Lima et al. (2010) review the research literature to dig up that long-buried truth that children who miss out on good bonding with parents can suffer mental health problems into adulthood. ... Read more »
Lima, A., Mello, M., & Mari, J. (2010) The role of early parental bonding in the development of psychiatric symptoms in adulthood. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 23(4), 383-387. DOI: 10.1097/YCO.0b013e32833a51ce
Sometimes bad science reporting is a function of bad science. Garbage in, garbage out.There's been some buzz about new research regarding the bias of negative and positive words in English as well as cross linguistically. I have refrained from commenting because it sounded like typical bad reporting and misunderstanding of academic research. Then Andrew Sullivan got involved. Sigh. Sullivan has his strengths and weaknesses as a blogger. His strength shone brightly last summer when he helped........ Read more »
Rozin, P., Berman, L., & Royzman, E. (2010) Biases in use of positive and negative words across twenty natural languages. Cognition , 24(3), 536-548. DOI: 10.1080/02699930902793462
On July 4, 1899, the steel tycoon Andrew Carnegie finally got his Diplodocus. He had set his eye on this fossil prize in the fall of the previous year when the New York Journal ran a fanciful illustration of the giant dinosaur peeping into a 10th story skyscraper window, and after some initial disappointments the [...]... Read more »
Nieuwland, I. (2010) The colossal stranger. Andrew Carnegie and Diplodocus intrude European Culture, 1904–1912. Endeavour. DOI: 10.1016/j.endeavour.2010.04.001
Some of the most bio-diverse areas of the world are also some of the most impoverished, which is why it can seem cruel to create national parks and other protected areas to preserve these ecosystems. Aren’t the human lives in those regions more important than plants or other animals? Some research has supported the idea [...]... Read more »
Andam, K., Ferraro, P., Sims, K., Healy, A., & Holland, M. (2010) Protected areas reduced poverty in Costa Rica and Thailand. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 107(22), 9996-10001. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0914177107
Invasive species flock to richer, more crowded European countries
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Pysek, P. et al. (2010) Disentangling the role of environmental and human pressures on biological invasions across Europe. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. info:/10.1073/pnas.1002314107
As digital and social media infiltrate the world of sports, and make teams, athletes, reporters, and information overall more accessible for fans, there is a greater opportunity for fans to connect to the game. This connection is important to the longevity of the franchises, and has largely been borne on the shoulders of the games' announcers. But why bother turning up the volume on the radio or
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Hallett, T. (2003) EMOTIONAL FEEDBACK AND AMPLIFICATION IN SOCIAL INTERACTION. The Sociological Quarterly, 44(4), 705-726. DOI: 10.1111/j.1533-8525.2003.tb00532.x
A 1975 study on graduate admissions at Berkeley found that male applicants had a substantially higher likelihood of being admitted, compared to women. However, upon closer examination the presence of aggregation paradoxes do not legitimize the conclusion that women were discriminated against.... Read more »
Bickel PJ, Hammel EA, & O'connell JW. (1975) Sex Bias in Graduate Admissions: Data from Berkeley. Science (New York, N.Y.), 187(4175), 398-404. PMID: 17835295
Young adults in the USA are more likely than ever before to tell pollsters that they don't see themselves as 'being' of any particular religion - they are unaffiliated. The data are clear, but the reason for this shift is not.
It might simply be their age. Maybe they will be more likely to identify with a religion when they're older. Alternatively, there could be an uptick in the numbers of people who are leaving religion - for good.
Or maybe it's a snowball effect. More than ever before, Amer........ Read more »
Schwadel, P. (2010) Period and Cohort Effects on Religious Nonaffiliation and Religious Disaffiliation: A Research Note. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 49(2), 311-319. DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-5906.2010.01511.x
Most straight man, according to Prospero and Fawson (2010), must oblige when their female partners insist on sex, since to refuse would apparently be an indelible stain on one's manhood.
