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Worried about what people are saying about you? Concerns about gossip could influence behavior, including generosity, researchers said.
"As it turns out, the act of gossip can indeed be quite powerful," said Jared Piazza of Queen's University in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Piazza and Jesse M. Beringa studied the (36) of 72 college students who were asked to distribute tokens (代金券) with a monetary value between themselves and someone else.
Half of the group were (37) told their decision would be discussed with a third party.
"Participants who were told that the receiver would be communicating their economic decision with the third party were (38) more generous in their allocations of the tokens than participants who were not (39) to believe that their decisions would be discussed," Piazza and Beringa said in the study published in the journal Human Behavior.
They added that the most (40) strategy from an economic standpoint would have been for a student to (41) all 10 tokens to him or herself, but the threat of gossip seemed to have (42) their decision.
Although gender did not play a major role in the study, men were slightly more (43) than women.
"Allocations of males were, on average, slightly greater than allocations of females, although there were almost twice as many female participants," the researchers(44).
A previous study showed that gossip is more powerful than truth, suggesting people believe what they hear through the grapevine even if they have evidence to the(45).
语法判断：空格前是for a studentto，空格后是alllotokens，因此从语法上来讲，不定式后应填入动词原形。
语法判断：空格前是seemed to have，空格后是their decision，语法上要求空格内填入过去分词。
语义判断：备选项中可能为过去分词的还有：added、swayed、fabricated、made和thought。sway one’s decision为惯用搭配，意为“影响某人的决定”，符合本句句意。故选C。
语法判断：空格后面全文结束，因此语法线索在前，前面是the，在这种情况下空格中最可能是名词，但语法中亦有“me+形容词”表示名词的情况，如：me rich(富人)、the disabled(残疾人)等。
The social network will let users“mute”messages from other users on their timelines without the muted person’s knowledge，thereby avoiding the(36)__________
process of having to unfollow(取消关注)，or put up with，your(37)__________talkative IRL friends.Twitter rolled out new(38)__________to let users better manage the deluge(泛滥)of tweets they receive.
Users can now“mute”people they follow,removing those people’s tweets and retweets from their own timelines.The muted person won’t know that he or she has been(39)__________.It’s a stealthy way to read less content from certain users without having to unfollow them.A person can easily be muted or(40)__________at
any time，Twitter said in a blog post.
“Mute gives you even more(41)__________over the content you see on Twitter by letting you remove a user’s content from key parts of your Twitter experience，”the company said.
Though Twitter had been experimenting with the feature in recent weeks，it announced that muting will be(42)__________to all users of the company’s iOS and Android apps，as well as the Twitter.com website.Some other Twitter applications，like TweetDeck，already allowed muting.
The feature is part of Twitter’s(43)__________strategy to make its service more accessible to a wider range of people.Following a successful initial public offerin9，Twitter’s stock has tumbled in recent months as investors worry about the social network’s(44)__________to attract new users.CEO Dick Costolo(45)__________that Twitter would make changes to its interface this year to make it easier to understand and manage.The company overhauled(彻底检修)user profile pages in April as part of this effort.
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