Why do most of us assume that it is necessarily a bad thing for men to resist treatment for their alleged depression? And why is it that when Rochlen et al. (2009) call for more men to accept such treatment, I immediately respond, why?... Read more »
Rochlen, A., Paterniti, D., Epstein, R., Duberstein, P., Willeford, L., & Kravitz, R. (2009) Barriers in Diagnosing and Treating Men With Depression: A Focus Group Report. American Journal of Men's Health, 4(2), 167-175. DOI: 10.1177/1557988309335823
Radio tags don't affect humpback whale survival
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Mizroch, S.A. et al. (2010) Long-term survival of humpback whales radio-tagged in Alaska from 1976 through 1978. Marine Mammal Science. DOI: 10.1111/j.1748-7692.2010.00391.x
Many farmers throughout Latin America and around the world rely on pesticides to control pest invasions; in the case of Andean potato crops, this method is not only costly but has been shown to cause adverse health effects as well. Due to the risks involved in pesticide usage, and the ever-increasing demand for high-yield crops, new methods of controlling pest invasions are being explored by researchers regularly. And as counterintuitive as these new findings sound, ecological scientists have d........ Read more »
Poveda, K., Gomez Jimenez, M., & Kessler, A. (2010) The enemy as ally: herbivore-induced increase in crop yield. Ecological Applications, 2147483647. DOI: 10.1890/09-1726
Some reef islands expand even as sea levels rise
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Webb, A.P., & P.S. Kench. (2010) The dynamic response of reef islands to sea level rise: evidence from multi-decadal analysis of island change in the central Pacific. Global and Planetary Change. DOI: 10.1016/j.gloplacha.2010.05.003
One of the most interesting things about exercise is that it results in important health improvements even in the absence of weight loss. For example, just a single session of exercise can result in improved insulin sensitivity, increased levels of HDL cholesterol (aka the "good" cholesterol) and reductions in plasma triglyceride levels - all tremendously important markers of disease risk. In addition to these metabolic changes, new research by our friend and former labmate Lance Dav........ Read more »
Davidson, LE, Tucker, L, & Peterson, T. (2010) Physical Activity Changes Predict Abdominal Fat Change in Midlife Women. Journal of Physical Activity and Health. info:/
Image by Getty Images via @daylife I cannot wait until all the omics for all bodily fluids are uncovered: “Saliva Ontology: An ontology-based framework for a Salivaomics Knowledge Base” Ai, J., Smith, B., & Wong, D. (2010). Saliva Ontology: An ontology-based framework for a Salivaomics Knowledge Base BMC Bioinformatics, 11 (1) DOI: 10.1186/1471-2105-11-302... Read more »
Ai, J., Smith, B., & Wong, D. (2010) Saliva Ontology: An ontology-based framework for a Salivaomics Knowledge Base. BMC Bioinformatics, 11(1), 302. DOI: 10.1186/1471-2105-11-302
As marine scientists, sometimes we forget or don't even realize how much local baymen and fishermen actually know. Or maybe we don't trust them because they are "lay" persons. But they work the bay, they try to catch many of the species we study (as money is a big driver of research), and they know things. Local baymen who have worked the bay for years suggest that bay scallop recruitment is higher in years after cold/wet winters. Sometimes, we take what they say with a grain of salt. Howev........ Read more »
Strasser, M. (2001) Larval supply of predator and prey: temporal mismatch between crabs and bivalves after a severe winter in the Wadden Sea. Journal of Sea Research, 46(1), 57-67. DOI: 10.1016/S1385-1101(01)00063-6
Kimmel, D., Miller, W., Harding, L., Houde, E., & Roman, M. (2009) Estuarine Ecosystem Response Captured Using a Synoptic Climatology. Estuaries and Coasts, 32(3), 403-409. DOI: 10.1007/s12237-009-9147-y
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Brion, G., Brye, K., Haggard, B., West, C., & Brahana, J. (2010) Land-use effects on water quality of a first-order stream in the Ozark Highlands, mid-southern United States. River Research and Applications. DOI: 10.1002/rra.1394
This morning I was going through new blog posts and whatnot in Google Reader when I came across this interesting little morsel:
On June 12, 2010, a bunch of people are going to gather in Boston to discuss how pornography exploits women, breeds hatred, turns men into monsters and generally destroys lives and civilizations...
