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Darker giraffes are more solitary and less social for some reason

September 26, 2019

Humans are not the only social animals in the world. Other species also enjoy having company around for…
Dishonest behavior damages ability to read other people’s emotions

September 17, 2019

People who act dishonestly don’t only hurt the people they’ve wronged—they also harm themselves. Julia Lee, an assistant…
Navigating autism, together

August 13, 2019

By collaborating with experts, advocates and families in the Charlottesville community, autism researchers at UVA are growing the…
Modern maker trend could spur aging brains

July 22, 2019

Frustrated that her sweater got lost in the community laundry, 92-year-old Gigi took advantage of an embroidery machine…
Not all teens turn to social media when they’re lonely

June 5, 2019

Technology is so pervasive it may seem as if teens spend more time on social networking sites than…
In small groups, people follow high-performing leaders

February 27, 2019

While the “wisdom of the crowd” shapes the behavior of large groups of people, less is known about small-group…
Social threat learning influences our decisions

February 19, 2019

Learning what is dangerous by watching a video or being told (known as social learning) has just as…
We’re not addicted to smartphones, we’re addicted to social interaction

February 19, 2018

We all know people who, seemingly incapable of living without the bright screen of their phone for more…
Robotic surrogates help chronically ill kids maintain social, academic ties at school

September 9, 2016

Chronically ill, homebound children who use robotic surrogates to “attend” school feel more socially connected with their peers…
Having Well-connected Friends Benefits Female Baboons, Study Finds

July 27, 2016

In humans, it’s well documented that having a healthy social life is associated with better physical health. The…
Changes in dieters’ social networks may undermine weight-loss efforts

June 1, 2016

Efforts to lose weight may be unsuccessful because of an important mismatch between the social contacts created by…
Scientists unveil social and telepresence robots

December 31, 2015

Say hello to Nadine, a “receptionist” at Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore). She is friendly, and will greet…
Turn-taking in communication may be more ancient than language

December 16, 2015

The central use of language is in conversation, where we take short turns in rapid alternation, a pattern…
Wild birds choose love over food

November 17, 2015

Scientists from the Department of Zoology found that mated pairs of great tits chose to prioritise their relationships…
Your phone reveals your habits

October 29, 2015

DTU is currently conducting an experiment using mobile phone data to gain unique insight into how our social…
Can robots make good teammates? In Yale lab, they are learning the skills

September 22, 2015

Are they our evil overlords, or our personal servants? Another possibility altogether is that they’re our dependable co-workers,…
Study identifies neurons that help predict what another individual will do

February 27, 2015

Two groups of neurons found to play key roles in social interactions, may lead to targeted autism treatment…
Friends Are the Family You Choose: Genome-Wide Analysis Reveals Genetic Similarities Among Friends

July 15, 2014

If you consider your friends family, you may be on to something. A study from the University of…
Social learning: birds do it, bees do it, and apparently, lizards do it too

July 10, 2014

Young solitary lizards watch and learn from their elders. Researchers have found that the Eastern Water Skink, despite…
Families can play key role against bullying

July 1, 2014

A University of Queensland study has shown that families can be more effective in protecting children from bullying…
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