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  • October 17, 2011
  • 04:27 PM
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Göbekli Tepe: Publications & Reports

by Cris Campbell in Genealogy of Religion

In 1994 Klaus Schmidt discovered Göbekli Tepe and in 1995 he began the ongoing excavations. In 1998 Schmidt published his first site report. To date, Schmidt has published close to 20 articles or reports (about half of which are in German) and others working with Schmidt have published more. For this Schmidt deserves considerable praise. [...]... Read more »

Schmidt, Klaus. (1998) Beyond Daily Bread: Evidence of Early Neolithic Rituals from Gobekli Tepe. Neo-Lithics, 1-5. info:/

  • October 16, 2011
  • 06:37 AM
  • 1,322 views

Weekends with loved ones increase your happiness

by United Academics in United Academics

In order to experience a fun weekend, spending time with relatives and friends is important. Nothing new, we hear you think. Researchers John F. Shun Wang and Helliwell however also found scientific data to support this claim. Based on the database of research company Gallup they found that the success of weekend depends on two elements: emotions and satisfaction with life in general.... Read more »

John F. Helliwell, & Shun Wang. (2011) Weekends and Subjective Well-Being. NBER Working Paper Series. info:/

  • October 15, 2011
  • 08:58 AM
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Woman on birth control does not seek sexy man

by United Academics in United Academics

Ever been hit on by a girl who's taking birth control? Bad news. It is suggested in a new study that women on the pill are usually not into 'sexy' guys. Previous experiments already showed that women on birth control were interested in different men than the ones who weren't on the pill. However, it was unclear how the pill influenced relationships.... Read more »

Roberts SC, Klapilová K, Little AC, Burriss RP, Jones BC, Debruine LM, Petrie M, & Havlícek J. (2011) Relationship satisfaction and outcome in women who meet their partner while using oral contraception. Proceedings. Biological sciences / The Royal Society. PMID: 21993500  

  • October 14, 2011
  • 07:02 AM
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Anchoring effects and your salary negotiations

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

You often hear about ‘anchoring’ when it comes to making damages requests to jurors. This is not one of those posts, although it tracks with much of the damages research.  This post strikes closer to home—let’s talk about your salary and negotiating a higher income.  You’ll like what these researchers found. Most people hate negotiating [...]


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Thorsteinson, TJ. (2011) Initiating salary discussions with an extreme request: Anchoring effects on initial salary offers. . Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 41(7). info:/

  • October 13, 2011
  • 05:11 PM
  • 1,207 views

Am I single-handedly perpetuating the negative effects of food insecurity?

by Megan Carter in Verdant Nation

CC Image: Franco Folini Now I am not generally one to give money to a pan-handler. If I do give something, it’s generally a snack (usually healthy) if I have one on me. This has been met with different responses: scorn, indifference or thankfulness.  I have offered a few times to go and buy these pan-handlers something to eat or drink but have never been take up on the offer, until today.  I regret though, that I may have contributed to, not helped the problem of food insecurity........ Read more »

Pilgrim A, Barker M, Jackson A, Ntani G, Crozier S, Inskip H, Godfrey K, Cooper C, Robinson S, & SWS Study Group. (2011) Does living in a food insecure household impact on the diets and body composition of young children? Findings from the Southampton Women's Survey. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. info:/10.1136/jech.2010.125476

  • October 13, 2011
  • 10:48 AM
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Robustness, Evolvability, Degeneracy and stuff like that…

by Wintz in A Replicated Typo 2.0

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Much of the work I plan to do for this year involves integrating traditional and contemporary theories of language change within an evolutionary framework. In my previous post I introduced the concept of degeneracy, which, to briefly recap, refers to components that have a structure-to-function ratio of many-to-one, with a single degenerate structure being . . . → Read More: Robustness, Evolvability, Degeneracy and stuff like that…... Read more »

  • October 13, 2011
  • 10:48 AM
  • 1,171 views

Kill Popular Science

by nooffensebut in The Unsilenced Science

This is a preliminary review of Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker’s new book, The Better Angels of Our Nature. I reveal serious errors and distortions from his peer-reviewed sources.... Read more »

Kevin Beaver, Ashley Sak, Jamie Vaske, & Jessica Nilsson. (2010) Genetic risk, parent–child relations, and antisocial phenotypes in a sample of African-American males. Psychiatry Research, 175(1-2), 160-164. info:/

