Editor’s Selections: Faking It, Ptolemy, Universal Sound Markers, and Imitation

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By Krystal D'Costa

Krystal D'Costa Krystal D’Costa selects interesting and notable ResearchBlogging.org posts in the social sciences, including anthropology, research, and philosophy. She blogs about the anthropology of urban life at Anthropology in Practice.

  • At Design. Build. Play. Frautech investigates whether you can fake it til you make it. The author reports on the effects of assuming a high power stance versus a low power position, and finds some evidence to suggest that they way you carry yourself may matter.
  • Alun has crafted a fantastic defense of 17th-century astronomy–and Ptolemy. He encourages readers to acknowledge the science of the times, and recognize the great strides that advances truly represented.
  • At Speech and Science, Maria Wolters dissects a study claiming to have identified sounds that may be universally associated with happiness and sadness. She skillfully walks readers through the methodology, pointing out alternatives and possible areas for scrutiny.
  • And finally, Michael Plyer of A Replicated Typo discusses the role of imitation in our evolutionary history.  The post highlights overimitation as a sign of our tendency toward social norms.

I’ll be back next Thursday with more research from the social sciences.

One Response to “Editor’s Selections: Faking It, Ptolemy, Universal Sound Markers, and Imitation”

  1. Maria Wolters Says:
    January 20th, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Thank you so much for including my post!

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