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The Link Between Using Pro-Social Media and Empathy

The Link Between Using Pro-Social Media and Empathy | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Does watching TV and playing video games affect our empathy and willingness to engage in pro-social behavior?

 

The results of this study were recently published in the article "Long-Term Relations Among Prosocial-Media Use, Empathy, and Prosocial Behavior". As expected, empathy was strongly correlated with pro-social behavior. The more likely we empathize with fellow humans, the more likely we are to help them. The key finding of this study was that pro-social media content (TV, movies or video games) was significantly associated with greater empathy scores, and thus also with greater pro-social behavior. What makes this study quite innovative is that it surveyed participants from many different countries and cultures, all of whom showed a similar trend. This means that no matter what countries the participants grew up in, there was a correlation between watching helpful characters on TV screens or in video games and being able to empathize with fellow humans in real life.

 

"Long-Term Relations Among Prosocial-Media Use, Empathy, and Prosocial Behavior

http://pss.sagepub.com/content/early/2013/12/11/0956797613503854.abstract?papetoc


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The science of stage fright (and how to overcome it) - Mikael Cho

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/the-science-of-stage-fright-and-how-to-overcome-it-mikael-cho Heart racing, palms sweating, labored breathing? No...
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Oxytocin: The Holiday Hormone

Oxytocin: The Holiday Hormone | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
New study: People give more when under the influence of oxytocin.
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RSA Shorts - The Power of Empathy

RSA Shorts - The Power of Empathy | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
What is the best way to ease someone's pain and suffering? In this beautifully animated RSA Short, Dr Brené Brown reminds us that we can only create a genuin...
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"the difference between empathy and sympathy is the connection"

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Everyone thinks they are above average - CBS News

Everyone thinks they are above average - CBS News | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
People rate themselves above average in psychology studies so routinely that researchers are surprised when it doesn't show up
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Happiness is resisting answering your mobile

Happiness is resisting answering your mobile | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
If you are constantly on your mobile phone, most onlookers might think you have lots of friends and a busy social life. However, those attached to the phone are likely to be less happy than those who can resist a ring.
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The science of social connections

"I don't think it's a coincidence that of all the kinds of ways human beings could organize themselves into networks, that's what we do. We evince degree assortativity, and I don't think it's a coincidence that we do that. We assemble ourselves into groups, the group now has this property, this germ- resistance property, which is a property of the group, but which, as it turns out, also benefits and affects us. Now, being a member of that group, we are less likely to acquire pathogens.

And this sets the stage for a set of ideas that we and others have been exploring that shed light on multi-level selection and other kinds of contentious ideas in the biological and the social sciences. And we have a number of fellow travelers on this road—László Barabási, Dirk Helbing, Tooby and Cosmides, Frans de Waal, Nowak, Rand, Santos—people working on these related areas of interactions among animals and people, and what this means. In fact, David Rand and Josh Green and Martin Nowak just had a nice paper this past year — I was asked to highlight some papers—looking at whether you can use time to response as a kind of heuristic for understanding are people intuitive cooperators and rationally selfish, or do they exercise rational self-control over a kind of instinctive greed? The data they presented in that paper, to my eyes, was quite compelling—that we are intuitively wired to cooperate."


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Understanding the emergence of human culture requires an understanding of how social information and ideas spread through social networks -- and so does understanding the emergence and nature of human cooperation

luiy's curator insight, January 6, 2014 5:45 AM

We can shift our perspective on lots of things when we think about people as being nodes on a graph, as being connected to other people. And this shift in focus might, in fact, prompt us to begin to think about —not the individuals themselves‑but the ties between them. This calls to mind an analogy, which I don't know if some of you may already know, of streets in the United States and in European countries. So, streets have names in our country, and the houses on the streets are numbered numerically and linearly as you move along the street. And the blocks between the streets don't have names or numbers and are seen as the things that are between the streets, and we don't pay much attention to them. But if you go to Japan, it's the blocks that are numbered. The blocks have names and the houses on the blocks are numbered in the order in which they were built, not numerically or linearly in any kind of systematic way. If you ask the Japanese, "What's going on with the streets?" they say, "The streets are the spaces between the blocks." They don't pay attention to those.

Geoff Findley's curator insight, January 7, 2014 1:04 AM

Social Bonds

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How's Life? 2013 - Books - OECD iLibrary

How's Life? 2013 - Books - OECD iLibrary | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it

Every person aspires to a good life. But what does "a good or a better life" mean?

