Like: Facebook May Help You Live Longer (Smithsonian)

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Facebook researchers claim maintaining relationships via social media may enhance real-world friendships, which are proven to be good for one’s health.

Though it is unclear how directly social network connections translate to those in person, Facebook users appear 12 percent less likely to die than someone who has not used the medium. Additionally, Facebook collaborates with scientists and social psychologists to improve user experience, particularly during crisis or illness. According to Facebook, those with wide and diverse networks experience both health and emotional benefits. Read more.

The Real Reason Why People Vote? (Fast Company)

ballot-box-photo-public-domainWhy do so many people vote in general elections? More importantly, why do so many of them choose to sport “I Voted” stickers?

According to research reported in Fast Company, many of us step into the balloting booth on election day simply to avoid the potential shame of being thought of as a non-voter.

Does Morality Shift When Speaking a Foreign Language? (Scientific American)

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How much is language tied to our moral compasses?

Several psychology studies suggest that when people are confronted with moral dilemmas, they respond differently when they consider them in a non-native language.

If this is indeed the case, why is this happening? One explanation is that “our childhood languages vibrate with greater emotional intensity than do those learned in more academic settings. As a result, moral judgments made in a foreign language are less laden with the emotional reactions that surface when we use a language learned in childhood.”

Read “How Morality Changes in a Foreign Language.”

 

The Longer Your Yawn, The Bigger Your Brain (Science Magazine)

Tired woman yawningAccording to Science, longer yawns may be associated with bigger brains. Researchers have discovered that smaller-brained animals with fewer neutrons in the cortex had shorter yawns than larger brained animals with more neurons. Primates, for example, tend to yawn longer than non-primates. The study supports a “long-held hypothesis that yawning has an important psychological effect.” Read more.