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  • March 22, 2011
  • 02:22 PM

“It’s there and I’m stuck with it” – chronic knee pain after knee joint replacement

by Bronwyn Thompson in Healthskills: Skills for Healthy Living

I share an office with an Emeritus Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery.  He snorted at me one day, and showed me the stats from our national joint register database where I saw that while the main reason given for revision of a total hip joint was dislocation, and pain was the sixth most common reason given; … Read more... Read more »

  • March 22, 2011
  • 11:18 AM

One Nanostep for Technology, One Quantum Leap for Psychiatry

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

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Khodayari-Rostamabad A, Reilly JP, Hasey G, Debruin H, & Maccrimmon D. (2010) Diagnosis of psychiatric disorders using EEG data and employing a statistical decision model. Conference proceedings : .. Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Conference, 4006-9. PMID: 21097280  

Charles DeBattista, Gustavo Kinrys, Daniel Hoffman, Corey Goldstein, John Zajecka, James Kocsis, Martin Teicher, Steven Potkin, Adrian Preda, Gurmeet Multani, Len Brandt, Mark Schiller, Dan Iosifescu, Maurizio Fava. (2011) The use of referenced-EEG (rEEG) in assisting medication selection for the treatment of depression . Psychiatric Research, 15(12), 64-75. DOI: The use of referenced-EEG (rEEG) in assisting medication selection for the treatment of depression  

  • March 22, 2011
  • 10:48 AM

Managing landscapes for aesthetics

by Tim De Chant in Per Square Mile

Aesthetics may have more to do with protecting land as a nature reserve than we would like to admit. Wetlands are a perfect example. Few people would consider wetlands to be “beautiful” landscapes—they offer few vistas, are difficult to navigate, and can appear rather homogeneous to the layperson. To many, a swamp is a swamp [...]... Read more »

  • March 22, 2011
  • 03:00 AM

Brains plus beauty don’t add up: objectifying women lowers their math performance

by SAGE Insight in SAGE Insight

When what you see is what you get: the consequences of the objectifying gaze for women and men From Psychology of Women Quarterly Women who are looked at as sexual objects not only react as sexual objects, they also exhibit less proficiency with math, according to this research. Undergraduates from a large Midwestern university were [...]... Read more »

  • March 21, 2011
  • 11:48 AM

Put Your Jury Selection on Steroids by Leveraging Pretrial Research: Lessons from the Barry Bonds Trial

by Persuasion Strategies in Persuasive Litigator

This post is focused on bulking-up your ability to target high-risk jurors and performance enhancing your voir dire. So speaking of steroids, lets start with Barry Bonds. Jury selection for the perjury trial of the former San Francisco Giants power-hitter, charged with lying to a grand jury over steroid use, starts this week. Prospective jurors will fill out a 19-page questionnaire focusing on the factors that both sides believe should help to reveal bias and guide the process of exercising c........ Read more »

Druckman, J., Hennessy, C., St. Charles, K., & Webber, J. (2010) Competing Rhetoric Over Time: Frames Versus Cues. The Journal of Politics, 72(01), 136. DOI: 10.1017/S0022381609990521  

  • March 21, 2011
  • 07:10 AM

One theory to rule them all?

by David Winter in Careers - in Theory

It is generally accepted that there is no ‘one’ right theory that suits every client, so how can a practitioner make some sort of sense out of the multitude of approaches that exist within the modern academic careers world (apart from following our blog of course)?  Enter Patton and McMahon (1999) Systems Theory Framework of [...]... Read more »

  • March 21, 2011
  • 07:02 AM

Okay, wait! Which one of you was I listening to?

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

We know that listening to someone with a foreign accent makes us more biased. As we blogged earlier—when we listen to someone speaking with an accent, we tend to view them as dishonest/not truthful. The heavier the accent, the worse it gets in terms of our assessment of the person’s truthfulness.  Or at least some people [...]

