AI baby talk? People change their voice while talking to Alexa and Siri

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CHICAGO — People tend to change their voice when interacting with voice assistant apps like Alexa and Siri, according to new research. When speaking to these devices, individuals are often louder, flatter, and slower compared to when they’re conversing with another person. This finding could potentially enhance the ability of these technologies to comprehend human …

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Computer culture: Looking at art online promotes better mood, less stress

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MUNICH, Germany — Studies show visiting museums and viewing great works of art in-person may promote various health benefits and generally improved well-being and mood, but what about viewing art online? The prospect of seeing Van Gogh’s Starry Night or Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa on a computer screen instead of in-person hardly sounds as satisfying …

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Best Psychology Books: Top 5 Titles Most Recommended By Experts

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There’s no time like the present to give yourself a little introspection. The global pandemic COVID-19 caused many people to take a closer look at themselves, and while it came with struggles and darkness for some – it also has led to a lot of self-awareness for the future. Psychology books are a great way …

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Dictators don’t win: Coaches who show empathy get more from athletes

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LONDON — Years ago, there was an expectation that coaches should be gruff and adversarial towards their players, often screaming from the sidelines and even insulting their own squad. Nowadays, more and more coaches are adopting an empathetic approach to leadership, but does level-headed, emotionally intelligent coaching really drive success in elite sports? A new book …

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Just 15 minutes of solitude can do wonders for your mood and your mind

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Spending time alone can induce fear in a lot of people, which is understandable. At the same time, the difference between moments of solitude and loneliness is often misunderstood. As a psychologist, I study solitude – the time we spend alone, not interacting with other people. I started this research more than ten years ago and, …

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