I cruised on over to the conference's main website. It says:
Our second national conference will once again bring together activists, researchers, survivors, parents, and ........ Read more »
Štulhofer, A., Buško, V., & Landripet, I. (2008) Pornography, Sexual Socialization, and Satisfaction Among Young Men. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 39(1), 168-178. DOI: 10.1007/s10508-008-9387-0
Malamuth NM, Addison T, & Koss M. (2000) Pornography and sexual aggression: are there reliable effects and can we understand them?. Annual review of sex research, 26-91. PMID: 11351835
Visualising future success - is it a good thing or a bad thing? It depends on how you do it.... Read more »
Taylor, S., Pham, L., Rivkin, I., & Armor, D. (1998) Harnessing the imagination: Mental simulation, self-regulation, and coping. American Psychologist, 53(4), 429-439. DOI: 10.1037/0003-066X.53.4.429
Pham, L., & Taylor, S. (1999) From Thought to Action: Effects of Process-Versus Outcome-Based Mental Simulations on Performance. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 25(2), 250-260. DOI: 10.1177/0146167299025002010
Vasquez, N.A., & Buehler, R. (2007) Seeing future success: Does imagery perspective influence achievement motivation?. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 33(10), 1392-1405. info:/10.1177/0146167207304541
Oettingen, G., & Mayer, D. (2002) The motivating function of thinking about the future: Expectations versus fantasies. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 83(5), 1198-1212. DOI: 10.1037//0022-3522.214.171.1248
Langens, T., & Schmalt, H. (2002) Emotional Consequences of Positive Daydreaming: The Moderating Role of Fear of Failure. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 28(12), 1725-1735. DOI: 10.1177/014616702237653
Litt, A., Khan, U., & Shiv, B. (2009) Lusting While Loathing: Parallel Counterdriving of Wanting and Liking. Psychological Science, 21(1), 118-125. DOI: 10.1177/0956797609355633
Imagine a garden filled with sweet smelling flowers and weeds. The flowers vastly outnumber the weeds, but the latter are more varied. And there's another asymmetry - whereas the flowers have a pleasant scent, the weeds aren't just scent-less, they're poisonous, they can kill. According to a new study, life is like this garden. Positive events outnumber negative events, but negative events are more varied and potent. Paul Rozin and colleagues say that the English language reflects this state of ........ Read more »
Rozin, P., Berman, L., & Royzman, E. (2010) Biases in use of positive and negative words across twenty natural languages. Cognition , 24(3), 536-548. DOI: 10.1080/02699930902793462
Black bears are returning to their historic ranges in places like southern Wisconsin and Eastern Texas. So how do local residents feel about the returning wildlife and what explains their attitudes?... Read more »
Morzillo, A., Mertig, A., Hollister, J., Garner, N., & Liu, J. (2010) Socioeconomic Factors Affecting Local Support for Black Bear Recovery Strategies. Environmental Management. DOI: 10.1007/s00267-010-9485-3
Also posted over at Paramedicine 101 and at Research Blogging. Go check out the rest of the excellent material at both sites.Last month I pointed out Prehospital use of analgesia for suspected extremity fractures. The study I am covering now looks at a similar group of patients in A&E (Accident & Emergency - the British version of ED - Emergency Department).We aimed to assess the use of analgesia within our department and identify shortcomings. Having done this we devised a protocol for interven........ Read more »
Goodacre, S., & Roden, R. (1996) A protocol to improve analgesia use in the accident and emergency department. Emergency Medicine Journal, 13(3), 177-179. DOI: 10.1136/emj.13.3.177
Sci, like everyone else around here, isn't immune to the sands of time. She's getting older, along with all of her friends, who are pairing up and settling down. This means two things:
1) Sci has been a bridesmaid SIX TIMES and counting so far. The tales she could tell...
2) Sci friends are having BABIES. LOTS AND LOTS OF BABIES. 400 BABIES!
(Sci is often accused of have GRATUITOUS AMOUNTS OF ENERGY. Also, she has to wonder if these guys had ever tried the energy gel called "Chocolate ........ Read more »
Tan PC, Yow CM, & Omar SZ. (2009) Coitus and orgasm at term: effect on spontaneous labour and pregnancy outcome. Singapore medical journal, 50(11), 1062-7. PMID: 19960160
I’ve said quite a lot about atlatls, so perhaps it’s time to move on to the second part of this series. The bow and arrow is a sufficiently popular weapon system even today that it doesn’t need much introduction. It’s important to note, however, that most archaeologists have concluded that the bow and arrow is [...]... Read more »
An interesting research note just came out in the American Naturalist by Hamilton and colleagues entitled Quantifying uncertainty in estimation of tropical arthropod species richness. I retweeted a Science Daily twitter feed on this that had a terribly misleading opening line: “New calculations reveal that the number of species on Earth is likely to be [...]... Read more »
Hamilton, A., Basset, Y., Benke, K., Grimbacher, P., Miller, S., Novotný, V., Samuelson, G., Stork, N., Weiblen, G., & Yen, J. (2010) Quantifying uncertainty in estimation of tropical arthropod species richness. The American Naturalist, 176(1), 90-95. DOI: 10.1086/652998
William Netzer (Rockefeller University, United States) and coworkers have worked towards treating the cognitive decline often seen in Down syndrome. This news feature was written on June 3, 2010.... Read more »
Netzer, W. J, Powell, C., Nong, Y., Blundell, J., Wong, L., Duff, K., Flajolet, M., & Greengard, P. (2010) Lowering β-Amyloid Levels Rescues Learning and Memory in a Down Syndrome Mouse Model. PLoS ONE, 5(6). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0010943
Amazon fires increase in areas with declining deforestation
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Aragao, L.E.O.C., & Y.E. Shimabukuro. (2010) The Incidence of Fire in Amazonian Forests with Implications for REDD. Science, 328(5983), 1275-1278. DOI: 10.1126/science.1186925
Thirty-five years ago Caramazza and Zurif (1976) made a startling claim that literally changed the way the field thought about Broca's aphasia, Broca's area, and the neurology of syntax. Up until that time Broca's area was thought to be basically a motor speech area. Even the agrammatic speech output of Broca's aphasics was thought, by prominent researchers, to reflect not a syntactic deficit but an economy of effort induced by the difficulty of articulating speech. In this context, Caramazza a........ Read more »
It’s good to be omniscient.
Only a few natural studies have been able to approach that level of knowledge. Peter and Rosemary Grant come fairly close in some seasons studying finches on the smaller Galapagos Islands. A new paper must must surely be a contender for god-like knowledge of a population of animals.
Rodríguez-Muñoz and colleagues basically became all-seeing and all-knowing to figure out what evolutionary pressures were being brought to bear on a population of crickets (Gryllus c........ Read more »
Rodriguez-Munoz, R., Bretman, A., Slate, J., Walling, C., & Tregenza, T. (2010) Natural and sexual selection in a wild insect population. Science, 328(5983), 1269-1272. DOI: 10.1126/science.1188102
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