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  • December 9, 2010
  • 01:25 PM

Supply chain risk – it’s all in your head?

by Jan Husdal in

Enhancing supply chain resilience with flexibility and redundancy is one way to counter supply chain disruptions. But do the chosen resilience measures actually play a moderating role in reducing the frequency of supply chain disruptions? This article paints an interesting picture of how supply chain professionals view risk, which risk they perceive and what they do in reaction to these risks.... Read more »

Zsidisin, George, & Wagner, Stephan. (2010) Do Perceptions Become Reality? The Moderating Role of Supply Chain Resiliency on Disruption Occurrence . Journal of Business Logistics, 31(2), 1-20. info:other/

  • December 9, 2010
  • 05:30 AM

Nonshocker! Preschool kids think thinner is better.

by Yoni Freedhoff in Weighty Matters

I'm not surprised, are you?A study out of the journal Sex Roles took a look at preschoolers' attitudes towards obesity by means of Candy Land and Chutes and Ladders. They took 55 girls aged 3-5 and had them choose which character they wanted to be. 69% chose the thinnest, 20% the average and 11% the largest. Moreover when asked to swap thinnest for largest, 63% refused.One of the study's authors apparently was surprised by the findings and she was quoted in the Montreal Gazette stating, "I was........ Read more »

  • December 8, 2010
  • 05:16 PM

Fungus, -i. 2nd Decl. N. Masculine – or is it?: On Gender

by Richard in A Replicated Typo 2.0

In an attempt to write out my thoughts for others instead of continually building them up in saved stickies, folders full of .pdfs, and hastily scribbled lecture notes, as if waiting for the spontaneous incarnation of what looks increasingly like a dissertation, I’m going to give a glimpse today of what I’ve been looking into recently. . . . → Read More: Fungus, -i. 2nd Decl. N. Masculine – or is it?: On Gender... Read more »

Bapteste E, O'Malley MA, Beiko RG, Ereshefsky M, Gogarten JP, Franklin-Hall L, Lapointe FJ, Dupré J, Dagan T, Boucher Y.... (2009) Prokaryotic evolution and the tree of life are two different things. Biology direct, 34. PMID: 19788731  

  • December 8, 2010
  • 07:01 AM

Overdoing it: Is there such a thing as too little anxiety in your witness?

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

Close your eyes. Think of a nervous witness you have had to prepare for trial. Beads of sweat on their upper lip. Nervous throat-clearing. Trembling hands. Shaky voice. Deer in the headlights expression. Testifying can be terrifying and we’ve all had the experience of attempting to take the edge off of the visible anxiety of [...]

Related posts:Preparing the Witness: Sometimes it’s easy (sometimes it’s not)

‘Lawyerese’ may work well in journals but not in the cour........ Read more »

Boccaccini, M., & Brodsky, S. (2002) Believability of expert and lay witnesses: Implications for trial consultation. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 33(4), 384-388. info:/

Tenney ER, MacCoun RJ, Spellman BA, & Hastie R. (2007) Calibration trumps confidence as a basis for witness credibility. Psychological science : a journal of the American Psychological Society / APS, 18(1), 46-50. PMID: 17362377  

  • December 7, 2010
  • 08:58 PM

A tale of two foreigners in Japan

by Lachlan Jackson in Language on the Move

This is the first in a series of blog posts about my experiences undertaking an ongoing research project. In this series I will be detailing some of the methodological challenges I encounter as well as the strategies I adopt to … Continue reading →... Read more »

Maher, J. C. (2005) Metroethnicity, language and the principle of cool. International Journal of the Sociology of Languages, 83. info:/

  • December 7, 2010
  • 10:11 AM

Thomas Henry Huxley and the Dinobirds

by Brian Switek in Dinosaur Tracking

Evolution never got much time in my elementary school science classes. When the topic came up, inevitably near the end of the term, the standard, pre-packaged historical overview came along with it. Charles Darwin was the first person to come up with the idea of evolution, and, despite the ravings of religious leaders offended at [...]... Read more »

Switek, B. (2010) Thomas Henry Huxley and the reptile to bird transition. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 343(1), 251-263. DOI: 10.1144/SP343.15  

  • December 7, 2010
  • 02:00 AM

US nuclear safety claim is a “dangerous fantasy”

by SAGE Insight in SAGE Insight

How US strategic antimissile defense could be made to work From Bulletin of Atomic Scientists Contrary to a new nuclear strategy adopted by the US government in April 2010, that relies on assumptions that the current missile defense systems will reliably protect the continental United States in the extreme circumstances of nuclear-armed combat, now research [...]... Read more »

  • December 6, 2010
  • 04:52 PM

Health reporters: between accuracy and deadlines

by Hadas Shema in Information Culture

"What's new, fresh, exciting, different, what people are going to say 'Gee, is that right'? (Newspaper medical reporter, Leask et al., p. 4)Being a health journalist isn't easy. There's the deadline, there's the expert who still hasn't called you back, the editor who wants a nice picture to go with the report...The authors of "Media coverage of health issues and how to work more effectively with journalists" interviewed sixteen Australian reporters, editors and producers in print, radio and TV ........ Read more »

Nelkin, D. (1995) Government Printing Office. Nelkin, D. (1995). Selling science: How the press covers science and technology (rev. ed.). New York: Freeman. info:/

  • December 6, 2010
  • 10:26 AM

Is My Child Behind in His Development?

by Brandon in Notes on Parenting

By BrandonDevelopmental Milestones: Fact or Myth?As parents, we are almost constantly comparing our child to someone else's child (or even to our own children who have already gone through that phase of life), and there always seems to be something to fret about. Are you worried that your child isn't saying enough words yet, or isn't walking and he's already a year old? These are common concerns, especially for new parents.

