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  • April 12, 2011
  • 03:00 AM

Children affected by earthquakes and their immediate emotional needs

by SAGE Insight in SAGE Insight

From International Social Work With the recent devastating events that have struck Japan, our thoughts turn to the heart breaking aftermath the people face.  The challenges are overwhelming for all, but hardest for the most vulnerable in society. Lessons may be learned from similar incidents across the globe, this article explores the way Iranian children [...]... Read more »

  • April 11, 2011
  • 11:33 AM

Go Ahead and Talk with Your Hands, But Know What You're Saying

by Persuasion Strategies in Persuasive Litigator

For an upcoming opening statement or closing argument, your gestures are probably the last thing on your mind...until you actually get up to speak. Then, the commentator in your brain might be asking, "why am I gripping the sides of this lectern?" or "Is there a way I can make myself stop these meaningless chopping motions?" In this post, I want to answer the speaker's age-old question, "but what do I do with my hands?" by focusing on some recent studies on the communicative role of gestures, ........ Read more »

Cook SW, Mitchell Z, & Goldin-Meadow S. (2008) Gesturing makes learning last. Cognition, 106(2), 1047-58. PMID: 17560971  

Maricchiolo, F.; Gnisci, A.; Bonaiuto, M., . (2009) Effects of different types of hand gesturs in persuasive speech on receivers' evaluations. Language and Cognitive Processes, 24(2), 239-266. info:/

  • April 11, 2011
  • 07:10 AM

Want to be more likeable? Blink!

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

Robert DeNiro’s classic line in Taxi Driver demonstrates the findings of new research. Staring contests happen automatically and they are dominance contests. When eyes are locked, if you are aggressive, you stare and do not break the gaze. And you can’t help it. Researchers timed how long it took to look away from angry faces and [...]

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Quick trial tips: Blinking, babies and on the left!
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Terburg D, Hooiveld N, Aarts H, Kenemans JL, & van Honk J. (2011) Eye Tracking Unconscious Face-to-Face Confrontations: Dominance Motives Prolong Gaze to Masked Angry Faces. Psychological science : a journal of the American Psychological Society / APS, 22(3), 314-9. PMID: 21303993  

  • April 10, 2011
  • 03:29 PM

Gay Cavemen & Buried Shamans

by Cris Campbell in Genealogy of Religion

This past week, British newspapers carried sensational headlines about an archaeological find in Prague: “First Homosexual Caveman Found” (The Telegraph) and “Oldest Gay in the Village: 5,000 Year Old is ‘Outed’ By the Way He Was Buried” (Daily Mail). Although the assemblage in question has not been published in a journal, the archaeologists called a [...]... Read more »

Grosman, L., Munro, N., & Belfer-Cohen, A. (2008) A 12,000-year-old Shaman burial from the southern Levant (Israel). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 105(46), 17665-17669. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0806030105  

  • April 10, 2011
  • 04:40 AM

Is Love Enough? Science Shows 6 Ways Kate and Wills can have a lasting Royal Marriage!

by Stuart Farrimond in Dr Stu's Science Blog

Are you getting excited about the Royal Wedding yet? (Even if you’re not, Brits have an extra day off work to look forward to!) In a world with frighteningly high divorce rates, and facing a life in the limelight, is there really any hope that the royal marriage can survive a lifetime? Well here are some [...]... Read more »

  • April 9, 2011
  • 12:11 PM

Disorder promotes stereotyping

by William Lu in The Quantum Lobe Chronicles

Xenophobic exclusion has been ubiquitous throughout history. However, the explanation of such a phenomenon has been little understood. Interesting research conducted by Stapel and Lindenberg published in the latest Science has brought us closer to some answers. They found that people who are in a disordered environment (e.g. unclean subway station) exhibit greater discriminatory behavior (e.g. decision to sit further away from a black person compared to a white person). The author........ Read more »

