Technology News

Email Pfishing Schemes Lure with Personal Information

January 23rd, 2015
New research finds that email phishing scams contain personal information presented in a manner that provokes a response. In the first study of its kind, researchers at the University at Buffalo have found evidence that the incredible spread of email schemes is ...

Twitter Words May Predict A Region’s Risk of Heart Disease

January 22nd, 2015
The belief that social media platforms would improve the assessment of a community’s health or well-being has been promised for years. A new study suggests the prophecy may have been fulfilled as researchers at the University of Pennsylvania discover that Twitter can capture more ...

Imaging Study Finds Unique Brain Patterns Among Autistic

January 21st, 2015
Unfortunately, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) remains a condition that presents more questions than answers. Some studies have found a lack of connection or synchronization between different parts of the brain while other studies have found the exact opposite -- an over-synchronization in the ...

Discussing News on Social Media Increases Impact

January 17th, 2015
New research shows that people who share and discuss news on social media sites with friends tend to connect more with the story than those who casually read the news. The findings are published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior. "There seems to be ...

Two-Minute Imaging Test for Autism in the Works

January 16th, 2015
Scientists have developed a brain-imaging technique that may be able to detect autism spectrum disorder in only two minutes, according to new research published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science. The scanning procedure, which reveals the brain’s response to thoughts of ‘self-perspective,’ ...

Brain Tissue Thickness, Inflammation Tied to Psychosis

January 15th, 2015
A new neuroimaging study finds that as an individual develops psychosis the thickness of brain tissue lessens. The finding comes from a study of a large group of high risk young adults living at multiple sites. Psychosis typically develops during the transition from adolescence ...

Computers Better Than Humans for Assessment of Personality?

January 14th, 2015
Provocative new research suggest a computer is a better judge of a person’s personality than the person’s family or friends. People's judgments were based on their familiarity with the judged individual, while computer models used a specific digital signal: Facebook Likes. The results show that ...

Smart Phone Fitness Apps Need to Support Behavioral Change

January 14th, 2015
A new study of mobile phone fitness applications finds that while most apps provide an opportunity for social networking and feedback, few incorporate behavioral change techniques (BCTs) such as active self-monitoring. Behavioral change techniques help users modify their physical activity. As presented in the ...

Virtual Reality Games Help ID Mild Cognitive Impairment

January 13th, 2015
Researchers have developed a virtual supermarket of cognitive training games that help to detect mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Greek investigators say that although the concept of a virtual supermarket has been used in the past to help detect cognitive functions, prior iterations could ...

What Does Your Avatar Say About You?

January 11th, 2015
Do the avatars you create for online communication reflect who you truly are? Researchers from York University conducted a study to find out which physical and personality traits we express, or suppress, through our choice of avatars. An avatar is an image you ...