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  • January 7, 2011
  • 07:02 AM
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Simple Jury Persuasion: On caffeine and speed

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

We’re reacting to two different PsyBlog posts at once because their posts have striking relevance to litigation strategy. As they continue their series on top forms of persuasion—they touch on caffeine and speech rate.  So. Let’s take a look at how these strategies apply to litigation advocacy, because (as we’ve seen with some advertising principles [...]


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  • January 7, 2011
  • 02:06 AM
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Birth Order Influences the Formation of Long-Term Relationships

by Psychothalamus in Psychothalamus

134 years since Francis Galton opened the birth order effects debate by observing that first-born sons and only sons were over-represented among English scientists, controversy has shrouded the issue such that we haven't quite gotten past whether birth order effects exist or not, let alone properly consider what they are or how they work.Some scholars assert that the lack of conclusive evidence is due to methodological biases that may allow the researcher to find the result that he or she i........ Read more »

Joshua K. Hartshorne, Nancy Salem-Hartshorne, and Timothy S. Hartshorne. (2009) Birth Order Effects in the Formation of Long-Term Relationship. Journal of Individual Psychology, 65(2). info:/

  • January 6, 2011
  • 02:00 AM
  • 305 views

Branding in a new light: conveying identities through altered lighting

by SAGE Insight in SAGE Insight

Light and corporate identity: Using lighting for corporate communication From Lighting Research and Technology This study explores how lighting design can alter the perceived brand identity of a room. Today’s shop lighting doesn’t just need to show off the goods in their best light, but also convey the brand image strategically in a chain of [...]... Read more »

  • January 5, 2011
  • 06:52 PM
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Recursion: what is it, who has it, and how did it evolve?

by Hannah Little in A Replicated Typo 2.0

Hello Hello and Happy New Year,
So a new article appeared on the internet late last year by Coolidge, Overmann and Wynn (2010) (hereafter referred to as COW because it makes me smile). It’s a really short sweet little paper and you should read it as recursion is perhaps one of the hottest topics around language evolution. . . . → Read More: Recursion: what is it, who has it, and how did it evolve?... Read more »

Coolidge, F., Overmann, K., & Wynn, T. (2010) Recursion: what is it, who has it, and how did it evolve?. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science. DOI: 10.1002/wcs.131  

  • January 5, 2011
  • 06:37 PM
  • 1,985 views

Slipping into psychosis: living in the prodrome (part 1)

by gregdowney in Neuroanthropology

How might it feel to sense your own sanity eroding? Would you realize it? How might you sift the phantoms from physical reality, daydream from delusion, the irrefutable from the implausible? Or, as author Rachel Aviv puts it,
When does a strong idea take on a pathological flavor? How does a metaphysical crisis morph into a medical one? At what point does our interpretation of the world become so fixed that it no longer matters “what almost everyone else believes” [part of the definition o........ Read more »

Addington, J., Cadenhead, K., Cannon, T., Cornblatt, B., McGlashan, T., Perkins, D., Seidman, L., Tsuang, M., Walker, E., Woods, S.... (2007) North American Prodrome Longitudinal Study: A Collaborative Multisite Approach to Prodromal Schizophrenia Research. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 33(3), 665-672. DOI: 10.1093/schbul/sbl075  

Corcoran, C., Davidson, L., Sills-Shahar, R., Nickou, C., Malaspina, D., Miller, T., & McGlashan, T. (2003) A Qualitative Research Study of the Evolution of Symptoms in Individuals Identified as Prodromal to Psychosis. Psychiatric Quarterly, 74(4), 313-332. DOI: 10.1023/A:1026083309607  

  • January 5, 2011
  • 11:15 AM
  • 888 views

"Bad-sad-bad" and other responses to death.

by SeriousMonkeyBusiness in This is Serious Monkey Business

Death--every philosopher has a take on it. But what is the take on death from a primatological perspective?... Read more »

Anderson J.R. (2010) A primatological perspective on death. American Journal of Primatology. PMID: 21197638  

  • January 4, 2011
  • 09:53 PM
  • 821 views

The Cost of Christmas

by Jon Wilkins in Lost in Transcription

So, if you haven't already, you'll probably soon receive the credit card bill with all of your Christmas purchases on it. Was it worth it? Well, was it, punk?

