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  • March 23, 2011
  • 07:01 PM

Are supply and demand elasticity a risk?

by Jan Husdal in

This paper describes the performance of supply chains based on their elasticities of supply and demand. The model can be used to predict a supply chain’s ability to respond to supply interruptions, cost increases, and demand shifts, while also quantifying the degree to which it is prone to the bullwhip effect. The paper identifies four types of supply chains and examines their distinct operating characters, in particular the impact of rival firms and the impact of a decoupling point on supply........ Read more »

HULL, B. (2005) The role of elasticity in supply chain performance. International Journal of Production Economics, 98(3), 301-314. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpe.2004.09.013  

  • March 23, 2011
  • 06:36 PM

Experts Witnesses: When Criticized, Don't Just Respond, Riposte!

by Persuasion Strategies in Persuasive Litigator

In fencing, a "riposte" is the act of turning away an attack (a parry) and converting it into a strike back at your opponent. In common conversation, a riposte means answering an attack or an insult with a witty reply. In either case, it is a good come back that converts defense to offense, and that is what expert witnesses need to be looking for when their credentials, methods, or conclusions are being criticized as part of litigation. It may sound obvious to "have a good response," but rece........ Read more »

Foster, E.L. (2010) Anchoring and the Expert Witness Testimony Do Countervailing Forces Offset Anchoring Effects of Expert Witness Testimony. Tennessee Law Review. info:/

  • March 23, 2011
  • 12:56 PM

by Geraint Johnes in Geraint Johnes Weblog

The revisions made to the Office for Budgetary Responsibility's growth projections, released to coincide with today's Budget Statement, are in a downward direction, with 2011 growth now anticipated to be 1.7%. This still looks a touch optimistic.The Chancellor of the Exchequer described his Budget as a Budget to fuel growth, but beneath the hype there does not appear to be much fuel in the tank. To some extent this is unsurprising as the Chancellor has already used the Comprehensive Spending Rev........ Read more »

  • March 23, 2011
  • 09:05 AM

In which several evolutionary psychologists still don't understand evolution

by Jeremy Yoder in Denim and Tweed

Jesse Bering has responded to criticism—by me, Jon Wilkins, and P.Z. Meyers, among others—of his post about Gordon Gallup's hypothesis that fear of homosexuals is favored by natural selection, in the form of an interview with Gallup. The result is informative, but probably not in the way intended.

To recap: Gallup proposed that homophobia could be adaptive if it prevented gay and lesbian adults from contacting a homophobic parent's children and—either through actual sexual abuse or some ........ Read more »

  • March 23, 2011
  • 07:01 AM

Can you see me now? Different races & familiar places

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

Most of us know that eye-witnesses are simply notoriously inaccurate but there is some new work out there you should know about. First up, new information on cross-racial identification and then some intriguing information about familiar places and counter-intuitive errors. Cross-racial identification: There’s a large body of research on the inaccuracy of cross-racial identification.  Recently [...]

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  • March 23, 2011
  • 03:00 AM

Do the benefits of nuclear power outweigh the risks?: A time for Japan to review its policies?

by SAGE Insight in SAGE Insight

The Challenge of Climate Change and Energy Policies for Building a Sustainable Society in Japan From Organization & Environment  In response to last week’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the role and safety risks of nuclear power are being reassessed globally. The 1990s witnessed an unprecedented recognition that environmental problems were occurring at a global [...]... Read more »

  • March 22, 2011
  • 05:31 PM

Religion and conflict: cause or coincidence?

by Tom Rees in Epiphenom

Conflicts often fracture along religious lines - the Balkans, Israel/Palestine, Northern Ireland to name just a few of the best known. But it's hard to say that religion is the cause of the problem. There are always other factors, like ethnic differences, disputes over land rights and

So what's going on here? Is religion really the cause of conflict, or is it just an innocent bystander?

In a recent analysis of survey data from 30 European countries Malina Voicu, a sociologist at the Universit........ Read more »

  • March 22, 2011
  • 02:22 PM

“It’s there and I’m stuck with it” – chronic knee pain after knee joint replacement

by Bronwyn Thompson in Healthskills: Skills for Healthy Living

I share an office with an Emeritus Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery.  He snorted at me one day, and showed me the stats from our national joint register database where I saw that while the main reason given for revision of a total hip joint was dislocation, and pain was the sixth most common reason given; … Read more... Read more »

  • March 22, 2011
  • 11:18 AM

One Nanostep for Technology, One Quantum Leap for Psychiatry

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

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Khodayari-Rostamabad A, Reilly JP, Hasey G, Debruin H, & Maccrimmon D. (2010) Diagnosis of psychiatric disorders using EEG data and employing a statistical decision model. Conference proceedings : .. Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Conference, 4006-9. PMID: 21097280  

Charles DeBattista, Gustavo Kinrys, Daniel Hoffman, Corey Goldstein, John Zajecka, James Kocsis, Martin Teicher, Steven Potkin, Adrian Preda, Gurmeet Multani, Len Brandt, Mark Schiller, Dan Iosifescu, Maurizio Fava. (2011) The use of referenced-EEG (rEEG) in assisting medication selection for the treatment of depression . Psychiatric Research, 15(12), 64-75. DOI: The use of referenced-EEG (rEEG) in assisting medication selection for the treatment of depression  

