Behaviour

  • Twitter could be used to monitor HIV, drug-related behaviour: Study 02-03-2014 06:14 PM

    Los Angeles: Real-time social media like Twitter could be used to track HIV incidence and drug-related behaviours to help detect and potentially prevent outbreaks, a new study has found. The study, led by University of California Los Angeles, suggests it may be possible to predict sexual risk and drug use...
  • A new camera system to predict violent behaviour 10-11-2013 05:45 PM

    London: Scientists have developed a new camera system that can help predict a person's aggressive behaviour such as kicking, pushing, hitting and throwing. The system Kintense analyses a person's body and figures out where the joints are in order to create a real-time 3D skeleton figure. An algorithm then recognises...
  • People who lie while texting take longer to respond 07-09-2013 11:40 AM

    Washington: If you are exchanging a flurry of text messages with someone and there's an awkward pause, you should probably be suspicious! A Brigham Young University study has found when people lie in digital messages - texting, social media or instant messaging - they take longer to respond, make more...
  • Education system failed to achieve objective, needs reform: SC 05-07-2013 12:05 AM

    New Delhi: Education system in the country has failed to achieve its objective and it has to be reformed immediately, the Supreme Court has said. "It is unfortunate that today education instead of reforming the human behaviour, in our humble opinion, appear to have failed to achieve its objective. Instead...
  • Facebook may boost your self-esteem and affect your behaviour 02-06-2013 11:46 AM

    Washington: Having a profile on the social networking site Facebook may help boost your self-esteem and even affect your behaviour, a first-of-its-kind study has found. A Facebook profile is an ideal version of self, full of photos and posts curated for the eyes of family, friends and acquaintances, researchers said....
  • Inter Milan hit with UEFA fine after renewed racism 27-04-2013 12:32 AM

    Inter Milan have been fined 45,000 euros for the racist behaviour of their fans during a Europa League last 16 second-leg match at home to Tottenham Hotspur in March, UEFA said in a statement on Friday. Benfica have also been hit by a 32,000 euro fine for organisational issues and...
  • It's official! More Facebook friends means more stress 27-11-2012 11:51 AM

    London: A wide circle of friends on Facebook may make you feel popular but it can also give you stress! The more people you have as your Facebook friends, the more likely you are to get stressed trying not to cause offence, according to a new report. The report from...
  • Meet the 'almost human' animals 02-10-2012 02:22 PM

    Have you ever seen animals behaving like humans? Here are some animals that have human-like behaviour.Vietnamese monkeys perform on a bicycle at a circus in Hanoi.A circus macaw parrot rides a toy bicycle in Chandigarh.
  • Popular music promotes sexual aggression 07-09-2011 01:46 PM

    Washington: Popular music promotes sexual aggression among adolescents, says a research. Researchers looked at the trend of rising use of sexually explicit lyrics in music. "Popular music can teach young men to be sexually aggressive and treat women as objects while often teaching young women that their value to society...
  • Medicines for a better moral society? 27-08-2011 01:00 PM

    Your colleague doesn't show up when a big deliverable is due. He is not answering his phone or responding to messages and the entire team needs to scramble to make up for his absence. He claims he was ill, though he has done this a number of times before. He...
  • Why some people are born 'yes men' 20-04-2011 03:24 PM

    London: Some people are born 'yes men', thanks to their genes which make them more likely to follow other people's directives. Researchers found that coming to a decision often involves listening to two parts of the brain - one that relies on taking advice and the other on experience. The...
  • Women more likely to have 'romantic regrets' 24-03-2011 04:49 PM

    London: Women are more than twice as likely as men to have regrets about their romantic life. When it comes to admitting regrets, romance happens to be the most common source of nagging anxiety, particularly among women, according to an American researcher. In the field of romantic relationships, everyone seems...
  • Sleepless nights can trigger risky behaviour 24-03-2011 01:11 PM

    Washington: A sleepless night can not only make us cranky and moody but also trigger euphoria, potentially leading to poor judgment and addictive behaviour. Researchers at the University of California and Harvard Medical School studied the brains of healthy young adults and found that their pleasure circuitry got a big...
  • Bottling up emotions can make you aggressive 24-03-2011 12:20 PM