If you're like most people, some of your presents were probably intended to impress someone. The question is, what's the best kind of present for that? Should I give the girl from math class diamond earrings, or new batteries for her calculator? Should I give my boss a mug, or a gift certificate to Glamour Shots?

Fortunately, Science!™........ Read more »

Sozou, P., & Seymour, R. (2005) Costly but worthless gifts facilitate courtship. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 272(1575), 1877-1884. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2005.3152  

  • January 4, 2011
  • 03:51 PM
  • 743 views

Around the web: cognitive sex differences

by Kate Clancy in Laboratory for Evolutionary Endocrinology

A dissection and link round-up about cognitive sex differences.... Read more »

  • January 4, 2011
  • 02:25 PM
  • 991 views

The Real Drugs Crisis: The top secret database worth $35,000,000,000 in blood money, that you didn’t even know existed

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

A look at how the rapidly increasing fake medicines market could be prevented with open data and how the problem is inextricably linked to the underground generic pills trade.... Read more »

  • January 4, 2011
  • 09:05 AM
  • 1,608 views

Mutualist matchmaking made simple

by Jeremy Yoder in Denim and Tweed

Back in September, I wrote about a new economic model of mutualism that proposed mutualists could keep their partner species from cheating—exploiting the benefits of a mutualistic relationship without returning the favor—without explicitly punishing them, so long as failure to play nice led to a reduction in mutualistic benefit [$a]. Now the same research group has published an elaboration of the economic approach to mutualism in the January issue of The American Naturalist, which suggests t........ Read more »

Archetti, M., Úbeda, F., Fudenberg, D., Green, J., Pierce, N., & Yu, D. (2011) Let the right one In: A microeconomic approach to partner choice in mutualisms. The American Naturalist, 177(1), 75-85. DOI: 10.1086/657622  

Weyl, E., Frederickson, M., Yu, D., & Pierce, N. (2010) Economic contract theory tests models of mutualism. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA, 107(36), 15712-6. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1005294107  

  • January 4, 2011
  • 02:00 AM
  • 418 views

Attorneys briefs have the ability to influence Supreme Court opinions and consequently the law

by SAGE Insight in SAGE Insight

The Supreme Court and Opinion Content: The Influence of Parties’ Brief From Political Research Quarterly It is argued in this paper that there are reasons to believe that parties’ briefs can influence Supreme Court opinions. Attorneys are trained to write persuasively and are told that judges will use the briefs to justify and explain decisions. [...]... Read more »

  • January 3, 2011
  • 11:18 AM
  • 1,309 views

Learn from Christine O'Donnell's Possible 'Witch Trial': Be Cautious in the Court of Public Opinion

by Dr. Ken Broda-Bahm in Persuasive Litigator

By: Dr. Ken Broda-Bahm - When Christine O'Donnell, the Tea Party favorite who won the Republican nomination for a Delaware Senate seat before losing in November's general election, received word of an U.S. Attorney's Office investigation and possible charges stemming from misuse of about $20,000 in campaign funds to pay her personal expenses, she immediately took to the airwaves. On a variety of network and cable news shows, she unequivocally denied the charges and went further to call the inves........ Read more »

Michele DeStefano Beardslee. (2009) Advocacy in the Court of Public Opinion, Installment One: Broadening the Role of Corporate Attorneys. The Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, 22(4). info:/

  • January 3, 2011
  • 09:30 AM
  • 1,326 views

So maybe reading *should* be harder

by gameswithwords in Games with Words

Some weeks back I chided Jonah Lehrer for his assertion that he'd
love [e-readers] to include a feature that allows us to undo their ease, to make the act of reading just a little bit more difficult. Perhaps we need to alter the fonts, or reduce the contrast, or invert the monochrome color scheme. Our eyes will need to struggle, and we’ll certainly read slower, but that’s the point: Only then will we process the text a little less unconsciously, with less reliance on the ventral pathway. We ........ Read more »

Connor Diemand-Yauman, Daniel M. Oppenheimer, & Erikka B. Vaughan. (2011) Fortune favors the bold (and the italicized): Effects of disfluency on educational outcomes. Cognition, 111-115. info:/doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2010.09.012

  • January 3, 2011
  • 07:04 AM
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The secret life of fonts

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

The new book, Typography for Lawyers, has been getting a lot of attention for encouraging more attractive font in legal communications. The book is getting rave reviews from attorneys who realize that part of persuasion is visual presentation. And we think Matthew Butterick (the author) is onto something. Perhaps he’s been reading social sciences research along [...]


