Psychology & Psychiatry

Beyond remission: From alcohol dependence to optimal mental health

New research published online in the journal Substance Use & Misuse is good news for those struggling with alcohol dependence: the possibility of ending this dependency gets easier with age. Moreover, more than half of individuals ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Nobody's been studying socially isolated kids, and that's a problem

For years, psychology researchers have treated peer rejection and social network isolation as being somewhat interchangeable when it comes to early adolescence; it was thought that if kids fell into one of those two groups, ...

Pediatrics

Should kids get a COVID-19 vaccination?

Adolescents linger as the next frontier in vaccinating the U.S. population. Unlike with the adults, however, hesitancy about the vaccination takes on a different form: It's not just up to the person whose arm experiences ...

Neuroscience

Brain mechanism of curiosity unraveled

Curiosity is the motivational drive for exploring and investigating the unknown and making new discoveries. It is as essential and intrinsic for survival as hunger. Until recently, the brain mechanisms underlying curiosity ...

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Social behavior

In biology, psychology and sociology social behavior is behavior directed towards society, or taking place between, members of the same species. Behavior such as predation which involves members of different species is not social. While many social behaviors are communication (provoke a response, or change in behavior, without acting directly on the receiver) communication between members of different species is not social behavior.

In sociology, "behavior" itself means an animal-like activity devoid of social meaning or social context, in contrast to "social behavior" which has both. In a sociological hierarchy, social behavior is followed by social action, which is directed at other people and is designed to induce a response. Further along this ascending scale are social interaction and social relation. In conclusion, social behavior is a process of communicating.

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