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  • October 27, 2011
  • 09:11 AM

Women peak too soon during sex

by Gijs van der Klei in UA

Most people believe the premature orgasm to be a typical male problem. Women on the other hand are often expected to have difficulties reaching their peak. However, a new study shows that women too can come too fast, sometimes even as often as men. The study was conducted by researcher Serafim Carvalho and his colleagues [...]... Read more »

S. Carvalho, A. Moreira, M. Rosado, D. Correia, D. Maia, & P. Pimentel. (2011) Female premature orgasm: Does this exist?. Sexologies. info:/

  • October 27, 2011
  • 05:02 AM

Tea Leaves and Lingua Francas: Why the future is not easy to predict

by Wintz in A Replicated Typo 2.0

Tweet We all take comfort in our ability to project into the future. Be it through arbitrary patterns in Spring Pouchong tea leaves, or making statistical inferences about the likelihood that it will rain tomorrow, our accumulation of knowledge about the future is based on continued attempts of attaining certainty: that is, we wish to [...]... Read more »

Taleb, N. (2007) Black Swans and the Domains of Statistics. The American Statistician, 61(3), 198-200. DOI: 10.1198/000313007X219996  

  • October 27, 2011
  • 04:26 AM

The Teen Happiness Gene?

by Neuroskeptic in Neuroskeptic

Whether you were happy with life as a teenager could be down to a certain gene, says a new study.In a large study of American adolescents, the AddHealth project, teens who carried the long form of the 5HTTLPR locus were more likely to say they were satisfied or very satisified with their lives (at age 18 to 26). People with two long variants were the most cheerful, with short/long carriers in the middle and short/short being the least so.The effect was significant controlling for ethnicity (p=0......... Read more »

  • October 26, 2011
  • 03:00 PM

The American Fascination With Zombies

by Krystal D'Costa in Anthropology in Practice

Ed note: As Halloween rapidly approaches in the US, AiP will be exploring superstitions, beliefs, and the things that go bump in the night. This post originally appeared on AiP on May 17th, 2011, in response to Zombie Awareness Month—oh, it’s real all right. It’s been slightly modified for this posting. I think I must [...]

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Ackermann, H., & Gauthier, J. (1991) The Ways and Nature of the Zombi. The Journal of American Folklore, 104(414), 466. DOI: 10.2307/541551  

Bishop, K. (2006) Raising the Dead. Journal of Popular Film and Television, 33(4), 196-205. DOI: 10.3200/JPFT.33.4.196-205  

Shaviro, S. (2002) Capitalist Monsters. Historical Materialism, 10(4), 281-290. DOI: 10.1163/15692060260474486  

  • October 26, 2011
  • 08:00 AM

What Makes a Rabbit’s Foot Lucky?

by Krystal D'Costa in Anthropology in Practice

Ed note: As Halloween rapidly approaches in the US, AiP will be exploring superstitions, beliefs, and the things that go bump in the night. [Evil laugh.] At some point, most of us have likely had a token that we believed would protect us or bring us luck. It could have been a baseball cap, a [...]

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Bill Ellis. (2002) Why Is a Lucky Rabbit's Foot Lucky? Body Parts as Fetishes. Journal of Folklore Research, 39(1), 51-84. info:/

  • October 26, 2011
  • 07:02 AM

We don’t need no stinkin’ plates (or expert witnesses)

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

Austin has a terrific barbeque place where their slogan is “we don’t need no stinkin’ plates” and you eat your barbeque on waxed paper. (And you clean up after yourself because “your mother isn’t here”.) I thought of Rudy’s this past week as I sat listening to jurors deliberate after the evidence concluded in our mock [...]

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Boudreau, C., & McCubbins, M. (2009) Competition in the Courtroom: When does expert testimony improve jurors’ decisions?. SSRN . info:/

  • October 25, 2011
  • 08:30 AM

Can Rick Perry Take Credit for a Rangers World Series Title?

by Eric Horowitz in peer-reviewed by my neurons

Campaign season means it’s time for candidates to attempt to take credit for everything positive that’s less than six degrees removed from anything you’ve ever been involved in. So why might Perry claim a hand in the Rangers success? The answer is that Texas has no state income tax, and according to a new study in the Journal of Sports Economics, that can give a team a quantifiable advantage.... Read more »

