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The Number Of Illustrations In Storybooks Influences Children's Word Learning

14 Jul 17:20 | SciTech

New research shows that the number of illustrations presented in a storybook can influence preschool children's ability to learn words from shared reading.read more »

Brain Training No Better Than Video Games At Improving Brain Function

11 Jul 2017 | U.S. News

The commercial brain-training program Lumosity has no effect on decision-making or brain activity in young adults, according to a randomized, controlled trial published in The Journal of Neuroscience.read more »

Are We Still jealous? Infidelity In The Age Of Social Media

7 Jul 2017 | Entertainment

When men and women find social media messages indicating that their partner has been cheating on them, they show the same type of jealousy behaviour as finding offline evidence that their partner has been unfaithful. read more »

Tobacco Use On the Big & Small Screens Is A Public Health Concern

7 Jul 2017 | Entertainment

A new report released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) analyzing smoking in top-grossing movies finds that one in four youth-rated movies continue to include tobacco imagery and the decline in the number of movies with smoking has stalled.read more »

Tech Giants Sign Agreement To Counter Terrorism Online

29 Jun 2017 | World

The UN has signed a partnership initiative with tech giants Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube to counter terrorism and violent extremism online. read more »

Tech Company Video Ads Still Dominated By White Males

28 Jun 2017 | Business

Consumer tech companies that are serious about attracting more women and people from minority groups into their workforce might want to revisit the video advertisements featured on their websites. read more »

Study Identifies Most Popular Selfies For Men And Women, Age Groups

22 Jun 2017 | Entertainment

When it comes to selfies, appearance is (almost) everything. To better understand the photographic phenomenon and how people form their identities online, Georgia Institute of Technology researchers combed through 2.5 million selfie posts on Instagram to determine what kinds of identity statements people make by taking and sharing selfies.read more »

Research Finds CEOs Who Appear On CNBC Can See Their Pay Rise Over $200,000 Per Year

14 Jun 2017 | U.S. News

New research that examined 4,452 CEOs from 2,666 U.S. firms, as well as 104,129 news articles and 6,567 CNBC interviews, found that CEOs who appeared in CNBC interviews could expect their compensation to increase by $210,239 on average, notwithstanding firm performance and other mitigating factors.read more »

Your Smile Gives You Away

12 Jun 2017 | SciTech

Smile and the whole world smiles with you? Well, not necessarily. In a winning scenario, smiling can decrease your odds of success against the same opponent in subsequent matches, according to new research.read more »

What motivates parents to protect children from cell phone addiction?

6 Jun 2017 | SciTech

A new study examined the role parental mediation can play in protecting children from the potential negative effects of smartphone use, comparing the perceived risk and different types of mediation and parenting styles. read more »

Twitter Is The Prime Social Media Network For World Leaders

1 Jun 2017 | World

Pope Francis is the most followed world leader on Twitter with a combined total of 33,716,301 followers on his nine language accounts, ahead of U.S. President Donald Trump with 30,133,036 followers.read more »

Can Parents' Tech Obsessions Contribute To A Child's Bad Behavior?

25 May 2017 | Entertainment

Fatigue. Hunger. Boredom. Those are often on the list of reasons parents mention if their child whines, has tantrums or acts out. Researchers are now asking if such negative behaviors could be related to something else: parents spending too much time on their smartphones or tablets.read more »

Facebook Introduces Personal Fundraisers

25 May 2017 | U.S. News

Facebook is giving people another way to mobilize around causes they care about by introducing personal fundraisers to everyone over 18 in the US.read more »

Toy Unboxing Lucrative But Sensitive

22 May 2017 | Entertainment

The global social media phenomenon of toy unboxing is causing concern for parents and other child welfare advocates. Now new research recommends regulation to address it.read more »

Study Finds Consumers See Much Greater Risk Than Reward In Online Ads

19 May 2017 | U.S. News

Personalized ads now follow us around the web, their content drawn from tracking our online activity. The ad industry has suggested we're OK with it - that we see benefits roughly equal to perceived risks. A new study says otherwise.read more »

Men Sing About Dating And Sex More Often Than Women

18 May 2017 | Entertainment

A new analysis of popular song lyrics from 1960 through 2008 reveals that men sing about both romantic love and sex more often than women. However, female artists sing about romantic love in a higher percentage of their songs.read more »

TV Accentuates Traditional Women's Roles At Expense Of Their Needs

15 May 2017 | U.S. News

College women who frequently watch television or who believe that the content is real, tend to endorse the gender roles that are portrayed often on TV, says a University of Michigan researcher.read more »

Can Seeing The Facebook Logo Make You Crave Social Media?

