Now that people have had a chance to digest the recently published "Mirror Neuron Forum" (Perspectives on Psychological Science 6(4) 369–407) I think it would be useful to revisit some of the claims and counter-claims. I will start working through some of the points in a series of posts. Of course, my focus will be on the parts of the forum that I participated in, but if you have some comments and thoughts on any part of it, feel free to email me and I'll post it as "guest post".
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Gallese V, & Goldman A. (1998) Mirror neurons and the simulation theory of mind-reading. Trends in cognitive sciences, 2(12), 493-501. PMID: 21227300
The Lycaenidae (gossamer-winged butterflies) is the second largest family of butterflies, with ~5000 species, including some of the more famous butterflies, such as the Theclinae (hairstreaks), the Polyommatinae (blues) and the Lycaeninae (coppers). They are mostly found in the Old World (de Jong, 2003), where 28 of the 33 lycaenid tribes are endemic. They are [...]... Read more »
Pierce, N., Braby, M., Heath, A., Lohman, D., Mathew, J., Rand, D., & Travassos, M. (2002) The ecology and evolution of ant association in the Lycaenidae (Lepidoptera). Annual Review of Entomology, 47(1), 733-771. DOI: 10.1146/annurev.ento.47.091201.145257
The mirror self-recognition (MSR) test has long been used to assess whether an animal is self-aware, whether it has a sense of self. In the classic version of the test, a colored mark is placed on an animal’s body in such a way … Continue reading →... Read more »
Bekoff, M. (2001) Observations of scent-marking and discriminating self from others by a domestic dog (Canis familiaris): tales of displaced yellow snow. Behavioural Processes, 55(2), 75-79. DOI: 10.1016/S0376-6357(01)00142-5
Hi, my name is Kelsey and I’m a slacker. (Note: Pete has progressed past the slacker phase into delinquency.) I will try to redeem myself—slowly. I have a whole slew (like five) of completely researched and partially written posts. After careful deliberation, I’ve decided that three of them are keepers. I’ve also decided that if [...]... Read more »
Berry, F., & Breithaupt, T. (2010) To signal or not to signal? Chemical communication by urine-borne signals mirrors sexual conflict in crayfish. BMC Biology, 8(1), 25. DOI: 10.1186/1741-7007-8-25
Rosenthal, G., Fitzsimmons, J., Woods, K., Gerlach, G., & Fisher, H. (2011) Tactical Release of a Sexually-Selected Pheromone in a Swordtail Fish. PLoS ONE, 6(2). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0016994
If it goes around on six legs, it doesn’t get much dowdier than the mealybug.* Powdery, bovine, and frightening if you find them binging on your gardenias, these wax-shedding roving syringes are one of many mosquito-like parasites that plague plants. Yes, sexy, mealybugs are not — unless you look inside them. There, you will find [...]... Read more »
McCutcheon, J., & von Dohlen, C. (2011) An Interdependent Metabolic Patchwork in the Nested Symbiosis of Mealybugs. Current Biology. DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2011.06.051
Are business schools bad for business? Are they to blame for the demise in good management practices because they have become obsessed with teaching maximizing shareholder value at the expense of everything else? Perhaps they are. If so, is there a way out? [ ... ]... Read more »
Ghoshal, S. (2005) Bad management theories are destroying good management practices. IEEE Engineering Management Review, 33(3), 79-79. DOI: 10.1109/EMR.2005.26768
I received a Google alert the other day on something about dysphagia and something about spinal cords. Naturally I was curious and scuttled to the source. A few clicks later I had myself a free journal article looking at dysphagia severity after anterior cervical (AC) surgery. Not quite ground breaking research, but interesting nonetheless. The study aimed “to determine the degree of dysphagia preoperatively and postoperatively in patients undergoing AC [anterior cervical] surgery compared........ Read more »
Siska PA, Ponnappan RK, Hohl JB, Lee JY, Kang JD, & Donaldson WF 3rd. (2011) Dysphagia after anterior cervical spine surgery: a prospective study using the swallowing-quality of life questionnaire and analysis of patient comorbidities. Spine, 36(17), 1387-91. PMID: 21785303
Most research into religion looks at how it influences attitudes towards co-religionists. But the flip side to religion is that it can also serve as a foundation for social divisions, in a similar way to ethnic and language barriers.
