta, although it was better at escaping immune protection by vaccinations and previous infections.

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A staff member sprays disinfectant in a residental area that is under restrictions following a recent coronavirus outbreak in Nanjing in China's eastern Jiangsu province on December 8, 2021. (Photo by AFP) / - LEHTIKUVA / AFP

According to new research, early warning signals or EWS could help in the monitoring of disease outbreaks, such as COVID-19.

The study has been published in the 'Biology Letters Journal'.

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In the wake of national crises, such as financial crises or natural disasters, governments often raise taxes. This is the finding of a new study conducted by the ifo Institute. “The majority of tax increases made due to crises happen very quickly, either while the crisis is still happening or in the following year,” says Prof. Niklas Potrafke, Director of the ifo Center for Public Finance and Political Economy.

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Students entering the Tampere university on September 4th 2021.

Students in higher education who do not meet the minimum credit requirement for financial aid have received a request for further information. The deadline for replies is 25 October 2021. Students can, for example, use the OmaKela e-service to reply.

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Students at the Kaisa House, the Helsinki University main library, in Helsinki, Finland.

This year, the number of applications submitted by international students is significantly higher than last year when going abroad to study was difficult because of the coronavirus situation.

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What characterizes a good life for young people? What gives them strength and what worries them? What do young people associate themselves with? What do young adults think Finland's next big story will be like? E2 Research and its partners are launching a research project that will answer these questions and provide information on how young people have experienced the coronavirus crisis.

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