Posts tagged psychology

In the digital swirl of Facebook status updates, emotions expressed online can be contagious, according to a new study encompassing more than 100 million people in the U.S. and a billion messages they posted.

WSJ story on a new study by researchers at the University of California, San Diego, Yale University and Facebook Inc.

Bring a whole new meaning to “going viral,” doesn’t it?

Liberal social movements might struggle to develop solidarity and formulate shared goals within their ranks, both because liberals want to maintain unique beliefs and because they underestimate the amount of agreement among their members.
Chadly Stern of NYU, explaining the findings of a new study which finds that liberals have trouble finding consensus (even when they already have it), and that conservatives tend to overestimate agreement within their groups as well.
City Life Changes How Our Brains Deal With Distractions
via theatlantic:

In an upcoming issue of the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, a group of British psychologists reports that people who live in cities show diminished powers of general attention compared to people from remote areas. With so much going on around them, urbanites don’t pay much attention to surroundings unless they’re highly engaging.

Instead, as the researchers put it, city dwellers have developed a form of attention that puts priority on “the search for potential dangers or new opportunities.”
Read more. [Image: Shutterstock]

City Life Changes How Our Brains Deal With Distractions

via theatlantic:

In an upcoming issue of the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, a group of British psychologists reports that people who live in cities show diminished powers of general attention compared to people from remote areas. With so much going on around them, urbanites don’t pay much attention to surroundings unless they’re highly engaging.

Instead, as the researchers put it, city dwellers have developed a form of attention that puts priority on “the search for potential dangers or new opportunities.”

Read more. [Image: Shutterstock]