You might think this could increase social tensions, but new research by Don Soo Chon, at Auburn University at Montgomery, Alabama, suggests that this may not be the case. He looked at how the level of ethnic, linguistic, and religious fragmentation relates to hom........ Read more »
Chon, D. (2011) The Impact of Population Heterogeneity and Income Inequality on Homicide Rates: A Cross-National Assessment. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. DOI: 10.1177/0306624X11414813
Polar explorers and the Inuit often experience photokeratitis, a painful eye condition commonly referred to as snow blindness. It is caused by prolonged exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun reflecting off a landscape of white snow. The Inuit of the Arctic solved this problem by fashioning snow goggles from caribou antlers (Rangifer tarandus); similar goggles were later adopted by many polar explorers.
Figure 1. Caribou feeding on lichens in the Arctic. (From Flickr/Billy Lin........ Read more »
Hogg, C., Neveu, M., Stokkan, K., Folkow, L., Cottrill, P., Douglas, R., Hunt, D., & Jeffery, G. (2011) Arctic reindeer extend their visual range into the ultraviolet. Journal of Experimental Biology, 214(12), 2014-2019. DOI: 10.1242/jeb.053553
Wow! It’s really that time of year again. While there are a range of thoughts and feelings that students have about heading back to school, it is the students that have a true phobia about attending that I hope to reach in this post. Hopefully, this will find its way to parents that have seen [...]... Read more »
Hughes, E. K., Gullone, E., Dudley, A., & Tonge, B. (2010) A Case-controlled Study of Emotion Regulation and School Refusal in Children and Adolescents. Journal of Early Adolescence, 691-706. info:/
Where did nucleic acids come from?
What do you start looking at first? Nucleobases – A’s, T’s, C’s and G’s.
Where do you start looking first? Outer-space! More specifically carbonaceous meteorites. “Meteorites provide a record of the chemical processes that occurred in the solar system before life began on Earth”, Dun DUH: ... Read more »
Callahan MP, Smith KE, Cleaves HJ 2nd, Ruzicka J, Stern JC, Glavin DP, House CH, & Dworkin JP. (2011) Carbonaceous meteorites contain a wide range of extraterrestrial nucleobases. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. PMID: 21836052
With these beautiful words starts a recollection paper by the founder of arXiv, Paul Ginsparg. This is worth the reading as this history spans a number of years exactly overlapping the computer revolution that definitely changed our lives. What Paul also changed through these new information tools was the way researchers should approach scientific communication. [...]... Read more »
R. Aouane, V. Bornyakov, E. -M. Ilgenfritz, V. Mitrjushkin, M. Müller-Preussker, & A. Sternbeck. (2011) Landau gauge gluon and ghost propagators at finite temperature from quenched lattice QCD. arXiv. arXiv: 1108.1735v1
Today, a new study has led to headlines claiming that adding caffeine to sunscreen could improve its effectiveness in preventing skin cancer. But don’t chuck away the sunscreen just yet, nor pour your coffee into it – this was an interesting study in mice, but it doesn’t prove that adding caffeine to sunscreen would have any effect [...]... Read more »
Kawasumi, M., Lemos, B., Bradner, J., Thibodeau, R., Kim, Y., Schmidt, M., Higgins, E., Koo, S., Angle-Zahn, A., Chen, A.... (2011) Protection from UV-induced skin carcinogenesis by genetic inhibition of the ataxia telangiectasia and Rad3-related (ATR) kinase. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 108(33), 13716-13721. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1111378108
Since the 1990s companies and other organizations have created so-called “idea portals” for their customers and employees. These websites are aimed at gleaning new ideas and feedback for new products and services, new features and ways to improve processes. They are to all intents and purposes the online equivalent of the “suggestion box”. In recent [...]Post from: David Bradley's Sciencetext Tech TalkTop 73 idea portals
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Jan Finzen, Maximilien Kintz, & Stefan Kobes. (2011) A comparative study of publicly accessible web-based idea portals. Int. J. Technology Marketing, 6(1), 85-98. info:/
Uca panacea, a fiddler crab, whose specific name refers to a goddess of healing.