  • October 25, 2011
  • 07:44 AM

No negative impact from e-readers

by United Academics in United Academics

A study on reading texts on paper versus reading with an e-book found no disadvantages associated with the electronic version, researchers found.... Read more »

Stephan Fussel,, & Matthias Schlesewsky. (2011) Reading a book versus a screen: Different reading devices, different modes of reading?. ScienceDaily. info:/

  • October 25, 2011
  • 07:43 AM

No negative impact from e-readers

by Gijs van der Klei in UA

A study on reading texts on paper versus reading with an e-book found no disadvantages associated with the electronic version, researchers found. “This study provides us with a scientific basis for dispelling the widespread misconception that reading from a screen has negative effects,” Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz researcher Stephan Fussel said. “There is no (reading) [...]... Read more »

Stephan Fussel,, & Matthias Schlesewsky. (2011) Reading a book versus a screen: Different reading devices, different modes of reading?. ScienceDaily. info:/

  • October 24, 2011
  • 12:59 PM

Three Myths About Power

by Psych Your Mind in Psych Your Mind

Does Power Corrupt? source

The reign of Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi came to an end last week at the hands of a combination of rebel and UN forces. Qaddafi-- at least according to the American news media and some of his own people--was widely considered a tyrannical ruler who stifled free expression and democracy during his 40 years of rule. Whenever I think of men like Qaddafi, the social psychologist in me can't help but think that the situation has created the tyrant we now know-- ........ Read more »

Chen, S., Lee-Chai, A., & Bargh, J. (2001) Relationship orientation as a moderator of the effects of social power. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 80(2), 173-187. DOI: 10.1037//0022-3514.80.2.173  

  • October 24, 2011
  • 12:21 PM

Parties, Witnesses and Jurors: Don’t Be Afraid to Meet Them Face to Face(book)

by Persuasion Strategies in Persuasive Litigator

By Dr. Ken Broda-Bahm: Here is a question of trust. You're curious about a party, a witness, or a potential juror, so you log in to Facebook or some other social networking site to check them out. It might feel a little creepy to be peeking in on the public representations of your target's private life, though as we've written in the past, as long as privacy walls aren't breached or circumvented, public information is public information. Still, there may be one other reason for feeling quesy abo........ Read more »

Back MD, Stopfer JM, Vazire S, Gaddis S, Schmukle SC, Egloff B, & Gosling SD. (2010) Facebook profiles reflect actual personality, not self-idealization. Psychological science, 21(3), 372-4. PMID: 20424071  

  • October 21, 2011
  • 04:41 PM

Göbekli Tepe: Series Conclusion

by Cris Campbell in Genealogy of Religion

In the Göbekli Tepe series opener, I noted that several claims have been made about this 11,000 year old archaeological site:

It was built by nomadic hunter-gatherers rather than sedentary or village agriculturalists.
It was a religious or ritual pilgrimage center that attracted people from far and wide.
The massive stone pillars or megaliths were “temples” or “shrines.”
Göbekli [...]... Read more »

Goring-Morris, A., & Belfer-Cohen, A. (2011) Neolithization Processes in the Levant. Current Anthropology, 52(S4). DOI: 10.1086/658860  

Belfer-Cohen, A., & Goring-Morris, A. (2011) Becoming Farmers:. Current Anthropology, 52(S4). DOI: 10.1086/658861  

  • October 21, 2011
  • 04:23 PM

Are Women Really Less Funny than Men?

by Elizabeth Preston in Inkfish

Did you hear the one about how men are the funnier sex? If not, you're alone. In a recent study of California undergrads, 89% of women and 94% of men not only were familiar with the stereotype, but agreed with it. To investigate whether this supposed humor discrepancy might be a fact, the study's authors set up a tournament of New Yorker cartoon captions.

In a format you'll recognize if you've ever been sucked into the New Yorker cartoon caption contest, 32 subjects were given a series of ........ Read more »

Laura Mickes, Drew E. Walker, Julian L. Parris, Robert Mankoff, & Nicholas J. S. Christenfeld. (2011) Who’s funny: Gender stereotypes, humor production, and memory bias. Psychonomic Bulletin . info:/

  • October 21, 2011
  • 07:02 AM

Life lessons from mock jurors: Look before you sit & always read the fine print

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

So did you hear about the lawsuit brought after a man got a toilet seat glued to his butt when he sat down in the restroom in a major home improvement center without looking first? Our mock jurors sure did. When we debrief jurors we often ask about whether people think the case in hand [...]

