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Jenny Rothberg, Jan. 23, 2012

Gossip isn’t all bad — new study finds its social and psychological benefits

“Gossip gets a bad rap, but we’re finding evidence that it plays a critical role in the maintenance of social order,” said UC Berkeley social psychologist Robb Willer, a coauthor of the study published in this month’s online issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

The study also found that gossip can be therapeutic. Volunteers’ heart rates increased when they witnessed someone behaving badly, but this increase was tempered when they were able to pass on the information to alert others.

http://newscenter.berkeley.edu/2012/01/17/gossip/
Jenny Rothberg
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