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Mathieu Plourde

How People Learn to Become Resilient - 0 views

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    "If you are lucky enough to never experience any sort of adversity, we won't know how resilient you are. It's only when you're faced with obstacles, stress, and other environmental threats that resilience, or the lack of it, emerges: Do you succumb or do you surmount?"
Mathieu Plourde

The Psychology of Social Media - 0 views

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    "What is it about screens that keeps our eyes transfixed and fingers a-tappin'? Psychologist Sherry Turkle, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the author of "Alone, Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other," explains what keeps us tangled up in tech."
Mathieu Plourde

This Brain Part Decides What Goes Viral on Social Media - 0 views

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    "If you want to make something go viral on Facebook or Twitter, in other words, the TPJ is where you want to hit - because it lights up like a Christmas tree before we even know we're going to share something. The more activated it is, the more persuasive the share. And it doesn't necessarily have anything to do with what we think is cool ourselves."
Mathieu Plourde

Open-source books gain traction among University of Maryland professors - 0 views

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    In 2010, Roberts was a graduate student working for the federal government while teaching introductory psychology at night. He didn't set aside a summer, a month or a few weeks to prepare his book - he created it on a week-by-week basis, often putting sections together late at night or early in the morning. Roberts, who provides his book free of charge to the university's PSYC 100: Introduction to Psychology classes, is part of a national growing open educational resources movement. These resources are published under a Creative Commons license, which allows for free use and sometimes editing, much like Wikipedia. Roberts' psychology textbook draws from free online information, videos and graphics.
Mathieu Plourde

Your Problem Isn't Motivation - 0 views

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    "Each attempt to "motivate" himself will only increase his stress and guilt as it widens the gap between his motivation and his follow-through, between how badly he wants to work out and his failure to do so. We have a misconception that if we only cared enough about something, we would do something about it. But that's not true. "
Mathieu Plourde

How the presence of an uninformative photo makes a statement more believable - 0 views

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    When we're making a snap judgement about a fact, the mere presence of an accompanying photograph makes us more likely to think it's true, even when the photo doesn't provide any evidence one way or the other. In the words of Eryn Newman and her colleagues, uninformative photographs "inflate truthiness".
Mathieu Plourde

Farewell to Facebook - 0 views

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    "Horror stories have been published about employers asking for job applicants' Facebook passwords. Recently, psychologists discovered that employers frown upon applicants without a Facebook presence. The lack of a profile raises many red flags: is this person anti-social? Was once tagged in too many party photos? Is he or she just pretentious?"
Mathieu Plourde

The Accessibility Of Envy On Social Media - 0 views

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    "Being consumed in constant judging leaves us with the feeling of being mediocre or, alternately, with narcissistic pride. Both antithetical perceptions absorb us in the vicious cycle of comparison with friends, family and unknown others. What's most important -- which I wish I had realised in my teens -- is to learn to be comfortable in our own skin."
Mathieu Plourde

Is the Internet Making Us Crazy? What the New Research Says - 0 views

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    "it's important to turn off our computers and do things in the real world."
Mathieu Plourde

Narcissists Can Be Identified By Their Facebook Accounts - 0 views

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    "The researchers found that the number of Facebook friends and wallposts that individuals have on their profile pages correlates with narcissism. Buffardi said this is consistent with how narcissists behave in the real-world, with numerous yet shallow relationships. Narcissists are also more likely to choose glamorous, self-promoting pictures for their main profile photos, she said, while others are more likely to use snapshots."
Mathieu Plourde

Psychology of social networking - 0 views

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    "We tend to over think some things in life and here's proof.  Do you suffer from high levels of narcisim or low self esteem?  Or, maybe you use Facebook, because it's just a fun way to keep in touch with friends?"
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