  • March 22, 2011
  • 10:48 AM

Managing landscapes for aesthetics

by Tim De Chant in Per Square Mile

Aesthetics may have more to do with protecting land as a nature reserve than we would like to admit. Wetlands are a perfect example. Few people would consider wetlands to be “beautiful” landscapes—they offer few vistas, are difficult to navigate, and can appear rather homogeneous to the layperson. To many, a swamp is a swamp [...]... Read more »

  • March 22, 2011
  • 03:00 AM

Brains plus beauty don’t add up: objectifying women lowers their math performance

by SAGE Insight in SAGE Insight

When what you see is what you get: the consequences of the objectifying gaze for women and men From Psychology of Women Quarterly Women who are looked at as sexual objects not only react as sexual objects, they also exhibit less proficiency with math, according to this research. Undergraduates from a large Midwestern university were [...]... Read more »

  • March 21, 2011
  • 11:48 AM

Put Your Jury Selection on Steroids by Leveraging Pretrial Research: Lessons from the Barry Bonds Trial

by Persuasion Strategies in Persuasive Litigator

This post is focused on bulking-up your ability to target high-risk jurors and performance enhancing your voir dire. So speaking of steroids, lets start with Barry Bonds. Jury selection for the perjury trial of the former San Francisco Giants power-hitter, charged with lying to a grand jury over steroid use, starts this week. Prospective jurors will fill out a 19-page questionnaire focusing on the factors that both sides believe should help to reveal bias and guide the process of exercising c........ Read more »

Druckman, J., Hennessy, C., St. Charles, K., & Webber, J. (2010) Competing Rhetoric Over Time: Frames Versus Cues. The Journal of Politics, 72(01), 136. DOI: 10.1017/S0022381609990521  

  • March 21, 2011
  • 07:10 AM

One theory to rule them all?

by David Winter in Careers - in Theory

It is generally accepted that there is no ‘one’ right theory that suits every client, so how can a practitioner make some sort of sense out of the multitude of approaches that exist within the modern academic careers world (apart from following our blog of course)?  Enter Patton and McMahon (1999) Systems Theory Framework of [...]... Read more »

  • March 21, 2011
  • 07:02 AM

Okay, wait! Which one of you was I listening to?

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

We know that listening to someone with a foreign accent makes us more biased. As we blogged earlier—when we listen to someone speaking with an accent, we tend to view them as dishonest/not truthful. The heavier the accent, the worse it gets in terms of our assessment of the person’s truthfulness.  Or at least some people [...]

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Pickel, K., & Staller, J. (2011) A perpetrator’s accent impairs witness’ memory for physical appearance. . Law and Human Behavior. info:/

  • March 21, 2011
  • 05:51 AM

by Geraint Johnes in Geraint Johnes Weblog

This week's budget needs to include policies aimed at the promotion of growth. There is a wide range of options open to the government, but one that is in line with the policies of one of the coalition partners (the Liberal Democrats) would be to raise the personal allowance (or 'disregard') on income tax. For the coming year this is set to be £7475. A substantial increase in this would raise disposable incomes - especially those of the people on the lowest incomes. Since the latter group tend ........ Read more »

  • March 21, 2011
  • 12:09 AM

Darwin Eats Cake: Lyapunov Exponent

by Jon Wilkins in Lost in Transcription

So, you may or may not know that The Hives also said this.

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For more, go to Darwin Eats Cake.

PARKS, P. (1992). A. M. Lyapunov's stability theory—100 years on. IMA Journal of Mathematical Control and Information, 9 (4), 275-303 DOI: 10.1093/imamci/9.4.275

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PARKS, P. (1992) A. M. Lyapunov's stability theory—100 years on. IMA Journal of Mathematical Control and Information, 9(4), 275-303. DOI: 10.1093/imamci/9.4.275  

  • March 20, 2011
  • 03:20 PM

Making self-help more helpful

by Bronwyn Thompson in Healthskills: Skills for Healthy Living

One of the things that appeals about self-managing chronic pain is that it doesn’t require endless appointments. If life is for living, why spend it sitting in a waiting room? (they never have up-to-date magazines anyway!) Our problem as health providers is that we don’t know whether all our great self-help recommendations actually get done … Read more... Read more »

  • March 20, 2011
  • 02:52 PM

Depressed or Bereaved? (Part 2)

by Neuroskeptic in Neuroskeptic

In Part 1, I discussed a paper by Jerome Wakefield examining the issue of where to draw the line between normal grief and clinical depression.The line moved in the American Psychiatric Association's DSM diagnostic system when the previous DSM-III edition was replaced by the current DSM-IV. Specifically, the "bereavement exclusion" was made narrower.The bereavement exclusion says that you shouldn't diagnose depression in someone whose "depressive" symptoms are a result of grief - unless they're p........ Read more »

  • March 18, 2011
  • 06:23 PM

Pair Bonding & Ritual Marriage

by Cris Campbell in Genealogy of Religion

Over the past few years, something like a perfect storm has been brewing over human pair bonding and the profound impacts it has wrought on human social structure. This is a welcome development in a field that has long been dominated by those who wish to root the relatively modern idea of marriage in ancient [...]... Read more »

  • March 18, 2011
  • 10:27 AM

by Geraint Johnes in Geraint Johnes Weblog

Consumer confidence has, according to the Nationwide's monthly survey, hit an all time low. What is particularly worrying about these figures is that consumer confidence has a track record as a very good leading indicator of the state of the economy. Confidence has clearly not been helped by the government's failure, thus far, to deliver any clear plan for growth. While the hope is often expressed that the private sector will expand to soak up the supply of labour that is shed by public organisa........ Read more »

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