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Pickel, K., & Staller, J. (2011) A perpetrator’s accent impairs witness’ memory for physical appearance. . Law and Human Behavior. info:/

  • March 21, 2011
  • 05:51 AM

by Geraint Johnes in Geraint Johnes Weblog

This week's budget needs to include policies aimed at the promotion of growth. There is a wide range of options open to the government, but one that is in line with the policies of one of the coalition partners (the Liberal Democrats) would be to raise the personal allowance (or 'disregard') on income tax. For the coming year this is set to be £7475. A substantial increase in this would raise disposable incomes - especially those of the people on the lowest incomes. Since the latter group tend ........ Read more »

  • March 21, 2011
  • 12:09 AM

Darwin Eats Cake: Lyapunov Exponent

by Jon Wilkins in Lost in Transcription

So, you may or may not know that The Hives also said this.

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PARKS, P. (1992). A. M. Lyapunov's stability theory—100 years on. IMA Journal of Mathematical Control and Information, 9 (4), 275-303 DOI: 10.1093/imamci/9.4.275

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PARKS, P. (1992) A. M. Lyapunov's stability theory—100 years on. IMA Journal of Mathematical Control and Information, 9(4), 275-303. DOI: 10.1093/imamci/9.4.275  

  • March 20, 2011
  • 03:20 PM

Making self-help more helpful

by Bronwyn Thompson in Healthskills: Skills for Healthy Living

One of the things that appeals about self-managing chronic pain is that it doesn’t require endless appointments. If life is for living, why spend it sitting in a waiting room? (they never have up-to-date magazines anyway!) Our problem as health providers is that we don’t know whether all our great self-help recommendations actually get done … Read more... Read more »

  • March 20, 2011
  • 02:52 PM

Depressed or Bereaved? (Part 2)

by Neuroskeptic in Neuroskeptic

In Part 1, I discussed a paper by Jerome Wakefield examining the issue of where to draw the line between normal grief and clinical depression.The line moved in the American Psychiatric Association's DSM diagnostic system when the previous DSM-III edition was replaced by the current DSM-IV. Specifically, the "bereavement exclusion" was made narrower.The bereavement exclusion says that you shouldn't diagnose depression in someone whose "depressive" symptoms are a result of grief - unless they're p........ Read more »

  • March 18, 2011
  • 06:23 PM

Pair Bonding & Ritual Marriage

by Cris Campbell in Genealogy of Religion

Over the past few years, something like a perfect storm has been brewing over human pair bonding and the profound impacts it has wrought on human social structure. This is a welcome development in a field that has long been dominated by those who wish to root the relatively modern idea of marriage in ancient [...]... Read more »

  • March 18, 2011
  • 10:27 AM

by Geraint Johnes in Geraint Johnes Weblog

Consumer confidence has, according to the Nationwide's monthly survey, hit an all time low. What is particularly worrying about these figures is that consumer confidence has a track record as a very good leading indicator of the state of the economy. Confidence has clearly not been helped by the government's failure, thus far, to deliver any clear plan for growth. While the hope is often expressed that the private sector will expand to soak up the supply of labour that is shed by public organisa........ Read more »

  • March 17, 2011
  • 02:48 PM

The lived experience of ostracism

by perishedcore in Changing Heart and Mind

I first discovered C. Fred Alford’s work about the experiences of whistle blowers. In it, he describes what constitutes “knowledge as disaster”, and my experiences jibes almost perfectly with this list: “What must the whistle-blower forsake in order to hear his own story? * That the individual matters. * That law and justice can be [...]... Read more »

Alford C. Fred. (2007) Whistle-blower Narratives: the experience of choiceless choice. Social Science, Volume 74 (1), 223-248. info:other/

Stillman, T., Baumeister, R., Lambert, N., Crescioni, A., DeWall, C., & Fincham, F. (2009) Alone and without purpose: Life loses meaning following social exclusion. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45(4), 686-694. DOI: 10.1016/j.jesp.2009.03.007  

Williams, Kipling D. (2001) Ostracism: The Power of Silence. 2001. info:other/1572306890

