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  • July 1, 2011
  • 07:02 AM

Simple Jury Persuasion: Should we channel Donna Reed and James Dean?

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

Really?  Tell me it isn’t so.  Okay. We are not so sure about this one. We’ve spent lots of time telling you about research that talks about being likable, how to be persuasive to juries, and the importance of jurors seeing you as “like” them but still true to yourself. So now, we have new research saying that [...]

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  • July 1, 2011
  • 01:00 AM

When Diseases Talk: Tuberculosis and Its Impression on Literature

by Pranab Chatterjee in Scepticemia

A skiagram of the chest, showing miliary mottling, suggestive of Pulmonary Koch’s Disease in both lungs. there is also an opacity of the right upper lobe suggestive of active pulmonary disease. Patient was an 84 year old man, with a … Continue reading →... Read more »

DANIEL, T. (2004) The impact of tuberculosis on civilization. Infectious Disease Clinics of North America, 18(1), 157-165. DOI: 10.1016/S0891-5520(03)00096-5  

  • June 30, 2011
  • 05:16 PM

No effect of religion on creative accountancy and book fiddling

by Tom Rees in Epiphenom

The joy of accountancy is that it is no longer a simple game of adding up money in versus money out. Financial dealings these days are so complex that there is an almost infinite number of ways to hide or massage bad figures - if you want to, that is (think: Enron).

Now, the really fascinating thing is you can see this happening at an aggregate level. For example, you can look at how reporting of profits and losses vary from year to year, to see if accountants are smoothing the figures. You can........ Read more »

  • June 30, 2011
  • 11:49 AM

Remember, it's a Sidebar, Not a Bar Fight: Reason With, Not At, Your Adversary and Judge

by Persuasion Strategies in Persuasive Litigator

By Dr. Ken Broda-Bahm - The popular image of legal argument is most often a polished and professional presentation, made from a podium in front of a jury or judge. To those of us court watchers who read transcripts, it is clear that the biggest roll-up-your-sleeves-and-argue moments are often at sidebar - those conferences conducted with counsel huddled awkwardly by the bench and speaking either in hushed tones or over the white noise that is supposed to prevent a jury from listening in. Due to ........ Read more »

  • June 30, 2011
  • 09:00 AM

Obesity As a Social Diagnosis

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

As blogged before, obesity has long been defined by the World Health Organisation and other bodies as a chronic disease and even bears its own diagnostic code in the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-9: 278.00, ICD-10: E65).
Nevertheless, the notion of obesity as a ‘disease’ continues to be contested with proponents of the medical model being [...]... Read more »

Brown P, Lyson M, & Jenkins T. (2011) From diagnosis to social diagnosis. Social science . PMID: 21705128  

  • June 29, 2011
  • 04:18 PM

Through the Language Glass (Part 2) [reposted]

by Chris in The Lousy Linguist

This is part 2 of my review of Guy Deutscher's new book Through the Language Glass: Why the World Looks Different in Other Languages. This covers The Language Lens (129-249). Part 1 is here. This review will cover the scientific evidence that Deutscher reviews suggesting that language affects thought, and will end with a shocking proposal.To sum up my review of part one: meh. Okay, we've established that culture can influence language. This is a lot less controversial than Deutscher makes it see........ Read more »

Guy deutscher. (2010) Through the Language Glass: Why the World Looks Different in Other Languages. Metropolitan Books. info:/

  • June 29, 2011
  • 07:02 AM

Just because you’re pretty/handsome—don’t count on my vote!

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

Here’s some research that flies in the face of the common wisdom “what is pretty is good”. Most of us have seen (or heard about) the research that says physically attractive people  tend to make better initial impressions on others. It seems that there is some fine print that goes with that adage, and you [...]

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  • June 28, 2011
  • 11:00 AM

This is your brain in the city

by Tim De Chant in Per Square Mile

For a kid who spent much of his childhood outdoors—alternately splitting time between the wooded park down the street, my friends’ backyards, and a patch of countryside my parent’s tended—I have been spending a lot of time in rather large cities as an adult. Ever since I left college, I’ve lived in cities that count [...]... Read more »

Lederbogen, F., Kirsch, P., Haddad, L., Streit, F., Tost, H., Schuch, P., Wüst, S., Pruessner, J., Rietschel, M., Deuschle, M.... (2011) City living and urban upbringing affect neural social stress processing in humans. Nature, 474(7352), 498-501. DOI: 10.1038/nature10190  

  • June 28, 2011
  • 03:15 AM

Machine-Readable Psychiatry

by Neuroskeptic in Neuroskeptic

The idea of trawling the internet to discover what people think about medications is a fascinating one and I've covered some attempts to do this in the past, but it's not easy. And there's something worrying about where it could lead.A new paper aims to trawl medical records to work out how well depressed patients responded to treatment. The authors used Natural Language Processing or NLP (not that NLP) to interpret electronic medical records from over 5,000 patients treated at hospitals in New ........ Read more »