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Próspero M, & Fawson P. (2010) Sexual coercion and mental health symptoms among heterosexual men: the pressure to say "yes". American journal of men's health, 4(2), 98-103. PMID: 19477760
Note: This is a modified version of a paper I did for an environmental planning course this past semester. I discussed some of the earlier stages in this project a while back. Although coal-fired power plants provide about one half of America’s electricity today, they have become increasingly controversial in the past few years for [...]... Read more »
Franco, A., & Diaz, A. (2009) The future challenges for “clean coal technologies”: Joining efficiency increase and pollutant emission control. Energy, 34(3), 348-354. DOI: 10.1016/j.energy.2008.09.012
Why do most of us assume that it is necessarily a bad thing for men to resist treatment for their alleged depression? And why is it that when Rochlen et al. (2009) call for more men to accept such treatment, I immediately respond, why?... Read more »
Rochlen, A., Paterniti, D., Epstein, R., Duberstein, P., Willeford, L., & Kravitz, R. (2009) Barriers in Diagnosing and Treating Men With Depression: A Focus Group Report. American Journal of Men's Health, 4(2), 167-175. DOI: 10.1177/1557988309335823
I try to buy organic fruits and veggies, at least the dirty dozen. Organic milk too. Pasta, once or twice. Pajamas, never. So you may not be surprised to learn I read the new study linking ADHD to pesticides as my children gobbled up grapes that were not organic, this being New Jersey and not the West Coast where I imagine pesticide-free is an achievable if not cost-effect lifestyle. After finishing the article published in the curre........ Read more »
Bouchard, M., Bellinger, D., Wright, R., & Weisskopf, M. (2010) Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Urinary Metabolites of Organophosphate Pesticides. PEDIATRICS, 125(6). DOI: 10.1542/peds.2009-3058
Prozac and suicide: what's going on?Many people think that SSRI antidepressants do indeed cause suicide, and in recent years this idea has gained a huge amount of attention. My opinion is that, well, it's all rather complicated...At first glance, it seems as though it should be easy to discover the truth. SSRIs are some of the most studied drugs in the world. We have data from several hundred randomized placebo-controlled trials, totaling tens of thousands of patients. Let's just look and see wh........ Read more »
Dudley, M., Goldney, R., & Hadzi-Pavlovic, D. (2010) Are adolescents dying by suicide taking SSRI antidepressants? A review of observational studies. Australasian Psychiatry, 18(3), 242-245. DOI: 10.3109/10398561003681319
It must have sounded like a great idea at the time. Uganda’s Kibale National Park (KNP) is scenic, diverse, important for the largest bit of mid-elevation tropical rainforest remaining in East Africa it contains, with its primates — and short of cash. But it also has wild robusta coffee (Coffea canephora) in its forest, and [...]... Read more »
LILIEHOLM, R., & WEATHERLY, W. (2010) Kibale Forest Wild Coffee: Challenges to Market-Based Conservation in Africa. Conservation Biology. DOI: 10.1111/j.1523-1739.2010.01527.x
These days, Britain is one of the most atheistic countries around. It wasn't always like that, of course, but one of the problems with trying to work out how the present state of affairs came about is that there are very few statistics on religion the stretch back far enough.
Stepping into the breach is Steven Bruce and Tony Glendinning, of the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. They've put together a time-series from data collected by the Methodists Churches, who have been among the most rigo........ Read more »
Bruce, S, & Glendinning, T. (2010) When was secularization? Dating the decline of the British churches and locating its cause. The British Journal of Sociology, 61(1), 107-126. info:/
I’ll be straight with you: I want to write about sex – and have done so in the past – but I have absolutely no longing to titillate or talk about my own sex life. So there won’t be any pictures of me perched on a desk peering over my glasses here.
This is because I [...]... Read more »
Boynton, P. (2007) Advice for sex advisors: a guide for 'agony aunts', relationship therapists and sex educators who want to work with the media. Sex Education, 7(3), 309-326. DOI: 10.1080/14681810701448119
Boynton, P., & Callaghan, W. (2006) Understanding media coverage of sex: A practical discussion paper for sexologists and journalists. Sexual and Relationship Therapy, 21(3), 333-346. DOI: 10.1080/14681990600798770
Imagine this card trick. A statistician divides a regular deck of cards into two sets: one of 20 and one of 32 cards. Then, he lets students prove that in both sets, the proportion of court cards is larger among the black ones than among the red cards. How is this possible and what are the consequences for statistical analyses?... Read more »
Simpson, E.H. (1951) The Interpretation of Interaction in Contingency Tables. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society. Series B (Methodological), 13(2), 238-241. info:/
Margaret Gonsoulin and Anjeanette LeBoeuf (California State University Fresno, United States) and coworkers have investigated evolving differences in conservative Christian social thought, focusing on the effect of gender. This news feature was written on May 30, 2010.... Read more »
Gonsoulin, M., & LeBoeuf, A. (2010) Intra-group variation in conservative Christians’ gender ideologies (1972–2006). The Social Science Journal, 47(1), 225-236. DOI: 10.1016/j.soscij.2009.09.001
While we might laugh about the so-called typical ‘I will fix it’ response of some men when their partners talk about problems (when what the woman really wants is a hug), it seems that much of our research into pain behaviour, particularly verbal expressions of pain, has missed something. I’m not a major reader of … Read more... Read more »
Cano, A., & Williams, A. (2010) Social interaction in pain: Reinforcing pain behaviors or building intimacy?. Pain, 149(1), 9-11. DOI: 10.1016/j.pain.2009.10.010
Charles H. Logan analyzed U.S. corrections and crime data in the early 1970s, finding that longer punishments meted out to convicted offenders tended only to be associated with lower crime rates when there is a higher chance of being caught.... Read more »
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