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Virtual Superpowers May Encourage Altruism
2013-02-01 13:44:52

Jedidiah Becker for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online For years, the debate over whether violent video games, films and television shows encourage aggressive behavior has raged in both the academic community as well as public discourse. Now a group of researchers has taken a slightly different angle and explored the effects of virtual superpowers on an individual´s behavior towards others. An interdisciplinary team of scientists at Stanford University made use of the...

2011-04-09 04:14:32

Timber! Cutting down a tree in a virtual forest can bring new ideas of conservation crashing down on you If a tree falls in a virtual reality forest, will anyone hear an environmental message? They will, as long as they were the ones who cut down the make-believe redwood. New findings from Stanford researchers show that people who were immersed in a three-dimensional virtual forest and told to saw through a towering sequoia until it crashed in front of them later used less paper in the real...

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2011-01-24 10:23:39

Your avatar may be just a virtual identity, but it can also affect how you are in the real world "In this world of new media, people spend a lot of time interacting with digital versions of one another." -- Jeremy Bailenson If you spend a lot of time online, you may even have an electronic alter ego--an avatar. An avatar is a movable image that people design to represent themselves in virtual reality environments or in cyberspace. "For some reason, I always pick really short people," says...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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