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The current study investigates whether and how Facebook increases college-age users' subjective well-being by focusing on the number of Facebook friends and self-presentation strategies (positive vs. honest). A structural equation modeling analysis of cross-sectional survey data of college student Facebook users (N=391) revealed that the number of Facebook(More)
In this paper we explore a new direction for pedagogical computer characters, which we believe will maximize students' learning gains and enjoyment. To the traditional scenario where students interact primarily with a single coach or tutor character on-screen, we introduce the addition of both a social, animate colearner, and the student's own avatar(More)
This research examines the effects of a computer-mediated colearner agent that manifests caring orientations toward human learners. Just as caring orientations have positive effects on trust and learning in human–human interaction, caring orientations manifested by a computer-mediated colearner agent resulted in positive consequences. We conducted an(More)
This study examines how task types (violent vs. nonviolent) and social contexts (solo vs. collaborative) affect physiological arousal in multiplayer online gaming. Our results show that social contexts modify the effects of violent game tasks on arousal. When compared with solo play, collaborative play led to a significant decrease in arousal in response to(More)
Research on social identity contingencies suggests that situational cues, such as a numerical representation of social identities in a given social environment, can trigger identity-associated threat for individuals whose social identity is marginalized. Given that popular virtual worlds (e.g., Second Life [SL]) are often criticized for White-avatar(More)
BACKGROUND MPG is a cell-permeable peptide with proven efficiency to deliver macromolecular cargoes into cells. In this work, we examined the efficacy of MPG as an N-terminal tag in a fusion protein to deliver a protein cargo and its mechanism of transduction. RESULTS We examined transduction of MPG-EGFP fusion protein by live imaging, flow cytometry,(More)
We designed a novel cell-permeable peptide, LDP12, from the human papillomavirus L1 capsid protein. In this work, we examined the mechanism of cellular entry by LDP12 and its efficacy as a potential carrier of protein cargoes. The 12-mer peptide linked to FITC freely enters various types of mammalian cells within a few minutes via an endocytic pathway, as(More)
As the popularity of online shopping grows, concerns about identity theft and fraud are increasing. While stronger customer authentication procedures may provide greater protection and thus benefit customers and retailers, security is often traded off against convenience. To provide insight into this security-convenience trade-off in customer(More)