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:/
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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Rule NO, Garrett JV, & Ambady N. (2010) On the perception of religious group membership from faces. PloS one, 5(12). PMID: 21151864
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 »
Bloch M, Schmidt PJ, Su TP, Tobin MB, & Rubinow DR. (1998) Pituitary-adrenal hormones and testosterone across the menstrual cycle in women with premenstrual syndrome and controls. Biological psychiatry, 43(12), 897-903. PMID: 9627744
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
Rubinow DR, Hoban MC, Grover GN, Galloway DS, Roy-Byrne P, Andersen R, & Merriam GR. (1988) Changes in plasma hormones across the menstrual cycle in patients with menstrually related mood disorder and in control subjects. American journal of obstetrics and gynecology, 158(1), 5-11. PMID: 2962499
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
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 »
Freudenreich O, Kontos N, Tranulis C, & Cather C. (2010) Morgellons disease, or antipsychotic-responsive delusional parasitosis, in an hiv patient: beliefs in the age of the internet. Psychosomatics, 51(6), 453-7. PMID: 21051675
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 »
Duncan, L., Coatsworth, J., & Greenberg, M. (2009) A Model of Mindful Parenting: Implications for Parent–Child Relationships and Prevention Research. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 12(3), 255-270. DOI: 10.1007/s10567-009-0046-3
Transit oriented development is all the rage in urban planning these days. Proponents claim new transit coupled with mixed-use zoning will ignite growth in otherwise struggling areas. Detractors claim running new lines to low-density neighborhoods will leave cities burdened with white elephants. Overall, reality is probably somewhere in between, but transit and population density is [...]... Read more »
Levinson, D. (2007) Density and dispersion: the co-development of land use and rail in London. Journal of Economic Geography, 8(1), 55-77. DOI: 10.1093/jeg/lbm038
When I first started teaching in Australia, I had a Korean-Australian student in one of my undergraduate classes who sounded like most of the other students in my class, like a native speaker of Australian-English. The daughter of Korean immigrants, … Continue reading →... Read more »
Menken, K., & Kleyn, T. (2010) The long-term impact of subtractive schooling in the educational experiences of secondary English language learners. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 13(4), 399-417. DOI: 10.1080/13670050903370143
Trying to kill time and not my neighbour who enjoys listening to loud music after midnight, I found myself wondering why do most GPs have bad handwriting! Or is it a myth? Naturally, Google came up with some very interesting results including some actual studies! It seems like there are peer reviewed papers on almost [...]... Read more »
Sokol DK, & Hettige S. (2006) Poor handwriting remains a significant problem in medicine. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, 99(12), 645-6. PMID: 17139073
Schneider KA, Murray CW, Shadduck RD, & Meyers DG. (2006) Legibility of doctors' handwriting is as good (or bad) as everyone else's. Quality , 15(6), 445. PMID: 17142598
Berwick DM, & Winickoff DE. (1996) The truth about doctors' handwriting: a prospective study. BMJ (Clinical research ed.), 313(7072), 1657-8. PMID: 8991021
Gupta AK, Cooper EA, Feldman SR, Fleischer AB Jr, & Balkrishnan R. (2003) Analysis of factors associated with increased prescription illegibility: results from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, 1990-1998. The American journal of managed care, 9(8), 548-52. PMID: 12921232
by Persuasion Strategies in Persuasive Litigator
By: Dr. Ken Broda-Bahm - When the case comes down to 'expert versus expert,' one important question is, what makes jurors believe one expert witness over another? Applying the rational model of law, we would like to think that jurors would evaluate the credentials, the methodology, and the strength of the conclusions offered, and compare the competing experts based upon the appropriate standards of the field. That would be rational, but alas, not really typical in the courtroom. Instead, jurors ........ Read more »
Kumkale, G., Albarracín, D., & Seignourel, P. (2010) The Effects of Source Credibility in the Presence or Absence of Prior Attitudes: Implications for the Design of Persuasive Communication Campaigns. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 40(6), 1325-1356. DOI: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2010.00620.x
Nine billion is the number that will define the 21st century. That’s the number of people expected to live on this planet by 2045. But 9 billion mouths are a lot to feed, and each of them will hopefully have more than enough to eat. Achieving both goals—feeding 9 billion and feeding them properly—will be a [...]... Read more »
Lambin, E., & Meyfroidt, P. (2011) Inaugural Article: Global land use change, economic globalization, and the looming land scarcity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1100480108
Advocacy 2.0: Advocating in the Digital Age From Health Promotion Practice To improve health, we must continue to engage in advocacy for people, programs, policies, and the profession. Economic difficulties and competitive interests leave health education programs in a vulnerable position. More and more, professional organizations embrace advocacy as a significant component within their organizations. [...]... Read more »
Sustainability has become a huge buzzword, both in today's business world and within the broader facets of society. Sustainability has evolved from a perspective and investigation of standalone research in social and environmental areas, through a corporate social responsibility perspective, and towards a convergence of perspectives of sustainability as the triple bottom line. [ ... ]... Read more »
Carter, C., & Easton, P. (2011) Sustainable supply chain management: evolution and future directions. International Journal of Physical Distribution , 41(1), 46-62. DOI: 10.1108/09600031111101420
Snowflakes by jonfwilkins
For sketches of the 80 different snowflake types, see the referenced paper, which presents them taxonomically, or check out the key figures here and here.
