Increased time spent in front of a screen -- in the form of computers, cell phones and tablets -- might have contributed to a recent uptick in symptoms of depression and suicide-related behaviors and thoughts in American young people, especially girls.
In the first large scale randomized media experiment ever conducted, researchers found that if just three outlets write about a particular major national policy topic -- such as jobs, the environment, or immigration -- discussion of that topic across social media rose by more than 62 percent, and the balance of opinion in the national conversation could be swayed several percentage points based on that coverage.
Developing brains, sleep patterns, and even eyes make children uniquely vulnerable to the body-clock disrupting impact of electronics, a new paper in Pediatrics reports.
Neuropsychologists of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum let video gamers compete against non-gamers in a learning competition. During the test, the video gamers performed significantly better and showed an increased brain activity in the brain areas that are relevant for learning. Prof Dr Boris Suchan, Sabrina Schenk and Robert Lech report their findings in the journal Behavioural Brain Research.
A new imaging technique makes it possible to precisely digitize clear objects and their surroundings, an achievement that has eluded current state-of-the-art 3-D rendering methods.
Most Americans say they get science news no more than a few times per month, and when they do, most get it by happenstance rather than intentionally, according to a new Pew Research Center study. About one-third (36 percent) of Americans say they get science news at least a few times per week, 30 percent typically seek it out and only 17 percent of Americans report doing both.
Journalists can help their readers form accurate views by "adjudicating" between opposing political claims in their articles, a new study shows.
Channel surfing voters who stumble across Fox News first in their cable news channel lineup are more likely to vote for a Republican presidential candidate, according to a new study from researchers at Emory University and Stanford University in the American Economic Review. Watching CNN or MSNBC, however, did not have a similar effect.
A new study of how accents change over differing periods of time demonstrates the limited impact of intense social interactions in isolated environments, and surprisingly large differences among people in how susceptible their accents are to change. The study 'The medium-term dynamics of accents on reality television,' by Morgan Sonderegger (McGill University), Max Bane (University of Chicago) and Peter Graff (University of Vienna) will be published in the September 2017 issue of the scholarly journal Language.
A team of researchers at the University of Missouri's Political Communication Institute have found evidence that social media engagement -- or social watching -- during last year's presidential debates produced beneficial effects for those engaged on Twitter while watching the debates on TV. In a pair of studies, communication experts have found that issue-based tweeting was directly related to greater knowledge acquisition, and social watching actually helps viewers solidify their beliefs around their chosen candidates.