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» Does Texting Hinder Social Skills?

» Does Texting Hinder Social Skills? | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
I am one of those few 20-somethings who would prefer a simple Samsung model over an iPhone or Blackberry when shopping at AT&T.
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Can You Predict a Monkey’s Social Status by Looking at Its Genes?

Can You Predict a Monkey’s Social Status by Looking at Its Genes? | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Rhesus macaques, which are some of the best studied of all monkeys, establish hierarchies in their social groups.

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Ten Brilliant Social Psychology Studies

Ten Brilliant Social Psychology Studies | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

PsyBlog lists 10 Social Psychology studies that go at least some way to explain why we humans do such irrational things at times. These studies are also amongst some of the most famous experiments ever conducted so it is well worth following the links and finding out more.

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Friday Weird Science: The Urinal Problem

Friday Weird Science: The Urinal Problem | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

It is a truth universally acknowledged that people dislike peeing next to each other.

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How Technology Makes Us Better Social Beings

How Technology Makes Us Better Social Beings | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Sociologist Keith Hampton believes technology and social networking affect our lives in some very positive ways

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Facebook: The Psychology of Social Media

Facebook: The Psychology of Social Media | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Wherever you get your news, from television, print media or the Internet, there are lots of stories about how ‘social media' is changing our behavior as consumers. The leader in this media segment is Facebook.

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Eye-tracking reveals variability in successful social strategies for children with autism

Eye-tracking reveals variability in successful social strategies for children with autism | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
In a study published in the March 2012 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Katherine Rice and colleagues used eye-tracking technology to measure the relationship between cognitive and social disability...
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Facebook or Twitter: What does your choice of social networking site say about you?

Facebook or Twitter: What does your choice of social networking site say about you? | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

A new study asks whether and how the way people use these sites is related to their personality, and whether there are personalty differences between people who prefer one site over the other.

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Why humans are so sociable these days

Why humans are so sociable these days | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Humans have evolved to become the most flexible of the primates and being able to live in lots of different social settings sets us apart from non-human primates, suggests new research.
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Online social network size is reflected in human brain structure

Online social network size is reflected in human brain structure | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

The number of friends an individual declares on a web-based social networking service reliably predicted grey matter density in the right superior temporal sulcus, left middle temporal gyrus and entorhinal cortex.

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New research sheds light on how we see family resemblance in faces

New research sheds light on how we see family resemblance in faces | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Whether comparing a man and a woman or a parent and a baby, we can still see when two people of different age or sex are genetically related. How do we know that people are part of a family?
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More Facebook friends linked to bigger brain areas

More Facebook friends linked to bigger brain areas | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists have found a direct link between the number of friends a person has on Facebook and the size of certain brain regions, raising the possibility that using online social networks...

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Why Threats to Social Identity Lead to Conflict

Why Threats to Social Identity Lead to Conflict | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Be it at school, office, the neighborhood or the community people live in, conflicting situations amongst various groups might arise on an almost day to day basis. Today, the prevalence of these intergroup conflicts is on the rise and has resulted in minor disagreements amongst friends to waging full scale wars between countries.

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Social ties have mixed impact on encouraging healthy behaviors in low-income areas

Social ties have mixed impact on encouraging healthy behaviors in low-income areas | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
In low-income, minority communities, tight-knit social connections -- with family members, friends, and neighbors -- can lead people to eat healthy and be physically active, but in some cases it may actually be an obstacle to a healthy lifestyle,...
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Being ignored online or in person, it's still exclusion

Being ignored online or in person, it's still exclusion | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
People who are excluded by others online, such as on Facebook, may feel just as bad as if they had been excluded in person, according to new research.
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Smiling with Envy: Delighting in the Downfall of Others

Smiling with Envy: Delighting in the Downfall of Others | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

When do the misfortunes of others make us feel good? Recent fMRI research tested this question.

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Seven Tips For Improved Public Speaking

Seven Tips For Improved Public Speaking | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

A fear of public speaking is something that has affected many of us at one time or another, while glossophobia is one of the most common phobias in existence.

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Psychic ability study debunked: Steer clear of rabbit hole, psychologists say

Psychic ability study debunked: Steer clear of rabbit hole, psychologists say | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Psychic ability is real, and here's proof, Daryl Bem said in 2011. It was an exciting claim, but excitement fades with time -- and, often, with further investigation.
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It's not solitaire: Brain activity differs when one plays against others

It's not solitaire: Brain activity differs when one plays against others | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Researchers have found a way to study how our brains assess the behavior -- and likely future actions -- of others during competitive social interactions.
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Blogging may help teens dealing with social distress

Blogging may help teens dealing with social distress | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Blogging may have psychological benefits for teens suffering from social anxiety, improving their self-esteem and helping them relate better to their friends, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association.
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The Neurocritic: Born This Way?

The Neurocritic: Born This Way? | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

A group of investigators from the University of Iowa have published a case report about a 14 year old boy with severe antisocial behavior. MRI findings revealed a small congenital malformation in his left ventromedial prefrontal cortex (vmPFC), which has been associated with decision making and the regulation of emotional behavior

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Feeling socially excluded? Try touching a teddy bear (seriously)

Feeling socially excluded? Try touching a teddy bear (seriously) | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Feeling as though we belong is important for our mental and physical wellbeing. Social exclusion hurts and it darkens our mood. Unfortunately, this sets up a vicious circle because we're then less likely to engage in friendly, prosocial acts, and so less likely to form new bonds with others. A new study documents an effective way to break this cycle - excluded people should touch a teddy bear. Seriously.

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Social Networks Promote Cooperation, Discourage Selfishness, So Nice Guys Can Finish First

Social Networks Promote Cooperation, Discourage Selfishness, So Nice Guys Can Finish First | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Dynamic, complex social networks encourage their members to be friendlier and more cooperative, with the possible payoff coming in an expanded social sphere, while selfish behavior can lead to an individual being shunned from the group and left - literally on their own.


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Stop Being Socially Lazy and Start Enjoying Yourself

Stop Being Socially Lazy and Start Enjoying Yourself | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Talking to strangers is more fun than we predict because showing off makes us feel good.
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