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Posts tagged with "Social Science"

  • Randomistas: How Radical Researchers Are Changing Our World
    Andrew Leigh


    An engaging synthesis highlights the value of field experiments in the social sciences

    Social scientists once restricted their research to carefully controlled laboratory experiments. Over the past 25 years, however, they have increasingly made use of field experiments. Insights gained have spanned nearly every imaginable segment of our society, lending tests of theory, advice to policymakers, and guidance to nonprofit and for-profit firms alike. In his new book, Randomistas… Read More
  • Bit by Bit: Social Research in the Digital Age
    Matthew J. Salganik


    A breezy, personal guide provides a road map to solid computational social science research

    Subatomic particle physics has CERN. Astronomy has the Hubble telescope. Social science has the Internet, smartphones, email, social media, satellites, and a myriad of other ways to follow human behavior. The gods of the information age have produced a whole panoply of technologies for social research along the journey to other destinations. Generally, social scientists… Read More
  • The Emoji Code: The Linguistics Behind Smiley Faces and Scaredy Cats
    Vyvyan Evans

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    PODCAST: Q&A with Vyvyan Evans, author of The Emoji Code

    Nonverbal cues can clue listeners into implied meaning during in-person conversations, but, until recently, tone and nuance were often lost during digital interactions. Enter the emoji. This week on the Science podcast, linguist Vyvyan Evans argues that these icons better allow us to signal our attitudes and emotions in text-based discussions, ultimately making us more… Read More