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A Skeptical Woman's Science, Superstition and Life Blog. Features essays on women in skepticism and related gender issues; research on superstition; education and the wonder of science.

Kylie Sturgess
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  • April 29, 2010
  • 05:00 AM

Is It Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic? Health, Confidence And Teaching Tricks

by Kylie Sturgess in Podblack Blog

'Colour-changing-card-me' confused about the combination of a new paper and a much older report on the effect of magic tricks on children! A post that looks at the questions about whether popular appeal of magic demonstrations really means health or educational benefits.... Read more »

  • February 21, 2010
  • 07:52 AM

The Ghost In The Ouija Board - Facilitated Communication And Rom Houben

by Kylie Sturgess in Podblack Blog

Whilst facilitated communication has been thoroughly debunked, it's still clearly still got ghosts that haunt the public perception. ... Read more »

Cardinal DN, Hanson D, & Wakeham J. (1996) Investigation of authorship in facilitated communication. Mental retardation, 34(4), 231-42. PMID: 8828342  

Tuzzi, A., Cemin, M., & Castagna, M. (2004) “Moved deeply I am” Autistic language in texts produced with Facilitated Communication. Journees internationals d’Analyse statistique des Donnees Textuelles. info:/

  • February 15, 2010
  • 10:21 AM

“Badgertastics!” – Treatments For Somnambulism In Adults

by Kylie Sturgess in Podblack Blog

How simple is it to treat somnambulism? The recent popularity of the recorded alter-ego of 'Sleep-Talking Man' has me looking at what research has been done.... Read more »

  • February 12, 2010
  • 12:23 PM

Does It Mean A Thing If It ‘Ain’t Got Pink Bling? Gender Differences, Toys And The Psychology Of Color

by Kylie Sturgess in Podblack Blog

Upon discovering the podcast of a young pro-princess and pro-science podcaster, I reflect upon several studies on gender, toys and stereotypes - including a new one on picture books and the depiction of males and females.... Read more »

  • August 20, 2009
  • 01:04 AM

On Women, Paranormal Belief And When Yahoo Answers Wrong

by Kylie Sturgess in Podblack Blog

Just a short note - I’m scheduled to appear on both the Skeptic and Science Tracks at Dragon*Con - the findings on paranormal, pseudoscience and conspiracy theory beliefs stemming from a study co-created by Dr Martin Bridgstock and myself will be presented by both of us on Sunday, 6th September at 7pm, called “Australian Skeptics [...]SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title: "On Women, Paranormal Belief And When Yahoo Answers Wrong", url: "http://podblack.com/?p=1544" });... Read more »

Krummenacher P, Mohr C, Haker H, & Brugger P. (2009) Dopamine, Paranormal Belief, and the Detection of Meaningful Stimuli. Journal of cognitive neuroscience. PMID: 19642883  

  • July 7, 2009
  • 08:00 PM

Ask Podblack - Could Sex Sell Science?

by Kylie Sturgess in Podblack Blog

“How true is the comment ‘the days of this sexual marketing are really quite limited’ in promoting science?”... Read more »

  • June 30, 2009
  • 06:00 PM

Ask Podblack: What Does Supernatural Mean?

by Kylie Sturgess in Podblack Blog

An inquiry on supernatural belief and the influence via cultural factors such as family, peer groups, media influences, and the persuasive power of social institutions.... Read more »

Lindeman, M., & Aarnio, K. (2006) Paranormal beliefs: their dimensionality and correlates. European Journal of Personality, 20(7), 585-602. DOI: 10.1002/per.608  

  • March 17, 2009
  • 06:00 PM

Luck Of The Irish And Other Reasons To Avoid The Pub Today

by Kylie Sturgess in Podblack Blog

Luck research, traditions on St Patrick's Day and a great Irish film that you probably missed (or should really be checking out again).... Read more »

WISEMAN, R., & WATT, C. (2004) Measuring superstitious belief: why lucky charms matter. Personality and Individual Differences, 37(8), 1533-1541. DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2004.02.009  

  • March 12, 2009
  • 08:08 AM

The Ode Less Practiced – Ericsson and Charness, 1994 / Fry, 2005

by Kylie Sturgess in Podblack Blog

A study of a psychology paper on the acquisition of ability, mixed in with some Romantic era poetry, An Ode Less Travelled and Stephen Fry's Twitter popularity.... Read more »

Ericsson, K., & Charness, N. (1994) Expert performance: Its structure and acquisition. American Psychologist, 49(8), 725-747. DOI: 10.1037//0003-066X.49.8.725  

  • March 5, 2009
  • 06:00 PM

Tell Me More About This Australian Thing Called Rooting

by Kylie Sturgess in Podblack Blog

An investigation of linguistics, bad words, rude language and Australian idiom. Features an interview with the author of 'Forbidden words: Taboo and the censoring of language'.... Read more »

Stollznow, K. (2009) Keith Allan . Language in Society, 38(01), 135. DOI: 10.1017/S0047404508090234  

  • January 30, 2009
  • 06:00 PM

Year Of The Ox – Charming Tradition Or Load Of Bull?

by Kylie Sturgess in Podblack Blog

An investigation of Chinese astrology, psychology and the influence of culture and changing times on superstition and tradition - just how good is it that people are worried about ‘Chinese Beliefs and Superstitions: Its Fast Fading Existence?’... Read more »

  • January 26, 2009
  • 12:37 AM

Ninja Kittens Don't Steal The Moon - Crime Rates And Lunar Phase Research

by Kylie Sturgess in Podblack Blog

Studies on the lack of correlation between phases of the moon and crime in rural and city areas - as well as all the other moon myth and superstitions. WITH NINJA KITTEZ!... Read more »

Núñez S, Pérez Méndez L, & Aguirre-Jaime A. (2002) Moon cycles and violent behaviours: myth or fact?. European journal of emergency medicine : official journal of the European Society for Emergency Medicine, 9(2), 127-30. PMID: 12131634  

Bhattacharjee C, Bradley P, Smith M, Scally AJ, & Wilson BJ. (2000) Do animals bite more during a full moon? Retrospective observational analysis. BMJ (Clinical research ed.), 321(7276), 1559-61. PMID: 11124173  

  • January 25, 2009
  • 08:08 AM

Are U(FO) Dreaming Of A Paranormal Christmas?

by Kylie Sturgess in Podblack Blog

A new paper on alien belief and correlation to hypnotic suggestion and hallucination reveals an interesting link to the song White Christmas in previous studies.... Read more »

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