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  • February 14, 2011
  • 11:43 AM

When It Comes to Your Greatest Case Weakness, Steer Into the Skid

by Persuasion Strategies in Persuasive Litigator

By: Dr. Ken Broda-Bahm - With our current nationwide surplus of wintry weather, it has become a familiar feeling: The car you are driving loses traction and starts to slide. Your every impulse is to wrench the steering wheel hard in the opposite direction. Then the voice of your long-ago high school drivers' ed teacher enters your brain: "No," he says with an unnatural calm that only high school drivers' ed teachers and Buddhist monks are capable of, "first steer into the the skid, regain tracti........ Read more »

  • February 14, 2011
  • 10:44 AM

Is a Kiss Ever Just a Kiss? Decoding the Art of Flirtation

by Krystal D'Costa in Anthropology in Practice

A lingering look. A coy smile. Standing just a bit too close. An accidental brush.
Flirtation is an art. It is also a deftly employed social tool. It marks an exploratory, transformative stage—in a first meeting or an existing relationship—when interested parties look toward a tantalizingly unknown future. We flirt to establish a connection, and to gauge the interest of others in reciprocating that connection. While not all flirting is done with the aim of establishing a romantic or sexual ........ Read more »

Hall, Jeffrey A., Carter, S., Cody, M., and Albright, J. (2010) The Communication of Romantic Interest: Development of the Flirting Styles Inventory. Communication Quarterly, 58(4), 365-393. info:/10.1080/01463373.2010.524.874

  • February 14, 2011
  • 08:09 AM

Sexual selection on the American frontier

by Jason Collins in Evolving Economics

It seems obvious that having multiple wives is a good thing for the fitness of a man. Similarly, having the women in a population monopolised by a small number of men is not good for the fitness of those men who miss out on a mate. In such a society, the large difference in fitness [...]... Read more »

  • February 14, 2011
  • 07:02 AM

Women are soft (and sweet) and men are hard (and tough)

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

Here’s a new entry in the embodied cognition research. You remember, it’s the research that leads us to see others as ‘warm’ when we are holding a cup of hot coffee.  There are associations (warm drink = warm person) and there are symbolic meanings (like Pontius Pilate or Lady MacBeth washing their hands). And then. Then [...]

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Slepian ML, Weisbuch M, Rule NO, & Ambady N. (2011) Tough and tender: embodied categorization of gender. Psychological science : a journal of the American Psychological Society / APS, 22(1), 26-8. PMID: 21106884  

  • February 13, 2011
  • 09:42 PM

Existential Neuroscience

by Psychothalamus in Psychothalamus

Is it reasonable to fear death? If you agree with Lucretius, you will say no. In what is known as the Symmetry Argument, Lucretius contends that that the time before our existence is similar to the time of our future non-existence. And since we do not fear the time before we existed, it is not reasonable to fear our future non-existence i.e. death. ... Read more »

  • February 13, 2011
  • 06:09 PM

Do you speak Swiss?

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

A most amazing book has just landed on my desk: Do you speak Swiss, edited by Walter Haas, is the final report on a Swiss National Research Project devoted to Linguistic Diversity and Language Competence in Switzerland. Initiated by the … Continue reading →... Read more »

Walter Haas (Ed.). (2010) Do you speak Swiss? Sprachenvielfalt und Sprachkompetenz in der Schweiz. Nationales Forschungsprogramm NFP 56. NZZ Libro. info:/

  • February 13, 2011
  • 05:00 PM

Were ancient cities sustainable?

by Michael Smith in Wide Urban World

This post talks about the issue of urban sustainability as applied to ancient cities. Instead of defining sustainability in terms of values and practices, archaeologists use the perspective of longevity - how long did a city (or society) exist?... Read more »

  • February 13, 2011
  • 12:39 AM

Cannabis Makes Young Men Jumping Mad

by Ultimo167 in Strong Silent Types

Large et al. (2011) add to the mounting evidence that cannabis causes psychosis in young people. Or does it? When using such terminology, I would suggest, defining the actual psychotic experience, experienced, including its demonstrable symptoms, duration and response to treatment, would distinguish one-off freak out events from a lifetime of disabling poor mental health. There are many more such quandaries regarding this rather seductive topic, that are equally begging for resolution. ... Read more »

Large M, Sharma S, Compton MT, Slade T, & Nielssen O. (2011) Cannabis Use and Earlier Onset of Psychosis: A Systematic Meta-analysis. Archives of general psychiatry. PMID: 21300939  

  • February 12, 2011
  • 12:14 PM

Soul Beliefs, Grave Goods & Foxes

by Cris Campbell in Genealogy of Religion

In many books and articles addressing the origins of “religious” behavior, one will find the assertion that deliberate burials are indicative of soul beliefs and that because people began burying the dead approximately 100,000 years ago, this marks the beginning of what we today call religion. As I noted in this post, there are several [...]... Read more »