Lu RB, Lee JF, Ko HC, Lin WW, Chen K, & Shih JC. (2002) No association of the MAOA gene with alcoholism among Han Chinese males in Taiwan. Progress in neuro-psychopharmacology , 26(3), 457-61. PMID: 11999895  

Philibert RA, Gunter TD, Beach SR, Brody GH, & Madan A. (2008) MAOA methylation is associated with nicotine and alcohol dependence in women. American journal of medical genetics. Part B, Neuropsychiatric genetics : the official publication of the International Society of Psychiatric Genetics, 147B(5), 565-70. PMID: 18454435  

  • October 12, 2011
  • 03:20 PM
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Göbekli Tepe: Series Introduction

by Cris Campbell in Genealogy of Religion

The 11,000 year old archaeological site of Göbekli Tepe in southern Turkey is undoubtedly one of the most important in the world.  German archaeologist Klaus Schmidt began the ongoing excavations at Göbekli in 1994. Besides being a huge undertaking (less than 5% of the site has been uncovered), the finds — and claims associated with [...]... Read more »

  • October 12, 2011
  • 07:02 AM
  • 1,207 views

What happens when a juror agrees [or disagrees] with your expert witness?

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

Mock jurors love to hate dueling experts who give them conflicting information regarding causation, liability, reasonableness, damages, etc. They also don’t appreciate expert witnesses who use jargon or speak so simply that jurors feel ‘talked down to’—but you already know that. What jurors want is to learn what is reliable and useful to resolve the dispute. [...]


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  • October 11, 2011
  • 02:54 AM
  • 705 views

Mental Illness And Creativity Revisited

by Neuroskeptic in Neuroskeptic

A new study offers support for the theory that mental illness is associated with "creative" achievement.The idea that madness is close to creative genius is a popular one. From the nutty professor to the tortured genius, there's no end of sterotypes, and pop culture seemingly offers plenty of examples, from Van Gogh and his ear to Charlie Sheen and his bi-winning.But is it true?A new study says yes. Kyaga et al looked at everyone in Sweden who had been treated as an inpatient for either schizoph........ Read more »

Kyaga, S., Lichtenstein, P., Boman, M., Hultman, C., Langstrom, N., & Landen, M. (2011) Creativity and mental disorder: family study of 300 000 people with severe mental disorder. The British Journal of Psychiatry. DOI: 10.1192/bjp.bp.110.085316  

  • October 10, 2011
  • 06:43 PM
  • 706 views

Birth control and HIV risk: What women AND men should know

by NerdyOne in Try Nerdy

Until now, complaints about hormonal birth control – mood swings, nausea, breast tenderness – have almost exclusively come from the woman taking the hormones. However, recent findings about one popular type of birth control should have women and their intimate partners equally concerned. The issue is with a potentially considerable increased risk of HIV infection for both the woman and her partner, and the new research even has some HIV/AIDS scientists saying “I told you so.&rd........ Read more »

Heffron R, Donnell D, Rees H, Celum C, Mugo N, Were E, de Bruyn G, Nakku-Joloba E, Ngure K, Kiarie J.... (2011) Use of hormonal contraceptives and risk of HIV-1 transmission: a prospective cohort study. The Lancet infectious diseases. PMID: 21975269  

Marx PA, Spira AI, Gettie A, Dailey PJ, Veazey RS, Lackner AA, Mahoney CJ, Miller CJ, Claypool LE, Ho DD.... (1996) Progesterone implants enhance SIV vaginal transmission and early virus load. Nature medicine, 2(10), 1084-9. PMID: 8837605  

  • October 10, 2011
  • 12:26 PM
  • 892 views

What do population density, lightning, and the phone company have in common?

by Tim De Chant in Per Square Mile

File this one under “applications of population density”. Researchers working for Nippon Telephone and Telegraph—better known as NTT—discovered they could use an area’s population density to predict telecommunications equipment failure due to lighting strikes. Telecommunications is an expensive business. Like other infrastructure, it requires a lot of manpower and capital to expand and maintain. But [...]... Read more »

X. Zhang, A. Sugiyama, & H. Kitabayashi. (2011) Estimating telecommunication equipment failures due to lightning surges by using population density. 2011 IEEE International Conference on Quality and Reliability (ICQR) , 182-185. info:/10.1109/ICQR.2011.6031705

  • October 10, 2011
  • 08:00 AM
  • 1,127 views

Cooperation Is Child’s Play

by Krystal D'Costa in Anthropology in Practice

Cooperation confounds us: Humans are the only members of the animal kingdom to display this tendency to the extent that we do, and it’s an expensive endeavor with no guarantee of reciprocal rewards. While we continue to look for answers about how and why cooperation may have emerged in human social and cultural evolution, we [...]









