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  • March 30, 2011
  • 11:41 AM

Neuroskeptic Irreverent and Sometimes Profane, Study Finds

by Neuroskeptic in Neuroskeptic

I was most surprised and honored to find out this morning that the Annals of Neurology has declared Neuroskeptic to beIrreverent, sometimes profane, and can skirt the boundaries of good taste. Nonetheless, Neuroskeptic covers a rich mixture of important, engaging, or amusing topics focusing on the basic and clinical neurosciences, and does so in a data-driven, user-friendly, and comment-enabled format. Neuroskeptic is only one of a number of increasingly used web sites and blogs dedicated to pro........ Read more »

Hauser, S., & Johnston, S. (2011) Scientific literacy and the media. Annals of Neurology, 69(3). DOI: 10.1002/ana.22410  

  • March 30, 2011
  • 11:25 AM

Guest post: Auditory processing disorder – a cause of language problems or an incidental finding?

by Wellcome Trust in Wellcome Trust Blog

What causes a child’s language problems? Is it a problem with hearing? A problem with the brain’s interpretation of speech? Is it genetic? Specialists sometimes diagnose ‘Auditory Processing Disorder’ but the term itself is a complicated affair, writes Dorothy Bishop. Five-year-old Charlie doesn’t speak very clearly, and doesn’t always understand what people are saying. His [...]... Read more »

Moore DR, Ferguson MA, Edmondson-Jones AM, Ratib S, & Riley A. (2010) Nature of auditory processing disorder in children. Pediatrics, 126(2). PMID: 20660546  

  • March 30, 2011
  • 09:37 AM

‘Meeting sickness’ and possible cures

by Abi Millar in Elements Science

Meetings are one of the hot topics in occupational psychology. How can this bane of working life best be addressed? Asks Abi Millar.

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  • March 30, 2011
  • 08:47 AM

Simon Baron-Cohen, Empathy, and the Atrocities in Afghanistan

by The Neurocritic in The Neurocritic

From Rolling Stone MagazineAn excerpt from Simon-Baron Cohen's new book, Zero Degrees of Empathy: a New Theory of Human Cruelty, appeared as The science of empathy in the Guardian. Overall, the writing revealed him to be unempathetic in some respects, particularly with regard to people with borderline personality disorder1 (BPD):Unempathic acts are simply the tail end of a bell curve, found in every population on the planet. If we want to replace the term "evil" with the term "empathy", we h........ Read more »

  • March 30, 2011
  • 07:02 AM

Could your favorite jeans help catch your murderer?

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

If it’s true, we would then have favorite jeans posthumously. Would that be too cool or simply bizarre? Either way, it may soon be true! Scottish researchers are looking at ways to recover “fingerprint ridge detail and impressions from fabrics”.  Doing so has been an elusive goal and the success has come with a technique [...]

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  • March 30, 2011
  • 04:20 AM

Sweaty work in the hunt for the brain basis of social anxiety

by BPS Research Digest in BPS Research Digest

Social anxiety has overtaken depression to become the most commonly diagnosed psychological disorder in the United States. Part of the cause is thought to be related to bad experiences - being laughed at in class, blushing in front of friends, choking on a first date - so that a person learns to fear social situations. But that's unlikely to be the whole story. Social anxiety runs in families suggesting some people have an innate predisposition for the disorder. The authors of a new study believ........ Read more »

  • March 30, 2011
  • 03:49 AM

Episode 6 – Priming and Mind Control

by Rift in Psycasm

Wherein Mike, Jess and Morgan discuss Priming. Priming is activation of implicit cognitive constructs in such a way as to influence the behaviour of an individual. It kinda seems like mind control, and the Psychobabble crew is split on determining where to draw the line between an influence over behaviour, the manner in which its... Read more »

Langley, T., O'Neal, E., Craig, K., . (1992) Aggression-Consistent, -Inconsistent, and Irrelevant Priming Effects on Selective Exposure to Media Violence. Aggressive Behavior. info:/

Mazar, N., & Zhong, C. (2010) Do Green Products Make Us Better People?. Psychological Science, 21(4), 494-498. DOI: 10.1177/0956797610363538  

