World of Psychology

Search Engine Users’ Behavior

Search Engine Users' Behavior

Internet users are extremely positive about search engines and the experiences they have when searching the internet. But these same satisfied internet users are generally unsophisticated about why and how they use search engines. They are also strikingly unaware of how search engines operate and how they present their results.

Internet users behave conservatively as searchers: They tend to settle quickly on a single search engine and then stick with it, rather than switching as search technology evolves or comparing...

Film captures suicides on Golden Gate Bridge

Film captures suicides on Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge officials are seething that a moviemaker who told them he was working on a "day in the life" project about the landmark was, in fact, capturing people on film as they jumped to their deaths.

Eric Steel initially told officials he planned to spend a year filming the "powerful and spectacular interaction between the monument and nature" and that his work was to be the first in a series of documentaries about national monuments such...

Monday 24 January – Worst Day of the Year?

Monday 24 January - Worst Day of the Year?

Misery is expected to peak on Monday, as 24 January has been pinpointed as the worst day of the year. January has been long regarded as the darkest of months, but a formula from a part-time tutor at Cardiff University shows it gets even worse this...

A doctor with gift takes his own life

A doctor with gift takes his own life

Dr. Jonathan Drummond-Webb had a gift for fixing heart defects in the tiniest patients, and it made him one of the best in the business. But that apparently wasn't enough.

Drummond-Webb killed himself on Dec. 26, authorities say; he reportedly overdosed on painkillers and bourbon, three days after what seemed like another miracle: the successful use of a miniature heart pump that kept a 14-year-old boy alive until an organ became available for transplant.

This struck me as...

Europe is world’s suicide hotspot

Europe is world's suicide hotspot

Europe has the world's highest suicide rate and cases are rising among young people, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Dr Gudjon Magnusson, WHO director for Europe in charge of mental health, told that Europe needed to lose its shameful record of suicides per 100,000 population. He was speaking at a 52-country ministerial summit on mental health being staged in Helsinki. "There are 873,000 suicides worldwide and Europe, east and west, has 163,000 of those. There are...

Internet threat to libraries analyzed

Internet threat to libraries analyzed

A major national study conducted by the School of Informatics and the Urban Libraries Council found five years ago that increased Internet use in the had not produced a reduction in the public use of libraries.

The study presented a new consumer model of the adult market for library and Internet services, one that consisted of "information seekers" who used both resources, but in different ways. In that study, the researchers found that the use of libraries and...

The Next Big Thing

I've been working on this for the past 2 years, but here and now, I predict The Official Next Big Thing -- specialized search engines. Google is great, don't get me wrong, I love it! But when you need to do a specialty search...