Emotional Arcade pits regular people in a competition to experience emotions as strongly as they can, while monitoring their brain activity.
Technology Is Not Driving Us Apart After All. Great coverage of an important and interesting issue, and some fascinating researchers!
Don't let your tech toys trick you into working too much. "The increased productivity associated with staying connected to work in the evening hours is often achieved at the cost of mental health, yielding higher stress levels which may lead to poor recovery, impaired performance, fatigue, and sleep complaints."
Super heroes give out more chocolate, villains more chili sauce. "Our results indicate that just five minutes of role-play in virtual environments as either a hero or villain can easily cause people to reward or punish anonymous strangers," says lead researcher Gunwoo Yoon of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
I love reading about social scientists in tech development. Here's to a future where UX matters.
Studies show the long-term, positive effects of fitness on cognitive abilities - The Washington Post
Mental exercise: The top 10 calorie-burning frightening films to get your heart pumping! Being scared while watching The Shining is like walking for 30 minutes. This new study showed it burns enough calories to equal a chocolate bar, but at the same time the adrenaline lowers your appetite.
Bonding with Batman could make you stronger: Can parasocial relationships (one-way bonds with media figures) positively influence body esteem for men, counteracting the negative impact of unattainable muscular physiques?
From potted begonias to user profiles: Visualizing community What are the visible signs of community that we look for online … Photo galleries? Creative avatars? Well-organized and tended conversation threads? Complete user profiles?