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  • December 23, 2010
  • 02:00 AM

Why people trying to quit smoking should avoid watching Mad Men: The influence of on-screen smoking cues

by SAGE Insight in SAGE Insight

Attentional bias in smokers: exposure to dynamic smoking cues in contemporary movies   From Journal of Psychopharmacology  Tobacco use is still prevalent in films, this study explores how people respond to on-screen smoking images by examining eye movement of smokers and non-smokers while watching a movie clip, using eye-tracking technology. This research reveals that smokers [...]... Read more »

  • December 22, 2010
  • 05:26 AM

Diamonds are forever – suppliers not

by Jan Husdal in

Today I am taking a closer look at how buyer-supplier relationships evolve over time. This is the buyer-supplier relationship life cycle, where supply chains are dynamic and  where supply chain partners are constantly changing: New suppliers are added, others are  contractually terminated, cease to exist or become obsolete. Needless to say, nurturing and honing these relationships also improves supply chain performance. However, as Stephan Wagner points out in his recently published article on........ Read more »

Wagner, S. (2011) Supplier development and the relationship life-cycle. International Journal of Production Economics, 129(2), 277-283. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpe.2010.10.020  

  • December 22, 2010
  • 02:00 AM

Why ‘chavvy’ external illuminated Christmas displays are embraced by the working class

by SAGE Insight in SAGE Insight

Illuminations, class identities and the contested landscapes of Christmas From Sociology In the last two decades, illuminating the outside of a house with multi-colored lights has become a popular British Christmas practice. Whereas in the US these illuminations typically cover large middle-class homes, in Britain they have been largely adopted within working-class neighborhoods.  This article investigates [...]... Read more »

  • December 21, 2010
  • 03:29 AM

My article « A History of Virulence » finally published in Body and Society

by ---a in

Sage journal Body and Society vol 16, n. 4 is finally out! Pardon my enthusiasm, but this issue features my 30-page essay A History of Virulence: The Body and Computer Culture in the 1980s: a killer mix of hackerdom, virality and computer nostalgia that also happens to be IMHO one hell of a contribution to [...]... Read more »

  • December 21, 2010
  • 02:00 AM

Love ballads leave women more open to romance

by SAGE Insight in SAGE Insight

‘Love is in the air’: Effects of songs with romantic lyrics on compliance with a courtship request From Psychology of Music If you’re having trouble getting a date, French researchers suggest that picking the right soundtrack could improve the odds. There’s plenty of research indicating that the media affects our behavior but this study specifically [...]... Read more »

  • December 20, 2010
  • 07:02 AM

Women and true crime tales of rape, murder & serial killers

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

I remember being fascinated by Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood.  And during my maternity leave after my first child was born, I watched most of the Jeffrey Dahmer trials on CNN aware of the irony inherent in rocking my sleeping newborn while tracking the testimony of Park Dietz.  So, naturally, when I saw the new [...]

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  • December 18, 2010
  • 02:12 PM

State-by-State FST(ish) Values: The Structure of Racial Diversity in America

by Jon Wilkins in Lost in Transcription

So, in the world of population genetics, as in the real world, people are often interested in diversity, and in how that diversity is distributed. In biological contexts, quantifying these things is important because it gives us insight into the processes – like reproduction, migration, selection, etc. – responsible for generating the observed patterns of diversity.

Here I look at how racial diversity is apportioned among counties (or county equivalents) in each of the 50 states, using two ........ Read more »

  • December 17, 2010
  • 04:57 PM

Of Political Orgasms and the Scientific Method

by David Berreby in Mind Matters

This week's theme is epistemological unease in the sciences: Complaints in a number of disciplines that studies didn't really find the effects they're reporting. One reason for these worries is that many studies nowadays are never repeated. So today I'm going to consciously and rationally resist ...Read More
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  • December 17, 2010
  • 02:21 PM

Use Youtube to be Creative at work…

by Kandarp Mehta in Creatologue - Exploring Creativity

New research has shown that watching funny video at work may likely make you more creative. So all those bosses who catch their subordinates snooping in some comic videos on Youtube, be happy! The same subordinate might come up with … Continue reading →... Read more »

Nadler RT, Rabi R, & Minda JP. (2010) Better mood and better performance: learning rule-described categories is enhanced by positive mood. Psychological science : a journal of the American Psychological Society / APS, 21(12), 1770-6. PMID: 20974709  

  • December 17, 2010
  • 09:06 AM

Doctors happier to prescribe sex drugs than smart drugs

by Caspar Addyman in Your Brain on Drugs

A new survey of family doctors in North America has found that they are more comfortable prescribing viagra than modafinil or ritalin. The new study in PLoS ONE was conducted by Opeyemi Banjo, Roland Nadler and Peter Reiner, three neuroethicists at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. They were interested in doctor’s attitudes to pharmacological cognitive enhancers (or smart drugs as we stupid people call them)... Read more »

  • December 17, 2010
  • 07:07 AM

Simple Jury Persuasion: Use Christian religious concepts to increase racial prejudice

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

We’ve written a lot about racial biases in the courtroom.  As regular readers of this blog know, we look for ways to mitigate the impact of racial biases. We believe in social justice. We also know (although we don’t like it much) that there are times when in the interests of advocacy, it is important [...]

