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Psychology News Round-Up: ICYMI September 15, 2017

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Each week, we recap featured posts from Character & Context and other blogs around the cyberspace, plus news stories and tweets worth a look. If you have an item you'd like us to consider, use the hashtag #SPSPblog, email us, or tweet us directly @spspnews.

Finding Psychological Insights Through Social Media

Social media has opened up a new digital world for psychology research. Four researchers will be discussing new methods of language analysis, and how social media can be leveraged to study personality, mental and physical health, and cross-cultural differences. The speakers will be presenting their research during the symposium "Finding Psychological Signal in a Billion Tweets: Measurement Through the Language of Social Media," at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) 16th Annual Convention in Long Beach, California.

Collaborating with computer scientists

Matchmaking This Valentine's Day: How It Can Bring You the Most Happiness

Austin -- With Valentine's Day around the corner, you may be thinking of pairing up two friends for a date. If you follow your instinct to play Cupid, it’ll pay off in happiness – not necessarily for the new couple, but definitely for you.

What Comforts Targets of Prejudice the Most

Rare in history are moments like the 1960s civil rights movement, in which members of a majority group vocally support minority groups in their fight against prejudice. New research not only confirms the power of speaking up for those facing prejudice but also underlines the importance of exactly what is communicated. Looking at YouTube video messages, researchers found that homosexual youth found the most comfort in messages that both supported them and advocated social change.
The new work takes a closer look at the "It Gets Better” YouTube campaign.

From Bullying to Relationships: Mapping Our Online Communications

New Orleans – When we typically think of kids who are the victims of school bullying, what comes to mind are isolated youth who do not fit in. A new study, however, shows that when that harassment occurs online, the victims tend to be in mainstream social groups – and they are often friends or former friends, not strangers.
 
The research is part of a burgeoning field of study into the effects of social media on everyday relationships and behavior.

What Can Your Online Avatar Say About Your Personality?

More communication among individuals is occurring online, and often between individuals who do not know each other offline. Researchers at York University are looking to understand the potential impressions and their limitations of those we meet in a digital context. In a study published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin the researchers specifically looked at what personality traits are conveyed by a user's avatar.

Design of the study

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