  • February 12, 2011
  • 03:00 AM

Crime and selection of aggressive males

by Jason Collins in Evolving Economics

As I posted a couple of months ago, a higher level of violence in a society may lead women to prefer more masculine appearing men. In such an environment, picking the healthiest appearing male is more important than the level of parental care the woman expects the man to give. The latest issue of Evolution [...]... Read more »

  • February 11, 2011
  • 06:10 PM

MSc Dissertation: Navigating expatriate waters in Abu Dhabi

by Francesca Meijer in Occ Psy Dot Com

Starting a new job will always present new challenges, and this is especially true when the new job is in a new country and requires someone to relocate (often with their families) and “become” an expatriate.... Read more »

  • February 11, 2011
  • 03:00 PM

Nothing to plunder – the evolution of Somalia’s pirate nation

by Southern Fried Scientist in Southern Fried Science

The droughts that shook the west African nations in the mid-1970′s and again in the 1980′s decimated the traditional nomadic clans of Somalia, leaving them without live stock to feed their families. Tens of thousands of the dispossessed, primarily of the Hawiye clan, were relocated to coastal areas. Fishing communities took root and began [...]... Read more »

  • February 11, 2011
  • 12:29 PM

The woods that were

by Tim De Chant in Per Square Mile

Half a block from my childhood home is a park in which I spent countless hours. But it isn’t your ordinary city park. Within the confines of its unusually large 14 acres lie three distinct forests, each a snapshot of a period in time for America’s eastern hardwood forests. At the time, the smallest was [...]... Read more »

  • February 11, 2011
  • 03:01 AM

Transportation Resilience

by Jan Husdal in

Resilience is related to three overarching concepts: 1) the vulnerability to unpredictable shocks, 2) the resources or wealth available to a system to help it change, and 3) the internal controllability of relationships in a system, i.e. its rigidity or flexibility. [ ... ]... Read more »

  • February 10, 2011
  • 12:26 PM

The Dodo is Dead, Long Live the Dodo!

by Laelaps in Laelaps

The Dodo, Didus, is a bird that inhabits some of the islands of the East Indies. Its history is little known; but if the representation of it be at all just, this is the ugliest and most disgusting of birds, resembling in its appearance one of those bloated and unwieldy persons who by a long [...]... Read more »

Hume, Julian; Datta, Ann; Martill, David M. (2006) Unpublished drawings of the Dodo Raphus cucullatus and notes on Dodo skin relics. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists’ Club, 126(A). info:/

Nicholls, H. (2006) Ornithology: Digging for dodo. Nature, 443(7108), 138-140. DOI: 10.1038/443138a  

Shapiro, B. (2002) Flight of the Dodo. Science, 295(5560), 1683-1683. DOI: 10.1126/science.295.5560.1683  

  • February 10, 2011
  • 03:21 AM

It’s Criminal – Press Release Misrepresentation

by Ben Good in B Good Science

  You are sat at a table in a dark room, handcuffed. One police officer is shouting in your face, swearing and appears very angry. The other is stood in the corner watching and interjects saying that maybe a cup of tea is in order. Who is more likely to make you talk? Well, new … Read more... Read more »

  • February 10, 2011
  • 02:00 AM

”My mother’s keeper”: the effects of parentification on black female college students

by SAGE Insight in SAGE Insight

From Journal of Black Psychology The Black family—both nuclear and extended—has been responsible for the survival of Black people in America. Despite shifting dynamics due to the evolution of the family structure during the past 50 years, the family is one of the most important and strongest institutions in the Black community.  This paper illustrates [...]... Read more »

  • February 9, 2011
  • 02:58 PM

Is Social Science Flying Around in Circles, Using Only Its Left Wing?

by David Berreby in Mind Matters

What's the matter with social psychology? Everybody in social science (including social psychology itself) has a diagnosis, because everybody thinks something is amiss ("it's a terrible field," an anthropologist once told me). As John Tierney reported on Monday, Jonathan Haidt of the University of ...Read More
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  • February 9, 2011
  • 10:00 AM

Competence, Participation, Opportunity in Science Communication

by Janet Krenn in Talking Winston

“…the main concern of community activities is now increasingly about public participation, rather than public competence [of science].”

A recent study in Public Understanding of Science reveals that individuals that report “high” interest in science and technology make up a majority of the members of the general public who participate in science/policy decision making. Yet some that are very interested actually may lack a basic science competence, and what good is any discussion w........ Read more »

  • February 9, 2011
  • 07:02 AM

We pray with closed eyes

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

We’ve talked about the “look inside yourself” strategy in case presentation before.  It’s a deceptively simple strategy to minimize bias and to help jurors get in touch with their moral center rather than operating blindly on pre-existing assumptions. Okay, so part of it may be in the delivery by our client Richard– who has a [...]

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