In my undergraduate and graduate training (and as a parent) I have lear........ Read more »

Thelen, E. (1995) Motor development: A new synthesis. American Psychologist, 50(2), 79-95. DOI: 10.1037/0003-066X.50.2.79  

  • December 6, 2010
  • 10:15 AM

The Evolutionary Roots of Talking With Our Hands

by Krystal D'Costa in Anthropology in Practice

Human and bonobo ape hands. © SPL

New Yorkers are hand talkers—we often use gestures to add emphasis to our conversations. Whether we're pointing to direct tourists, or waving to demonstrate our exasperation with traffic, drivers, or pedestrians, or trying to interject (New Yorkers don't interrupt!) we're gesticulating. We're not the only ones to do this, of course, but in my experience we do tend to employ this element of communication fairly frequently.
The role of gestures in communicat........ Read more »

  • December 5, 2010
  • 07:03 AM

Debates on Emotions II

by Dana Sugu in Cogitation on Emotions

Ekman (1994), influenced by Darwin (1872/1997) and his mentor Tomkins(1962/2008), classified the characteristics of basic emotions, which distinguishthem from one another and other affective phenomena as follows: (1) Distinctiveuniversal signals (facial expression); (2) Presence in other primates; (3)Distinctive physiology (such as a specific ANS reaction for each emotion); (4)Distinctive universal antecedents – there are certain stimuli, preprogrammedevolutionarily, that will elicit each of t........ Read more »

Dana SUGU . (2010) Flashback: Reshuffling Emotions. International Journal on Humanistic Ideology, 3(1), 109-133. info:/

  • December 4, 2010
  • 10:29 PM

Gay Men Take Drugs to Fit In

by Ultimo167 in Strong Silent Types

It is widely assumed that gay men take more drugs and have more sex than their straight counterparts have, but the motivation behind such enhanced behaviours tends to veer toward psychopathological explanations. Could it really be that simple? Ueno (2010) argues for greater contemplation.... Read more »

  • December 4, 2010
  • 07:35 PM

Happy birthday, UAE!

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

The United Arab Emirates are celebrating their 39th national day this month. Trucial Oman, as it was then known, became independent from their semi-colonial relationship with Britain in December 1971 and the country has since experienced some dramatic changes: its … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • December 4, 2010
  • 05:40 PM

The emotional problems of the slightly religious

by Tom Rees in Epiphenom

It's generally taken as fact that religion is linked to happiness - happier people are more likely to be religious,  if you take into account other circumstances. There are loads of studies, of varying quality, that support this idea.

However, most people who interpret these data make a couple of assumptions that are probably not valid. Firstly, the assume that they can be generalised across cultures. However most studies are  done in the USA, where being non-religious often leads to ........ Read more »

  • December 4, 2010
  • 07:15 AM

Autism and Old Fathers

by Neuroskeptic in Neuroskeptic

A new study has provided the strongest evidence yet that the rate of autism in children rises with the father's age: Advancing paternal age and risk of autism. But questions remain.The association between old fathers and autism has been known for many years, and the most popular explanation has been genetic: sperm from older men are more likely to have accumulated DNA damage, which might lead to autism.As I've said before, this might explain some other puzzling things such as the fact that it's ........ Read more »

  • December 3, 2010
  • 06:07 AM

Simple Jury Persuasion: Using attraction to your advantage

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

Most of us are familiar with the old research saying attractive people get more, well, everything! And in a world that changes at dizzying speed, rest assured that this one remains as true as ever. A new study shows that we do judge a book by its cover “but a beautiful cover prompts a closer [...]

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Ruffle, Bradley J., & Shtudiner, Ze'ev. (2010) Are Good-Looking People More Employable?. SSRN. info:/

  • December 3, 2010
  • 01:34 AM

Debates on Emotions

by Dana Sugu in Cogitation on Emotions

Primacy debate: appraisal vs. arousalZajonc (1980) claimed that simple familiarity with something createsaffective reactions, such as liking or disliking, for that item. Objects werepresented subliminally while participants were engaged in another task. Theresults revealed that though the participants showed no recognition of thesubliminal items, they gave them higher preference ratings than novel items.Zajonc argued that the form of experience that we call feeling accompanies allcognitions, pre........ Read more »

Dana SUGU . (2010) Flashback: Reshuffling Emotions. International Journal on Humanistic Ideology, 3(1), 109-133. info:/

  • December 2, 2010
  • 06:01 PM

Occupational hazards in supply chains

by Jan Husdal in

Material damage and occupational accidents are little understood elements of the overall supply chain. This research looks at the paper industry in Finland and the occupational accidents that occur in the supply chain from the paper mill to the harbor of arrival. » Read more » » »
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  • December 2, 2010
  • 02:00 AM

Gay students suffer under faith schools regime

by SAGE Insight in SAGE Insight

Conflicts of ethos: issues of equity and diversity in faith-based schools From Education Management Administration and Leadership Faith based schools are on the rise in the UK, apparently boosting educational standards. This study investigates the consequences when school values and those of the state diverge, considering whether giving control of a school’s ethos and philosophy [...]... Read more »

  • December 1, 2010
  • 04:42 PM

How To Fool A Lie Detector Brain Scan

by Neuroskeptic in Neuroskeptic

Can fMRI scans be used to detect deception?It would be nice, although a little scary, if they could. And there have been several reports of succesful trials under laboratory conditions. However, a new paper in Neuroimage reveals an easy way of tricking the technology: Lying In The Scanner.The authors used a variant of the "guilty knowledge test" which was originally developed for use with EEG. Essentially, you show the subject a series of pictures or other stimui, one of which is somehow special........ Read more »

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