Perlis RH, Iosifescu DV, Castro VM, Murphy SN, Gainer VS, Minnier J, Cai T, Goryachev S, Zeng Q, Gallagher PJ.... (2011) Using electronic medical records to enable large-scale studies in psychiatry: treatment resistant depression as a model. Psychological medicine, 1-10. PMID: 21682950  

  • June 27, 2011
  • 08:09 AM

That's Right, The Women Are Smarter: Pay Attention to Your Jury's Social Intelligence

by Persuasion Strategies in Persuasive Litigator

"The men totally dominated the discussion the last time,” said JoAnn Chiakulas, the hold-out juror in former Illinois Governor Blagojevich's first corruption trial, “and a lot of the women were not treated very nicely.” Now that the former governor's new jury consists of eleven women and one man you might expect a change in that department. But this second jury has been, as I'm writing this post, deliberating for eleven days. The temptation is to say, "well, it is probably because of t........ Read more »

Woolley AW, Chabris CF, Pentland A, Hashmi N, & Malone TW. (2010) Evidence for a collective intelligence factor in the performance of human groups. Science (New York, N.Y.), 330(6004), 686-8. PMID: 20929725  

  • June 27, 2011
  • 07:02 AM

Are women just better for your jury?

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

According to some new research, it certainly is possible. This is one of those research papers with very intriguing but totally unexpected results. And now, they’ve replicated the findings twice according to a recent entry at the Harvard Business Review website. What the researchers did was to assess intelligence of research subjects and then assigned [...]

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Woolley AW, Chabris CF, Pentland A, Hashmi N, & Malone TW. (2010) Evidence for a collective intelligence factor in the performance of human groups. Science (New York, N.Y.), 330(6004), 686-8. PMID: 20929725  

  • June 27, 2011
  • 05:30 AM

The deleterious impact of snacking on journalistic integrity

by Yoni Freedhoff in Weighty Matters

It's been a bad few weeks for obesity related press releases.The first was that press release from CIHI, where its headline and first paragraph served here in Canada, to lead journalists to declare that all that's necessary to combat obesity are 15 minutes of exercise a day, and a diet rich in fruits and vegetables (and consequently anyone who's obese is lazy and eats Ding Dongs for supper).Now there's this one.It came from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and it was released in ........ Read more »

  • June 27, 2011
  • 02:54 AM

“It’s Hard for Me to Say I’m Sorry”

by Krystal D'Costa in Anthropology in Practice

Photo credit here.
Readers may find that the title for this post triggers a certain refrain by Chicago (or BoysIIMen, depending on how old you are). Apologies in advance to those of you who may find yourself humming the chorus on your drive home or while walking through the halls of your workplace or campus. Or while grocery shopping. Or brushing your teeth. (The power of suggestion is a curious thing.) Of course, you may question how sorry I really am considering that I made a conscious deci........ Read more »

de Waal, FB. (2000) Primates--A Natural Heritage of Conflict Resolution. Science (New York, N.Y.), 289(5479), 586-90. PMID: 10915614  

Schlenker, B. and Darby, B. (1981) The Use of Apologies in Social Predicaments. Social Psychology Quarterly., 44(3), 271-278. info:/

  • June 27, 2011
  • 01:06 AM

Not knowing English good for business?

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

The current global orthodoxy holds that learning English is good: individuals who know English are supposed to have an advantage in the job market and countries with large English-learning populations are supposed to be “developing” and “modernizing.” Critical sociolinguists have, … Continue reading →... Read more »

NEIL M. COE, JENNIFER JOHNS AND KEVIN WARD. (2012) Limits to expansion: transnational corporations and territorial embeddedness in the Japanese temporary staffing market. Global Networks, 12(1), 1-26. info:/

  • June 26, 2011
  • 06:27 PM

New York and Same-Sex Marriage: When Politics, Personalities, and Persuasion Tricks Collide.

by Melanie Tannenbaum in PsySociety

This has been a big weekend for marriage. In a 33-29 vote, the New York State Senate voted to legalize gay marriage on Friday, June 24th, making it the sixth state to do so — and the most populous. In … Continue reading →... Read more »

Jost, J., Glaser, J., Kruglanski, A., & Sulloway, F. (2003) Political conservatism as motivated social cognition. Psychological Bulletin, 129(3), 339-375. DOI: 10.1037/0033-2909.129.3.339  

Kunda, Z. (1990) The case for motivated reasoning. Psychological Bulletin, 108(3), 480-498. DOI: 10.1037/0033-2909.108.3.480  

Cialdini, Robert B., Vincent, Joyce E., Lewis, Stephen K., Catalan, Jose, Wheeler, Diane, & Darby, Betty Lee. (1975) Reciprocal concessions procedure for inducing compliance: The door-in-the-face technique. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 31(2), 206-215. DOI: 10.1037/h0076284  

  • June 26, 2011
  • 04:50 PM

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

Past, Present and Future of SCM

by Jan Husdal in

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

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

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

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:/

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