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  • February 26, 2011
  • 11:59 AM

Imitation and Social Cognition (III): Man’s best friend

by Michael in A Replicated Typo 2.0


In my two previous posts (here and here) about imitation and social cognition I wrote about experiments which showed that

1)  young children tend to imitate both the necessary as well as the unnecessary actions when shown how to get at a reward, whereas wild chimpanzees only imitate the necessary actions.

And that

2) both 14-month old human infants . . . → Read More: Imitation and Social Cognition (III): Man’s best friend... Read more »

Range F, Viranyi Z, & Huber L. (2007) Selective imitation in domestic dogs. Current biology : CB, 17(10), 868-72. PMID: 17462893  

  • February 26, 2011
  • 06:59 AM

Where is home?

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

Many of the people close to my heart are transnationals such as myself. Belonging is a frequently discussed topic in my circles, and often a topic that is surrounded by considerable angst. Where do we belong? Is it really worth … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • February 25, 2011
  • 07:02 AM

A screwdriver: The new addition to your trial toolbox? (We think not.)

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

You truly never know what you’ll need in court. The unexpected happens. We are here to give you an edge. Back in May, 2010 we wrote about how people tend to remember things more when they are placed to their left. So we recommended you place your exhibits to the left while casually moving opposing [...]

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Oppenheimer, D., & Trail, T. (2010) Why leaning to the left makes you lean to the left: Effect of spatial orientation on political attitudes. Social Cognition, 28(5). info:/

  • February 24, 2011
  • 05:07 PM

It’s not the yard that matters, it’s the view

by Tim De Chant in Per Square Mile

Americans love their privacy. Most aren’t keen on high rises or even attached condos, having been imprinted with a very specific American dream—that of a single-family house on a quarter acre lot. I’m one of them. But as populations in cities and suburbs boom, there’s simply less land to go around. The result of cramming [...]... Read more »

  • February 24, 2011
  • 07:43 AM

Sacred Values as Heuristics

by Psychothalamus in Psychothalamus

Can being faced with a decision involving morals be a good thing? Research has shown in the past that morally-laden decisions are perceived as difficult and unpleasant. Therefore, conventional wisdom suggests that people would react characteristically when faced with decision-making with moral considerations, such as avoiding being placed in a position to make moral decisions, or spending more time contemplating over difficult moral decisions.However, perhaps there's more to it than meets t........ Read more »

Martin Hanselmann, & Carmen Tanner. (2008) Taboos and conflicts in decision making: Sacred values, decision difficulty, and emotions. Judgment and Decision Making, 3(1). info:/

  • February 23, 2011
  • 06:59 PM

The Effect of Pseudonymity on Blogger Credibility

by Colin Schultz in CMBR

In July, 2010, one corner of the blogosphere erupted with the seething, burning rage that online communities seem to have a unique ability to muster. The spark that lit bloggers’ fuse was a decision by SEED Media Group decision-makers to allow a team of writers from PepsiCo Inc. to operate a blog about nutrition and [...]... Read more »

Thomas Chesney and Daniel K.S. Su. (2010) The impact of anonymity on weblog credibility. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 68(10), 710-718. info:/10.1016/j.ijhcs.2010.06.001

  • February 23, 2011
  • 02:00 AM

Information anywhere, any when: the role of the smartphone

by SAGE Insight in SAGE Insight

From Business Information Review The library of the future is in your pocket, and over the next few years accessing information over mobile phones and other mobile devices is going to transform access to online services and the internet. This is the beginning – we’ve collected valuable data on which mobile devices are being used [...]... Read more »

  • February 22, 2011
  • 04:11 PM

The Future of Drugs in The UK: An Evening with Professor Nutt

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

An interview with Professor David Nutt on the future direction of UK drugs policy.... Read more »

  • February 22, 2011
  • 12:35 PM

Plants rockin’ the suburbs, animals not so much

by Tim De Chant in Per Square Mile

Where there are more people, there’s less nature. It’s a fairly well established fact. Manhattan may have the odd hawk or falcon, but the paved island’s diversity of plants and animals just can’t compare to that of 23 square miles of pristine wilderness. What’s less known is how well biodiversity fares in human landscapes that [...]... Read more »

  • February 22, 2011
  • 08:45 AM

Trade and natural selection

by Jason Collins in Evolving Economics

Economic theory tells us that trade makes the parties involved better off. Through trade, a person can specialise in the activity in which they have a comparative advantage. A person is better off even if they are trading with someone who is better than them at all activities. This is because the less productive person [...]... Read more »

Saint-Paul, G. (2007) On market forces and human evolution. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 247(3), 397-412. DOI: 10.1016/j.jtbi.2007.03.021  

  • February 22, 2011
  • 05:06 AM

Purists and players

by David Winter in Careers - in Theory

Is four too much for you? Last week I presented a few career-style typologies that came in sets of four, but it’s entirely possible that remembering four types might be too much for you — it often is for me. So, how about just two types: Players and Purists. These two archetypes represent extreme approaches [...]... Read more »

  • February 22, 2011
  • 02:00 AM

‘An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth’: political violence and counter-insurgency in Egypt

by SAGE Insight in SAGE Insight

From Journal of Peace Research This article examines the violent political conflict in Egypt that paved the way for the recent anti-government protests forcing the resignation of the country’s president. It investigates the cycle of violence between the politically motivated attacks by Islamists and the counter-insurgency measures used by the Egyptian government. It considers the [...]... Read more »

