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  • September 10, 2011
  • 04:22 AM

Slowing perception down

by Janet Kwasniak in Thoughts on thoughts

According to one way of understanding perception, it would not be surprising if perception was completed before conscious awareness could contain the percept. Why is it important to examine this? So that experiment methods of assessing conscious awareness are valid. Gregori-Grgic, Balderi and de’Sperati look at this question (see citation below) by slowing the processes [...]... Read more »

  • September 10, 2011
  • 03:27 AM

The Mysterious Mimbres

by teofilo in Gambler's House

Inspired by my recent visit to the Gila Cliff Dwellings, I’ve been reading about the Mimbres Mogollon culture of southwestern New Mexico.  As I noted earlier, the cliff dwellings themselves aren’t actually Mimbres, instead belonging to the Tularosa Mogollon culture more common to the north, and they postdate the “Classic” Mimbres period (ca. AD 1000 [...]... Read more »

  • September 9, 2011
  • 10:00 PM

Neury Thursday: Summarizing a Century of Research on Tourette's

by Allison in Dormivigilia

There is a nice review on the history, symptomatologies, putative etiologies, and future research investments on the study of Tourette's syndrome. ... Read more »

Felling RJ, & Singer HS. (2011) Neurobiology of tourette syndrome: current status and need for further investigation. The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 31(35), 12387-95. PMID: 21880899  

  • September 9, 2011
  • 04:15 PM

Menstruation is just blood and tissue you ended up not using

by Kate Clancy in Context & Variation

A history of the menotoxin, or menstrual toxin, with broader commentary about culture and bias... Read more »

Finn CA. (1996) Why do women menstruate? Historical and evolutionary review. European journal of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive biology, 70(1), 3-8. PMID: 9031909  

Reid HE. (1974) Letter: The brass-ring sign. Lancet, 1(7864), 988. PMID: 4133673  

Wilcox AJ, Baird DD, & Weinberg CR. (1999) Time of implantation of the conceptus and loss of pregnancy. The New England journal of medicine, 340(23), 1796-9. PMID: 10362823  

  • September 9, 2011
  • 04:07 PM

Non-Aging Plant Gets Better Every Century

by Elizabeth Preston in Inkfish

Clinging to rock piles high in the Pyrenees, the plant Borderea pyrenaica has a modest lifestyle: It grows a new shoot every summer, flowers and fruits, then sheds its aboveground growth to survive the winter as a tuber. What's remarkable is how long this life lasts for. Individual plants have been known to live 300 years or more. Scientists headed up into the mountains to find out whether these plants, in all their years of living, ever actually get old.

"Senescence" is what we usual........ Read more »

  • September 9, 2011
  • 02:04 PM

The importance of sentimental landscapes

by Tim De Chant in Per Square Mile

When I was packing for the move from Chicago to Cambridge, I figured the transition would be easy for two reasons, both of which are related. First, the two cities share a temperate climate. I grew up in Wisconsin and love—absolutely love—the changing seasons. For example, I’m not merely unfazed by below zero weather, I [...]... Read more »

  • September 9, 2011
  • 01:00 PM

Ingroups, Identities, and In-Memoriams: Why We Must Remember Never To Forget

by Melanie T in PsySociety

It has been ten years since September 11th, 2001. When we remember the events of that day, we often tend to focus on how well we remember all of the seemingly-minor details (despite evidence that these memories may not be quite so accurate). What we were wearing. What we ate for breakfast. Where we were sitting while we watched the news coverage.

