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2014-06-30 11:42:11

University at Buffalo Researchers suggest this may lead to pro-social behavior in the real world New evidence suggests heinous behavior played out in a virtual environment can lead to players’ increased sensitivity toward the moral codes they violated. That is the surprising finding of a study led by Matthew Grizzard, PhD, assistant professor in the University at Buffalo Department of Communication, and co-authored by researchers at Michigan State University and the University of...

Emotions May Drive People To Buy Smartphones With Bigger Screens
2014-06-04 14:04:40

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While there may be numerous practical reasons for wanting a smartphone with a bigger screen, a new study has found that many people are more motivated by an emotional need to own a bigger device. "There are basically two different reasons that 'bigger is better' for screen size: utilitarian reasons and affective, or emotional, reasons," said S. Shyam Sundar, a communications professor at Penn State and author of the new study, which...

2013-10-30 10:30:55

Social media such as YouTube videos provide a popular and flexible venue for online activism. How two different social protest movements—Occupy Wall Street and the Proposition 8 same sex marriage initiative—utilized YouTube, and their success in engaging activists are explored in an article in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The article is available free on the Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social...

Cyberchondria Worse For Those Who Fear The Unknown
2013-10-09 09:48:24

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Many of us turn to the Internet to find out what ails us when we are sick. For people who have trouble handling uncertainty, however, "cyberchondria" - the online equivalent to hypochondria - becomes worse as they seek answers. "If I'm someone who doesn't like uncertainty, I may become more anxious, search further, monitor my body more, go to the doctor more frequently -- and the more you search, the more you consider the...

Kicking The Facebook Habit
2013-09-17 04:20:39

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Privacy concerns and a tendency to battle internet addiction are among the reasons that an increasing number of people are committing “virtual identity suicide” and ceasing their social media use, according to new research appearing on the website of the open-access, peer-reviewed journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking. Study authors Stefan Stieger, Christoph Burger, Manuel Bohn, and Martin Voracek of the...

2013-08-26 10:46:47

With the widespread popularity of social networking sites such as Facebook, it is increasingly common for people to use interpersonal electronic surveillance to monitor the activities of current and former romantic partners. They can gather information on partners anonymously, view past and current photos and audio and video clips, and look for clues to explain any "suspicious" behaviors. Why some individuals engage in this type of behavior more than others is the subject of an article in...

2013-04-04 15:59:07

Pet therapy can help patients cope with the pain, stress, and emotional effects of a serious illness, but access to a companion animal is not always possible. Robotic animals may offer the same benefits, as explored in a fascinating study presented in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The article is available free online on the Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking website. Sandra Okita, PhD,...

2013-03-18 16:05:23

The more than 100 million Americans living with chronic pain and daily suffering often have limited outlets to talk about their conditions with others who can understand and offer comfort. Online chatrooms may provide a beneficial forum where chronic pain sufferers can openly and safely communicate, as discussed in an article in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The article is available free online on the...

Depression And Anxiety Linked To Media Overuse
2012-12-04 20:16:32

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Technology offers the promise to make life easier. This has been the promise for years, but according to research released this week, some technology could actually be impacting the health of its users, especially when used in excess. On Tuesday, researchers at Michigan State University released the findings of a study that suggested using multiple forms of media at the same time — such as playing a computer game while...

2012-09-19 16:21:07

More than 900 million people worldwide are active users of the social networking site Facebook, and it is estimated that as many as one-third report using Facebook to check on the activities of former romantic partners. The effects of remaining Facebook friends with an ex-lover or even just following their activities online can disrupt a person's ability to heal emotionally and move on with his or her life, according to an article in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, a...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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