Social Anxiety in the Digital Age

Social Anxiety in the Digital Age

A 2016 meta-analysis in the journal Computers in Human Behavior showed a correlation “between social anxiety and feelings of comfort online.” Computer mediated communication offers a few key features that may appeal to socially anxious individuals: “text-based communication with reduced audio and visual cues,” “anonymity,” and asynchronicity (i.e., there is no immediate need to respond).

Are You Sure You're Creating the Impression You Want?

Are You Sure You're Creating the Impression You Want?

Emotions, cognitions, social context, and level of intimacy are just a few of the possible complications affecting the way that people interact at a nonverbal level.

Nature vs. Nurture: Another Paradox

Nature vs. Nurture: Another Paradox

Therefore, evolution likely proceeded in a way that resulted in our being biologically programmed to wire our automatic and repetitive behavioral responses in most environmental contests - in particular social contexts - in accordance with what we learn from our interactions with those attachment figures.

Why Do We Like People Who Are Similar to Us?

Why Do We Like People Who Are Similar to Us?

Even though a dissimilar person would be more likely to actually provide new knowledge and experiences, research has shown that people are more likely to see self-expansion opportunities when interacting with someone who is similar, rather than dissimilar to them.

The Belief in Separation and Individuation is Not Universal

The Belief in Separation and Individuation is Not Universal

In an unfortunate feedback loop, child development theorists have taken the cultural bias of separation and independence and created theories that are then used to guide parents in raising there children.

The touching social experiment that will make you want a cuppa with Grandpa

The touching social experiment that will make you want a cuppa with Grandpa

What's more, while 82 percent of Aussies say spending quality time with friends and family brings them meaning in life, only 27 percent are interacting regularly with their loved ones in person.

Intelligent Social Robots Must Have a "Theory of Mind"

Intelligent Social Robots Must Have a "Theory of Mind"

In order to build AIs with human-like intelligence—AIs who can interact socially, who are able to work with us to achieve goals, and who are behaviorally and intellectually similar to beloved characters from Star Trek and Star Wars—we must first create one fundamental feature almost entirely missing from their current design.

How Parenting Is Hard-Wired

How Parenting Is Hard-Wired

Now, a report just published in Nature gives us the first ever look at the inner workings of a brain-wide circuit orchestrating parenting behavior. Our hypothesis was that different brain areas are in charge of particular aspects of parenting.