Magono, C., & Lee, C. W. (1966). Meteorological Classification of Natural Snow Crystals Journal of the Faculty of Science, Hokkaido University, Japan, Ser. VII, 2 (4), 321-335
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Magono, C., & Lee, C. W. (1966) Meteorological Classification of Natural Snow Crystals. Journal of the Faculty of Science, Hokkaido University, Japan, Ser. VII, 2(4), 321-335. info:other/
Do left-leaning social sciences need an influx of conservatives to open their collective minds? So argues Jon Haidt, but I wonder. As I read this study in this month's Journal of Risk Research, adding another ideology to social psychology would more likely lead to a lot of pointless yelling and a ...Read More
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The sleep of (criminological) reason: Knowledge—policy rupture and New Labour’s youth justice legacy From Criminology and Criminal Justice This article looks at how the UK youth justice system has experienced many reforms under the 3 terms of New Labour. There is an understanding that the treatment of children— particularly those in conflict with the [...]... Read more »
Goldson, B. (2010) The sleep of (criminological) reason: Knowledge--policy rupture and New Labour's youth justice legacy. Criminology and Criminal Justice, 10(2), 155-178. DOI: 10.1177/1748895809360964
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By: Dr. Ken Broda-Bahm - With our current nationwide surplus of wintry weather, it has become a familiar feeling: The car you are driving loses traction and starts to slide. Your every impulse is to wrench the steering wheel hard in the opposite direction. Then the voice of your long-ago high school drivers' ed teacher enters your brain: "No," he says with an unnatural calm that only high school drivers' ed teachers and Buddhist monks are capable of, "first steer into the the skid, regain tracti........ Read more »
Correll, J. (2004) An affirmed self and an open mind: Self-affirmation and sensitivity to argument strength. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 40(3), 350-356. DOI: 10.1016/j.jesp.2003.07.001
A lingering look. A coy smile. Standing just a bit too close. An accidental brush.
Flirtation is an art. It is also a deftly employed social tool. It marks an exploratory, transformative stage—in a first meeting or an existing relationship—when interested parties look toward a tantalizingly unknown future. We flirt to establish a connection, and to gauge the interest of others in reciprocating that connection. While not all flirting is done with the aim of establishing a romantic or sexual ........ Read more »
Hall, Jeffrey A., Carter, S., Cody, M., and Albright, J. (2010) The Communication of Romantic Interest: Development of the Flirting Styles Inventory. Communication Quarterly, 58(4), 365-393. info:/10.1080/01463373.2010.524.874
La France, B., Henningsen, D., Oates, A., & Shaw, C. (2009) Social-Sexual Interactions? Meta-Analyses of Sex Differences in Perceptions of Flirtatiousness, Seductiveness, and Promiscuousness. Communication Monographs, 76(3), 263-285. DOI: 10.1080/03637750903074701
Perper, T. (2009) Will She or Won’t She: The Dynamics of Flirtation in Western Philosophy. Sexuality , 14(1), 33-43. DOI: 10.1007/s12119-009-9060-3
It seems obvious that having multiple wives is a good thing for the fitness of a man. Similarly, having the women in a population monopolised by a small number of men is not good for the fitness of those men who miss out on a mate. In such a society, the large difference in fitness [...]... Read more »
Moorad, J., Promislow, D., Smith, K., & Wade, M. (2011) Mating system change reduces the strength of sexual selection in an American frontier population of the 19th century☆☆☆. Evolution and Human Behavior, 32(2), 147-155. DOI: 10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2010.10.004
by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room
Here’s a new entry in the embodied cognition research. You remember, it’s the research that leads us to see others as ‘warm’ when we are holding a cup of hot coffee. There are associations (warm drink = warm person) and there are symbolic meanings (like Pontius Pilate or Lady MacBeth washing their hands). And then. Then [...]
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Slepian ML, Weisbuch M, Rule NO, & Ambady N. (2011) Tough and tender: embodied categorization of gender. Psychological science : a journal of the American Psychological Society / APS, 22(1), 26-8. PMID: 21106884
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