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Johnson, MK, Rowatt, WC, & LaBouff, J. (2010) Priming Christian religious concepts increases racial prejudice. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 1(2). info:/

  • December 16, 2010
  • 02:00 AM

Could economics solve the prison crisis?

by SAGE Insight in SAGE Insight

From Probation Journal This study suggests that economists have a unique opportunity to help solve the prison crisis by bringing sophisticated economic modelling techniques to bear on the problem. Over the last decade prison numbers risen sharply in England and Wales and are set to rise further. As of January 2010 the prison population was [...]... Read more »

Fox, C., & Albertson, K. (2010) Could economics solve the prison crisis?. Probation Journal, 57(3), 263-280. DOI: 10.1177/0264550510379883  

  • December 15, 2010
  • 05:37 PM

The evolution of dissent

by Tom Rees in Epiphenom

If religion is a virus, then perhaps the spread of religion can be understood through the lens of evolutionary theory. Perhaps cultural evolution can be modelled using the same mathematical tools applied to genetic evolution.

Well, that's overly simplistic, of course - as anyone who's followed the 'meme' controversy over the years will know. In fact, the authors of the paper I'm writing up today - Michael Doebli and Iaroslav Ispolatov at the University of  British Columbia - studiously avo........ Read more »

Doebeli M, & Ispolatov I. (2010) A model for the evolutionary diversification of religions. Journal of theoretical biology, 267(4), 676-84. PMID: 20854828  

  • December 15, 2010
  • 03:49 PM

Childhood Trauma, Male Suicide Risk

by Ultimo167 in Strong Silent Types

It seems sensible and seductive to suggest that child abuse causes mental disorder and that mental disorder aggravates the risk for male suicide. However, contrary to what Mandelli et al. (2010) might argue here, I would protest that attempting to squeeze such a multi-faceted and fluid problematic into a thimble is a circus trick beyond reason. ... Read more »

  • December 15, 2010
  • 02:07 PM

Sociologie en boîte vs. analyse des réseaux sociaux

by ---a in

PDF de mon article "'Petites boîtes' et individualisme en réseau. Les usages socialisants du Web en débat", tout juste paru dans Les Annales des Mines, série Réalités Industrielles (novembre 2010).... Read more »

Antonio A. Casilli. (2010) "'Petites boîtes' et individualisme en réseau. Les usages socialisants du Web en débat". Annales des Mines (série "Réalités Industrielles"), 216(4), 54-59. info:/

  • December 15, 2010
  • 07:07 AM

The ‘artful dodge’: The danger of a smooth talker

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

In 1992, Sade sang ‘Smooth Operator’.  Almost two decades later we have research confirming that a smooth talker wins the day still. Put more bluntly—style trumps substance (particularly when that substance is delivered poorly). We say we want information, but really we want infotainment. Todd Rogers and Michael Norton (both at Harvard) showed participants different [...]

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Rogers T, & Norton MI. (2010) People often trust eloquence more than honesty. Harvard business review, 88(11), 36-7. PMID: 21049679  

  • December 15, 2010
  • 02:00 AM

Experiencing different cultures enhances creativity

by SAGE Insight in SAGE Insight

When in Rome…Learn why the Romans do what they do:  how multicultural learning experiences facilitate creativity   From Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin   This research reveals that creativity can be enhanced by experiencing cultures different from one’s own. Three studies looked at students who had lived abroad and those who hadn’t, testing them on [...]... Read more »

  • December 14, 2010
  • 10:40 PM

Mythbusting booze: Absorbing alcohol through feet?!?

by Michael Slezak in Good, Bad, and Bogus

Yeah — I didn’t think this was a belief that anyone held either. But apparently it’s Danish urban folklore that you can become drunk by submerging your feet in an...... Read more »

Christian Stevns Hansen, Louise Holmsgaard Færch, Peter Lommer Kristensen. (2010) Testing the validity of the Danish urban myth that alcohol can be absorbed through feet: open labelled self experimental study. The British Medical Journal. info:/10.1136/bmj.c6812

  • December 14, 2010
  • 02:00 AM

Are internet daters more likely to lie about themselves?

by SAGE Insight in SAGE Insight

Strategic misrepresentation in online dating: The effects of gender, self-monitoring, and personality traits   From Journal of Social and Personal Relationships  Internet dating is a growing trend, but can we trust the information that people provide about themselves via online dating services? The researchers in this study investigated over 5000 individuals dating online, using surveys [...]... Read more »

  • December 13, 2010
  • 04:48 PM

At a Loss for Words: Modern Lessons From a Lost Language

by Krystal D'Costa in Anthropology in Practice

It's hard to imagine that knowledge could be lost today. Technology seems to have put the ability to know almost everything within our grasp. So when researchers announced that they had "found" a previously unknown Peruvian language earlier this year, it was strangely tantalizing. Here was knowledge that we couldn't Google. We could plumb the archives and look for clues that might offer answers, but true understanding would not be easily attainable. And in all likelihood, we would have to resign........ Read more »

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