Today PLOS ONE publishes a study that uses an often criticized research method: questionnaire and web-based research (cf. Honing & Ladinig, 2008). This study, however, is a good example of how an unspectacular method (i.e. compared to, e.g., controlled experiments, brain imaging techniques or computational modelling) can still be quite informative.... Read more »
Witek, M., Clarke, E., Wallentin, M., Kringelbach, M., & Vuust, P. (2014) Syncopation, Body-Movement and Pleasure in Groove Music. PLoS ONE, 9(4). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0094446
Honing, H., & Reips, U.-D. (2008) Web-based versus lab-based studies: a response to Kendall (2008). Empirical Musicology Review, 3(2), 73-77. info:/
In American politics the proliferation of birth control is important because of how it affects the eternal resting place of our immortal souls. But believe it or not, there are also non-metaphysical policy consequences to increasing access to birth control. A new study by a pair of economists — Stephanie Browne of J.P. Morgan and […]... Read more »
Much of my undergrad was spent studying physics, and although I still think that a physics background is great for a theorists in any field, there are some downsides. For example, I used to make jokes like: “soft isn’t the opposite of hard sciences, easy is.” Thankfully, over the years I have started to slowly […]... Read more »
Lazer, D., Kennedy, R., King, G., & Vespignani, A. (2014) Big data. The parable of Google Flu: traps in big data analysis. Science, 343(6176), 1203-1205. PMID: 24626916
It's hard to imagine our lives without the Internet - either mobile or desktop. The Internet has become a catalyst of innovation, an essential tool in business and social life. It brought new levels of participation and access to knowledge. It enabled new forms of interaction, albeit mostly utilized for entertainment purposes. But despite all the advantages and conveniences, does the Internet really serve us or is it the other way around?... Read more »
Wu F, & Xu L. (2013) Security analysis and Improvement of a Privacy Authentication Scheme for Telecare Medical Information Systems. Journal of medical systems, 37(4), 9958. PMID: 23818249
by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room
Not long ago we blogged about the reality that half of Americans believe in at least one public health conspiracy. The same researchers have now looked into other conspiracy theories and found similar trends: half of Americans believe at least one conspiracy theory. So. Let’s take a look at what the researchers say about the sort […]
Osama bin Laden is dead and (simultaneously) Osama bin Laden lives!
Think conspiracy theorists live on the fringes? Think again!
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Oliver, J., & Wood, T. (2014) Conspiracy Theories and the Paranoid Style(s) of Mass Opinion. American Journal of Political Science. DOI: 10.1111/ajps.12084
The view that the Mafia is an organization of especially ruthless psychopaths is wrong – in fact, members of ‘Cosa Nostra’ have lower psychopathic traits than other criminals. That’s according to a new study from Italian researchers Schimmenti and colleagues, who, appropriately enough, are based in Sicily, the Mafia’s birthplace. Schimmenti et al went to […]The post Are The Mafia Psychopaths? appeared first on Neuroskeptic.... Read more »
It’s a good time to be in the conspiracy theory business, and not just because the birthplace of the U.S. President has been verified only 72 times. Thanks to the internet, it’s easier than ever to track down potentially suspicious information and discuss it with like-minded gumshoes. While certain people may be predisposed to believing in certain kinds […]... Read more »
van Harreveld, F., Rutjens, B., Schneider, I., Nohlen, H., & Keskinis, K. (2014) In Doubt and Disorderly: Ambivalence Promotes Compensatory Perceptions of Order. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. DOI: 10.1037/a0036099
Recent study shows incidental emotions change others' reciprocity in trusting situations.... Read more »
Kausel, E., & Connolly, T. (2014) Do people have accurate beliefs about the behavioral consequences of incidental emotions? Evidence from trust games. Journal of Economic Psychology. DOI: 10.1016/j.joep.2014.02.002
There are reasons to appreciate Hanna Rosin’s ‘The End of Men’: it was pleasantly written, contains various entertaining anecdotes, and holds an attractive promise of increased gender equality – although, to trumpet the demise of men (to paraphrase page 285) might be somewhat less desirable. It would have made for a relevant book, were it not that the facts are wrong.... Read more »
Philip Cohen. (2013) The “End of Men” Is Not True: What Is Not and What Might Be on the Road Toward Gender Equality. BOSTON UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW, 1159-1184. info:/
A common explanation for the un- and underemployment of migrants is that their English is not good enough. Despite the overuse of this explanation, we do, in fact, not have a particularly clear idea what “good English” for a particular … Continue reading →... Read more »
Roberts, Celia. (2013) The Gatekeeping of Babel: Job Interviews and the Linguistic Penalty. A. Duchêne, M. Moyer , 81-94. info:/
Modelling studies from Joeri Rogelj at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH Zurich show we still need to release fewer greenhouse gases even if the world does warm more slowly in response to them than today’s best estimates suggest. ... Read more »
Rogelj, J., Meinshausen, M., Sedláček, J., & Knutti, R. (2014) Implications of potentially lower climate sensitivity on climate projections and policy. Environmental Research Letters, 9(3), 31003. DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/9/3/031003
