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  • April 5, 2011
  • 03:26 PM

Tourism’s carrying capacity

by Tim De Chant in Per Square Mile

Tourism can be a real boon to a local economy, propping up otherwise sleepy towns with an influx of cash. But as with many things, there’s a point where “just enough” becomes “too much.” Popular tourist towns with a few thousand residents can practically burst under the pressure of peak season. They’re like an experiment [...]... Read more »

Robert N. Thomas, Bruce Wm. Pigozzi, & Richard Alan Sambrook. (2005) Tourist Carrying Capacity Measures: Crowding Syndrome in the Caribbean. The Professional Geographer, 57(1), 13-20. info:/

  • April 5, 2011
  • 07:42 AM

In the EU neighborhood: Eurosymbols in Chisinau and Chernivtsi

by Anamaria in Eurosymbols

While searching for traces of the past in the current make-up of Chisinau and Chernivtsi, I was also holding an eye out for the presence of eurosymbols. Defined as any variation on the European Union graphical presence as represented by the flag as well as the inclusion of the particle “euro-”, eurosymbols are connected with [...]... Read more »

Klumbyte, Neringa. (2009) The Geopolitics of Taste. The 'Euro' and 'Soviet' Sausage Industries in Lithuania. Caldwell, Dunn and Nestle (eds.), Food , 130-153. info:/

  • April 5, 2011
  • 07:30 AM

This Just In: Grow a Bigger Brain Without Getting Off the Couch!

by Sharon Neufeldt in I Can Has Science?

A couple of months ago, published an article demonstrating that aerobic exercise can increase the size of your hippocampus. Well, for those of you interested in growing your gray matter without breaking a sweat, this latest (unrelated) study is for … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • April 5, 2011
  • 06:44 AM

What does success mean to you?

by David Winter in Careers - in Theory

In this post, I’m doggedly continuing my pursuit to explore the idea of career success. We started with a simple binary distinction: objective success versus subjective success. We realised that this was somewhat crude and that a bit more subtlety might be useful. In the previous post, we added an extra dimension about how you [...]... Read more »

Dries, N., Pepermans, R., & Carlier, O. (2008) Career success: Constructing a multidimensional model. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 73(2), 254-267. DOI: 10.1016/j.jvb.2008.05.005  

  • April 5, 2011
  • 02:55 AM

What is coping?

by Bronwyn Thompson in Healthskills: Skills for Healthy Living

When we use the word ‘coping’, what do we mean? Recently, I’ve been reviewing the whole concept of coping in chronic pain.  I’m trying to establish how people with chronic pain view this term, and what they include in their repertoire of ways to cope.  My research is looking at the ways that people who … Read more... Read more »

Van Damme, S., Crombez, G., & Eccleston, C. (2008) Coping with pain: A motivational perspective. Pain, 139(1), 1-4. DOI: 10.1016/j.pain.2008.07.022  

  • April 4, 2011
  • 12:03 PM

LabEvoEndo Journal Club: Sophia Bodnar presents on cervical cancer

by Kate Clancy in Laboratory for Evolutionary Endocrinology

Student blogging on cervical cancer and immunology, particular in understanding variation in cytokines, chemokines, and proportions of columnar vs squamous cervical cells.... Read more »

  • April 4, 2011
  • 11:44 AM

Pig's blood, tobacco control and mass media

by Hadas Shema in Information Culture

Pigs play an important role in the western culture, mostly as guests of honor in many meals. A less known role of pigs, or, to be precise, of pigs' blood (‘porcine haemoglobin’) is as part of what is called ‘biofilter’ in certain cigarette brands. Developed by Greek researchers, said 'biofilter' is supposed to make cigarette smoking healthier (it doesn't).According to Valavanidis, Vlachogianni & Fiotakis (2009)"Filters (so called “bio-filters”) with antioxidant compounds impregnated ........ Read more »