  • February 21, 2011
  • 07:59 PM

Sex, Science, and Social Policy

by Stephanie Zvan in Almost Diamonds

When it comes to the politicization of scientific topics and science denialism, everyone knows about the forces opposing our understanding evolution and global warming. Would it surprise you to see similar tactics on display when the subject is sex?In the well-known cases, political actors band together with researchers who continually produce results favoring the politicos pet topics. It's not that hard to produce the desired results, even when the mass of evidence doesn't support your side. I........ Read more »

McCleary, R. (2008) Rural Hotspots: The Case of Adult Businesses. Criminal Justice Policy Review, 19(2), 153-163. DOI: 10.1177/0887403408315111  

  • February 21, 2011
  • 10:16 AM

Pay Close Attention to the Big Mouths in Voir Dire

by Persuasion Strategies in Persuasive Litigator

By: Dr. Ken Broda-Bahm - So your case is in, your jury is ready to start deliberating, and you feel pretty confident that at least the majority of your jurors favor your side of the case. Should you feel safe? Of course not, because the verdict isn't in the hands of the majority as much as it is in the mouths of those with the loudest and most persistent voices. When conducting mock trials, we see it over and over again: The individual verdict preferences we measured before the start of delibera........ Read more »

  • February 21, 2011
  • 09:19 AM

Are Overly-Sexual Men Really Depressed?

by Ultimo167 in Strong Silent Types

A commentary by Ogrodniczuk and Oliffe (2011) on the disputed topic of men and depression. Do men really mask their blues behind a curtain of violence and if so, what does this say about the credibility of depression as a stand-alone disease state? Gender role socialisation always seems like such a good friend when meandering through such contentious matters, until you think beyond the obvious to wonder, hang on, how can it be that when men get depressed they invariably turn to the biff?... Read more »

Ogrodniczuk, J., & Oliffe, J. (2011) Men and Depression. Canadian Family Physician, 57(2), 153-155. info:/

  • February 21, 2011
  • 07:02 AM

Wearing your religion on your face

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

We’ve talked before about mock jurors believing they can ‘see’ who is lying, using drugs, or other negative behaviors litigants (or anyone else!) would want to keep private. Now we have new evidence that some of those jurors may have good radar—at least when it comes to being able to identify certain religious group members! [...]

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  • February 21, 2011
  • 12:51 AM

Tag-teaming research blogging: Me and Sci do it up, PMDD-style

by Kate Clancy in Context & Variation

When I was in college, my favorite hangout was the basement of the Harvard Book Store, where they had the used books and cheap remainders (they were also across the street from my freshman dorm, Wigglesworth, and yes, that is a most excellent name). I worked my way through several sci-fi and fantasy series, and got nearly all my Women’s Studies books, because of that one lovely room.One night in my freshman year I was browsing the philosophy section with a new boyfriend, a person with whom I o........ Read more »

Concas A, Mostallino MC, Porcu P, Follesa P, Barbaccia ML, Trabucchi M, Purdy RH, Grisenti P, & Biggio G. (1998) Role of brain allopregnanolone in the plasticity of gamma-aminobutyric acid type A receptor in rat brain during pregnancy and after delivery. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 95(22), 13284-9. PMID: 9789080  

Rapkin AJ, Berman SM, Mandelkern MA, Silverman DH, Morgan M, & London ED. (2011) Neuroimaging evidence of cerebellar involvement in premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Biological psychiatry, 69(4), 374-80. PMID: 21092938  

  • February 20, 2011
  • 06:01 PM

Supply Chain Turbulence

by Jan Husdal in

The norm in supply chain management is that variability is detrimental to performance as it causes cost in the form of stock-outs, poor capacity utilisation, and costly buffers. This paper questions this approach and argues that in the light of increasing turbulence a different approach to supply chain management is needed. [ ... ]... Read more »

Christopher, M., & Holweg, M. (2011) “Supply Chain 2.0”: managing supply chains in the era of turbulence. International Journal of Physical Distribution , 41(1), 63-82. DOI: 10.1108/09600031111101439  

  • February 19, 2011
  • 02:06 PM

The Web of Morgellons

by Neuroskeptic in Neuroskeptic

A fascinating new paper: Morgellons Disease, or Antipsychotic-Responsive Delusional Parasitosis, in an HIV Patient: Beliefs in The Age of the Internet“Mr. A” was a 43-year-old man...His most pressing medical complaint was worrisome fatigue. He was not depressed...had no formal psychiatric history, no family psychiatric history, and he was a successful businessman.He was referred to the psychiatry department by his primary-care physician (PCP) because of a 2-year-long complaint of pruritus [i........ Read more »

  • February 19, 2011
  • 08:17 AM

Mindful Parenting: How To Stop Reacting To Your Child

by Brandon in Notes on Parenting

Mindful parenting can be defined as when "parents intentionally bring moment-to-moment awareness to the parent-child relationship" or "acting with awareness." There are certain qualities and skills that must be developed in order to accomplish this, but it is worth it. Mindfulness in general has been associated with:
More positive emotion
Less anxiety and depression
Greater relationship satisfaction
Less relationship stress
Brain activity associated with greater emotion regulation.
There are ........ Read more »

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