  • April 9, 2011
  • 02:36 AM

Liberals Are Conflicted and Conservatives Are Afraid

by The Neurocritic in The Neurocritic

This sums up the basic conclusion of a new study on political orientation and brain structure by Ryota Kanai, Tom Feilden, Colin Firth and Geraint Rees in the journal Current Biology. Yes, that Colin Firth...Colin Firth's Speech during the 2011 Academy Awards. Firth won Best Actor for The King's Speech.Why are Colin Firth and Tom Feilden, both listed with BBC Radio 4 affiliations, authors on this paper? Let's go back to Tuesday, 28 December 2010 and two pieces that appeared on the BBC website.Po........ Read more »

Ryota Kanai, Tom Feilden, Colin Firth, Geraint Rees. (2011) Political Orientations Are Correlated with Brain Structure in Young Adults. Current Biology. info:/10.1016/j.cub.2011.03.017

  • April 8, 2011
  • 07:04 PM

Impulsive? Reduce your risk – go to Alcoholics Anonymous

by PeaPod in Binge Inking

Impulsivity (or the tendency to act first and think later) is a common trait in people with alcohol and drug dependence. In a paper published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, researchers posed the question: would going to AA and professional treatment reduce impulsive behaviour in individuals with alcohol use disorders? Here's what they found...... Read more »

  • April 8, 2011
  • 11:14 AM

The great (big) American lawn

by Tim De Chant in Per Square Mile

Spring is descending on the United States. Buds on trees and shrubs are swelling, and brittle brown grass is beginning to show green signs of life. As people put away their snow shovels and dust off their lawn mowers, it’s also a good time to take stock of the American lawn, which plays a starring [...]... Read more »

  • April 8, 2011
  • 10:15 AM

Canada’s Children’s Fitness Tax Credit – The Rich Get Richer?

by Travis Saunders, MSc, CEP in Obesity Panacea

As many of our readers will know Canada is in the midst of an election campaign and the major parties are putting out a number of policy ideas on a daily basis. One idea proposed by Conservative leader Stephen Harper was to expand the Canadian Children’s Fitness Tax Credit (CFTC).  As it currently stands, the CFTC offers a $500 non-refundable tax credit that parents can receive by enrolling their child in an approved physical activity program.  If I understand it correctly, this means th........ Read more »

  • April 8, 2011
  • 10:02 AM

Colour terms and national flags

by Sean Roberts in A Replicated Typo 2.0

Today, I wondered whether the number of basic colour terms a language has is reflected in the number of colours on its country’s flag. The idea being that a country’s flag contains colours that are important to its society, and therefore a country with more social tools for discussing colour (colour words) will be more likely to put more colours on its flag. It was a long shot, but here’s what I found:... Read more »

  • April 8, 2011
  • 07:10 AM

Stereotype fears and the lovely scent of vanilla

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

Tammy sang it and we keep track of it just for you. Yes. Sometimes it’s hard to be a woman. Especially when we are reminded of the fact we are women. Internationally based researchers studied the impact of stereotype fears [especially when it comes to science, technology, engineering and math] on women’s intent to purchase [...]

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KYOUNGMI LEE, HAKKYUN KIM, & KATHLEEN D. VOHS. (2011) Stereotype Threat in the Marketplace: Consumer Anxiety and Purchase Intentions. Journal of Consumer Research, 38(August). info:/

  • April 7, 2011
  • 10:01 AM

Re-Defining Science Communication: Emerging Best Practices that Empower the Public

by Matthew C. Nisbet in Age of Engagement

Over the past few years, scholars and scientists have been re-examining both the goals and the nature of science communication initiatives.  In a guest post today, Melanie Gade reviews much of this recent discussion and innovation.  Gade is a graduate student in this semesters course on "Science ...Read More... Read more »

Nisbet, M., Hixon, M., Moore, K., & Nelson, M. (2010) Four cultures: new synergies for engaging society on climate change. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 8(6), 329-331. DOI: 10.1890/1540-9295-8.6.329  

Groffman, P., Stylinski, C., Nisbet, M., Duarte, C., Jordan, R., Burgin, A., Previtali, M., & Coloso, J. (2010) Restarting the conversation: challenges at the interface between ecology and society. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 8(6), 284-291. DOI: 10.1890/090160  