  • April 4, 2011
  • 11:15 AM

Avoid Lockout: Address Judges and Arbitrators Persuasively

by Persuasion Strategies in Persuasive Litigator

It is a reality that judges and arbitrators have an increasingly important role in the future of sports. So it got me thinking about our experience with judges and arbitrators and how advocates must address them to be successful. Here are four key things all advocates should remember about persuading judges and arbitrators.... Read more »

Guthrie, C., Rachlinski, J., & Wistrich, A. (2001) Inside the Judicial Mind. SSRN Electronic Journal. DOI: 10.2139/ssrn.257634  

  • April 4, 2011
  • 08:33 AM

Life’s a Game: Video Games as a Model for Behaviour

by Ben Good in B Good Science

Crouching amongst the wreckage of an apartment block I look through a shattered window and see an enemy running and trying to find a place to hide. I pick up my Intervention M-200, take a breath, get his head lined up in the cross hair and pull the trigger. I have at various points in my life … Read more... Read more »

  • April 4, 2011
  • 07:02 AM

Outsmarting liars (five decades of research)

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

Like everyone else, we don’t like to be fooled. So we love the deception research and their efforts to find ways to avoid being fooled, tricked or deceived. Aldert Vrij is one of our favorite deception researchers. He has a new piece out on the “imposing cognitive load” approach to identifying deception. They review the [...]

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... Read more »

Vrij, A., Granhag, P., Mann, S., & Leal, S. (2011) Outsmarting the liars: Toward a cognitive lie detection approach. . Current directions in psychological science, 20(1). info:/

  • April 4, 2011
  • 02:46 AM

The four tenets of Disaster Relief Supply Chains

by Jan Husdal in

What are the similarities and what are the differences between ordinary supply chains and disaster relief operations? Can both types of operations learn from each other? ... Read more »

Pujawan, I., Kurniati, N., & Wessiani, N. (2009) Supply chain management for Disaster Relief Operations: principles and case studies. International Journal of Logistics Systems and Management, 5(6), 679. DOI: 10.1504/IJLSM.2009.024797  

  • April 3, 2011
  • 06:26 PM

When Smokers Move

by Dirk Hanson in Addiction Inbox

Is your new house a thirdhand smoke reservoir?

In the first published examination of thirdhand smoke pollution and exposure, researchers at San Diego State University discovered that non-smokers who move into homes purchased from smokers encounter significantly elevated nicotine levels in the air and dust of their new homes two months or more after moving in.

100 smoking households and 50 non-smoking households participated in the study, which was published in Tobacco Control. The researcher........ Read more »

Matt, G., Quintana, P., Zakarian, J., Fortmann, A., Chatfield, D., Hoh, E., Uribe, A., & Hovell, M. (2010) When smokers move out and non-smokers move in: residential thirdhand smoke pollution and exposure. Tobacco Control, 20(1). DOI: 10.1136/tc.2010.037382  

  • April 3, 2011
  • 07:22 AM

What is medicine all about? Staring at screens

by ---a in

Recently, the New York Times’s blog dealing with health and medicine, Well, featured an interesting piece on Desktop medicine. The author Pauline W. Chen, M.D., maintains that medical profession has been profoundly changed by the advent of desktop computers. In the past, doctoring was all about « sitting at patients’ bedside ». Today, it’s basically about staring [...]... Read more »

Raphaël Lellouche. (1997) Théorie de l’Ecran. Tr@verses, 2(1). info:other/

  • April 1, 2011
  • 07:03 AM

Simple Jury Persuasion: Make them eat brussel sprouts

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

Our apologies to Marie Antoinette (if she ever actually said it). Brussel sprouts are what I think of when I think of disgusting foods.  And this post is all about disgust. But here, the brussel sprouts are a metaphor for what you want to leave jurors to contemplate. Leave a ‘nasty’ or bitter taste in their [...]

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Eskine KJ, Kacinik NA, & Prinz JJ. (2011) A Bad Taste in the Mouth: Gustatory Disgust Influences Moral Judgment. Psychological science : a journal of the American Psychological Society / APS. PMID: 21307274  

  • April 1, 2011
  • 06:00 AM

Efficacy of prayer questioned

by Tom Rees in Epiphenom

Prayer is a pretty common feature of human existence, and holy books typically instruct believers to pray to obtain special blessing. But how do we know it works? Well, one line of thought is that a large number of people believe it works, and they unlikely to all be wrong.