    Washington: Ever wanted to yell at your difficult boss, but swallowed your anger? Researchers say such acts of suppressing your emotions can actually be counterproductive, as it can provoke more acts of aggressiveness. The study, by the universities of Texas and Minnesota, can have an important bearing on reducing violence...
  • When a couple, men, women don't think differently 24-03-2011 10:24 AM

    Sydney: Men and women do not think, react and behave differently in a relationship, an Australian study has found. The study by Deakin University of Melbourne among 75 couples aged 19-63 and together for an average of 15 years, has found no evidence of gender differences, the Herald Sun reported....
  • Happy people tweet together 18-03-2011 07:09 PM

    London: The old adage that birds of a same feather flock together seems to be true even when tweeting. A team of researchers who have studied millions of tweets on the microblogging site Twitter found that happier people tend to tweet together and it's also true for those who are...
  • Self-control can provoke anger 18-03-2011 05:32 PM

    Washington: Self-control is more likely to make you behave aggressively towards others. This is often seen with people on diets, who are prone to irritability and anger, says a new study. "We set out to examine whether exerting self-control can indeed lead to a wide range of angry behaviour and...
  • Children still play the old schoolyard favorites 16-03-2011 02:38 PM

    London: Children still enjoy playing traditional games like skipping and clapping in the playground despite the lure of mobile phones, computer games, and television, a study published on Tuesday found. Playground games are "alive and well ... they happily co-exist with media-based play, the two informing each other," it said....
  • Depressed dads more likely to spank their kids 16-03-2011 01:05 PM

    Boston: New dads who suffer from depression are three times more likely to spank their babies than those fathers who have a happier state of mind, a new study says. Depressed fathers are also less likely to be involved in everyday parent-child activities like reading to their children, according to...
  • Gender stereotypes develop in second grade 15-03-2011 05:21 PM

    London: Gender stereotypes regarding mathematics may develop as early as the second grade, says a new study. Children applied the stereotype to themselves: boys identified themselves with the subject, whereas girls did not. The "maths is for boys" stereotype has been used as part of the explanation for why so...
  • Grumpy men outlive optimists: study 15-03-2011 04:14 PM

    London: Grumpy aged men now have a good reason to cheer up -- they'll outlive optimists, says a study. Researchers have found that being cantankerous is the key to reaching old age -- this is because happier characters are likely to take more risks through their lives including eating unhealthy...
  • Staring for dominance comes naturally to us: study 28-02-2011 06:16 AM

    London: If you accidentally knock over your neighbour's beer in a bar and he stares at you, would you buy him a new drink or would you try to outstare him? New research suggests the dominance behaviour exhibited by staring someone down can be reflexive. Our primate relatives certainly get...
  • Looking at your lover's photo may cut your pain 25-02-2011 06:20 PM

    London: Next time you are in immense pain, just look at the photograph of your loved one -- it may reduce your suffering by 44 per cent, scientists say. A study by researchers at the Stanford University found that an image of a romantic partner dulls activity in the pain-processing...
  • Emotions drive our moral judgement, study says 23-02-2011 05:04 PM

    Toronto: If asked whether we'd steal, most of us would say no. Would we try to save a drowning person? That depends - perhaps on our fear of waves. A research has shown that people act less morally than they forecast. Much research has explored the ways we make moral...
  • Popular students more likely to bully peers 08-02-2011 06:35 PM

    Washington: Popular students are more likely to torment their peers, says a new study. "Our findings underscore that attaining and maintaining a high social status likely involves some level of antagonistic behaviour," said Robert Faris, assistant professor of sociology at University of California-Davis, the study co-author. The study also finds...
  • Old people not tuned with appropriate behaviour 02-02-2011 11:29 AM

    Wellington: Older people have more trouble detecting social gaffes committed by others, the result of a decline in how they perceive emotions, according to a New Zealand study. Using video clips from the British sitcom 'The Office', researchers at the University of Otago compared the ability of older and younger...
  • Genetic makeup impacts choosing friends 18-01-2011 04:28 PM

    London: Vices attract while virtues repel people, according to a new study, which has found that genetic make-up plays a part in who one chooses as friends. Researchers have found that people partly choose their friends by their genes especially those that have a big impact on their behaviour --...