For years, sports commentators who spew evidence-free clichés about the keys to athletic victory have monopolized our airwaves. But recently a technique some of them view as akin to witchcraft, but that’s more commonly known as “statistical analysis,” has begun to bring an end to their reign of terror. The latest volley in this ongoing […]... Read more »
Pitts, J. (2014) Determinants of Success in the National Football League's Postseason: How Important Is Previous Playoff Experience?. Journal of Sports Economics. DOI: 10.1177/1527002514525409
Giraffe weevilKingdom: AnimaliaPhylum: ArthropodaClass: InsectaOrder: ColeopteraFamily: AttelabidaeGenus: TrachelophorusSpecies: Trachelophorus giraffaConservation Status: Not assessedCommon Name: Giraffe weevil, leaf-rolling weevils (used for all Attelabidae species)The giraffe weevil is a weevil species endemic to the forests of Madagascar. It was discovered in 2008, hence little is known about it. As you have probably guessed, its named this way due to ........ Read more »
Kobayashi, C., Okuyama, Y., Kawazoe, K., & Kato, M. (2012) The evolutionary history of maternal plant-manipulation and larval feeding behaviours in attelabid weevils (Coleoptera; Curculionoidea). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 64(2), 318-330. DOI: 10.1016/j.ympev.2012.04.006
Study shows that sex-priming substantially influences gender-based self-perception... Read more »
Hundhammer, T., & Mussweiler, T. (2012) How sex puts you in gendered shoes: Sexuality-priming leads to gender-based self-perception and behavior. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 103(1), 176-193. DOI: 10.1037/a0028121
Scientists analysing songbird DNA discovered that the spotted wren-babbler is neither a wren nor a wren-babbler, nor even a babbler. Instead, it represents an old evolutionary family that has no close living relatives. ... Read more »
Alström Per, Hooper Daniel M. , Liu Yang, Olsson Urban, Mohan Dhananjai , Gelang Magnus , Hung Le Manh, Zhao Jian , Lei Fumin, & Price Trevor D. (2014) Discovery of a relict lineage and monotypic family of passerine birds. Biology Letters, 10(3). DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2013.1067
A mathematical proof of existence of a stochastic process involving fractional exponents seemed out of question after some mathematicians claimed this cannot not exist. This observation is strongly linked to the current definition and may undergo revision if nature does not agree with it. Stochastic process are very easy to simulate on a computer. Very […]... Read more »
Farina, A., Frasca, M., & Sedehi, M. (2013) Solving Schrödinger equation via Tartaglia/Pascal triangle: a possible link between stochastic processing and quantum mechanics. Signal, Image and Video Processing, 8(1), 27-37. DOI: 10.1007/s11760-013-0473-y
Marco Frasca, & Alfonso Farina. (2014) Numerical proof of existence of fractional Wiener processes. arXiv. arXiv: 1403.1075v1
Children aren't as gullible as you might think. Early in life they display a discernment that psychologists call "epistemic vigilance". They are more likely to trust information from experts compared with novices, from kind people rather than meanies, and from those they are familiar with, as opposed to strangers. Now a study shows that even by age three, children are sceptical about circular arguments; in some cases even more than adults.Hugo Mercier and his team presented 84 children aged 3 to........ Read more »
Mercier H, Bernard S, & Clément F. (2014) Early sensitivity to arguments: How preschoolers weight circular arguments. Journal of experimental child psychology. PMID: 24485755
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