10 May 2017 | Media

new study examined how social media cues such as the Facebook logo may affect frequent and less frequent social media users differently, sparking spontaneous hedonic reactions that make it difficult to resist social media cravings. read more »

Handheld Screen Time Linked With Speech Delays In Young Children

5 May 2017 | SciTech

As the number of smart phones, tablets, electronic games and other handheld screens in U.S. homes continues to grow, some children begin using these devices before beginning to talk. New research suggests these children may be at higher risk for speech delays. read more »

New Study Reveals Why People Pay For News And What It Means For Future Of Journalism

4 May 2017 | Entertainment

Slightly more than half of all U.S. adults pay for news, with roughly half of those subscribing to a newspaper, according to a study conducted by the Media Insight Project. read more »

Fake News And Filters Aren't Fooling Internet Users

4 May 2017 | U.S. News

Despite what some politicians argue, fake news and biased search algorithms aren't swaying public opinion, finds a Michigan State University researcher.read more »

In 'Post Truth' Era, Leaders Must Defend Objective, Independent Media

4 May 2017 | World

In a “post-truth” world with “fake news” on the rise, and media accountability and credibility falling under question, free, independent and professional journalism has never been more important, the United Nations said.read more »

People Could Be Genetically Predisposed To Social Media Use

3 May 2017 | SciTech

It's easy to think in terms of linking genetics to behavior in simple ways. Are you calm or do you have a temper? Are you creative or analytical? Are you sociable or shy? But can heritable traits actually influence a person to frequently use social media? read more »

Facebook Likes Don't Make You Feel Better

3 May 2017 | Entertainment

Receiving 'likes' on social media posts doesn't make people feel better about themselves or improve their mood if they are down.read more »

Paying Online Community Members To Write Product Reviews Backfires Badly

2 May 2017 | Entertainment

Paying users to write online reviews suppresses the number of reviews on social platforms, especially among those users who are socially well-connected and likely to be more influential, a study has found.read more »

Researcher Says Customized Content On Political Websites Hurts Democracy

27 Apr 2017 | U.S. News

Having it your way on political websites and seeing only the content that aligns with your beliefs is not good for democracy, according to Ivan Dylko, an assistant professor in the University at Buffalo's Department of Communication and an expert in the political effects of communication technology.read more »

Snapchat & Instagram Most Popular Social Media Platforms Among American Teens

24 Apr 2017 | U.S. News

A new nationally representative survey of American teenagers age 13-17 finds that teens have shifted their favored social media platforms and are now most likely to use Instagram and Snapchat. read more »

Social Networks An Ideal Stage For Narcissists To Showcase Themselves

19 Apr 2017 | Entertainment

(Newsroom America) -- Social networks are an ideal stage for narcissists to showcase themselves. Accordingly, a lot of people with narcissistic traits are drawn to these platforms as a new study conducted by psychologists from Würzburg and Bamberg shows.read more »

When It Comes To Your Profile Picture, Let A Stranger Do The Choosing

17 Apr 2017 | Entertainment

When trying to pick the most flattering pictures for online profiles, it may be best to let a stranger do the choosing, a study suggests.read more »

Study Of Sleep Apps Finds Room For Improvement

14 Apr 2017 | SciTech

An analysis of 35 popular phone-based sleep apps finds that while most help users set sleep-related goals and track and manage their sleep, few make use of other methods known to help the chronically sleep-deprived.read more »

Study Finds Pokemon Go Players Are Happier, Friendlier

13 Apr 2017 | Entertainment

Pokemon Go people are happy people. That's the finding of media researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison who leapt to study the wildly popular mobile game shortly after its release in July 2016.read more »

Smartphone Addiction Leads To Personal, Social, Workplace Problems

13 Apr 2017 | SciTech

Excessive smartphone use leads to problems, and females are especially susceptible to addiction, according to new research.read more »

Who Are you on social media? New Research Examines Norms Of Online Personas

12 Apr 2017 | Entertainment

According to the Pew Research center, the majority of adults on the internet have more than one social networking profile on sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Although the core purpose of these sites are similar - to digitally connect with peers and loved ones - new research found users often adopt different personas unique to each social network.read more »

Crowdsourcing Creates A 'Win-Win Situation', Study Finds

12 Apr 2017 | World

From Wikipedia to 99designs, and Google to LEGO, crowdsourcing has changed the way the world does business.By partnering with the masses through innovative campaigns, companies can benefit from a vast amount of expertise, enthusiasm and goodwill, rather than from paid labour. But what's in it for the crowd?read more »

Are Your Sensors Spying On You?