When I gave a public talk earlier this year about fiddler crabs, I talked at length about the role of the large claw in signalling. Signals from males to females, signals from males to other males, deceptive signals, and more.
A new paper suggests we might have been overlooking another use of this large claw: control its temperature.
Crabs are ectotherms: they rely on using the environment around them to change ........ Read more »
Darnell MZ, & Munguia P. (2011) Thermoregulation as an alternate function of the sexually dimorphic fiddler crab claw. The American Naturalist. info:/10.1086/661239
A critical examination of recent study suggesting that the pursuit of romantic goals hampers women's efforts in science... Read more »
Park LE, Young AF, Troisi JD, & Pinkus RT. (2011) Effects of everyday romantic goal pursuit on women's attitudes toward math and science. Personality , 37(9), 1259-73. PMID: 21617021
Just as there’s good cholesterol and bad cholesterol, good carbs and bad carbs, there’s also good fat. Whereas white fat stores energy, padding our hips, thighs, arms and bellies, brown fat — studded with energy generators known as mitochondria – burns energy. Newborns have a ring of brown fat around their necks, helping them stay warm. By adulthood, it’s detectable in only 3 percent of men and 7.5 percent of women, with higher rates among younger and thinner peopl........ Read more »
Drubach LA, Palmer EL 3rd, Connolly LP, Baker A, Zurakowski D, & Cypess AM. (2011) Pediatric Brown Adipose Tissue: Detection, Epidemiology, and Differences from Adults. The Journal of Pediatrics. PMID: 21839465
Pretty much everyone I know wants to learn English or improve their English – with the exception of those who consider themselves native speakers, obviously. What is more, everyone I know knows that everyone else wants to learn English (the … Continue reading →... Read more »
Clayton, S. (2008) The problem of ‘choice’ and the construction of the demand for English in Cambodia. Language Policy, 7(2), 143-164. DOI: 10.1007/s10993-008-9084-9
Last week, at my Ecological Society of America talk, one of the questions asked afterwards was, “Could the fact that Marmorkrebs are genetically identical be exploited to control introduced, unwanted populations?”
I said, “No.”
One of the things I admire about crayfish is that they are tough little survivors. Unfortunately, this means that they are hard to get a handle on once they’re loose.
I think it’s fair to say that the weapons used to control crayfish populations are blunt i........ Read more »
Dana E, García-de-Lomas J, González R, & Ortega F. (2011) Effectiveness of dam construction to contain the invasive crayfish Procambarus clarkii in a Mediterranean mountain stream. Ecological Engineering, 37(11), 1607-1613. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoleng.2011.06.014
PEAY S, HILEY P, COLLEN P, & MARTIN I. (2006) BIOCIDE TREATMENT OF PONDS IN SCOTLAND TO ERADICATE SIGNAL CRAYFISH. Bulletin Français de la Pêche et de la Pisciculture, 1363-1379. DOI: 10.1051/kmae:2006041
While some of us may be generally happier than others, all of us experience different emotions from day to day. A fascinating new study suggests that these fluctuations are due to two factors: a cycling of emotion levels across the working week, and our unique personal sensitivity to both good and bad daily events. The study even has hurricanes.
Daniel J. Beal and Louma Ghandour from Rice University set out to track the daily affect patterns of participants from an IT services company. They wer........ Read more »
Beal, D., & Ghandour, L. (2011) Stability, change, and the stability of change in daily workplace affect. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 32(4), 526-546. DOI: 10.1002/job.713
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