Scientists have discovered that playing computer games can bring players’ emotional responses and brain activity into unison.
By measuring the activity of facial muscles and imaging the brain while gaming, the group found out that people go through similar emotions and display matching brainwaves. The study of Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT researchers is now published in PLOS ONE.
– It’s well known that people who communicate face-to-face will start to imitate each other. People adopt each other’s poses and gestures, much like infectious yawning. What is less known is that the very physiology of interacting people shows a type of mimicry – which we call synchrony or linkage, explains Michiel Sovijärvi-Spapé.
In the study, test participants play a computer game called Hedgewars, in which they manage their own team of animated hedgehogs and in turns shoot the opposing team with ballistic artillery. The goal is to destroy the opposing team’s hedgehogs. The research team varied the amount of competitiveness in the gaming situation: players teamed up against the computer and they were also pinned directly against each other.
The players were measured for facial muscle reactions with facial electromyography, or fEMG, and their brainwaves were measured with electroencephalography, EEG.
– Replicating previous studies, we found linkage in the fEMG: two players showed both similar emotions and similar brainwaves at similar times. We further observed a linkage also in the brainwaves with EEG, tells Sovijärvi-Spapé.
A striking discovery indicates further that the more competitive the gaming gets, the more in sync are the emotional responses of the players. The test subjects were to report emotions themselves, and negative emotions were associated with the linkage effect.
– Although counterintuitive, the discovered effect increases as a game becomes more competitive. And the more competitive it gets, the more the players’ positive emotions begin to reflect each other. All the while their experiences of negative emotions increase.
The results present promising upshots for further study.
– Feeling others’ emotions could be particularly beneficial in competitive settings: the linkage may enable one to better anticipate the actions of opponents.
Another interpretation suggested by the group is that the physical linkage of emotion may work to compensate a possibly faltering social bond while competing in a gaming setting.
– Since our participants were all friends before the game, we can speculate that the linkage is most prominent when a friendship is ‘threatened’ while competing against each other, ponders Sovijärvi-Spapé.
NY under water.
The eye-catching swimming pool in Mumbai, India, has been built to raise awareness about the threat of sea level rises as a result of global warming.
It was constructed by attaching a giant aerial photograph of the New York City skyline to the floor of the pool.
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"I’ve always been preparing to makeup my mind. I had consultations getting around here and there because of high price, everyday the same repetitive pattern. It was so hard and stressful to live like this with a inferiority complex. So I decided to get surgery not wanting to live like this anymore.
Seem’s like it was never even square, see my Vline
After the surgery, there wasn’t much pain or swelling as I thought. Actually, I worried a lot, but it seems like I had no surgery at all. Already one week has passed, now I wished I could’ve gotten surgery earlier seeing time pass by so quickly. :) At last I could see my face one week after surgery(referring to having the brace on her face removed). Already a lean face I wanna put on some makeup and hangout with my friends.
Already 5 months have passed. Now I don’t remember my previous face with the wide square jaw when I look in the mirror, as if I never looked that way. My friends are just so excited saying that I became fairest of the fair. Though I say i’ve always been so because it is my face now at any rate. (meaning her beauty has always been there/hers, itjust existed in a different form and that the surgery just revealed it since at the end of the day it’s her face and features that were molded to become more beautiful). My primary school friends don’t recognize me at all, I feel a bit sad that they cannot recognize me but I suffered too long(to be sad) and I have more days to live. I think i’m lucky that I can live with much more confidence along with a prettier appearance ~
Model expressions throughout lots of selfies with a pretty face
It’s been almost a year since I got surgery. I’m enjoying college life a lot since these days and i’m preparing for a job early. The surgery wasn’t for a job interview or something(it’s common for Koreans to go under the knife to increase there chances of getting a job or are even asked to by the employer), but I think I may hear good news. There was no big swelling after the surgery and I could get a smaller face 1-2 months after the procedure. I am happy with the pure innocence and feminine image it came with!!!!! Thank you^^
Clinic is The Line Plastic surgery
As long as they happy I have no reason to hate plastic surgery. And maybe it’ll be the future make-up, who knows?
“ Politeness has become so rare that people mistake it for flirtation. ”