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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]


If you’re an avid user of social networks, you may be one of millions who populated their feeds last week with beach photos, destination tweets, and holiday raves — a chronicle of your fun in the sun, so to speak. ‘Life is great’, you post, but do you know that doing so may have actually made someone, somewhere feel crummy and miserable? A Stanford study tells us why.

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We all know that the polygraph, the infamous ‘lie-detection’ device, is not really capable of pinpointing a lie. It’s a tool that measures arousal, yes, but scrutinizing the lines and squiggles doesn’t necessarily lead to a point-blank assertion of falsity (or truth, for that matter). Simply said, It’s not really that useful, at least in terms of ascertaining truth. So what use is the polygraph? Here’s a whole journal article devoted to the answer:

// The Polygraph and Forensic Psychiatry

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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In Rejection Therapy, the concept is simple: exposing yourself to daily doses of rejection might help immunize you from the fear of being rejected. A game that’s designed to ease away a chunk of most people’s worries? Might be worth trying.

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