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Jeffrey L. Kirchmeier. (2008) Our Existential Death Penalty: Judges, Jurors, and Terror Management. SSRN. info:/

  • October 20, 2011
  • 01:42 PM

Remember Herman Cain's "9-9-9" Plan, and Don't Forget the Power of a Good Mnemonic

by Persuasion Strategies in Persuasive Litigator

By Dr. Ken Broda-Bahm: Whatever you think of Republican Presidential contender and former pizza magnate Herman Cain, you've got to give him credit for creating a theme using only three digits... and a theme about tax policy, no less. Mr. Cain has been ascendant recently in the race for the GOP nomination, largely based on the strength of a simple idea: a 9 percent business flat tax, a 9 percent individual flat tax, and a 9 percent national sales tax. Even voters who wouldn't otherwise favor the ........ Read more »

Lim MS, Hocking JS, Aitken CK, Fairley CK, Jordan L, Lewis JA, & Hellard ME. (2011) Impact of text and email messaging on the sexual health of young people: a randomised controlled trial. Journal of epidemiology and community health. PMID: 21415232  

  • October 20, 2011
  • 02:53 AM

The Facebook Brain

by Neuroskeptic in Neuroskeptic

Facebook friend tally is associated with differences in brain structurePeople with lots of Facebook friends have denser grey matter in three regions of the brain, a study suggestsWhen I heard about this, my heart sank. The Facebook area of the brain? It had all the hallmarks of a piece of media neuro-nonsense: a hook (Facebook!), a simplistic neo-phrenological story (bigger brains are better!)... so I was expecting to discover that the fuss was all about some tiny, statistically questionable stu........ Read more »

Kanai, R., Bahrami, B., Roylance, R., & Rees, G. (2011) Online social network size is reflected in human brain structure. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2011.1959  

  • October 19, 2011
  • 07:13 PM

Göbekli Tepe: Houses of the Holy?

by Cris Campbell in Genealogy of Religion

In the series introduction, I asked whether Göbekli Tepe was (as the excavator Klaus Schmidt suggests) an archaeological or metaphorical Stairway to Heaven. Continuing the Led Zeppelin riff, a better question for today might be whether Göbekli’s megalithic structures were Houses of the Holy.

E.B. Banning suggests something along these lines in “So Fair a House: [...]... Read more »

Banning, E.B. (2011) So Fair a House: Gobekli Tepe and the Identification of Temples in the Pre-Pottery Neolithic. Current Anthropology, 52(5), 619-660. info:/10.1086/661207

  • October 18, 2011
  • 05:49 PM

The politics of subtitling

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

Recently, I watched a TV documentary about the proliferation of Nomura jellyfish in Japanese coastal waters. It was a shocking tale of the devastating environmental, economic, social and human impact of overfishing, global warming and marine pollution. The reason I’m … Continue reading →... Read more »

Susana A. Eisenchlas, Chiharu Tsurutani. (2011) YOU SOUND ATTRACTIVE! PERCEPTIONS OF ACCENTED ENGLISH IN A MULTILINGUAL ENVIRONMENT. Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 34(2), 216-236. info:/

  • October 18, 2011
  • 11:40 AM

Social media played crucial role in the occurrence of the Arab spring

by United Academics in United Academics

Social media spread the word about democracy and freedom and helped people to believe in their chances of success. This was found by researchers at the University of Washington and the American University by analyzing over 3 million tweets, blog posts, YouTube material and posts on Facebook.... Read more »

Philip Howard, Muzammil Hussain, Will Mari, Marwa Mazaid, Deen Freelon, & Aiden Duffy. (2011) Opening Closed Regimes: What Was the Role of Social Media During the Arab Spring?. info:/

  • October 18, 2011
  • 09:30 AM

Does technology make people take more risks in wilderness?

by Ashley D in The Average Visitor

Technology in wilderness areas is increasing. Does having technology influence how people perceive risk and rescue while recreating in the wilderness?... Read more »

Kristen Pope, & Steven R. Martin. (2011) Visitor Perceptions of Technology, Risk, and Rescue in Wilderness. International Journal of Wilderness, 17(2). info:/

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