CELL PHONESSSIt’s hard to imagine a time when people lived without the comfort of cell phones. Now, the loud ping of an incoming text message permeates our daily life and it seems perfectly natural to check our inbox two, no four, times or more over the course of an hour. While many consider texting to be detrimental to interpersonal relations (i.e. having a text conversation while hanging out with your friends and doing a terrible job at both), a recent study published in the journal entitled “Professional Psychology: Research and Practice” by Professor Adrian Aguilera from the Social Welfare department found that texting can actually be a beneficial social tool, particularly in terms of mental health therapy.

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This just in — rich folks are more likely to cheat, lie, drive poorly, steal candy from children, sip champagne to mock those poorer than they, order the most expensive thing on the menu and reject a three year, $21 million contract because it just isn’t enough to feed their family (Note: the last three weren’t part of the study we’re about to speak of, but are probably still true).

According to Bloomberg, UC Berkeley scientists conducted a study which has found that individuals of higher social class are more likely to perform in unethical behavior than their lower class counterparts.

Seven different experiments were performed on hundreds of people (many of who were recruited off Craigslist), including traffic related experiments done at San Francisco interactions. The results found that read more »

Yea, we can’t either.

A study by UC Berkeley professor Robert Levenson and his grad student James Gross has scientifically determined the saddest movie (or movie scene) of all time. To our astonishment — even though millions recently walked out of theatres bawling their eyes out — it wasn’t “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two” (we’ll let it slide only because this study was completed in 1995).

After evaluating hundreds of films and film clips, Levenson and Gross chose 16 scenes that would cause a certain emotion and found that the final scene in the 1978 film “The Champ” consistently made their test subjects sad. read more »