Mischa Coster

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The Surprising Trick to Helping Anyone Change

Behavior change can be hard. Although there are lots of theories about what motivates people to create long-lasting change, new research shows the …

Most unhappy people are unhappy for the exact same reason

We’d all like to be a little happier.<p>The problem is that much of what determines happiness is outside of our control. Some of us are genetically predisposed to see the world through rose-colored glasses, while others have a generally negative outlook. Bad things happen, to us and in the world. …

Happiness

Everything We Know So Far About How Facebook Affects Your Happiness

If Facebook and I had a relationship status last year, it would have been, “It’s complicated.” The social media platform, with its confetti of …

Facebook can’t escape mounting evidence that it’s making people miserable

Social media has irrevocably changed the nature of friendship, in that we now split our time between virtual relationships and real ones. Now a big new study adds to the growing body of research on the fallout of our socializing online: The more we use Facebook, the less happy we feel.<p>From the …

Social Media

Emojis, emoticons may help decode human behaviour online

Emojis and emoticons on social media platforms like Facebook are an alternative to facial movements and hand gestures used in face-to-face …

Study: Facebook can actually make us more narrow-minded

<b>(CNN) —</b> On the surface, it seems like social media has the boundless potential to expand our world, connecting us to ideas and people we otherwise would never have found. However, a new study claims just the opposite: Social media actually isolates us, creating and facilitating confirmation biases …

Social Media

Why Do People Believe Fake News?

And why that's so dangerous.<p>On 21 December 1955, a group of people called the Seekers gathered in a Chicago house awaiting the end of the world, …

Fake News

Cognitive bias cheat sheet, simplified

Thinking is hard because of 4 universal conundrums.<p><i>Four months ago I attempted to synthesize Wikipedia’s crazy list of cognitive biases, and after</i> …

Google's experimental new feature lets you search with emojis via Twitter

The emojis cometh. Just about three-fourths — 74 percent — of smartphone users in the U.S. regularly use emojis. The average person sends about 96 of …

Appearing happy on social media is increasingly being used against people in court

Danny Cuesta admitted to preying on a 15-year-old sophomore who attended the school where he taught Spanish. He lured her into a private school office to "make copies," took her to motels for sex, and posed as her personal "tutor" as an excuse to visit her at home.<p>Cuesta's victim—known in court …

How Your Brain Understands Visual Language

Or, “why email is still represented by an envelope.” Design professor Josiah Kahane explains.<p>Semioticians classify signs or sign systems in relation to the way they are transmitted. To illuminate one way semioticians look at things, let us peek at stage and film semiotics, which study the various …

Linguistics

5 Psychology Hacks to Improve Your Social Media Posts

Unless you’ve been spending far more time on the dark side of the internet than me, I wouldn’t suggest that you try to hack any of the social media …

'Sleeper effect' accounts for durability of weak messages from credible sources - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — You don't need a Ph.D. in rhetoric to know that messages from a weak source – a P.T. Barnum-esque carnival barker, for example – …

What Your Social Media Use Says About Your Depression

Multiple researchers have discovered that the way people use Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Tumblr correlates to symptoms of depression.<p>Researchers have long sought to understand how people with depression share their feelings on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Tumblr. Some hope to develop an …

Social Media

What social media 'likes' do to teens' brains

The findings of a study conducted by the University of California, Los Angeles has many people comparing "likes" on social media to sex, but don't …

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What Motivates People to Share on Facebook? (Infographics)

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Infographics

Study: Engaging With Social Media Can Drain Your Brain

Each decision to retweet or not saps cognitive energy, and it adds up quickly.<p>The retweet is a major social currency of our time. Even if we …

How Using Social Media Affects Teenagers

Many parents worry about how exposure to technology might affect toddlers developmentally. We know our preschoolers are picking up new social and …

Self-esteem

Study helps explain why some new moms post nonstop on Facebook

Several years ago, Sarah Schoppe-Sullivan noticed something curious as she scrolled through Facebook: Many of her female friends used an image of …

The Weird Way Social Media Is Messing With Your Brain

You may know the eye cream she uses before bed and her favorite poolside cocktail. But following someone's social-media feeds doesn't mean you know her. How hanging out on the Internet is messing with our relationships—not to mention our minds.<p>On a balmy summer evening in San Francisco, Bridget and …

Social Media

Technology and Persuasion - MIT Technology Review

GSN Games, which designs mobile games like poker and bingo, collects billions of signals every day from the phones and tablets its players are …

Research Reveals Secrets of Social Sharing

How can you get more people to share more of your blog posts, Tweets and Facebook posts? Ironically, the answer lies in a 50-year-old psychological …

Social Media

5 Habits To Practice If You Feel Tired Of Social Media

Feeling tired of social media? There’s no wonder why. While social media can be a great way of connecting with others, it can also be incredibly …

Social Media Triggers a Dopamine High

Social media affects the brain in the same way that a hug does. Here’s how it works, and what marketers can do about it.<p>You know how you get a rush …

#FOMO Leads To Depression And Anxiety In Teen Social Media Users

A report revealed that most teenagers today suffer from the fear of missing out or FOMO which is generated when they use social media.<p>Experts from …

3 Psychology Principles That Boost Social Media Engagement

Are your social media posts getting enough engagement? Do you want tips for connecting with your audience? Social media engagement is largely …

How to Use the 3-Act Structure To Improve Your Content Marketing

Unique… Helpful… Engaging.<p>These are the words that describe epic content marketing – <i>but too many people are getting it wrong</i>.<p>We can debate all day …

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