Sociology TWDK Sociology doodle by Giles Meakin

While psychology is the science of human thought, sociology is the science of human relationships. Sociologists consider all social interactions and the structures that make up society itself, ranging from crime to religion to class - and even the way in which social activity impacts upon the development of scientific knowledge.

Sociology considers these issues on not only the societal level, but also from personal and global perspectives. What are the societal implications of gender identity, and how do they form? What are the causes behind migration? The resulting impacts upon both communities?

We've published 9 articles and 3 specialist blog posts about sociology so far, featuring 106 unanswered sociology questions! But we're not done yet as we still have another 26 sociology research areas in our database to write about, so come back soon!

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Why the US Navy is Listening to Shrimp to Google has Not Created Sentient AI — Yet (Planet Earth Report)
17th June, 2022
    Today’s stories range from What ‘Happy the Elephant’s’ Legal Case Tells Us About the Future of Animal Rights to A Gull Flaps Its Wings and a Deadly Virus Explodes to Cryptocurrency and the “Greater Fool” Theory to Elon Musk on Alien Life, and much more. Why the US navy is listening to shrimp […] The post Why the US Navy is Listening to Shrimp to Google has N…
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Is LaMDA Sentient?
13th June, 2022
It sounds like the plot of a feel-good science fiction movie – an engineer discovers that an AI program he was working on has crossed over the line to...
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Don’t be complacent, another Covid wave is coming. Here’s how we can manage it | Devi Sridhar
13th June, 2022
A spike in infections every three months seems to be the pattern, but the UK has the power to beat this if we act wisely, says Devi Sridhar of the University of Edinburgh
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NASA Zooms in on UFOs to Is Life the Result of Entropy? (Planet Earth Report)
12th June, 2022
  Today’s stories range from Could the Blueprint for Life Have Been Generated in Asteroids to Do AI Systems Really Have Their Own Secret Language to How Plate Tectonics, Mountains, and Deep-Sea Sediments Have Maintained Earth’s ‘Goldilocks’ Climate, and much more. Could the Blueprint for Life Have Been Generated in Asteroids? asks NASA. While it […] The post NASA Zooms in on UFO…

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Toxoplasmosis
Can the toxoplasma gondii parasite change our personalities, behaviours and who we're attracted to?
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Coronavirus
The disease COVID-19, caused coronavirus, was thought to originate from a seafood market in China, and be 10,000 years old... but it may come from elsewhere and be millions of years older.
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Bats and Ebola
Ebola is one of the most contagious and dangerous diseases, but between outbreaks the disease must be hiding somewhere. Some suspect bats, but is this really true?
Image credit: Public Domain via TC-TORRES (Pixabay)
Animal communication
Animals certainly communicate – some using sounds, and others using body language, pheromones or even electricity. But does any of this actually constitute language?
Image credit: ralph (CC0 Public Domain) via Pixabay
Emotions
Emotions are a vital part of society, but there are still plenty of mysteries surrounding them – from what they are for to whether it will be possible, or desirable, to create AI that experiences them.
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The captive shark
We still don’t know how to engineer truly suitable shark tanks for the great white, used to travelling hundreds of kilometres daily. Large sharks have large appetites, are fussy, and kill everything.
Image credit: Public Domain via Sarah Richter
The social shark
Wild sharks have been observed cooperating, playing and courting. This suggests they communicate, yet they don’t emit sounds. Learn more about the other possible methods of communication being researched.
Image credit: Johnhain (CC0 Public Domain via Pixabay)
Disgust
Disgust is a powerful emotion that has links with morality in ways we don't understand
Image credit: ©© Gerd Leonhard (CC BY-SA 2.0) via Flickr
Artificial intelligence
A field at the cusp of scientific and philosophical thinking, but have we fully understood the outcomes of such a progressive movement.

Our latest sociology blog posts

Our blog posts focus on a specialist topic.
Many are written by scientists about their ongoing research, others by the TWDK team.

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Do cheaters prosper?
Tuesday 8th of September 2015
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Food for Thought; the Future of Global Food?
Wednesday 19th of August 2015
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Media violence and criminal behaviour
Wednesday 19th of June 2013

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TWDK magnifying glassAnthropology looks at the history of our species- how we evolved and the development of culture and societies around the world.

TWDK magnifying glassCriminology covers why people commit crimes, and the effects of punishment.

TWDK magnifying glassCultural Studies considers the culture that surrounds us every day. By studying this culture, we can better understand how individuals experience the world.

TWDK magnifying glassMedical Sociology investigates how culture and society impact on human health.

TWDK magnifying glassSocial Psychology focuses on how our behaviour is affected by the presence or absence of other people.

TWDK magnifying glassSociobiology aims to explain human behaviour and culture by looking at evolutionary processes in other species.

TWDK magnifying glassSocioeconomics is the study of the interface between someone’s economic status and their social interactions.

TWDK magnifying glassSociolinguistics is the science of how languages change and are shaped by society, and how society is shaped by language.

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