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  • June 26, 2011
  • 04:50 PM
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A random walk model of linguistic complexity

by Sean Roberts in A Replicated Typo 2.0

Large-scale statistical analyses of linguistic typologies (e.g. Lupyan & Dale, 2010) have poor temporal resolution. A correlation between two variables that exists now may be an accident of more complex dynamics. I discuss a random walk model that tries to estimate the probability that a current correlation is dynamically unstable.... Read more »

  • June 26, 2011
  • 03:49 PM
  • 1,421 views

Past, Present and Future of SCM

by Jan Husdal in husdal.com

What has been written during a decade of academic research in the Supply Chain Management (SCM) field? A lot, obviously, but despite the considerable number of academic contributions, the literature is still very fragmented, and only examines one link of the chain, not the entire network, as it should.... Read more »

GIUNIPERO, L., HOOKER, R., JOSEPH-MATTHEWS, S., YOON, T., & BRUDVIG, S. (2008) A DECADE OF SCM LITERATURE: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE IMPLICATIONS. Journal of Supply Chain Management, 44(4), 66-86. DOI: 10.1111/j.1745-493X.2008.00073.x  

  • June 24, 2011
  • 08:58 AM
  • 2,024 views

The Great Atlantic Divide – Why Europeans Riot (but American’s don’t)

by Stuart Farrimond in Dr Stu's Science Blog

A fireball erupts as civilians shriek and run for cover. A security officer burns and a gas mask-wearing man dashes through the smoke. Men beat each another with bats and stones. Shots are fired and grenades hurled as a city centre descends into chaos. Is this a scene from a warzone? No – this is … Continue reading »... Read more »

Alesina, A., Di Tella, R., & MacCulloch, R. (2004) Inequality and happiness: are Europeans and Americans different?. Journal of Public Economics, 88(9-10), 2009-2042. DOI: 10.1016/j.jpubeco.2003.07.006  

  • June 24, 2011
  • 07:02 AM
  • 2,195 views

Simple Jury Persuasion: When does the expert witness need to be prepared?

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

Expert witnesses often think they don’t need to be “prepared” and that “preparation” is a sort of insult to their professionalism.  “I’ve testified 100 times; trust me, I know the drill”. In truth, experts often need more preparation than fact witnesses and it is exactly because of their professional status. It isn’t about the expert’s [...]


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Dvoskin, J.A., & Guy, L.S. (2008) On being an expert witness: It’s not about you. . Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 15(2). info:/

  • June 23, 2011
  • 11:20 AM
  • 1,066 views

Determine Whether Your Jurors Are Driven by Process or by Verdict

by Persuasion Strategies in Persuasive Litigator

By Dr. Ken Broda-Bahm - When the Casey Anthony jury moves to the deliberation phase in the near future, it is possible to imagine one of two scenarios for how those deliberations discussions will start: Scenario One: Okay, who here feels that she is guilty? Let's just go around the table... Scenario Two: Okay, let's start plowing through the evidence. Where are those binders? Let's just start with the first witness. On the one hand, jurors can begin with a gestalt view of the verdict they want, ........ Read more »

William Hart and Dolores Albarracin. (2011) Craving Activity and Losing Objectivity: Effects of General Action Concepts on Approach to Decision-Consistent Information . Social Psychological and Personality Science. info:/

  • June 23, 2011
  • 10:54 AM
  • 2,150 views

Intentional change

by David Winter in Careers - in Theory

How does change happen? What motivates change? What makes a change sustainable? Richard Boyatzis, Professor of Organizational Behavior at Case Western Reserve University, has the answers… or maybe an answer: Intentional Change Theory. Professor Boyatzis has earned a mention on this blog previously for a natty little theory he developed with David Kolb (of learning [...]... Read more »