by Kaisa Pietikäinen You know those moments when you’re speaking English (as a lingua franca, or ELF), and all of a sudden your mind goes blank? You know the word you’re looking for, but you just can’t get it into your head. You might remember it in another language, but your brain just isn’t connecting […]... Read more »
New research published in Energy Policy suggests that electric-vehicle proponents and policymakers have missed the mark when it comes to targeting mainstream consumers, arguing that electric-vehicle tax incentives for mainstream buyers are “wasteful, inefficient and ineffective.”... Read more »
Green, E., Skerlos, S., & Winebrake, J. (2014) Increasing electric vehicle policy efficiency and effectiveness by reducing mainstream market bias. Energy Policy, 562-566. DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2013.10.024
A group of management researchers provide new evidence of a worrying bias in the scientific process – The Chrysalis Effect: How Ugly Initial Results Metamorphosize Into Beautiful Articles ( via Retraction Watch ) The issue they highlight – the ability of researchers to eventually squeeze support for a theory out of initially negative data – […]The post The Ugly Ducklings of Science appeared first on Neuroskeptic.... Read more »
O'Boyle, E., Banks, G., & Gonzalez-Mule, E. (2014) The Chrysalis Effect: How Ugly Initial Results Metamorphosize Into Beautiful Articles. Journal of Management. DOI: 10.1177/0149206314527133
Today’s wind industry, even with the necessary batteries and other grid-scale storage, is energetically sustainable, Stanford scientists say.... Read more »
Carbajales-Dale, M., Barnhart, C., & Benson, S. (2014) Can we afford storage? A dynamic net energy analysis of renewable electricity generation supported by energy storage. Energy . DOI: 10.1039/c3ee42125b
If you are used to have a pet, it is even likely for you to understand what your non- human friend is telling you. This ability to correctly identify the feelings of other people or other animals is called voice- induced emotional recognition.... Read more »
Scheumann M, Hasting AS, Kotz SA, & Zimmermann E. (2014) The Voice of Emotion across Species: How Do Human Listeners Recognize Animals' Affective States?. PloS one, 9(3). PMID: 24621604
Governments around the world are trying to open up higher education to working-class people. For example, in January this year, the White House released a report titled: "Increasing college opportunity for low-income students: Promising models and a call to action." In the context of this general push towards widening participation in higher education, my colleagues and I have been developing a research project that aims to investigate social class differences in social integration among student........ Read more »
Rubin, M., Denson, N., Kilpatrick, S., Matthews, K., Stehlik, T., & Zyngier, D. (2014) "I Am Working-Class": Subjective Self-Definition as a Missing Measure of Social Class and Socioeconomic Status in Higher Education Research. Educational Researcher. DOI: 10.3102/0013189X14528373
Dental caries remains a common disease among school-aged children and is thought to be increasing worldwide, especially in developing countries. The Oral Health Country/Area Profile Project reported that the Decayed, Missing and Filled Teeth (DMFT) index, a standard indicator of oral health, increased steadily from 1.15 in 2004 to 1.19 in 2011 in 12-year-old children living in African countries . In contrast, a systematic review of information published from 1967 to 1997 concluded that the DM........ Read more »
Yoshihiko Hayashi, Cyril N. Ogada, Eunice Kihara, Evelyn G. Wagaiyu, Hideki Fukuda*. (2014) Oral Health Status among 12 Year Old Children in a Rural Kenyan Community. JOURNAL OF DENTISTRY AND ORAL HEALTH, 2(1), 1-5. info:/JDOH 2: 101
No-one wants to be told their pain is “in your head”. But given our increasingly sophisticated understanding of pain neurobiology, there’s plenty of reason to agree that thinking, feeling and doing things differently makes life far more rewarding and rich than feeling helpless, fatigued and sore. Some proponents of purely biomedical interventions, notably musculoskeletal physicians, argue that if only the “source of the nociception” was found, the nerve “zappe........ Read more »
Luciano, J., Guallar, J., Aguado, J., López-del-Hoyo, Y., Olivan, B., Magallón, R., Alda, M., Serrano-Blanco, A., Gili, M., & Garcia-Campayo, J. (2014) Effectiveness of group acceptance and commitment therapy for fibromyalgia: A 6-month randomized controlled trial (EFFIGACT study). PAIN®, 155(4), 693-702. DOI: 10.1016/j.pain.2013.12.029
BERNARDY, K., FUBER, N., KOLLNER, V., & HAUSER, W. (2010) Efficacy of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies in Fibromyalgia Syndrome -- A Systematic Review and Metaanalysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. The Journal of Rheumatology, 37(10), 1991-2005. DOI: 10.3899/jrheum.100104
Williams ACDC,, Eccleston C,, & Morley S. (2012) Psychological therapies for the management of chronic pain (excluding headache)in adults. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD007407.pub3
Students taking the role of rich countries in climate negotiation games make generous offers to pay towards the cost of cutting greenhouse gas emissions on fairness grounds, finds Robert Gampfer from ETH Zurich, who suggests that governments doing the same might get popular support. ... Read more »
Gampfer, R. (2014) Do individuals care about fairness in burden sharing for climate change mitigation? Evidence from a lab experiment. Climatic Change. DOI: 10.1007/s10584-014-1091-6
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