Our practically-obsessive focus on these memories actually indicates much more than we realize. Despite mankind’s ever-present focus on the wi........ Read more »

Sahdra, B., & Ross, M. (2007) Group Identification and Historical Memory. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 33(3), 384-395. DOI: 10.1177/0146167206296103  

Baumeister, R. F., & Hastings, S. (1997) Distortions of collective memory: How groups flatter and deceive themselves. In J. W. Pennebaker, D. Paez, , 277-293. info:/

Milgram, S. (1963) Behavioral Study of obedience. The Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology, 67(4), 371-378. DOI: 10.1037/h0040525  

  • September 9, 2011
  • 01:00 PM

Things That Creep in the Night

by David Steen in Living Alongside Wildlife

I. inornatus

         Earlier this year, I found myself in a tropical downpour, surrounded by a Central American jungle, and with my nose running like a faucet.  I was afflicted with what my advisor had dubbed, “Black Elk Disease”, resulting in my words turning into grumbling sounds that seemed to emanate from the depths of my stomach. I tried to shake my grogginess off; I was supposed to head... Read more »

Whitfield SM, Bell KE, Philippi T, Sasa M, Bolaños F, Chaves G, Savage JM, & Donnelly MA. (2007) Amphibian and reptile declines over 35 years at La Selva, Costa Rica. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 104(20), 8352-6. PMID: 17449638  

  • September 9, 2011
  • 11:56 AM

Friday Fun: Are you getting enough sleep?

by Psych Your Mind in Psych Your Mind

Do you feel like this guy?
Sleep is one of those basic needs we can't escape. But that doesn't mean we're planning our days to make sure we get our requisite hours of sleep each night. We live in a society where we're expected to burn the candle at both ends, and even our best attempts at sleeping well can fail with early morning meetings, last minute projects, late night social gatherings, children who need night time attention, sleep problems, a snoring roommate, or those tra........ Read more »

  • September 9, 2011
  • 11:27 AM

3rd Roman Bioarchaeology Carnival

by Kristina Killgrove in Powered By Osteons

Between teaching, researching, and applying for jobs, I have not had as much time as I'd like to blog.  That partly explains the delay in this installment of the Roman bioarchaeology carnival, but the other reason for the delay is that, well, not much has happened in the past two weeks that I'd consider particularly Roman bioarchaeological.  I have, therefore, just a few offerings for this carnival...

TB or Not TB

Map of Poundbury Camp.  Fig. 1, Lewis 2011.
In the first ever i........ Read more »

M.E. Lewis. (2011) Tuberculosis in the non-adults from Romano-British Poundbury Camp, Dorset, England. International Journal of Paleopathology, 1(1), 12-23. info:/10.1016/j.ijpp.2011.02.002

  • September 9, 2011
  • 07:02 AM

Simple Jury Persuasion: Would “if it doesn’t fit, you must acquit” still work?

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

Catchy slogans, phrases and themes have long been the hallmark of a persuasive courtroom presentation. But new research throws a question on whether they are as effective as we would like to think. Researchers compared the effect of both logos (brands) and slogans (phrases) on subjects. They discuss past research where showing the Apple logo resulted [...]

Related posts:Simple Jury Persuasion: “You know you want to trust me!”
Simple Jury Persuasion: I’m too smart to fall for that!
Simpl........ Read more »

Laran, J., Dalton A., & Andrade, E. (2011) The curious case of behavioral backlash: Why brands produce priming effects and slogans produce reverse priming effects. . Journal of Consumer Research. info:/

  • September 9, 2011
  • 06:45 AM

Sleep, Pain and Depression in Primary Care

by Kim Kristiansen in Picture of Pain

Close to half of all patients coming to primary care are experiencing sleep problems, but not necessarily presenting it. Increased experienced intensity of sleep problems are associated with significant increases of both average pain intensity and risk of Major Depressive Disorder. DoloTest provide an easy way to find and evaluate this coexistence. This is the conclusion of data I am presenting today at a poster.
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Kim Kristiansen, M.D. (2011) Sleep, Pain and Depression in Primary Care. Picture of Pain Blog. info:/h

  • September 9, 2011
  • 06:30 AM

Patient Perceptions of Computed Tomographic Imaging and Their Understanding of Radiation Risk and Exposure - Part I

by Rogue Medic in Rogue Medic

What do patients with abdominal pain want?