  • June 23, 2011
  • 09:00 AM
  • 2,843 views

The Morality of Teenage Fast Food Consumption

by Arya M. Sharma in Dr. Sharma's Obesity Notes

One of the most pervasive beliefs about obesity is that people do this to themselves.
This assumption is closely linked to judgements about morality in the sense that ‘good’ citizens look after themselves by making healthy (’good’) choices, whereas ‘bad’ citizens make unhealthy (’bad’) choices, thereby becoming a drain to healthcare systems and government dollars (and [...]... Read more »

  • June 21, 2011
  • 09:25 PM
  • 1,249 views

Linguistic interactions in the UK

by Sean Roberts in A Replicated Typo 2.0

Ratti et al. (2010) take data from 12 billion telephone calls made over the space of a month and estimate regions of human interaction. The map seems to correlate with regional accent.... Read more »

Ratti, Carlo, Sobolevsky, Stanislav, Calabrese, Francesco, Andris, Clio, Reades, Jonathan, Martino, Mauro, Claxton, Rob, & Strogatz, Steven H. (2010) Redrawing the map of Great Britain from a network of human interaction. PLoS ONE. info:/

  • June 21, 2011
  • 07:44 PM
  • 1,162 views

UK Drugs Strategy: off balance?

by PeaPod in Binge Inking

Does the UK Drugs Strategy offer a balanced approach? What's to be welcomed and what is there to be concerned about? Eric Carlin's paper in "Criminal Justice Matters" sets out his views in a logical manner and acts as an antidote to less tempered opinions predominating this week.... Read more »

  • June 21, 2011
  • 12:44 PM
  • 1,088 views

What can cities do about climate change?

by James Keirstead in James Keirstead.ca

A review of actions taken by the C40 Cities network shows that not all cities own and operate key parts of their urban infrastructure. This means that if they are going to achieve their ambitious climate change and energy policy goals, then they will need to work together with other levels of government, private sector partners, and civil society.... Read more »

  • June 21, 2011
  • 12:43 PM
  • 1,722 views

Post-Hoc Supernatural Punishers

by Cris Campbell in Genealogy of Religion

In the inaugural issue of Religion, Brain & Behavior, Jeffrey Schloss and Michael Murray examine the idea that belief in supernatural agents is adaptive because these agents are punishers: supernatural policeman if you will. This policing can have two effects. First, belief in supernatural punishment can enhance within group cooperation. Second, it can reduce cheating [...]... Read more »

Schloss, Jeffrey P., & Murray, Michael J. (2011) Evolutionary Accounts of Belief in Supernatural Punishment: A Critical Review. Religion, Brain , 1(1), 46-99. info:/10.1080/2153599X.2011.558707

Brandhorst, Mario. (2010) Naturalism and the Genealogy of Moral Institutions. The Journal of Nietzsche Studies, 5-28. info:/

  • June 21, 2011
  • 12:29 PM
  • 1,041 views

Research Practices on the Web in the Field of Technology Enhanced Learning

by Peter Kraker in Science and the Web

Last week, I attended Websci’11, the 3rd International Conference on Web Science. It was a great experience to engage with such a diverse crowd; there were people from computer science, information science, social science, psychology, philosophy (and some others that I probably missed here) representing many different aspects from this multi-disciplinary field. I am still …Read More... Read more »

Kraker, P., & Lindstaedt, S. (2011) Research Practices on the Web in the Field of Technology Enhanced Learning. Proceedings of the ACM WebSci'11. info:/

  • June 21, 2011
  • 06:23 AM
  • 1,027 views

We stand on the shoulders of cultural giants

by Razib Khan in Gene Expression

In reading The cultural niche: Why social learning is essential for human adaptation in PNAS I couldn’t help but think back to a conversation I had with a few old friends in Evanston in 2003. They were graduate students in mathematics at Northwestern, and at one point one of them expressed some serious frustration at the fact that so many of the science and business students in his introductory calculus courses simply wanted to “learn” a disparate set of techniques, rather than........ Read more »

Robert Boyd, Peter J. Richerson, & Joseph Henrich. (2011) The cultural niche: Why social learning is essential for human adaptation. PNAS. info:/10.1073/pnas.1100290108

