Psychology

How Social Networks Can Turn Basic Science into Public Benefit

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Researchers are mapping the social networks of health and government workers in Bihar, India, to identify influential people who can strategically seed ideas about medical innovations that they hope to have adopted.
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Decades after scientists learned that smoking cigarettes causes lung cancer, smoking is still the leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Problems such as this keep social scientists awake at night. How can scientists change people’s attitudes and behaviors for the public good?

Brainwaves can predict audience reaction for television programming

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By analyzing the brainwaves of people as they watched TV, researchers were able to accurately predict the preferences of large TV audiences.
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Media and marketing experts have long sought a reliable method of forecasting responses from the general population to future products and messages. According to a study conducted at the City College of New York (CCNY) in partnership with Georgia Tech, it appears that the brain responses of just a few individuals are a remarkably strong predictor.

‘Brain Training’ May Boost Working Memory, But Not Intelligence

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Study suggests that brain training programs may help memory, but not won’t bring any benefits to the kind of intelligence that helps you reason and solve problems.
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Putting a Face on a Robot

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A new study finds that older and younger people have different opinions about what they would want a personal robot to look like.
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Predicting Long-Term Success in College

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Long-term success in college may be better predicted with Advanced Placement (AP) exams and personality traits in combination with standard admission practices.
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How Would You Like Your Assistant - Human or Robotic?

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Healthcare providers indicate, if given a choice, they would prefer a robotic assistant rather than a human.
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Robots in the Home: Will Older Adults Roll Out the Welcome Mat?

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Research in the School of Psychology shows older adults preferred robots to help them with chores, but still wanted humans to help with social and personal activities.
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Eliminating Visual Clutter Helps People with Mild Cognitive Impairment

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Memory impairments for people with early stage Alzheimer’s disease may be due, in part, to problems in determining the differences between similar objects.
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Making Music with Real Stars

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Georgia Tech's SonLab uses Kepler Telescope star data to create music.
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The Search for a Job Begins and Ends with You

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A new study that focuses on finding work following a job layoff reveals just how important managing negative thoughts and effort over time are while looking for employment.
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