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Do you know that your Facebook profile actually reflects an authentic picture of who you are? Cross my heart — it’s the truth — at least if we’re to accept the recommendations of this recent study.

Called the extended real-life hypothesis, the researchers posit that, regardless of users idealized versions of themselves, anything that they put in their Facebook profiles actually paints  a mostly accurate picture of who they really are. This is a direct opposite of what is called the idealized virtual-identity hypothesis which assumes that people always have their best foot forward, including portrayals that are pretty off-tangent. (Nifty, the next time you want to stalk someone.)

Of course, the study had focused on American and German university students only so maybe this particular finding only applies to them. Makes me wonder how a localized adaptation of the study would work out. Hmm. What do *you* think, do Filipinos (and other Asians) also show their true selves online? Be sure to hit the comments!

// Facebook Reflects Actual Personality, Not Self Idealization [PDF]

Stories about robots bonding with humans have been the stuff of science fiction, but if Sherry Turkle is to be asked, it’s actually becoming more of a science fact. Turkle tinkers with robots that could not only mimic human emotion but could also interact as if they’re like living organic entities. The aim of her research is for these machines to pass what she dubs the ‘Turkle Test’, an evaluation similar to the Turing Test but one that determines if a machine could form a genuine relationship with a human being. It’s a curious aim, to say the least, for we haven’t even been able to deconstruct our own social DNA for more positive purposes (world peace, anyone?) but of course, the march of science advances with the beat of its own drum.

// The Turkle Test via Science Not Fiction

[image via: Gizmowatch]

The immersive experience that computer games provide makes them the perfect candidates for conveying, well, almost everything. Games can be conscripted for non-entertainment purposes and are very much useful for initiating social change. It’s no surprise then that there are gameplay narratives that start out with a more fundamental premise: making you think about life. Here are ten games that do exactly that.

// Ten Games That Make You Think About Life via Casual Girl Gamer

It has always been a curiosity of mine to read about avenues where computer gaming and psychology collide. The following journal articles are part of my latest catch, so to speak.

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