Francis Galton, a freelance statistician based in London, England, has his doubts. He's published an analysis in which he points out that many other widely-held beliefs have fallen by the way-side:

Witches were unanimously ........ Read more »

Galton, F. (1872) Statistical Inquiries into the Efficacy of Prayer . Fortnightly Review , 125-135. info:/

  • April 1, 2011
  • 04:19 AM

Eating through your Ears: Listening to Music makes Food taste better!

by Stuart Farrimond in Dr Stu's Science Blog

Do you listen to music when you eat? Does the sound of chewing and chomping irritate you? Listening to music can be great for unwinding – especially after a long day. Perhaps department stores and hotel elevators would be much more stressful if it weren’t for all the panpipe music! (although I somehow doubt that). [...]... Read more »

  • March 31, 2011
  • 11:09 AM

Assess Your Juror’s Economic Security: A Vulnerable Juror Can Make for a Vulnerable Defense

by Persuasion Strategies in Persuasive Litigator

The situation has been noted with a frightening frequency: instead of filing in quietly to fulfill their civic duty, prospective jurors in voir dire have expressed a deep frustration over the litigation process and a deep concern over serving. The result can mean greater use of hardships based on employment security, and this post looks at the effect of the revised composition once those with hardships are dismissed. Based on some recent research as well as our own data, we feel that the net ........ Read more »

  • March 31, 2011
  • 10:55 AM

Proximity sans convenience: Houses near train tracks and freeways

by Tim De Chant in Per Square Mile

Train tracks and highways are wonderful things. They zip ourselves and our stuff around with unparalleled efficiency. Never has getting anywhere been so easy. They are true marvels of the modern age—unless you can’t use them. Train tracks without nearby stations or those that don’t serve passengers aren’t conveniences, they’re rumbling menaces. And highways without [...]... Read more »

Kilpatrick, John A., Throupe, Ronald L., Carruthers, John I., & Krause,. (2007) The Impact of Transit Corridors on Residential Property Values. Journal of Real Estate Research, 29(3), 303-320. info:/

  • March 30, 2011
  • 05:09 PM

Why Do We Hurry to Wait?

by Krystal D'Costa in Anthropology in Practice

Creative Commons, Credit.
While traveling a few weeks ago, I had ample opportunity to observe the art of waiting. Or rather, the art of not waiting. New Yorkers aren’t known for their patience—something that became painfully obvious when I got frustrated with the service S and I received at a south Florida restaurant. (If it takes more than 10 minutes for a server to come by and get drink orders after the customer has been seated, there is something wrong. We left, by the way, as even t........ Read more »

Antonides, G., Verhoef, P., & van Aalst, M. (2002) Consumer Perception and Evaluation of Waiting Time: A Field Experiment. Journal of Consumer Psychology, 12(3), 193-202. DOI: 10.1207/153276602760335040  

Holland RW, Roeder UR, van Baaren RB, Brandt AC, & Hannover B. (2004) Don't stand so close to me: the effects fo self-construal in interpersonal closeness. Psychological science : a journal of the American Psychological Society / APS, 15(4), 237-42. PMID: 15043640  

  • March 30, 2011
  • 09:00 AM

Why we live in dangerous places

by Tim De Chant in Per Square Mile

Natural disasters always seem to strike in the worst places. The Sendai earthquake has caused over 8,000 deaths, destroyed 450,000 people’s homes, crippled four nuclear reactors, and wreaked over $300 billion in damage. And it’s only the latest disaster. Haiti will need decades to rebuild after its earthquake. New Orleans still hasn’t repopulated following Hurricane Katrina. Indonesia still feels the effect of the 2004 tsunami. The list could go on and on. The unfortunate lesso........ Read more »

Connell JH. (1978) Diversity in tropical rain forests and coral reefs. Science (New York, N.Y.), 199(4335), 1302-10. PMID: 17840770  

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