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social media spiral of silence
2014-08-27 05:25:38

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In our social circles - especially among family, friends and co-workers - we have a tendency to hold in our views on public policy issues. This is especially true when we think our own opinion isn't widely shared in those groups, according to pre-internet human behavior studies. Scientists call this phenomenon the "spiral of silence." The hope for social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter was that they would provide such a wide...

bonobos and empathy yawning
2014-08-13 03:00:36

PeerJ An answer from the first direct comparison of yawn contagion in humans and bonobos Whether or not humans are the only empathic beings is still under debate. In a new study, researchers directly compared the 'yawn contagion' effect between humans and bonobos (our closest evolutionary cousins). By doing so they were able to directly compare the empathic abilities of ourselves with another species, and found that a close relationship between individuals is more important to their...

2014-07-30 23:00:57

Lon Safko, the nation’s foremost authority on social media and author of the Social Media Bible, will be a featured speaker at the upcoming AutoCon event. Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) July 30, 2014 Lon Safko, the nation’s foremost authority on social media and author of the Social Media Bible, will be a featured speaker at the upcoming AutoCon event. One of Safko’s most famous accomplishments is that he is the creator of the “First Computer To Save A Human Life” as coined by Steve...

When It Rains It Pours: Facebook Feelings Can Spread Easily
2014-03-13 07:59:14

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Several studies have so far pointed out the positive and negative effects social networking has on people. While Facebook has offered millions of people a way to connect and interact in a way that may have not been otherwise possible, the social giant has also been a home for cyberbullying. In a new study, researchers from University of California, San Diego have found that feelings displayed on Facebook are contagious. Publishing...

The Psychology Behind Intervening In Bar Fights
2013-07-24 09:59:16

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In the Wild West tales of old, cowboys and miners would routinely get into raucous bar brawls that often grew from the two original aggressors to include the entire saloon. Researchers from Penn State and the University of Ontario now say they understand bar fights and how they're able to swallow up more fighters as the scuffle continues. According to their research, bystanders are more likely to jump in to intervene when they believe...


Word of the Day
negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.