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February 21, 2017

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February 21, 2017

Social Exclusion in Virtual Realities Has a Negative Social and Emotional Impact in 'Real' Life

Feb. 16, 2017 — In this age of highly realistic computer games and increasingly popular social networks, social exclusion in virtual worlds is becoming more and more socially significant, as is demonstrated by the ... read more

Psychological 'Recipe' Identified for Viral Campaigns Such as Ice Bucket Challenge

Feb. 13, 2017 — New work focusing on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge reveals very brief shelf life of such viral campaigns, and suggests the nature of ‘virality’ and social tipping points themselves may be a ... read more

Feb. 10, 2017 — Simply putting on a uniform, similar to one the police might wear, automatically affects how we perceive others, creating a bias towards those considered to be of a low social status, new research ... read more

We Like Taking Selfies but Not Looking at Them

Feb. 9, 2017 — An online survey has found that although taking and posting selfies is hugely popular, 82% of participants would prefer fewer selfies on social media. Interestingly, people perceived their own ... read more

Want to 'Friend' an Old Flame on Facebook or Flirt Online? Social Media Researcher Says Think About Your Current Romantic Relationship First

Feb. 9, 2017 — One of the best gifts a person could give their significant other for Valentine's Day is a discussion on boundaries regarding social media, according to a ... read more

Want to Help Your Mate Beat the Blues? Show Them the Love

Feb. 8, 2017 — The more depressed your romantic partner may be, the more love you should give them, according to new ... read more

Feb. 8, 2017 — Close friendships facilitate the exchange of information and culture, making social networks more effective for cultural transmission, according to new research that used wireless tracking technology ... read more

Harsh Parenting Predicts Low Educational Attainment Through Increasing Peer Problems

Feb. 8, 2017 — Children exposed to harsh parenting are at greater risk of having poor school outcomes, a new study of 1,482 students in Maryland has ... read more

Why We Underestimate Time When We're Having Fun on Facebook

Feb. 7, 2017 — Updating your Facebook status can be a fun way to while away the hours -- but now it seems it really is making us lose track of time as we do ... read more

Feb. 7, 2017 — The marriage rate in the U.S. continues to decline and the view that marriage entails a “lack of freedom” is becoming more entrenched, particularly among younger men, according to ... read more

Pride: Sin or Incentive?

Feb. 7, 2017 — Humans correctly forecast the personal qualities valued in their local population, and generate pride accordingly, suggests new ... read more

Feb. 6, 2017 — Anxiety in social situations is not a rare problem: Around one in ten people are affected by social anxiety disorder during their lifetime. Social anxiety disorder is diagnosed if fears and anxiety ... read more

Psychology Explains How to Win an Oscar

Feb. 5, 2017 — If you want to win an Oscar it is best to be an American actor in a film that portrays American ... read more

Feb. 3, 2017 — A study explored how empathy and other psychological factors affect people's assessments of the facial images of dogs and ... read more

Feb. 3, 2017 — When preschoolers spend time around one another, they tend to take on each others' personalities, indicates a new ... read more

Feb. 2, 2017 — The first peer-reviewed and published national study of civic service among U.S. vets who served in Iraq and/or Afghanistan found volunteering improved their health and social ... read more

Feb. 2, 2017 — Women with anorexia display clear autistic traits, even once the eating disorder is under control and they have achieved a normal weight, according to research. The similarities between anorexia and ... read more

Immune System Suppression May Be Related to Problem Drinking

Feb. 2, 2017 — Cytokines are small proteins in the immune system that act as chemical messengers between cells. Prior research suggests that pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines are dysfunctional during alcohol ... read more

Social Biases Contribute to Challenges for Those With Autism

Feb. 1, 2017 — Negative first impressions formed by potential social partners may reduce the quality of social experiences for people with autism, new research concludes. In the study, non-autistic participants ... read more

Mathematical Model Reveals Parental Involvement Can 'Immunize' Students from Dropping out

Jan. 31, 2017 — Newsflash for American high school students -- choose friends wisely, or they may end up costing you your ... read more

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