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Harvard study uses train stations to measure human interaction

(Source: Boston Globe, February 25, 2014)

BOSTON -- Forget, for a moment, all the usual benefits of public transportation, like cutting greenhouse gases and reducing traffic. There is a new reason to ride the commuter rails: They provide researchers an excellent laboratory for studying human behavior.

The most recent such study, conducted on several commuter rail platforms in the Boston area, finds that mixing with people of different ethnic backgrounds can influence social acceptance, at first for the worse, but then for the better.

Full story: Boston Globe

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

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