  • March 17, 2011
  • 09:50 AM

Always Brontosaurus to Me

by Brian Switek in Dinosaur Tracking

During the latter half of the 1980s, when I was just becoming acquainted with dinosaurs, “Brontosaurus” was just on its way out. A few of my books depicted the lumbering dinosaur, and a few museums still had the wrong heads on their skeletons, but the images of slow, stupid Brontosaurus were slowly being replaced by [...]... Read more »

BRINKMAN, P. (2006) Bully for Apatosaurus. Endeavour, 30(4), 126-130. DOI: 10.1016/j.endeavour.2006.10.004  

  • March 17, 2011
  • 09:38 AM

3 ideas about EU’s media and communication strategy

by Anamaria in Eurosymbols

It appears that on average 69% of the EU citizens think of themselves as uninformed of matters pertaining to the European Parliament (Parlemeter, February 2011). The percentage is even higher among women and the young. These are quite alarming numbers, if you’d ask any national government. So why is the EU not worried? Or, if [...]... Read more »

Menéndez Alarcón, A. (2010) Media Representation of the European Union: Comparing Newspaper Coverage in France, Spain and the United Kingdom. International Journal of Communication, 398-415. info:/

  • March 17, 2011
  • 07:27 AM

Know Your 'God Terms' and Your 'Devil Terms'

by Persuasion Strategies in Persuasive Litigator

The need for a theme that communicates, simplifies, and unites your case has become common sense to litigators. But the way that we come up with a theme is a little more mysterious. This post suggests one handy tool that will not only help you develop a theme, but will also provide you with a broad working vocabulary to use when talking about your case. The advice is to draw from the work the rhetorician Richard Weaver and identify the ‘god terms’ and ‘devil terms’ of your case. God t........ Read more »

Zhang, J. (2010) Exploring the Rhetoric of Public Diplomacy in the Mixed-Motive Situation: Using the Case of President Obama’s ‘Nuclear-Free World’ Speech in Prague. Place Branding and Public Diplomacy, 6(4), 287-299. info:/

  • March 16, 2011
  • 02:03 PM

Sizing Up Kinship: Larger Groups Win

by Cris Campbell in Genealogy of Religion

There are a number of scholars who claim that “religion” evolved as an adaptation. What kind of adaptation? A group level adaptation. The story usually goes like this: at some unknown time during the middle or upper Paleolithic, certain groups of hominins developed proto-religious beliefs. These beliefs supposedly caused group members to dance, sing, and [...]... Read more »

Hill, K., Walker, R., Bozicevic, M., Eder, J., Headland, T., Hewlett, B., Hurtado, A., Marlowe, F., Wiessner, P., & Wood, B. (2011) Co-Residence Patterns in Hunter-Gatherer Societies Show Unique Human Social Structure. Science, 331(6022), 1286-1289. DOI: 10.1126/science.1199071  

  • March 16, 2011
  • 10:50 AM

Are wildlife diseases cities’ next public health problem?

by Tim De Chant in Per Square Mile

Cities were nasty, filthy places to live until very recently. For many people in slums around the world, this remains a cruel part of life. The place that holds the most opportunity also harbors disease and illness. People have been grappling with the ill effects of population density for thousands of years, and most of [...]... Read more »

  • March 16, 2011
  • 09:08 AM

Basketball: It’s A Pretty ‘Touchy’ Subject.

by Melanie Tannenbaum in ionpsych

Some basketball players really like touching their teammates. Of course, when I say ‘touch,’ I mean gestures like high fives and half hugs. No matter how macho they may seem, basketball players touch their teammates in all sorts of ways … Continue reading →... Read more »

Kurzban, R. (2001) The social psychophysics of cooperation: Nonverbal communication in a public goods game. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, 241-259. info:/

Wieselquist, J., Rusbult, C., Foster, C., & Agnew, C. (1999) Commitment, pro-relationship behavior, and trust in close relationships. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 77(5), 942-966. DOI: 10.1037//0022-3514.77.5.942  

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