Nintendo® wii may help improve balance in children with cerebral palsy

Therapy based on the Nintendo® Wii Balance Board can help improve balance in children with cerebral palsy, according to an analysis published in Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology . For the analysis, researchers from the University of Jaén, in Andalusia,…

Shimmer Research launches [email protected] platform to enable at-home online psychophysiological neuromarketing research

[email protected]™ assesses participants’ emotional responses to a wide variety of entertainment, advertisements, marketing materials and other stimuli in their own home

Research analyses misinformation and media coverage during COVID-19

At an informative level, the highlighted aspect during the first few months of the pandemic was the leading role of experts in “the need for authorised voices that can somehow contextualise what is happening, especially in a situation of uncertainty”,…

For students of color, online racism leads to real-world mental health challenges

Whether it’s a “Zoombomb” filled with racial slurs, a racist meme that pops up in a Facebook timeline, or a hate-filled comment on an Instagram post, social media has the power to bring out the worst of the worst. For…

Prestigious Sci-Tech Oscar goes to three former computer science PhD students

Three award winners earned their doctorates under Philipp Slusallek at Saarland University. The university professor and DFKI researcher has significantly advanced the award-winning ray tracing technology over the past two decades. Today, this technology provides many Hollywood movies and computer…

Study links exposure to nighttime artificial lights with elevated thyroid cancer risk

People living in regions with high levels of outdoor artificial light at night may face a higher risk of developing thyroid cancer. The finding comes from a study published early online in CANCER , a peer-reviewed journal of the American…

Talking like a woman in TED Talks is associated with more popularity

Talking like a woman at online TED Talks is being “uniquely rewarded” with more views according to researchers, who say female language style is an “underappreciated but highly effective tool for social influence”. The study published in PLOS ONE by…

Analysis of Trump’s tweets reveals systematic diversion of the media

President Donald Trump’s controversial use of social media is widely known and theories abound about its ulterior motives. New research published today in Nature Communications claims to provide the first evidence-based analysis demonstrating the US President’s Twitter account has been…

Player behavior in the online game EVE Online may reflect real world country

Virtual worlds may reflect social and economic behavior in the real world, according to a study published October 21, 2020 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Andres M. Belaza and colleagues from Ghent University, Belgium. People around the world…

Television advertising limits can reduce childhood obesity, study concludes

Limiting the hours of television advertising for foods and beverages high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) could make a meaningful contribution to reducing childhood obesity, according to a new study published this week in PLOS Medicine by Oliver Mytton…

Social media postings linked to hate crimes

A new paper in the Journal of the European Economic Association, published by Oxford University Press, explores the connection between social media and hate crimes. The researchers combined methods from applied microeconomics with text analysis tools to investigate how negative…

Screen time can change visual perception — and that’s not necessarily bad

BINGHAMTON, NY — The coronavirus pandemic has shifted many of our interactions online, with Zoom video calls replacing in-person classes, work meetings, conferences and other events. Will all that screen time damage our vision? Maybe not. It turns out that…

When two tribes go to war — how tribalism polarized the Brexit social media debate

Tribal behaviour on social media widened the gulf between Remain and Leave voters in the United Kingdom’s debate whether to leave the European Union, re-aligned the UK’s political landscape, and made people increasingly susceptible to disinformation campaigns, new research from the University of Bath shows.

Video is not always effective in science communication

Audiences shown a video about coral reefs had less willingness to pay (WTP) for conservation than when shown a slideshow of texts and photographs. The findings suggest the importance of the type and amount of information used in science communication.…

LSU Health study suggests snap diagnoses may be more accurate

New Orleans, LA – A pilot study conducted by a team of LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine faculty has found that Snapchat is an effective tool to teach residents emergency radiology. The results are published online in Emergency…

Desert island discs: Music listened to in younger years defines us forever, research finds

Researchers at the University of Westminster and City University of London analysing the music record choices of guests on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs programme has found that the music we listen to between the age of 10 and 30 define us for the rest of our lives.