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Psychology - Media - 09.07.2015
Violent video games provide quick stress relief, but at a price
Players who highly enjoyed the violent game "Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage" showed a tendency to perceive the world in a more hostile way than those who played a nonviolent game. A study authored by two University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate students indicates that while playing video games can improve mood, violent games may increase aggressive outcomes.

Media - 20.04.2015
Lack of attention, self-control predict dangerous texting behaviors
ANN ARBOR-Texting while driving or walking can be dangerous, but people still engage in the behavior without thinking. A new study suggests that individuals can resist the lure of dangerous texting if they become mindful of their surroundings, have the self-control to focus on one task and not have it as an automatic behavior.

Art and Design - Media - 15.04.2015
Games can power up from merely fun to meaningful experiences
Participants in the study suggested that story details in the game were critical to feelings of appreciation. They also indicated that more meaningful games were associated with heightened feelings of insight or enrichment. UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. It may be game over for critics who claim that video games are nothing more than a fun diversion.

Social Sciences - Media - 06.11.2014
More scientists burnishing reputations by using social media, study finds
Science and social media can coexist, according to a recent study headed by UW faculty. The study found a connection between "h-index" - a measure of the quality of a researcher's work and influence - and social media activity. Illustration: Dusan Petricic for The Scientist Here is an idea worth following: "share" for tenure; "like" to get cited.

Social Sciences - Media - 06.11.2014
Greater use of social media gets science, scientists noticed, study says
Science and social media can coexist, according to a recent study headed by UW faculty. The study found a connection between "h-index" - a measure of the quality of a researcher's work and influence - and social media activity. Illustration: Dusan Petricic for The Scientist Here is an idea worth following: "share" for tenure; "like" to get cited.

Media - Psychology - 24.10.2014
Media Effects Research Lab fosters new research on information processing
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. From the moment we wake up to the second we go to sleep, we're bombarded by media and technology. We read the news on our smartphones, play the latest apps on our tablets and catch up on the newest TV and movies on Hulu and Netflix. The way these different types of media affect us has become a hot topic of study.

Administration - Media - 28.07.2014
Contrary to image, city politicians do adapt to voters
Political scientists have long wondered whether city governments in the United States are really responsive to their voters. Aren't local governments simply mired in machine politics, or under the sway of local big-money interests? Does ideology matter? Now a uniquely comprehensive study co-authored by an MIT political scientist has produced a pair of distinctive findings: first, that the policies of city governments do closely match the politics of their citizens, and second, that this occurs regardless of the exact form of government than a city has.

Physics - Media - 06.05.2014
Report reveals 13 ‘disturbing’ nuclear near-misses
Press release issued: 6 May 2014 There have been at least 13 potentially catastrophic cases of near-use of nuclear weapons worldwide since 1962, according to a new report which warns that the risk of nuclear weapons being detonated is higher than previously thought. A report by Chatham House , home of the Royal Institute of International Affairs, found that the risks associated with nuclear weapons were not only a Cold War phenomena, but still exist today.

Media - 08.04.2014
University leads call for the protection and safety of journalists across the world
The Centre for Freedom of the Media (CFOM) at the University of Sheffield yesterday led a call for the increased safety and protection of journalists across the world. The following statement was issued at the Safety of Journalists Symposium at BBC Broadcasting House in London, co-hosted by BBC Global News and CFOM in cooperation with the BBC College of Journalism.

Media - Mathematics - 20.02.2013
Mathematical model 'describes' how online conflicts are resolved
Mathematical model 'describes' how online conflicts are resolved
Researchers have produced a mathematical model to describe how conflicting opinions are resolved over articles that appear on Wikipedia, the collaboratively-edited encyclopaedia. The study maps the evolution of opinion over time, showing that even widely diverging opinions eventually converge. The researchers say this pattern in collective human behaviour is reminiscent of the interaction of particles in physics, such as when wind-blown grains of sand eventually create sand dunes.

Social Sciences - Media - 30.01.2013
Why some immigrants get citizenship
Study: Country of origin a 'massive disadvantage' for some immigrants, regardless of qualifications. For immigrants, the path to citizenship in many countries is filled with hurdles: finding a job, learning the language, passing exams. But for some people, the biggest obstacle of all may be one they cannot help: their country of origin.

Media - 23.01.2013
Wikipedia inadvertently causing its own decline in participation
News Release University of Minnesota research finds that changes made by the Wikipedia community to manage quality have crippled the growth they were designed to manage MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (01/23/2013) —University of Minnesota computer science researchers studying Wikipedia have found that several changes the community made to manage the quality and consistency of submissions to the popular online encyclopedia are causing its decline in contributors.

Media - 26.11.2012
Scientists analyse millions of news articles
Scientists analyse millions of news articles
A study led by academics at the University of Bristol's Intelligent Systems Laboratory and the School of Journalism at Cardiff University has used Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms to analyse 2.5 million articles from 498 different English-language online news outlets over ten months. The researchers found that: As expected, readability measures show that online tabloid newspapers are more readable than broadsheets and use more sentimental language.

Media - 11.10.2012
Making Crowdsourcing More Reliable
From Wikipedia to relief efforts after natural disasters, crowdsourcing has become a powerful tool in today's connected world. Now an international team of researchers including a computer scientist at the University of California, San Diego, report they have found a way to make crowdsourcing more reliable.

Media - 25.09.2012
Know how much you’re texting while driving? U-M study says no
ANN ARBOR, Mich.-Texting while driving is a serious threat to public safety, but a new University of Michigan study suggests that we might not be aware of our actions. U-M researchers found that texting while driving is predicted by a person's level of "habit"-more so than how much someone texts. When people check their cell phones without thinking about it, the habit represents a type of automatic behavior, or automaticity, the researchers say.

Media - 27.08.2012
Researchers pursue a Citizens’ Agenda this federal election
University of Melbourne researchers will use the federal election to test the capacity of social media to increase civic engagement in the political process and enhance political journalism. The Citizens' Agenda project will be driven by the University's Centre for Advanced Journalism , in partnership with Fairfax Media and the social media group OurSay.

Media - Economics / Business - 11.07.2012
Americans’ information needs not being met, study finds
Americans' lives are still grounded in the communities where they live and require a set of basic information to navigate daily life, despite the proliferation of technology that seems to shrink the world by the hour.

Media - 10.07.2012
Digital Journalism
Digital Journalism
Cutting-edge research focusing on the changing nature of journalism in the digital age is to be brought together in a new peer-reviewed journal launched by a Cardiff professor. Digital Journalism , founded and edited by Professor Bob Franklin of the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies will provide a critical forum for discussion, analysis and responses to the shifts in journalism brought about by digital technology.

Economics / Business - Media - 20.04.2012
Online-only news outlets 'struggle to find funding'
The first report to systematically assess how online-only news websites across Western Europe are faring has found that new start-ups are struggling to find business models that can cover their operating costs. It suggests that the funding environment is more challenging for new start-ups than for traditional media outlets that also have online content, because the latters' operations can be subsidised by revenues from offline businesses.

Media - Computer Science - 11.08.2011
University of Minnesota researchers reveal Wikipedia gender biases
University of Minnesota researchers reveal Wikipedia gender biases
Gender gap shows no sign of closing over the past five years MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (08/11/2011) —Computer science researchers in the University of Minnesota's College of Science and Engineering are leading a team that has confirmed a substantial gender gap among editors of Wikipedia and a corresponding gender-oriented disparity in the content.