How social media could be affecting COVID vaccine hesitancy

A social media campaign could help to advertise the positives of COVID-19 vaccination and counter the negative posts and comments which are putting Australia’s vaccination program at risk, a UNSW researcher says. ARC Discovery Early Career Research Fellow in UNSW Science’s School of Psychology, Dr. Kate Faasse says social media is exaggerating COVID vaccine side effects and is playing a […]

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Social media ‘likes’ change the way we feel about our memories, new research shows

Memories are often considered very personal and private. Yet, in the past few years, people have got used to notifications from social media or phone galleries telling them they have a “memory.” These repackaged versions of the past affect not just what we remember but also the attachments we have with those memories. In a new study, we found social […]

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Social media use driven by search for reward, akin to animals seeking food, new study shows

Our use of social media, specifically our efforts to maximize “likes,” follows a pattern of “reward learning,” concludes a new study by an international team of scientists. Our use of social media, specifically our efforts to maximize “likes,” follows a pattern of “reward learning,” concludes a new study by an international team of scientists. Its findings, which appear in the […]

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Most teen bullying occurs among peers climbing the social ladder

Teens who bully, harass, or otherwise victimize their peers are not always lashing out in reaction to psychological problems or unhealthy home environments, but are often using aggression strategically to climb their school’s social hierarchy, a University of California, Davis, study suggests. These findings point to the reasons why most anti-bullying programs don’t work and suggest possible strategies for the […]

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Social and structural factors influence racial disparities in COVID-19 mortality

COVID-19 mortality racial disparities in the U.S. are associated with social factors like income, education and internet access, according to a Rutgers study. The study, published in the Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, highlights the need for public health policies that address structural racism. The researchers investigated the association between COVID-19 cases and deaths in 2,026 U.S. counties […]

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Social connection, social support and physical exercise key to overcoming adversity

David Creswell and his daughter recently bought ice skates, and on a good week, they hit the ice every couple of days. The new winter tradition is more than just fun, said Creswell, professor of psychology and neuroscience at Carnegie Mellon University’s Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences. The activity combines exercise and social interaction—two evidence-based strategies that can […]

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Pandemic pods offer social relief, but there are risks

Patti Ghezzi knows the risks posed by the pandemic. She also knows that her 14-year-old daughter thrives in the company of her friends. So Ghezzi and her family did something many other Americans have attempted: They became part of a ‘pod,’ or ‘social bubble,’ with two other Atlanta families. All agreed to limit their exposure to the outside world, and […]

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Masks NOT enough to stop spread of COVID-19 without social distancing

Cloth masks are NOT enough to stop the spread of COVID-19 without social distancing because they let in enough droplets to infect someone standing less than six feet away, study finds Five types of masks were examined: an N95 mask, s surgical mask, a cloth mask, a two-layer cloth mask and a wet two-later cloth mask Each mask was tested […]

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Create a social bubble, stay safe over the holidays

The holiday season is traditionally a time for family and friends to gather together and celebrate. But the COVID-19 pandemic will make the holidays a much different experience for many Americans. Dr. Nipunie Rajapakse, a Mayo Clinic pediatric infectious diseases specialist, says participating in virtual events and limiting your gatherings to only those who live in your household will be […]

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The designated driver role gets a modern update, covering dangers from COVID-19 to social media

The designated driver (DD) is a successful public health strategy dating back to the late 1980s. To better reflect the realities of today’s society, now is a good time to evolve the initiative to help mitigate the harms tied to broader substance use and beyond drinking and driving. The promotion of “buddy circles,” as an expanded harm reduction strategy, is […]

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