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Several Internet and broadband companies have acknowledged using targeted-advertising technology without explicitly informing customers.

2008-08-12

 advertisement behaviour target marketing surveillance habit
There may be few things more fundamental to human identity than the belief that people are rational individuals whose behavior is determined by conscious choices. But recently psychologists have compiled an impressive body of research that shows how deeply our decisions and behavior are influenced by unconscious thought, and how greatly those thoughts are swayed by stimuli beyond our immediate comprehension.

2010-07-02

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Your online traces are helping fuel a revolution in the understanding of human behaviour – one that's revealing the mathematical laws of our lives. Every move you make, every twitter feed you update, somebody is watching you. You may not think twice about it, but if you use a social networking site, a cellphone or the internet regularly, you are leaving behind a clear digital trail that describes your behaviour, travel patterns, likes...

2010-07-26

 social network behaviour popular mathematics prediction big brother future social control sociology
Virtual reality is allowing scientists to ask difficult questions about human behaviour that were previously not possible or were thought too unethical.

2010-08-20

 ethics virtual reality psychology experiment behaviour empathy
The teeming trillions of bacteria in the digestive tracts of mice have been shown to affect the animals' brain development and behaviour. Mice bred in sterile environments without these "gut flora" were seen to be more adventurous and less anxious than mice with normal gut flora. The research adds weight to the idea that gut bacteria are a critical part of the overall development of mammals...

2011-02-01

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Animals may sense chemical changes in groundwater that occur when an earthquake is about to strike. This, scientists say, could be the cause of bizarre earthquake-associated animal behaviour. Researchers began to investigate these chemical effects after seeing a colony of toads abandon its pond in L'Aquila, Italy, in 2009 - days before a quake. They suggest that animal behaviour could be incorporated into earthquake forecasting...

2011-12-01

 earthquake toad frog animal behaviour prediction water chemistry
Contagious yawning may show the closeness of your relationships rather than your tiredness, say scientists.

2011-12-08

 yawn brain empathy family friendship contagious social behaviour
Children are becoming more violent as they are being left unsupervised by their parents to play inappropriate computer games, teachers say.

2012-04-03

 computer games violence child psychology behaviour
Our own stomachs may be something of a dark mystery to most of us, but new research is revealing the surprising ways in which our guts exert control over our mood and appetite.

2012-07-11

 brain stomach appetite mood psychology physiology behaviour