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Studying ‘Hunters and Busybodies,’ Researchers Measure Different Types of Curiosity

Curiosity has been found to play a role in our learning and emotional well-being, but due to the open-ended nature of how curiosity is actually practiced, measuring it is challenging. Psychological studies have attempted to gauge participants’ curiosity through their engagement in specific activities, such as asking questions, playing trivia games, and gossiping. However, such methods focus on quantifying a person’s curiosity rather than understanding the different ways it can be expressed.

Why Independent Cultures Think Alike When It Comes to Categories: It's Not in the Brain

Imagine you gave the exact same art pieces to two different groups of people and asked them to curate an art show. The art is radical and new. The groups never speak with one another, and they organize and plan all the installations independently. On opening night, imagine your surprise when the two art shows are nearly identical. How did these groups categorize and organize all the art the same way when they never spoke with one another?

In Conversation with Emile Bruneau: A Video Series

Peace and Conflict Neuroscience Lab founder Emile Bruneau devoted his career to using the tools of neuroscience to bring peace to groups of people in conflict around the world. When he received a brain cancer diagnosis in the final days of 2018, his reaction was not to grieve for himself and his family, but to accelerate his research and maximize his positive effect on the world in the time that remained. He did this with an incandescent positivity familiar to all who knew him.

Google News Prioritizes National Media over Local

When searching for news online, most people probably assume they are receiving the best results. But what if the search engine is prioritizing certain types of content over others, even when it isn’t the best source for the information you’re looking for?

CARGC Press Releases CARGC Paper 14 by Giang Nguyen-Thu

The Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication is proud to present CARGC Paper 14, “Hectic Slowness: Precarious Temporalities of Care in Vietnam’s Digital Mamasphere,” by Giang Nguyen-Thu. Crafted during Nguyen-Thu’s CARGC Postdoctoral Fellowship and originally presented as a CARGC Colloquium, CARGC Paper 14 explores the temporal entanglements of care and precarity in Vietnam by unpacking the condition of “hectic slowness” experienced by mothers who sell food on Facebook against the widespread fear of dietary intoxication.

Mobile Phones Help Americans Encounter More Diverse News

Contrary to the conventional wisdom about segregated news bubbles, mobile devices are exposing Americans to a much greater variety of news, diversifying the stories that people encounter and exposing them to a breadth of information sources.

AHA! Lab Studies How Daily Moments Impact Long-Term Behavior

Every day, you are making countless micro-decisions, many of them unconscious: What and when to eat, when to get up from your desk and stretch, when to glance at your phone, when to say hello to someone passing by, when to take a nap.

In short, how do you spend your day?

Virtual Reality Trains Public to Reverse Opioid Overdoses

The United States has seen a 200% increase in the rate of deaths by opioid overdose in the last 20 years. But many of these deaths were preventable. Naloxone, also called Narcan, is a prescription drug that reverses opioid overdoses, and in more than 40 states — including Pennsylvania — there is a standing order policy, which makes it available to anyone, without an individual prescription from a healthcare provider.

Transatlantic Group Urges Transparency and Accountability for Digital Platforms

In a report released today, the Transatlantic High Level Working Group on Content Moderation Online and Freedom of Expression urges adoption of a flexible regulatory framework to curb online hate speech, violent extremism, and viral deception. The group calls for greater transparency and accountability from digital platforms, as well as a redress system for promptly dealing with user complaints.

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