  • June 21, 2011
  • 06:23 AM
  • 924 views

We stand on the shoulders of cultural giants

by Razib Khan in Gene Expression

In reading The cultural niche: Why social learning is essential for human adaptation in PNAS I couldn’t help but think back to a conversation I had with a few old friends in Evanston in 2003. They were graduate students in mathematics at Northwestern, and at one point one of them expressed some serious frustration at the fact that so many of the science and business students in his introductory calculus courses simply wanted to “learn” a disparate set of techniques, rather than........ Read more »

Robert Boyd, Peter J. Richerson, & Joseph Henrich. (2011) The cultural niche: Why social learning is essential for human adaptation. PNAS. info:/10.1073/pnas.1100290108

  • June 21, 2011
  • 04:24 AM
  • 1,116 views

Autism In The I.T. Crowd

by Neuroskeptic in Neuroskeptic

Is autism more common in Silicon Valley?A new study from Simon Baron-Cohen and colleagues asked pretty much this question, although rather than California, they looked at Eindhoven in Holland. Eindhoven is the tech hub of the Netherlands:This region contains the Eindhoven University of Technology, as well as the High Tech Campus Eindhoven, where IT and technology companies such as Philips, ASML, IBM and ATOS Origin are based... 30% of jobs in Eindhoven are now in technology or ICT, in Haarlem an........ Read more »

  • June 20, 2011
  • 11:24 AM
  • 1,259 views

The Status Paradox

by Psych Your Mind in Psych Your Mind

Social hierarchies are quite complicated. In the animal world hierarchies are wildly different based on social contexts, species, and environmental factors. For some animals, such as bull elephant seals, hierarchies are unstable—individuals spend a relatively short times at the top of the food chain—and what these alpha males get in terms of mating preferences, they pay dearly for in terms of physical fighting, aggressive confrontation, and threats from other male rivals. In unstable hierarc........ Read more »

  • June 20, 2011
  • 07:02 AM
  • 1,396 views

Immigration Polls and Lying College Grads and Liberals

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

After 9/11/2001 we did some research that uncovered a number of questions we successfully used for the better part of two years to identify plaintiff and defense jurors.  And then—just like that—the questions stopped differentiating. The response patterns that were effective in identifying jurors who were good for us or bad for us had changed. [...]


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Janus, A.L. (2010) The influence of social desirability pressures on expressed immigration attitudes. Social Science Quarterly, 91(4), 928-946. info:/

  • June 20, 2011
  • 05:30 AM
  • 2,150 views

Obesity's contagious, or is it? A sober second look at obesity and social networks.

by Yoni Freedhoff in Weighty Matters

Right off the top let me say I'm not well versed enough in statistics to know who's right.On one side of the fence are the findings of Christakis and Fowler, famously published in the New England Journal of Medicine that posited obesity is socially contagious. Non-statistically, their paper didn't sit right with me, but as far as stats go, I'm no maven.On the other side of the fence is a new paper published by Russel Lyons who posits that Christakis' and Fowler's work is a great example of stat........ Read more »

  • June 20, 2011
  • 04:13 AM
  • 1,962 views

Tyranny of Language

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

Our contributor in Karachi, Md. Ali Khan, has alerted me to what seems to be a fascinating book: The Tyranny of Language in Education by Zubeida Mustafa published by Ushba Books. I’d love to read the book but trying to … Continue reading →... Read more »

Han, Huamei. (2011) Social inclusion through multilingual ideologies, policies and practices: a case study of a minority church. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 14(4), 383-398. info:/

  • June 19, 2011
  • 07:14 PM
  • 785 views

How to get a village named after your company? – A curious case of ‘Snapdeal.com’ Nagar

by Kandarp Mehta in Creatologue - Exploring Creativity

It was in news yesterday that a village in India named Shivnagar, changed it’s name to ‘Snapdeal.com’-Nagar. When I read the headline, my reaction was, ‘What? How much would they have paid to sponsor the entire village? For how long?’ … Continue reading →... Read more »

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