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  • December 14, 2010
  • 02:00 AM
  • 390 views

Are internet daters more likely to lie about themselves?

by SAGE Insight in SAGE Insight

Strategic misrepresentation in online dating: The effects of gender, self-monitoring, and personality traits   From Journal of Social and Personal Relationships  Internet dating is a growing trend, but can we trust the information that people provide about themselves via online dating services? The researchers in this study investigated over 5000 individuals dating online, using surveys [...]... Read more »

  • December 13, 2010
  • 04:48 PM
  • 1,406 views

At a Loss for Words: Modern Lessons From a Lost Language

by Krystal D'Costa in Anthropology in Practice

It's hard to imagine that knowledge could be lost today. Technology seems to have put the ability to know almost everything within our grasp. So when researchers announced that they had "found" a previously unknown Peruvian language earlier this year, it was strangely tantalizing. Here was knowledge that we couldn't Google. We could plumb the archives and look for clues that might offer answers, but true understanding would not be easily attainable. And in all likelihood, we would have to resign........ Read more »

  • December 13, 2010
  • 01:31 PM
  • 520 views

Knowing how is not equal to doing

by Bronwyn Thompson in Healthskills: Skills for Healthy Living

There have been several attempts to develop a standardised approach to self management – one of the most popular in New Zealand is the Flinders Program (TM). This is a programme developed in Australia from the 1990 Australian Coordinated Care Trials. It’s based on cognitive behavioural therapy, includes problem solving and motivational interviewing techniques, and … Read more... Read more »

M Horsburgh, J Bycroft, F Goodyear-Smith, D Roy, F Mahony, E Donnell, D Miller. (2010) The Flinders Program of Chronic Condition Self-Management in New Zealand: Survey findings. Journal of Primary Health Care, 2(4), 288-293. info:/

  • December 13, 2010
  • 12:36 PM
  • 1,026 views

Redefining Great Britain

by GrrlScientist in Maniraptora

SUMMARY: This new research describes a clever way to redefine and redraw geographical areas using telephone communication networks... Read more »

Carlo Ratti, Stanislav Sobolevsky, Francesco Calabrese, Clio Andris, Jonathan Reades, Mauro Martino, Rob Claxton, & Steven H. Strogatz. (2010) Redrawing the Map of Great Britain from a Network of Human Interactions. . PLoS ONE, 5(12). info:/10.1371/journal.pone.0014248

  • December 13, 2010
  • 11:53 AM
  • 816 views

Where stalkers become friends: Geo-tagging on Flickr

by Jon Wilkins in Lost in Transcription

So, you probably remember this from the most recent episode of The Mentalist / Bones / Castle / Criminal Minds / Numb3rs:

SEXY YET PROFESSIONAL DETECTIVE: What have we got?SASSY JUNIOR DETECTIVE: Nothing. All of our leads have dried up like Cher's ovaries.GRUFF SENIOR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL: We've got to wrap this thing up. I've got the mayor breathing down my neck.MAYOR: Hhhhhhhhhh. Hhhhhhhhhh.G.S.L.E.O.: And now he's drooling.S.Y.P.D.: We'll keep after it, but we're a bit short-handed after........ Read more »

Crandall, D., Backstrom, L., Cosley, D., Suri, S., Huttenlocher, D., & Kleinberg, J. (2010) Inferring social ties from geographic coincidences. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1006155107  

  • December 13, 2010
  • 11:32 AM
  • 1,563 views

Cognitive enhancement goes Hollywood

by Bradley Voytek in Oscillatory Thoughts

My pals Kevin and m1k3y over at grinding.be recently posted about a little viral-intent video for the upcoming movie starring Bradley Cooper: Limitless.I'm intentionally trying to not read too much about this movie beforehand, so I can't really give a plot synopsis beyond what I've gathered from the YouTube video and Wikipedia write-up. But from what I've gleaned, apparently Bradley Cooper's character gets hold of an experimental drug ("NZT"), and quickly finds that it greatly enhances his cogni........ Read more »

Greely, H., Sahakian, B., Harris, J., Kessler, R., Gazzaniga, M., Campbell, P., & Farah, M. (2008) Towards responsible use of cognitive-enhancing drugs by the healthy. Nature, 456(7223), 702-705. DOI: 10.1038/456702a  

Maher, B. (2008) Poll results: look who's doping. Nature, 452(7188), 674-675. DOI: 10.1038/452674a  

  • December 13, 2010
  • 06:07 AM
  • 979 views

When cross-examination [of the expert witness] offends

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

Your witnesses can make your case. They can also make your case a dog.  I was called several months ago to do witness preparation for trial on a commercial case that was, before our key witnesses flamed out in deposition, viewed as a mid-7 figure case.  After a dismal deposition performance, the plaintiff attorneys that [...]