Maybe even more than pain medicine, patients seem to want a CT. If that doesn't provide answers, they want another one. As if radiation will work differently or the body will change or . . . .... Read more »

  • September 9, 2011
  • 04:00 AM

Lab-profile: Dr Ravi Nookala – University of Cambridge, UK

by Joana Guedes in BHD Research Blog

In this month’s lab profile we highlight the work of Dr Ravi Nookala, a structural biologist working in the lab of Professor Sir Tom Blundell in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Cambridge. Dr Nookala is working on … Continue reading →... Read more »

Nookala RK, Hussain S, & Pellegrini L. (2007) Insights into Fanconi Anaemia from the structure of human FANCE. Nucleic acids research, 35(5), 1638-48. PMID: 17308347  

  • September 9, 2011
  • 01:51 AM

Acinetobacter baumannii the most opportunisitic-ist pathogen you know

by James Byrne in Disease Prone

A. baumannii does not mess around. As opportunistic pathogens go it’s pretty out there. An aerobic, gram negative, almost entirely antibiotic resistant (largely through passive mechanisms) bacterium that’s developing such a terrible reputation that it has picked up the nickname ‘Iraqibacter’, but that’s mostly because of the high proportion of A. baumannii infections in returned American troops.... Read more »

Mussi, M., Gaddy, J., Cabruja, M., Arivett, B., Viale, A., Rasia, R., & Actis, L. (2010) The Opportunistic Human Pathogen Acinetobacter baumannii Senses and Responds to Light. Journal of Bacteriology, 192(24), 6336-6345. DOI: 10.1128/JB.00917-10  

McBride, M. (2010) Shining a Light on an Opportunistic Pathogen. Journal of Bacteriology, 192(24), 6325-6326. DOI: 10.1128/JB.01141-10  

Reddy, T., Chopra, T., Marchaim, D., Pogue, J., Alangaden, G., Salimnia, H., Boikov, D., Navon-Venezia, S., Akins, R., Selman, P.... (2010) Trends in Antimicrobial Resistance of Acinetobacter baumannii Isolates from a Metropolitan Detroit Health System. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, 54(5), 2235-2238. DOI: 10.1128/AAC.01665-09  

  • September 9, 2011
  • 01:09 AM

Coming to terms with the female orgasm

by Greg Laden in Greg Laden's Blog

I think I know why science does not understand the female orgasm. It is because science excels when it breaks free of context, history, human complexities and anthropology, but when a topic requires one to grasp context, history, human complexities and anthropology, then science, especially the hard sciences, can fall short. Also, the nature of the female orgasm is a comparative question, but human sexuality is highly (but not entirely) derived; It is difficult to make a sensible graph or tabl........ Read more »

  • September 9, 2011
  • 01:00 AM

Histones Signal Other Proteins Too

by Chris Womack in E3 Engaging Epigenetics Experts

Here’s an epigenetics first.

It turns out that intermolecular signaling in epigenetics — all that ubiquination, methylation, and so forth — doesn’t always end at DNA or histones, where those two components go on just to regulate genes (or to encourage more modification of themselves and each other). Nope, John Latham and colleagues at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center reported in Cell last week that there’s at least one case — in yeast &md........ Read more »

  • September 8, 2011
  • 09:25 PM

More about the Gila Cliff Dwellings

by teofilo in Gambler's House

Despite their impressive preservation, the Gila Cliff Dwellings have gotten surprisingly little attention in the archaeological literature.  This is apparently because they were so thoroughly ransacked by pothunters early on that there wasn’t much left intact for archaeologists to study, and possibly also because the early establishment of Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument in 1907 [...]... Read more »

  • September 8, 2011
  • 06:42 PM

What’s most helpful for improving performance – precise or vague information?

by pennydeck in Feedback Solutions for Obesity

How precise does feedback need to be in order to support behaviour change? Most of us prefer exact information and are adverse to ambiguity (1), but absolute values may not be as successful for supporting behaviour change as one might … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • September 8, 2011
  • 04:22 PM


by Marc in Teaching Biology

One of the highlighted Konservat-Lagerstätten in my Rise of Animals post is Chengjiang (a.k.a. the Maotianshan Shales). While Burgess has the historical significance, in terms of importance and potential, Chengjiang is arguably more important (see Shu, 2008). Chengjiang fossils are not the easiest to see, although they are admittedly abundant, at 40000+ specimens so far. [...]... Read more »

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