Social media offers neuroscientists a treasure trove of research material

IMAGE: This figure illustrates the five key social media behaviors: (1) broadcast information; (2) receive feedback on this information; (3) observe the broadcasts of others; (4) provide feedback on the broadcasts… view more Because social media is used so pervasively in modern society to tap into people’s behaviors and thoughts, neuroscientists are finding Facebook, Twitter, and other platforms to be very useful tools in a broad range of research areas. A review published November 11 in Trends in Cognitive Sciences describes some of the approaches that neuroscientists can use to gain valuable insights from social media and highlights some of the questions that might be answered by social media-based studies. “Neuroscience research with social media is still in its infancy, and there is great potential for future scientific discovery,” says co-lead…


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