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Social Networks An Ideal Stage For Narcissists To Showcase Themselves

19 Apr 17:30 | 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 17:24 | 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 17:22 | 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 17:38 | 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 11:15 | 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 17:20 | 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 13:14 | 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 »

Playing Pokémon Go May Help People Reach 10,000 Daily Steps Goal

9 Mar 2017 | SciTech

Playing the popular smartphone game Pokémon Go may increase people's daily steps, especially among young adults with low physical activity levels or those who are overweight or obese.read more »

Original Paintings From Pink Floyd's The Wall On Sale For The First Time

8 Mar 2017 | U.S. News

San Francisco Art Exchange has been selected to exclusively represent the most valuable collection of rock and roll artwork ever to be offered for sale: eleven original paintings created and hand-selected by famed English artist Gerald Scarfe, from Pink Floyd's 1982 masterpiece The Wall. read more »

More Social Connection Online Tied To Increasing Feelings Of Isolation

7 Mar 2017 | SciTech

The more time a young adult uses social media, the more likely they are to feel socially isolated, according to a national analysis led by University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine scientists.read more »

Negative Coverage Of The EU In UK Newspapers Nearly Doubled Over The Past 40 Years

6 Mar 2017 | World

A study co-authored by researchers at Queen Mary University of London has revealed that negative coverage of the European Union in UK newspapers increased from 24 percent to 45 percent between 1974 and 2013.read more »

Game Theory Could Improve Cyberwarfare Strategy

2 Mar 2017 | SciTech

Whether a nation should retaliate against a cyber attack is a complicated decision, and a new framework guided by game theory could help policymakers determine the best strategy.read more »

Study Shows How Musical Cues Trigger Happy Or Sad Memories

1 Mar 2017 | Entertainment

Happy memories spring to mind much faster than sad, scary or peaceful ones. Moreover, if you listen to happy or peaceful music, you recall positive memories, whereas if you listen to emotionally scary or sad music, you recall largely negative memories from your past. read more »

New Studies Illustrate How Gamers Get Good

28 Feb 2017 | Entertainment

A research team led by a Brown University computer scientist has found insights about how people improve their skills in a rather unlikely place: online video games.read more »

Kids Want Parental Help With Online Risk, But Fear Parental Freak Outs

28 Feb 2017 | Entertainment

Kids think that parents just don't understand what it is like to be a teen in an internet-connected world and this lack of understanding may hinder the development of skills necessary to safely navigate online, according to a team of researchers.read more »

Communications Expert Explains How Science Should Respond To Fake News

20 Feb 2017 | U.S. News

The rise of fake news has dominated the world of politics since the last U.S. election cycle. But fake news is not at all new in the world of science, notes University of Wisconsin-Madison Life Sciences Communication Professor Dominique Brossard. read more »

Team Teaches Science Through Minecraft Video Game

16 Feb 2017 | SciTech

University of Texas at Dallas team is exploring whether teaching real-world science through a popular computer game may offer a more engaging and effective educational approach than traditional concepts of instruction. read more »

We Like Taking Selfies But Not Looking At Them

10 Feb 2017 | Entertainment

While selfies are extremely common, opinions on selfies can vary significantly, with some seeing them as a creative outlet and a way to connect with other people and others seeing them as narcissistic, self-promotional and inauthentic.read more »

Why We Underestimate Time When We're Having Fun On Facebook

9 Feb 2017 | Entertainment

Updating your Facebook status can be a fun way to while away the hours - but now it seems it really is making us lose track of time as we do it.read more »

More Screen Time For Kids Isn't All That Bad

8 Feb 2017 | Entertainment

A researcher says children should be allowed to delve into screen technology, as it is becoming an essential part of modern life.read more »

Psychology Explains How To Win An Oscar

6 Feb 2017 | U.S. News

If you want to win an Oscar it is best to be an American actor in a film that portrays American culture. read more »

Why Is Some Social Media Content Interpreted As Bragging?

1 Feb 2017 | SciTech

People who post personal content on social networking sites such as Facebook and try to present themselves in a positive light may be perceived as bragging, and therefore be less attractive to others, according to a new study published in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking.read more »

Oprah Winfrey Becomes A Special Contributor To 60 Minutes

1 Feb 2017 | U.S. News

Oprah Winfrey, the esteemed broadcaster, producer, actress and philanthropist, will become a special contributor to 60 MINUTES, it was announced by the news magazine's executive producer, Jeff Fager.read more »

Death Clocks Should Come With A Health Warning, Says Top Economist

30 Jan 2017 | SciTech

John Appleby, Chief Economist at the Nuffield Trust, uses online "death clocks" to calculate the date of his demise, but finds that his life expectancy varies depending on who he asks.read more »

Video Game Ratings Work, If You Use Them

26 Jan 2017 | Entertainment

Nearly every video game sold or downloaded comes with a rating that provides age-appropriate guidelines based on the game's content. Critics have questioned the effectiveness of ratings, but new research from Iowa State University indicates the rating system is a beneficial tool.read more »

Satirical News Has Serious Political Effects

24 Jan 2017 | Entertainment

Satirical news programs, often dismissed as mere entertainment, have real political effects on the people who watch them, new research suggests.read more »

Your 'Anonmyized' Web Browsing History May Not Be Anonymous

23 Jan 2017 | SciTech

Raising further questions about privacy on the internet, researchers from Princeton and Stanford universities have released a study showing that a specific person's online behavior can be identified by linking anonymous web browsing histories with social media profiles.read more »

Smoking Related Imagery Absent From Only One James Bond Movie To Date

17 Jan 2017 | Entertainment

Smoking related imagery is conspicuous by its absence from only one Bond movie since 007 first graced cinema screens in 1962, finds an analysis in Tobacco Control. read more »

U2 Announces The Joshua Tree Tour 2017

10 Jan 2017 | U.S. News

Live Nation has announced that U2 will return to select stadiums this year with U2: The Joshua Tree Tour 2017, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the band's classic album. read more »

Obama Family Voted Most Desirable Neighbors For 2017; Justin Bieber Named Worst

30 Dec 2016 | Entertainment

Americans would most like to be neighbors with the Obamas in 2017, according to the 10th annual Zillow Celebrity Neighbor Survey. read more »

Star Wars Actress Carrie Fisher Dies

27 Dec 2016 | U.S. News

Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher has died in hospital following a heart attack aged 60.read more »

Feeling Blue? Taking A Break From Facebook Might Help

21 Dec 2016 | SciTech

A new study shows that regular use of social networking such as Facebook can negatively affect your emotional well-being and satisfaction with life. read more »

Got To Remember Them All, Pokémon

20 Dec 2016 | Entertainment

"Gotta catch them all, Pokémon!" Or in this case -- got to remember them all, Pokémon.read more »

Men Should Avoid Rock Music When Playing Board Games, Say Scientists

13 Dec 2016 | Entertainment

Men should avoid rock music when playing board games, say scientists. Mozart may enhance a man's performance in board games - while AC/DC may hinder their chances, according to new research.read more »

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