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Juni S, & Gross JS. (2008) Emotional and persuasive perception of fonts. Perceptual and motor skills, 106(1), 35-42. PMID: 18459353  

  • January 2, 2011
  • 05:57 PM
  • 694 views

Computers and the Homeless

by FrauTech in Design. Build. Play.

Everyone knows there's a big gap in worldwide between the have and the have nots in one area: internet access. A new study looked at that gap where you would expect to see it in an obvious way. They looked at computer and internet use in homeless populations in the Philadelphia area. The results are somewhat surprising. Right now 58% of households have some kind of computer and 76% of these households have access to the internet. Of the homeless population they reported an average homeless ........ Read more »

  • January 2, 2011
  • 09:12 AM
  • 1,068 views

How Gay Men Talk About Depression

by Ultimo167 in Strong Silent Types

40 gay men interviewed about how they 'construct' depression revealed several co-existing tensions, notably between individual agency and medical orthodoxy, hegemonic masculinity. The findings of this study by Korner et al. (2010) were used to inform general practitioners on how to improve their practice with gay men who might be depressed. ... Read more »

  • January 2, 2011
  • 12:09 AM
  • 665 views

Preparing for unexpected opportunities in Borneo

by Noam Ross in Noam Ross

Source: dinesh_valke on FlickrConservation Letters has an article about a situation in Borneo that illustrates how sudden, unpredictable events in ecology are not always bad.  In the past year, the island's forests have undergone an ecosystem-wide event known as "general flowering," where trees of many species produce seeds and fruit in massive amounts.  These events occur rarely (the last was 12 years ago), and in the years in between few seeds are produced and few new trees........ Read more »

Kettle, C., Ghazoul, J., Ashton, P., Cannon, C., Chong, L., Diway, B., Faridah, E., Harrison, R., Hector, A., Hollingsworth, P.... (2010) Seeing the fruit for the trees in Borneo. Conservation Letters. DOI: 10.1111/j.1755-263X.2010.00161.x  

  • December 31, 2010
  • 05:54 PM
  • 1,202 views

Pandemic Influenza: 1510 – 2010

by Michelle Ziegler in Contagions

My first clue on the existence of specific influenza pandemics before 1918 came a few years ago while reading some local newspapers on the Spanish Flu itself. The papers were warning people that this was not an ordinary flu year, it would be like 1893! The papers referred to 1893 in the same way that [...]... Read more »

  • December 31, 2010
  • 07:02 AM
  • 1,234 views

2010 in review: Aging brains, money, happiness, and a bris exception

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

As trial consultants, we are always on the lookout for new nuggets of useful information. Some of them are true wisdom and some… let’s just say ‘not so much’. Generally, we share only the really good stuff with you but sometimes we regress a bit. And this is one of those times. Hang on! Despite [...]


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Gervais, S. J.,, Hillard, A. , & Vescio, T. K. (2010) Confronting sexism: The role of relationship orientation and gender. . Sex Roles, 463-474. info:/

Kraus MW, Côté S, & Keltner D. (2010) Social class, contextualism, and empathic accuracy. Psychological science : a journal of the American Psychological Society / APS, 21(11), 1716-23. PMID: 20974714  

  • December 29, 2010
  • 04:03 PM
  • 1,092 views

Using Google to Tell Real Science from Fads

by David Berreby in Mind Matters


Most hot ideas and discoveries fade with time. But some scientific papers are genuine breakthroughs, whose importance only increases as the decades pass. This one, published in Science last week, which describes a database of words from millions of books digitized by Google—4 percent of all books ...Read More
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