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September 11 Text Messages Reveal Emotional Timeline, Says Researchers

September 7, 2010 coms 0

The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 have been called the defining moment of our time. Thousands of people died and the attacks had huge individual and collective consequences, including two wars. But less is known about the immediate emotional reactions to the attacks. For a new study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, researchers analyzed text messages sent on September 11, 2001 for emotional words. They found spiking anxiety and steadily increasing anger through that fateful day.

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Health Behaviors Influenced By Social Networks

September 2, 2010 coms 0

Scientists have long thought that social networks, which features many distant connections, or “long ties,” produces large-scale changes most quickly. But in a new study, Damon Centola, an assistant professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, has reached a different conclusion: Individuals are more likely to acquire new health practices while living in networks with dense clusters of connections — that is, when in close contact with people they already know well.

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Men In Red Are More Attractive to Women [Study]

August 18, 2010 coms 0

Men have long found the idea of women in red an alluring idea, but a new study by the University of Rochester, found that that feeling is mutual. The study, published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, found women were more attracted to men wearing red.

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Modesty Important for Women, But Not for Men [Study]

August 12, 2010 coms 0

We all know that men and women are expected to carry themselves differently and this new study by Rutgers’ University on modesty only reinforces that point. Turns out, it is more attractive for men to have little modesty, but necessary for women to have a great deal of modesty.

Accents Are Not Perceived as Trustworthy [Study]

July 23, 2010 coms 0

A new study by the University of Chicago suggests that when accents make people less certain about what an individual is saying, they may transfer that uncertainty onto the statement itself, deciding that the statement is less credible. As a result, many people equate accents with a lack of trustworthiness.

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Tough Sounding Men Really Are Tough

June 22, 2010 coms 0

Hormones have a large impact on the body. In women, hormones during fertile times can increase the pitch of her voice. Similarly, testosterone has an effect on men’s voices by making them deeper. But a new study takes it one step further showing that an individual’s strength and the tough sound of their voice are in fact linked.