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 7 articles and 3 specialist blog posts about sociology so far, featuring 62 unanswered sociology questions! But we're not done yet as we still have another 46 sociology research areas in our database to write about, so come back soon!

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Artificial Intelligence is helping economists devise a fairer tax system
15th May, 2020
Artificial algorithms could make our economy more human and fair.
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Pocket Sized #1003: “Dogs’ Favorite Garbage”
22nd April, 2020
Dogs’ Favorite Garbage In this Pocket-Sized episode #1003, Marc Abrahams shows an unfamiliar research study to Melissa Franklin. Dramatic readings and reactions ensue. The research mentioned in this episode is featured in the special Blushing issue (vol. 19, #2) of the Annals of Improbable Research Magazine. Remember, our Patreon donors, on most levels, get access to each podcast epi…
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I, Science radio 27 January 2020
21st April, 2020
Priyanka Dasgupta, Emma Werner and Jack Monaghan discuss why music and theatre are such fundamental parts of the human experience, and how participating in the arts can benefit our mental health in this I, Science podcast from Imperial College.
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Google AI Scientists –“Developing Algorithms that Mirror Darwinian Evolution”
15th April, 2020
  Science-fiction author Vernor Vinge once said that mankind’s last great invention will be the first self-replicating machine. Now, AI scientists working in Google Brain division are testing how machine learning algorithms can be created from scratch, then evolve naturally, based on simple math, according to Google’s AutoML team who suggest the software could potentially [……

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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.
Image credit: Public Domain via Pixabay
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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