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  • October 10, 2011
  • 07:02 AM
  • 1,228 views

Does familiarity improve our skill at identifying liars?

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

We want so much to believe we are able to detect deception, yet we simply aren’t good at it. Mock jurors often express the belief that they have a higher than average ability to detect deception citing nonverbal ‘tells’ and other indicators of lying. From behind the one-way observation windows, we know they are in error—but they remain [...]


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Reinhard MA, Sporer SL, Scharmach M, & Marksteiner T. (2011) Listening, not watching: Situational familiarity and the ability to detect deception. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 101(3), 467-84. PMID: 21707196  

  • October 9, 2011
  • 08:06 PM
  • 903 views

Friday Fun: Breaking News! Correlation Does Not Equal Causation

by Psych Your Mind in Psych Your Mind



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Right now I am teaching a personality psychology class and we are talking about research methods. Invariably, anytime I teach psychological methods I always end up talking about correlations--specifically, that a correlation is an association between two variables and nothing more. The important point is that correlations--even those that come from fancy associations between behavior and brain images--do not mean causation. Students are typic........ Read more »

Veerman JL, Healy GN, Cobiac LJ, Vos T, Winkler EA, Owen N, & Dunstan DW. (2011) Television viewing time and reduced life expectancy: a life table analysis. British journal of sports medicine. PMID: 21844603  

  • October 9, 2011
  • 08:01 PM
  • 712 views

Class Warfare

by Psych Your Mind in Psych Your Mind

"I think it's dangerous, this class warfare." -- Mitt Romney (2012 presidential candidate)

In the last week or so, everyday Americans have taken to the street, Wall Street to be exact, to express their discontent with the current economic climate. In short, the bottom 99% of Americans are upset about economic inequality, and rightly so. After all, American economic inequality is worse than every other developed country (we've discussed this inequality here and here). In partic........ Read more »

Kraus MW, Piff PK, & Keltner D. (2009) Social class, sense of control, and social explanation. Journal of personality and social psychology, 97(6), 992-1004. PMID: 19968415  

  • October 9, 2011
  • 04:53 PM
  • 806 views

From Paleolithic Diviners to Axial Prophets

by Cris Campbell in Genealogy of Religion

A person of many astute observations, one of Robert Bellah’s most astute is his refrain (when talking about the history of religions) that “nothing is ever lost.” By this I take Bellah to mean that at any given point in time, an existing religion will contain elements from earlier religions. There is continuity in religious [...]... Read more »

Freeman, L.G., & Echegaray, J.G. (2005) Coping with Chance: Animal Bones and the Aleatory. Munibe (Antropologia-Arkeologia), 159-176. info:/

  • October 9, 2011
  • 02:18 PM
  • 1,074 views

New paper estimates costs of air pollution from US industry

by Paul in Energy and the Future

Just saw this paper (citation below) with fresh estimates of costs of air pollution based on real data across the entire US, divided by sectors of the economy.  Not unsurprisingly, coal generated electricity comes out as the worst – accounting for … Continue reading →... Read more »

Muller, N., Mendelsohn, R., & Nordhaus, W. (2011) Environmental Accounting for Pollution in the United States Economy. American Economic Review, 101(5), 1649-1675. DOI: 10.1257/aer.101.5.1649  

  • October 9, 2011
  • 12:00 AM
  • 1,083 views

Girls Versus Boys: The Final Battle

by nooffensebut in The Unsilenced Science

Here I review SAT score gender gaps by race, with special attention to the progress of Asian women. Plus, I detail the allele frequencies by race of body fat genes identified in a recent meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies.... Read more »

Kilpeläinen TO, Zillikens MC, Stančákova A, Finucane FM, Ried JS, Langenberg C, Zhang W, Beckmann JS, Luan J, Vandenput L.... (2011) Genetic variation near IRS1 associates with reduced adiposity and an impaired metabolic profile. Nature genetics, 43(8), 753-60. PMID: 21706003  

  • October 7, 2011
  • 05:17 PM
  • 454 views

“I love you this many dollars worth.”

by eHarmony Labs in eHarmony Labs Blog

“Presents are the best way to show someone how much you care. It is like this tangible thing that you can point to and say, ‘Hey man, I love you this many dollars-worth.’” – Michael Scott

How true is this quote? Is it really the thought that counts, or deep down are you placing a dollar amount on your relationship?
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