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  • December 13, 2010
  • 05:45 AM
  • 2,358 views

Redefining Great Britain

by GrrlScientist in GrrlScientist

This research paper describes a clever way to redefine and redraw geographical areas using telephone communication networks... Read more »

Carlo Ratti, Stanislav Sobolevsky, Francesco Calabrese, Clio Andris, Jonathan Reades, Mauro Martino, Rob Claxton, & Steven H. Strogatz. (2010) Redrawing the Map of Great Britain from a Network of Human Interactions. . PLoS ONE, 5(12). info:/10.1371/journal.pone.0014248

  • December 12, 2010
  • 05:34 PM
  • 784 views

Speaking of Ester Boserup

by teofilo in Gambler's House

The paper I discussed earlier on the connection between plow-based agriculture and highly inegalitarian gender roles was based on a theory proposed by Ester Boserup.  Boserup was a Danish economist who had a lot of interesting ideas about the relationship between population growth and agricultural intensification.  She’s best known for arguing that intensification of agricultural [...]... Read more »

  • December 12, 2010
  • 02:05 PM
  • 1,489 views

The painful legacy of torture

by Lorimer Moseley in BodyInMind

Torture has received a great deal of deserved media attention in recent years. In large part this is due to people who should know better somewhat shamelessly jumping through legal hoops in attempts to distinguish which ways of abusing their fellow humans are acceptable and distinct from torture. This should be surprising in the current [...]... Read more »

Williams AC, Peña CR, & Rice AS. (2010) Persistent pain in survivors of torture: a cohort study. Journal of pain and symptom management, 40(5), 715-22. PMID: 20678891  

  • December 10, 2010
  • 12:58 PM
  • 487 views

Speaking of Plowing

by teofilo in Gambler's House

The postulated connection between plow-based agriculture and a highly inegalitarian system of gender roles that I was talking about in the previous post reminded me of another paper about plowing and gender in a very different context.  This article, by Robin Ganev of the University of Regina, was published in the Journal of the History [...]... Read more »

  • December 10, 2010
  • 12:01 PM
  • 653 views

Financial incentives and the brain's reward system

by NeuroKüz in NeuroKüz

Neuroeconomics is a big buzzword.Behavioural economics and the psychology of decision-making have rich histories, but with emerging brain imaging technology, we're now able to peer into some of the intricacies of neural processes as they occur while someone is making an important financial decision. The hope is that studies of brain activity will help guide economic theory and practice.In a study recently published in PNAS, Japanese researchers used functional MRI to examine brain responses to a........ Read more »

Murayama K, Matsumoto M, Izuma K, & Matsumoto K. (2010) From the Cover: Neural basis of the undermining effect of monetary reward on intrinsic motivation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 107(49), 20911-6. PMID: 21078974  

  • December 10, 2010
  • 09:52 AM
  • 1,364 views

No Substitute for IRL Relationships for Adolescents

by Krystal D'Costa in Anthropology in Practice



Credit: Scott Hampson
It's no secret that the Internet is a black hole when it comes to time. Fifteen minutes on Twitter spirals into an hour or two of witty banter. A quick stop on Facebook to read statuses or water crops becomes three hours looking at photos from someone's vacation or wedding. (And email? Fuggedaboutit!) But it's easy to be online—simple and almost instantaneous access to all your friends and connections, and none of them need to know you're in your pajamas. And you c........ Read more »

  • December 10, 2010
  • 07:07 AM
  • 752 views

Simple Jury Persuasion: Tilt your head. (no kidding)

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

Evolutionary psychologists do some weird research. But we’re not holding that against them.  I mean, we’re talking about evolution.  Instead, we’ll take what they find and translate it for your use at trial. But this is odd! Australian researchers (Burke & Sulikowski, 2010) looked at tilting heads and attractiveness in the eyes of observers. What [...]


