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Social proof - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Social proof, also known as informational social influence, is a psychological phenomenon that occurs in ambiguous social situations when people are unable to determine the appropriate mode of behavior. Making the assumption that surrounding people possess more knowledge about the situation, they will deem the behavior of others as appropriate or better informed.
psychology  social  sociology  groups  ux 
january 2011 by mort
The Three Christs of Ypsilanti: What happens when three men who identify as Jesus are forced to live together? - By Vaughan Bell - Slate Magazine
This may be the nearest we can get to revelation—the understanding that our most cherished beliefs could be wrong.
books  psychology  identity 
may 2010 by mort
The loneliness network - The Boston Globe
Loneliness is bad for us. A substantial body of research links loneliness with everything from depression to high blood pressure and cholesterol to poor sleep, weight gain, diminished immunity, and Alzheimer’s disease.

And if a paper published this month is to be believed, loneliness isn’t just a health risk - it is, like the flu, a contagious one: Lonely people make the people around them lonely, too.
loneliness  sociology  psychology  science  networks  socialsoftware 
december 2009 by mort
Form constant - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A form constant is one of several geometric patterns which are recurringly observed during hallucinations and altered states of consciousness.
psychology  brain 
september 2009 by mort
Endogenous steroids and financial risk taking on a London trading floor — PNAS
Our results suggest that higher testosterone may contribute to economic return, whereas cortisol is increased by risk.
economics  psychology  biology  neurology  neurobiology 
july 2009 by mort
Focal point (game theory) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In game theory, a focal point (also called Schelling point) is a solution that people will tend to use in the absence of communication, because it seems natural, special or relevant to them
games  communication  social  psychology  culture 
may 2009 by mort
Fullbright: The immersion model of meaning
We already build incredible, vivid places, but feel the compulsion to pave over them with our attempts at compulsory pre-authored story structures
games  meaning  narrative  stories  psychology  design  culture  media  userexperience 
may 2009 by mort
I Lose - The Gameshelf
"Where did you go?" "Out" "What did you do?" "Nothing"
thegame  games  culture  psychology 
may 2009 by mort
Luke Swartz - Why People Hate the Paperclip
User interface agents are increasingly used in software products; perhaps the best-known user interface agent is the Microsoft Office Assistant ("Clippy the Paperclip"). This thesis explores why many people have a negative response to the Office Assistant, using a combination of theoretical, qualitative, and quantitative studies.
usability  design  ux  ui  theupstairs  psychology  agents  microsoft  myclothes  paperclip  clippy 
march 2009 by mort
The Extended Mind
As with any reconception of ourselves, this view will have significant consequences. There are obvious consequences for philosophical views of the mind and for the methodology of research in cognitive science, but there will also be effects in the moral and social domains. It may be, for example, that in some cases interfering with someone's environment will have the same moral significance as interfering with their person. And if the view is taken seriously, certain forms of social activity might be reconceived as less akin to communication and action, and as more akin to thought. In any case, once the hegemony of skin and skull is usurped, we may be able to see ourselves more truly as creatures of the world.
science  psychology  philosophy  brain  body  consciousness  iphone  technology 
march 2009 by mort
La Coctelera: The Mixer - Consumo inmediato de identidades
El consumo (ni ideología no clase social ni nada: creo que ya todos tenemos claro que el consumo es la verdadera ideología, y que son las formas de consumo las que unen)configura la identidad de una persona (identidad en el sentido social: cómo me ven
consum  culture  identity  economics  psychology 
december 2006 by mort
Spire Security Viewpoint: Car Safety and Security
There is apparently an academic named Gordon Tullock at George Mason University who insists that we would all drive much more safely if we attached a big spike to the steering wheel and point it directly at our chest.
security  culture  psychology 
september 2006 by mort

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