Uhlmann, E., Poehlman, T., Tannenbaum, D., & Bargh, J. (2011) Implicit Puritanism in American moral cognition. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 47(2), 312-320. DOI: 10.1016/j.jesp.2010.10.013  

  • March 29, 2011
  • 07:17 PM

Control Yourself

by eHarmony Labs in eHarmony Labs Blog

Heavy concentration in one area can lead to mistakes in another. Find out how too much self-regulation may be affecting you and your relationship.... Read more »

Gailliot, M., & Baumeister, R. (2007) The Physiology of Willpower: Linking Blood Glucose to Self-Control. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 11(4), 303-327. DOI: 10.1177/1088868307303030  

  • March 29, 2011
  • 03:41 PM

A Cognitive Approach.

by SeriousMonkeyBusiness in This is Serious Monkey Business

Cognition: responsible for the tasks many of us seem to enjoy, also responsible for the encephalization and increased sociality within primates, and so, so much more.... Read more »

Sinha, A. (2003) A beautiful mind: attribution and intentionality in wild bonnet macaques. Current Science, 85(7), 1021-1031. info:other/

  • March 29, 2011
  • 02:42 PM

A Cognitive Approach

by Serious Mokey Business in This is Serious Monkey Business

Cognition: responsible for the tasks many of us seem to enjoy, also responsible for the encephalization and increased sociality within primates, and so, so much more.... Read more »

Sinha, A. (2003) A beautiful mind: attribution and intentionality in wild bonnet macaques. Current Science, 85(7), 1021-1031. info:other/

  • March 29, 2011
  • 02:25 PM

What do people expect when they get referred to a pain management centre?

by Bronwyn Thompson in Healthskills: Skills for Healthy Living

It can take years for someone to be referred to a pain management service. In fact, in a study of patients accepted into the three week pain management programme at Burwood Pain Management Centre, the average duration of pain was 4 years, give or take some months. No wonder then, that when people in a … Read more... Read more »

Myers, S., Phillips, R., Davis, R., Cherkin, D., Legedza, A., Kaptchuk, T., Hrbek, A., Buring, J., Post, D., Connelly, M.... (2007) Patient Expectations as Predictors of Outcome In Patients with Acute Low Back Pain. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 23(2), 148-153. DOI: 10.1007/s11606-007-0460-5  

  • March 29, 2011
  • 02:22 PM

Chemero (2009) Chapter 7: Affordances, etc (Pt 1)

by Andrew Wilson in Notes from Two Scientific Psychologists

If you want perception to be direct (no 'mental gymnastics') you must identify where the content of perceptual experience comes from; when I view a chair, for example, I don't see a meaningless or random collection of surfaces or colours, I see an object that I can interact with in some ways and not others. For traditional, indirect theories of perception, this meaning is constructed internally: mental representations perform transformations (perhaps computational ones) on sensory input to infer........ Read more »

  • March 29, 2011
  • 11:51 AM

Keep your eyes to yourself

by Tim De Chant in Per Square Mile

There’s an unwritten rule followed by nearly all city dwellers—never make eye contact. If you attempt to do so, your glance will be met with utter disregard. You do not exist, other than being an object to avoid. I learned this the hard way. Upon moving to San Francisco from Minnesota—the friendliest of all possible [...]... Read more »

Bornstein, M., & Bornstein, H. (1976) The pace of life. Nature, 259(5544), 557-559. DOI: 10.1038/259557a0  

Bornstein, M. (1979) The Pace of Life: Revisited. International Journal of Psychology, 14(1), 83-90. DOI: 10.1080/00207597908246715  

  • March 29, 2011
  • 11:48 AM

Ratting out landmines and tuberculosis

by Iddo Friedberg in Byte Size Biology

Thanks to John Stevenson for drawing my attention to this one: Giant African Pouched Rats are trained as detectors; a good solution for low-income countries and communities. HeroRATS, as they are called, come in two "models": landmine detectors and tuberculosis detectors. Rats born in captivity (captured rats are impossible to train) are trained to sniff out landmines in historically war-ravaged zones where many landmines are laying unmapped, and using other detection or disposal tech........ Read more »

