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Facebook Can Create Psychological Safety Nets During Crises

Facebook has many pros and cons, as most of us know. Two recent studies have found that Facebook can create a surprisingly effective "safety net" in times of crisis and distress.

Research Shows What Makes Trolls Tick on Mobile Dating Apps

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on April 25, 2017 in ExperiMentations
Internet trolls are everywhere. What draws them to dating apps and how can you deal with them?

Love and Exile: Decoding the Many Rules of the Girl Code

By Jen Kim on April 24, 2017 in Valley Girl With a Brain
What do women want from their female friendships? Decoding the rules of the Girl Code.

How to Have a Successful First Date (After Meeting Online)

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on April 18, 2017 in ExperiMentations
Online dating is increasingly popular, and notoriously unsatisfying for many. Research is beginning to sort out what works—simple steps can help a first date go better.

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#MarchForScience, Social Media, Diversity and Identity

UCSF showcased a panel of scientific leaders at their Stand Up For Science day. What does this tell us about diversity in science, and about social media?

LeBron James Goes Dark

LeBron James is a trail blazer. Is he on to something with #zerodark23?

Don’t Call Stephens the "Facebook Killer"

It may be catchy, but it’s irresponsible to call Stephens the Facebook killer. It's not about Facebook.

Rabble Rouser Goes Twitter

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on April 16, 2017 in Rabble Rouser
Scientific psychology, social psychology, scientific dysfunction, the psychology of scientific integrity, science reform, in a nutshell, on a daily basis.

Why Banning Social Media Is Not the Best Answer for Kids

A head-in-the-sand approach ill prepares kids to deal with the world in which they live and creates a fervor to use social media in sneaky, risky ways.

Top Pacific Heart Stories of 2016-2017

The most popular posts of 2016-2017 in The Pacific Heart!

Sexual Assault Awareness Month: Don't Play Truth or Dare

Playing "Truth or Dare," you either disclose personal information, or engage in reckless behavior you usually regret. Sexual predators target individuals who are willing to play.

Online Dating: Is Age an Issue?

By Martin Graff Ph.D. on April 03, 2017 in Love, Digitally
• Older adults are more earnest in their endeavours in online dating • Older individuals more likely to report using online dating to find marital and sexual partners

Refugees Make Great Neighbors

Over time, refugees outperform native-born citizens academically, use health services less, and are less likely to commit crime. Inviting them into our communities is a win-win.

Why We (Often) Believe Fake News

Fake news has a strong appeal. Why do we fall for it?

The Dumbing Down of America, Part 1

In the age of alternative facts and erroneous tweets, many say, "Our institutions will save us.” To these complacent folks, I say, “It is up to us to save our institutions."

To Understand Big Data, Try Thinking Like a Psychologist

Rich data tells us plenty about what our customers do, but next to nothing about why they are doing it.
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Is Using Profanity a Sign of Honesty?

A recent paper suggests that profanity may be a reflection of emotional honesty and candor. However, closer examination of the studies' results casts doubt on this idea.

Why Do Some Men Get Premature Championship Tattoos?

By Kevin Bennett on March 22, 2017 in Modern Minds
Why do some men get premature championship tattoos? Here are four reasons why you might go for some skin art that predicts a successful season for your favorite team.

Looking for Love?

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on March 16, 2017 in Cravings
Where do people look for love and friendship? And where do they actually find it?

Empathy: There’s an App For That!

By Sara Konrath Ph.D. on March 14, 2017 in The Empathy Gap
The science behind using mobile phones for good

Animal Behavior and Social Media

By David Dillard-Wright Ph.D. on March 12, 2017 in Boundless
What can we learn about human online behavior by watching other species? Social interaction has the potential for both peace-making and aggression.
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Ed Sheeran: How Far Will You Go?

By Jane Greer Ph.D. on March 08, 2017 in Shrink Wrap
New horizons?

Mental Health and the Effects of Social Media

Facebook got you down? A shift in perspective may be the answer.

Three Reasons You're More Resilient Than You Think

By Andy Molinsky Ph.D. on March 05, 2017 in Adaptation
We all fear stepping outside our comfort zones. But don’t underestimate how flexible, brave, and capable you actually are.

Taking a Facebook Sabbatical

Tired of Facebook? Newsfeeds got you down? Take a hiatus and see what happens. One millennial psychologist did just this and lived to tell the tale.

Commitment Phobia and Hookups

In today’s hookup culture, no one is a priority. People are options, like restaurants. If you don’t like the food, you don’t ever need to go back.

Should Sexual Predators Be Banned From Social Media?

By Jennifer Golbeck Ph.D. on February 27, 2017 in Your Online Secrets
Some states ban sex offenders from social media. Do these laws protect potential victims? They certainly ignore the fundamental role social media plays in modern communication.

Why Millennials Are Lonely

By Caroline Beaton on February 23, 2017 in The Gen-Y Guide
Mysteriously, loneliness appears most prevalent among millennials. I see two compounding explanations.

5 Ways to Spring Clean Your Social Media Clutter

The clocks will soon "spring forward" for many of us—that means it's a great time to prepare for the loss of an hour by streamlining your electronic social networks.

Getting Inside the Heads of Consumers

By Glenn C. Altschuler Ph.D. on February 21, 2017 in This Is America
Why does any product break out of the pack and keep on selling? What is the psychology of hits and the role of social networks through which markets can be reached?

The Price We Pay for Fake News

By Ray Williams on February 14, 2017 in Wired for Success
We are inundated with waves of anti-expert, and anti-science information, where opinions in the form of “alternative facts” and fake news are being promoted as the truth.
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To App or Not to App

By Dora Calott Wang M.D. on February 13, 2017 in The Kitchen Shrink
American Psychiatric Association takes Leadership in the Wild West of Mental Health Apps

Will You Be My Valentine (With a Disability)?

A new dating app seems to provide an easy way to meet partners with and without disabilities. Will it be successful despite the potential stigma?

Constructing a Valentine’s Day Dating Profile

By Martin Graff Ph.D. on February 08, 2017 in Love, Digitally
• It is not always the case that males pursue physical attractiveness in a female partner. • There is a difference between deliberate and spontaneous choices in online dating.