11 Apr 2017 | SciTech

Hackers are able to decipher PINs and passwords just from the way we tilt our phone when we are typing in the information.read more »

Humans Born To Love Superheroes

6 Apr 2017 | Entertainment

We recognize justice before we can talk, reports a research team. The Japanese study demonstrates that human infants recognize heroic acts from early stages of development, suggesting that our sense of justice -- and likewise, adoration for heroes -- is innate. read more »

Has Music Streaming Killed The Instrumental Intro?

5 Apr 2017 | Entertainment

Remember those drawn-out, dramatic intros into the pop power ballads of the 80s? They're all but gone in today's chart toppers, according to new research, and listeners' short attention spans may be to blame.read more »

Book Purchases Of Liberals And Conservatives Reveal Partisan Division

4 Apr 2017 | U.S. News

Reader preferences for liberal or conservative political books also attract them to different types of science books, according to a new study.read more »

Study Finds News Exposure Linked To Greater Anger Towards Muslims

3 Apr 2017 | World

New Zealanders -- whether liberal or conservative -- show both increased anger and reduced warmth towards Muslims if they are more avid news consumers, a new scientific study has found.read more »

Researchers Find Video Games Influence Sexist Attitudes

29 Mar 2017 | Entertainment

There are distinct similarities in the way women are portrayed in many popular video games. Female characters are typically attractive, scantily clad, appear in sexually suggestive ways and generally have limited roles.read more »

Parents Who Play Pokemon GO With Kids Report Side Benefits

29 Mar 2017 | Entertainment

Parents who regularly play "Pokémon GO" with their children report a number of side benefits from playing the mobile device-based game, including increased exercise, more time spent outdoors and opportunities for family bonding, according to new University of Washington research.read more »

Cookbooks Give Readers (Mostly) Bad Advice On Food Safety

28 Mar 2017 | SciTech

A recent study finds that bestselling cookbooks offer readers little useful advice about reducing food-safety risks, and that much of the advice they do provide is inaccurate and not based on sound science.read more »

People Who Watch Entertainment TV More Likely To Vote For Populist Politicians

27 Mar 2017 | US Politics and Govt

People exposed to entertainment television are more likely to vote for populist politicians according to a new study co-authored by an economist at Queen Mary University of London. read more »

Why We Need To Manage The Internet Of Toys

27 Mar 2017 | World

Action is needed to monitor and control the emerging Internet of Toys, concludes a new report by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC). Privacy and security are highlighted as main areas of concern.read more »

Cooking Family Meals, Skipping TV During Those Meals Linked To Lower Odds Of Obesity

24 Mar 2017 | SciTech

Adults who don't flip on the TV during dinner and those who eat home-cooked meals are less likely to be obese, a new study has found. read more »

Spreading Rumors On Twitter And Mistaking Retweets For Truth

23 Mar 2017 | Entertainment

A new study of the believability of information received via Twitter and the intention to pass on a tweet--whether news or rumor--is influenced by the number of times the information has already been retweeted. read more »

People Remain Calm As The World Ends, Video Game Study Suggests

21 Mar 2017 | Entertainment

As the world ends, will you lock arms and sing "Kumbayah" or embark on a path of law-breaking, anti-social behavior?read more »

YouTube Users Be Aware: Your Viewing Habits Can Be Tracked

16 Mar 2017 | SciTech

Despite YouTube's attempts to safeguard user anonymity, intelligence agencies, hackers and online advertising companies can still determine which videos a user is watching, according to Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) research.read more »

Amid Rise Of 'Fake News' Authorities "Should Ensure Truthful Info Reaches Public"

13 Mar 2017 | World

Noting growing prevalence of “fake news” and propaganda in both legacy and social media, key human rights experts have called on State actors to ensure that they disseminate reliable and trustworthy information, including about matters of public interest, such as the economy, public health, security and the environment.read more »

Violent Video Games Found Not To Affect Empathy

9 Mar 2017 | Entertainment

The link between playing violent video games and antisocial behavior, such as increased aggression and decreased empathy, is hotly debated. read more »

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