  • April 7, 2011
  • 02:55 AM

Skepticism and Rape Adaptations

by Stephanie Zvan in Almost Diamonds

It isn't terribly difficult to find well-written, skeptical pieces on evolutionary psychology. In fact, several have come out quite recently. They examine current evo psych theorizing in the light of scientific requirements for proof of any such theory.Kate Clancy wrote a post on the variety of human behavior that evo psych studies attempt to represent by using mostly college undergraduate research subjects. In addition to her concern over undergraduates' WEIRD (Western, Educated, Industrialized........ Read more »

  • April 6, 2011
  • 12:00 PM

If I objectify you, will it make you feel bad enough to objectify yourself? On shopping, sexiness and hormones.

by Kate Clancy in Context & Variation

This post critiques recent work on "sexy" shopping behavior during high and low fertility periods in the menstrual cycle.... Read more »

Durante, KM, Griskevicius, V, Hill, SE, Perilloux, C, & Li, NP. (2011) Ovulation, female competition, and product choice: hormonal influences on consumer behavior. Journal of Consumer Research, 37(6), 921-934. info:/

Fehring, R., Schneider, M., & Raviele, K. (2006) Variability in the Phases of the Menstrual Cycle. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, Neonatal Nursing, 35(3), 376-384. DOI: 10.1111/j.1552-6909.2006.00051.x  

  • April 6, 2011
  • 03:00 AM

Are the WikiLeak’s revelations an essential method of holding the US government to account?

by SAGE Insight in SAGE Insight

The urge to classify From Index on Censorship Are revelations by WikiLeak one of the few means of holding the government to account? When Barack Obama took office as president he identified transparency as one of the highest priorities on his agenda for change. The author of this article suggests that the president’s early promises [...]... Read more »

Sobel, D. (2011) The Urge To Classify. Index on Censorship, 40(1), 29-35. DOI: 10.1177/0306422011401974  

  • April 5, 2011
  • 03:26 PM

Tourism’s carrying capacity

by Tim De Chant in Per Square Mile

Tourism can be a real boon to a local economy, propping up otherwise sleepy towns with an influx of cash. But as with many things, there’s a point where “just enough” becomes “too much.” Popular tourist towns with a few thousand residents can practically burst under the pressure of peak season. They’re like an experiment [...]... Read more »

Robert N. Thomas, Bruce Wm. Pigozzi, & Richard Alan Sambrook. (2005) Tourist Carrying Capacity Measures: Crowding Syndrome in the Caribbean. The Professional Geographer, 57(1), 13-20. info:/

  • April 5, 2011
  • 07:42 AM

In the EU neighborhood: Eurosymbols in Chisinau and Chernivtsi

by Anamaria in Eurosymbols

While searching for traces of the past in the current make-up of Chisinau and Chernivtsi, I was also holding an eye out for the presence of eurosymbols. Defined as any variation on the European Union graphical presence as represented by the flag as well as the inclusion of the particle “euro-”, eurosymbols are connected with [...]... Read more »

Klumbyte, Neringa. (2009) The Geopolitics of Taste. The 'Euro' and 'Soviet' Sausage Industries in Lithuania. Caldwell, Dunn and Nestle (eds.), Food , 130-153. info:/

  • April 5, 2011
  • 07:30 AM

This Just In: Grow a Bigger Brain Without Getting Off the Couch!

by Sharon Neufeldt in I Can Has Science?

A couple of months ago, published an article demonstrating that aerobic exercise can increase the size of your hippocampus. Well, for those of you interested in growing your gray matter without breaking a sweat, this latest (unrelated) study is for … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • April 5, 2011
  • 06:44 AM

What does success mean to you?

by David Winter in Careers - in Theory

In this post, I’m doggedly continuing my pursuit to explore the idea of career success. We started with a simple binary distinction: objective success versus subjective success. We realised that this was somewhat crude and that a bit more subtlety might be useful. In the previous post, we added an extra dimension about how you [...]... Read more »

Dries, N., Pepermans, R., & Carlier, O. (2008) Career success: Constructing a multidimensional model. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 73(2), 254-267. DOI: 10.1016/j.jvb.2008.05.005  

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