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You Can Probably Tell if Other Animals Are Emotionally Aroused You Can Probably Tell if Other Animals Are Emotionally Aroused

It is likely that you, a human, can tell when your fellow humans are upset based on the sound of their voice. You might even be able to tell when your non-human pet is upset. But what about non-mammals, like frogs? What about birds?

Facebook Adds Reactions to Comments, Panic Attacks to Me Facebook Adds Reactions to Comments, Panic Attacks to Me

Facebook made another bad decision today, adding an unnecessary amount of nuance to your interactions on its social platform. You can now “sad” and “wow” not just posts and messages, but also comments. I don’t know about you, but I certainly don’t want this level of comprehensive feedback.

Another Psychological Study Fails the Reproducibility Test Another Psychological Study Fails the Reproducibility Test

The field of psychology is currently in the midst of a kind of civil war, with one side claiming a widespread reproducibility crisis, and the other just as loudly proclaiming that concerns are greatly exaggerated.

This Wi-Fi Can Tell If You're Sad This Wi-Fi Can Tell If You're Sad

Our modern environment is saturated with wireless signals, a consequence of our insatiable desire to transmit data seamlessly and efficiently. A new device developed by scientists at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) can use these ubiquitous signals to detect our inner emotional…

Visualize Your Emotions Based on Psychology and the Dalai Lama's Insight Visualize Your Emotions Based on Psychology and the Dalai Lama's Insight

Ever wondered how your emotions interact or what they give rise to? This visualization, called The Atlas of Emotions, combines experimental psychology and insight from the Dalai Lama to try and explain.

Robotic Emotions Could Help Us Out of the Uncanny Valley Robotic Emotions Could Help Us Out of the Uncanny Valley

When the first guests arrive at Nagasaki’s Hotel Henn Na in July this year, they will be greeted and served by robots. In a similar approach, Toshiba’s android Aiko recently held a short-term role greeting customers at a department store in Tokyo. Customers were comfortable approaching Aiko to ask for directions and…

No, This Artificially Intelligent Super Mario Is Not Self-Aware No, This Artificially Intelligent Super Mario Is Not Self-Aware

German researchers have created a version of Nintendo's Super Mario Advance in which the videogame hero can learn and venture through the game according to his "feelings." It's an exciting advance, but the claim that Super Mario is now "self-aware" is grossly overstated.

Clever animation shows how we hide our true feelings to the world Clever animation shows how we hide our true feelings to the world

Elena Rogova's Appearance and Reality is a clever short story that tackles something we can all relate to: the difference between the feelings we show to the world and our hidden true feelings. It's like as we grow up, we put on a mask to suppress our feelings to look cool or appear strong or whatever. Screw that.

Does "Positive Thinking" Really Make Our Lives Better? Does "Positive Thinking" Really Make Our Lives Better?

You've heard the self-help gurus who say positive thoughts can bring us happiness, wealth, and success. But there's another side to the story. Here's why positive thinking often backfires — and why many of us are starting to resent it.

This Moderately Immoral Study Shows How We Misidentify Our Emotions This Moderately Immoral Study Shows How We Misidentify Our Emotions

In today's experiments, one of the most common tricks that experimental psychologists play is giving people placebos instead of drugs. In the past, it was pretty much the reverse. Doctors would call people in, tell them they'd get an innocuous substance, and then inject them with something a thousand times more…

Researcher: Facebook Psychology Study Breached Ethical Guidelines Researcher: Facebook Psychology Study Breached Ethical Guidelines

Over the weekend, the internet exploded over the fact that Facebook had conducted psychological experiments on user news feeds. While Zuckerberg's team doesn't see a problem with that it did, academic researchers seem think it breached ethical research guidelines.

Facebook Experimented on Random Users to Study Newsfeed Emotions Facebook Experimented on Random Users to Study Newsfeed Emotions

Spend time with a Debbie Downer, and you'll likely end up feeling blue. Turns out, the same is true digitally: Facebook's new study says this "emotional contagion" works just as strongly through your News Feed—which they discovered after tinkering with the emotional content of nearly 700,000 random users' feeds.

Why Humiliation Is the Most Intense Human Emotion Why Humiliation Is the Most Intense Human Emotion

Like anyone, I suppose, I take great pains to avoid humiliation. But as a fat person, humiliation is built into my everyday existence—just living in my body is coded as humiliating by the culture at large—so when I was younger, I always went out of my way to be more in control of my image than I needed to be. More…

Forget VR Sex -- Here's How Tech Will Actually Change Your Love Life Forget VR Sex -- Here's How Tech Will Actually Change Your Love Life

Our technologies are rapidly evolving, and with it, the very nature of our personal lives. Here's how the era of tech-enabled intimacy will forever change the way we go about forming and maintaining relationships.

Robot Eyes Replace Your Blank Stare With (Fake) Human Expression Robot Eyes Replace Your Blank Stare With (Fake) Human Expression

Coming across as a socially functioning human who expresses real emotions can be such a drain. If only there was a high-tech way to replace your flat, expressionless gaze with a digital approximation of human warmth. Well, search no more. AgencyGlass is here.

The Human Face Is Far More Expressive Than We Thought The Human Face Is Far More Expressive Than We Thought

In a study that now seems embarrassingly overdue, scientists have tripled the list of human facial expressions from six to 21 — adding such emotions as "sadly surprised" and "happily disgusted."

In-Car Facial Recognition Detects Angry Drivers To Prevent Road Rage In-Car Facial Recognition Detects Angry Drivers To Prevent Road Rage

Passengers in a car can help calm an angry driver when another vehicle cuts them off. But when a driver is alone, that anger can easily turn into road rage which puts everyone at risk. So researchers at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne—or EPFL for short—are working on an in-car facial recognition system that…

Four-year-old adorably starts crying because of a beautifully sad song Four-year-old adorably starts crying because of a beautifully sad song

Watch Jackson, an awesome four-year-old kid, become overwhelmed by a beautifully sad song while riding in his Dad's car. He tries to fight off the tears but he can't help it. He starts crying because the music is so touching but he doesn't want to change the song. He can't. He takes off his glasses to feel the hurt…

Where Emotions Hit You, Visualized Where Emotions Hit You, Visualized

Nerves make your stomach churn; embarrassment brings a glow to your cheeks. Emotions clearly have a direct physiological effect on our bodies, and now a team of Finnish researchers has analyzed exactly how—and represented them in this visualization.

This Funhouse Mirror Can Reflect Back a Smile When You're Frowning This Funhouse Mirror Can Reflect Back a Smile When You're Frowning

Promising to revolutionize the amusement park funhouse as we know it, researchers at the University of Tokyo's Hirose-Tanikawa lab have created a remarkable mirror that does more than just make someone look overly thin or tall. It's actually able to change the emotion on someone's face, replacing a frown with a…

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