Commentary: In Indonesia and more countries, social media and Big Tobacco are hooking a whole new generation of smokers

Ad agency have actually skillfully leveraged social networks to keep tobacco marketing under the guideline radar, University of Southern California’s Robert Kozinets mentions. A guy passes a tobacco store in Shanghai on World No Tobacco Day on May31 (Picture: AFP/Peter Parks). CALIFORNIA: Big Tobacco is progressively utilizing social networks to discover brand-new methods to hook … Read more

Harvard grad heads home to take on one of Ghana’s biggest problems

Returning to return. Following graduation, MacLean “Mac” Sarbah will return house to Ghana to assist handle among his nation’s most significant social issues: youth joblessness. After graduation, MacLean Sarbah is heading to his native Ghana to handle among the nation’s most significant social issues– youth joblessness Likewise in the Series Tracy K. Smith chose primary … Read more

Social Anxiety Disorder: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Credit: peresanz/Shutterstock Being uneasy in situations like a first date or a job interview is quite normal and happens to everyone. But when that nervousness escalates into a feeling of extreme discomfort, dread or apprehension about normal social interactions, it can result in a diagnosis of social anxiety disorder. Also known as social phobia, social … Read more

‘Mindreading’ neurons simulate decisions of social partners

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Scientists have identified special types of brain cells that may allow us to simulate the decision-making processes of others, thereby reconstructing their state of mind and predicting their intentions. Dysfunction in these ‘simulation neurons’ may help explain difficulties with social interactions in conditions such as autism and social anxiety. Researchers at … Read more

Empathy can help cooperative behavior ‘win out’ over selfishness: game theory study

Credit: CC0 Public Domain It’s a big part of what makes us human: we cooperate. But humans aren’t saints. Most of us are more likely to help someone we consider good than someone we consider a jerk. How we form these moral assessments of others has a lot to do with cultural and social norms, … Read more

Why do we empathize? Researchers take on new perspective

Humans have a compulsion to simulate the activities and behaviors of others in their social group, but why is that? The findings of a new study may change the way that we understand empathy and phenomena of emotional and behavioral contagion. New research suggests a different way of looking at the evolution of empathy. Empathy … Read more

Harvard’s Bacow addresses universities’ role in tackling inequality

Bringing back hope President Larry Bacow speaks about how universities can address inequalities. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer Bacow addresses universities’ role in tackling inequality and declining social mobility With their many scholarly resources, universities can play a major role in tackling the growing problems of income inequality and declining social mobility that are creating deep … Read more

The whisper room: Moderates on Twitter are losing their voice: Social media might be artificially exaggerating political polarization

With the growing popularity of social media, Twitter has become a prominent place to voice opinions on both ends of the political spectrum. With the ability to follow those who only argue one side, voices of people who are in the middle, disinterested in politics or use social media solely for entertainment purposes might be … Read more

Does live tweeting while watching TV distract from the ads?

Researchers from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and at Goizueta Business School at Emory University published new research in the INFORMS journal Marketing Science which reveals that advertisers can see a boost in online shopping when television viewers multitask and engage in social media activity while watching certain programs. The study to … Read more

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