Poling, A., Weetjens, B., Cox, C., Mgode, G., Jubitana, M., Kazwala, R., Mfinanga, G., & Huis in 't Veld, D. (2010) Using Giant African Pouched Rats to Detect Tuberculosis in Human Sputum Samples: 2009 Findings. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 83(6), 1308-1310. DOI: 10.4269/ajtmh.2010.10-0180  

Alan Poling, Bart J. Weetjens, Christophe Cox, Negussie W. Beyene, & Andrew Sully. (2010) USING GIANT AFRICAN POUCHED RATS (CRICETOMYS GAMBIANUS) TO DETECT LANDMINES. The Psychological Record, 60(4), 715-728. info:other/

  • March 29, 2011
  • 11:28 AM

I'm Just Tired: Children's Sleep and the Socioeconomic Status Achievement Gap

by Amy Webb in The Thoughtful Parent

Finally, a new post! Sorry for not posting lately but we have had a lot of family activities going on. Spring time in Texas is prime time for outdoor activities before the 100+ degrees of summer hits. Now, on to the research...We all know sleep is important, especially for children. A recent study showed that missing just one hour of sleep can reduce a child's cognitive abilities the next day by almost 2 years. For example, a 5th grader who misses sleep the night before, may perform like a 3rd g........ Read more »

  • March 29, 2011
  • 09:28 AM

Video: Physical Attraction

by Jack Serle in Elements Science

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. With so many images of an idealised beauty thrown at us every day, how does this affect our judgement? Richard Masters investigates

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Swami, V., Furnham, A., Chamorro-Premuzic, T., Akbar, K., Gordon, N., Harris, T., Finch, J., & Tovee, M. (2010) More Than Just Skin Deep? Personality Information Influences Men's Ratings of the Attractiveness of Women's Body Sizes. The Journal of Social Psychology, 150(6), 628-647. DOI: 10.1080/00224540903365497  

  • March 29, 2011
  • 09:26 AM

Be yourself, or else: how fun is used in high-control workplaces

by Alex Fradera in BPS Occupational Digest

Call centres are a world of call stats, cubicles, and scripted encounters, yet in recent years some companies have promoted a credo of fun and individuality. A new article investigates one company to see how deep these currents run. It portrays a darker side to the fun workplace.Peter Fleming and Andrew Sturdy conducted their qualitative study with an embodiment of the new trend, an Australian call centre they dub ‘Sunray’. Its telephone agents, age averaging at a youthful twenty-three, are........ Read more »

  • March 29, 2011
  • 08:01 AM

When Reason Falters, It's Age-Morphing Apps and Virtual Reality to the Rescue

by David Berreby in Mind Matters

The other day I asked for examples of practical post-rationality—changes in law or policy that happened because institutions have stopped assuming that people behave rationally. A number of people wrote in about instances of what Jon Elster calls "precommitment" or "self-binding": Giving up some ...Read More
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  • March 29, 2011
  • 08:00 AM

Defining HCI: Meditations on Human Factors

by Simon Harper in Thinking Out Loud

The January 2010 issue of Interacting with Computers (Volume 22 Issue 1 / is a Festschrift Special Issue for John Long.... Read more »

Long, John and Dowell, John. (1989) Conceptions of the discipline of HCI: craft, applied science, and engineering. Proceedings of the fifth conference of the British Computer Society, Human-Computer Interaction Specialist Group on People and computers V, 1(1), 9-32. info:/10.2277/0521384303

  • March 29, 2011
  • 06:34 AM

New Study Asks: Can Religion Help you Fight Serious Illness?

by Stuart Farrimond in Dr Stu's Science Blog

“Do you believe in God?” is not the sort of thing you normally expect to hear in a hospital clinic. But for a group women quietly waiting in a breast health clinic, their wait to see the doctor was interrupted by this question. However, this wasn’t an enthusiastic evangelist trying to win a new convert; [...]... Read more »

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