Brain stimulation can control compliance with social norms

Human beings are totally dependent on a complex social structure for their survival. Since all behavior is controlled by the brain, humans may have developed specialized neural circuits that are responsible for following societal rules. A new study has identified such a region in the human brain, and researchers can …

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Zapping the brain forces people to obey social norms

From dress codes to anti-incest laws, all human societies have social norms that specify how people should behave in various situations. Scientists have now shown that a zap of electricity to the brain can influence whether or not people choose to comply with these standards. “The complexity of human interactions …

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Social norms of young adults change over time | Characteristics

Once upon a time, the biggest problem was getting the coolest Valentine’s Day cards, and now our biggest problem is deciding how long to wait to text someone if you’re interested. It is clear that we are getting older, as the unwritten rules that society has imposed on us affect …

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16 tips for changing social norms for girls | adolescent girls – global network of development professionals

Renuka Motihar, Independent Consultant, New Delhi, India Legislation alone is not enough: Laws are important, but when they deviate from a social norm, the practice can continue but simply go underground. In India, we see this in the case of gender testing for preference for boys and with child marriage. …

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Copyright and creative social norms

By Michael Birnhack Copyright law provides a general legal framework intended to encourage creativity in the fields of literature and the arts. However, in certain areas of cultural production, to borrow a term from Pierre Bourdieu, we observe that the actors develop their own frame of reference. These social norms …

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With 4.5 million users, Instructure takes on the courseras and udacities of the world with its own network of open courses – TechCrunch

Instructure launched Canvas in 2011 to provide educational institutions with an alternative to ubiquitous (but heavily criticized) software from education giants like Blackboard. Rather than forcing schools to spend six months onboarding and learning to use rigid and bloated learning management software, Canvas offers an open source, cloud-native system accessible …

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Email, business and social norms

I wanted to note an interesting anomaly in a new survey that examines Americans’ attitudes toward the privacy issues involved in using cell phones to pay for things (instead of cash or a credit card). The survey (which is online here and is summarized by The New York Times here) …

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Facebook, privacy and social norms – Utne

In July 2010, Pew Research Center published a reporton the online habits of Millennials. The experts involved in the study, whowere mostly academics and executives from companies like Google and Microsoft,concluded that social media will only grow in importance despite privacyconcerns. In particular, many have argued that sites like Facebook …

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Researchers study social norms and how they influence what we do, how we think

How come so many people have started to say “Great! Or to wear Uggs? These are examples of how the behavior of individuals is shaped by what the people around them consider appropriate, correct or desirable. Researchers are studying how human behavioral norms are set in groups and how they …

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Working with someone who doesn’t understand social norms?

Most people know how to behave in the workplace, but there are always some outliers that are aggressive, eccentric, or never understand acceptable social norms. Recently, a coworker shared a rather bizarre story of a federal employee burping in the face of a coworker or manager when given a job …

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