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Phil Hansen: Embrace the shake | Video on TED.com

In art school, Phil Hansen developed an unruly tremor in his hand that kept him from creating the pointillist drawings he loved. Hansen was devastated, floating without a sense of purpose.
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The Virtual Body Ideal: Why We Feel More Insecure Than Ever | High Existence

The Virtual Body Ideal: Why We Feel More Insecure Than Ever | High Existence | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it

The Dutch documentary Beperkt Houdbaar (Preservation Limited) throws a critical look upon our media era and how beauty in marketing is affecting the way we perceive ourselves.

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New Car/ Condo/ $2500 Cocktail Dress Not Making You Feel As Good As You Thought It Might? Science Tells Us Why

New Car/ Condo/ $2500 Cocktail Dress Not Making You Feel As Good As You Thought It Might? Science Tells Us Why | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
So how, this shopping season, do you avoid hedonic decline and find the joy not only in the buying, but also in the owning? Below, a few tips for prolonging retail therapy afterglow.
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Jeff Hancock: The future of lying | Video on TED.com

Who hasn’t sent a text message saying “I’m on my way” when it wasn’t true or fudged the truth a touch in their online dating profile? But Jeff Hancock doesn’t believe that the anonymity of the internet encourages dishonesty.
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Giving up technology is as stressful as getting married, claims study

Giving up technology is as stressful as getting married, claims study | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
EXCLUSIVE: California-based software firm FrontRange asked people to go without their phones for a week and then tracked their mental and physiological state.
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Selfie, word of 2013, sums up our age of narcissism

Selfie, word of 2013, sums up our age of narcissism | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
It’s hard to think of a more appropriate symbol of kind of society we've become
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Can People Learn Empathy From Playing Video Games?

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Experts Urge US Government To Begin Measuring 'Happiness' Of American Citizens

Experts Urge US Government To Begin Measuring 'Happiness' Of American Citizens | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (AP) — A panel of experts...

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Why you think you're better than everyone else

Why you think you're better than everyone else | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
People, as we know, have mixed abilities. One person might be more skilled than average when it comes physical ability, but lack judgment. Others excel when it comes to the ability to buckle down and work hard, but aren't the most inspired.
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App Promises Doing This One Thing Every Day Will Make You Happier

App Promises Doing This One Thing Every Day Will Make You Happier | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
What if there was a free, fast way to feel happier every day? There is.
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Edge: YOU CAN'T BE A SWEET CUCUMBER IN A VINEGAR BARREL: A Talk with Philip Zimbardo

Edge: YOU CAN'T BE A SWEET CUCUMBER IN A VINEGAR BARREL: A Talk with Philip Zimbardo | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it

(PHILIP ZIMBARDO:) For years I've been interested in a fundamental question concerning what I call the psychology of evil: Why is it that good people do evil deeds? I've been interested in that question since I was a little kid. Growing up in the ghetto in the South Bronx, I had lots of friends who I thought were good kids, but for one reason or another they ended up in serious trouble. They went to jail, they took drugs, or they did terrible things to other people. My whole upbringing was focused on trying to understand what could have made them go wrong.

 

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A new model of empathy: the rat

A new model of empathy: the rat | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
In a simple experiment, researchers sought to find out whether a rat would release a fellow rat from an unpleasantly restrictive cage if it could. The answer was yes.
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Limbic Revision: How Love Rewires the Brain

Limbic Revision: How Love Rewires the Brain | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
On the capacity for transformation and its prerequisite of letting go.

Last weekend, at a dear friend's wedding, the groom's sister read
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"In a relationship, one mind revises the other; one heart changes its partner..."

"Who we are and who we become depends, in part, on whom we love."

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Darwin revisited: Compassion key to our survival

Darwin revisited: Compassion key to our survival | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
For Stanford researcher Emma Seppala, it’s our connections with others that matter most.
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14 Signs You're Emotionally Intelligent

14 Signs You're Emotionally Intelligent | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
What makes some people more successful in work and life than others? IQ and work ethic are important, but they don't tell the whole story.

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Being Human: Perception & the Brain

V.S. Ramachandran and Beau Lotto discuss the brain, our lived experience of the world, and how it relates to being human.
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Your Body on Display: Social Media and Your Self-Image

Your Body on Display: Social Media and Your Self-Image | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Social media’s effect on your bodily attitudes can harm your mental health.
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