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Darren Burke, & Danielle Sulikowski. (2010) A New Viewpoint on the Evolution of Sexually Dimorphic Human Faces. Evolutionary Psychology, 8(4). info:/

  • December 9, 2010
  • 05:17 PM
  • 1,311 views

Will Calgary’s new mayor succeed where Obama has failed?

by Christopher Leo in Christopher Leo

Calgary's new mayor, Naheed Nenshi, like Barack Obama, staged an upset victory with the help of social networking. Will he, unlike Obama, succeed in changing the political game? Continue reading →... Read more »

  • December 9, 2010
  • 01:25 PM
  • 968 views

Supply chain risk – it’s all in your head?

by Jan Husdal in husdal.com

Enhancing supply chain resilience with flexibility and redundancy is one way to counter supply chain disruptions. But do the chosen resilience measures actually play a moderating role in reducing the frequency of supply chain disruptions? This article paints an interesting picture of how supply chain professionals view risk, which risk they perceive and what they do in reaction to these risks.... Read more »

Zsidisin, George, & Wagner, Stephan. (2010) Do Perceptions Become Reality? The Moderating Role of Supply Chain Resiliency on Disruption Occurrence . Journal of Business Logistics, 31(2), 1-20. info:other/

  • December 9, 2010
  • 05:30 AM
  • 913 views

Nonshocker! Preschool kids think thinner is better.

by Yoni Freedhoff in Weighty Matters

I'm not surprised, are you?A study out of the journal Sex Roles took a look at preschoolers' attitudes towards obesity by means of Candy Land and Chutes and Ladders. They took 55 girls aged 3-5 and had them choose which character they wanted to be. 69% chose the thinnest, 20% the average and 11% the largest. Moreover when asked to swap thinnest for largest, 63% refused.One of the study's authors apparently was surprised by the findings and she was quoted in the Montreal Gazette stating, "I was........ Read more »

  • December 8, 2010
  • 05:16 PM
  • 940 views

Fungus, -i. 2nd Decl. N. Masculine – or is it?: On Gender

by Richard in A Replicated Typo 2.0

In an attempt to write out my thoughts for others instead of continually building them up in saved stickies, folders full of .pdfs, and hastily scribbled lecture notes, as if waiting for the spontaneous incarnation of what looks increasingly like a dissertation, I’m going to give a glimpse today of what I’ve been looking into recently. . . . → Read More: Fungus, -i. 2nd Decl. N. Masculine – or is it?: On Gender... Read more »

Bapteste E, O'Malley MA, Beiko RG, Ereshefsky M, Gogarten JP, Franklin-Hall L, Lapointe FJ, Dupré J, Dagan T, Boucher Y.... (2009) Prokaryotic evolution and the tree of life are two different things. Biology direct, 34. PMID: 19788731  

  • December 8, 2010
  • 07:01 AM
  • 1,028 views

Overdoing it: Is there such a thing as too little anxiety in your witness?

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

Close your eyes. Think of a nervous witness you have had to prepare for trial. Beads of sweat on their upper lip. Nervous throat-clearing. Trembling hands. Shaky voice. Deer in the headlights expression. Testifying can be terrifying and we’ve all had the experience of attempting to take the edge off of the visible anxiety of [...]

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Boccaccini, M., & Brodsky, S. (2002) Believability of expert and lay witnesses: Implications for trial consultation. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 33(4), 384-388. info:/

Tenney ER, MacCoun RJ, Spellman BA, & Hastie R. (2007) Calibration trumps confidence as a basis for witness credibility. Psychological science : a journal of the American Psychological Society / APS, 18(1), 46-50. PMID: 17362377  

  • December 7, 2010
  • 08:58 PM
  • 1,067 views

A tale of two foreigners in Japan

by Lachlan Jackson in Language on the Move

This is the first in a series of blog posts about my experiences undertaking an ongoing research project. In this series I will be detailing some of the methodological challenges I encounter as well as the strategies I adopt to … Continue reading →... Read more »

Maher, J. C. (2005) Metroethnicity, language and the principle of cool. International Journal of the Sociology of Languages, 83. info:/

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