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  • February 26, 2014
  • 10:30 AM

When You Are Popular on Facebook, Strangers Think You’re Attractive

by Richard Landers in NeoAcademic

From psychology, we’ve known for a while that people create near-instant impressions of people based upon all sorts of cues. Visual cues (like unkempt hair or clothing), auditory cues (like a high- or low-pitched voice), and even olfactory cues (what’s that smell!?!) all combine rapidly to create our initial impressions of a person. Where things […]Related articles from NeoAcademic:Facebook’s Bad For You But Good For MeSurprise: Social People Use FacebookEven Virtual Attr........ Read more »

  • February 24, 2014
  • 08:00 AM

Biomass-based Nanocomposites and Mesoporous Materials

by JNSM in JScholar Publishers

The conversion of lignocellulosic biomass into fuels and chemicals has been rigorously investigated as a response to the depletion of petroleum resources, increasing demand for in oil and secure access to energy. It has been estimated that by 2030 lignocellulosic biomass could supply a substantial portion of the international chemical and transportation fuel market. Lignocellulosic biomass is usually composed of three components: 35-50 wt% cellulose, 20-40 wt% hemicellulose, and 10-25 wt% lignin........ Read more »

Tae Jin Kim. (2014) Biomass-based Nanocomposites and Mesoporous Materials. Journal of Nanotechnology and Smart Materials, 1(1), 1-2. info:/1: 103

  • February 21, 2014
  • 10:30 AM

Do Recommendation Letters Actually Tell Us Anything Useful?

by Richard Landers in NeoAcademic

Recommendation letters are one of the most face valid predictors of academic and job performance; it is certainly intuitive that someone writing about someone else whom they know well should be able to provide an honest and objective assessment of that person’s capabilities.  But despite their ubiquity, little research is available on the actual validity […]Related articles from NeoAcademic:GRE: The Personality TestEven If Job Applicants Cheat, Online Testing May Still Increase Job ........ Read more »

Kuncel, N. R., Kochevar, R. J., & Ones, D. S. (2014) A meta-analysis of letters of recommendation in college and graduate admissions: Reasons for hope. International Journal of Selection and Assessment, 22(1), 101-107. info:/10.1111/ijsa.12060

  • February 5, 2014
  • 10:30 AM

Is Age-Related Mental Decline Not As Bad As We Think?

by Richard Landers in NeoAcademic

It’s well-supported in psychology that fluid intelligence (i.e. a person’s ability to solve unique, unfamiliar problems or remember large amounts of unfamiliar information, or otherwise flex their mental muscles) decreases with age.  There are several theories as to why – perhaps our brains become less efficient over time as our neurons age, or perhaps we […]Related articles from NeoAcademic:Can You Trust Self-Help Mental Health Information from the Internet?Inappropriat........ Read more »

Ramscar, M., Hendrix, P., Shaoul, C., Milin, P., & Baayen, H. (2014) The myth of cognitive decline: Non-linear dynamics of lifelong learning. Topics in Cognitive Science, 5-42. info:/10.1111/tops.12078

  • January 29, 2014
  • 10:30 AM

Using Links And Writing About Morality Increase Perceived Credibility

by Richard Landers in NeoAcademic

In an upcoming issue of the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Borah[1] conducted two experiments on 550 people to identify the interactive effect between story framing and embedded links on people reading about politically charged issues – in this case, gay marriage and immigration.  The researchers found that a website with critical analysis of political strategy […]Related articles from NeoAcademic:Can Graduate Students Grade Writing As Effectively as Professionals?New R........ Read more »

Borah, P. (2014) The hyperlinked world: A look at how the interactions of news frames and hyperlinks influence news credibility and willingness to seek information. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication. info:/

  • January 25, 2014
  • 03:25 PM

What is educational neuroscience?

by Dorothy Bishop in bishopblog

Sixteen years ago, John Bruer questioned whether neuroscience had application to education. His words have not, however, been heeded, and
educational neuroscience has become a fashionable sub-specialty of neuroscience. I consider whether this is justified... Read more »

  • January 23, 2014
  • 09:30 AM

The Privacy Paradox: Why People Who Complain About Privacy Also Overshare

by Richard Landers in NeoAcademic

In an upcoming issue of the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Taddicken[1] explores a phenomenon called the privacy paradox, a term that describes how social media users report that they are concerned about their privacy but do very little to actively protect it. In this study, 2739 German Internet users were surveyed to help identify why […]Related articles from NeoAcademic:Privacy, Usage Rights, and Hidden CamerasWhy Do People Play Online Social Games?Faculty Apparently Use Soc........ Read more »

Taddicken, M. (2014) The 'privacy paradox' in the social web: The impact of privacy concerns, individual characteristics, and the perceived social relevance on different forms of self-disclosure. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 248-273. info:/10.1111/jcc4.12052

  • January 8, 2014
  • 12:45 AM

Cataloging a year of blogging: applications of evolutionary game theory

by Artem Kaznatcheev in Evolutionary Games Group

The new year is here, at least according to the calendar most of us use, but if you’re an orthodox Christian you were probably celebrating Christmas today. Although (or, because?) I’m Russian, I don’t celebrate Christmas, so I spent the day editing a paper, reflecting on 2013, and compiling a catalog post to summarize the […]... Read more »

Hartshorn, M., Kaznatcheev, A., & Shultz, T.R. (2013) The Evolutionary Dominance of Ethnocentric Cooperation. Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, 16(3). info:/

  • January 1, 2014
  • 09:30 AM

Do Children Benefit from Animals in the Classroom?

by CAPB in Companion Animal Psychology Blog

Many school classrooms have an animal, whether it’s a fish, rabbit or guinea pig. A new study in Australia by Marguerite O’Haire (University of Queensland) et al investigates whether an eight-week program involving a guinea pig in class leads to improved social skills and a reduction in problem behaviours.Photo: waldru / ShutterstockSchools that wanted to take part in the project were divided into two groups, one that received the program and one that was wait-listed. This meant th........ Read more »

  • December 18, 2013
  • 09:30 AM

Can Fatal Dog Attacks Be Prevented?

by CAPB in Companion Animal Psychology Blog

A sobering new report shows such tragic attacks are a multi-factorial problem.Dogs should be part of family life. Photo: V.J. Matthew / ShutterstockCases of humans being killed by dogs are investigated in a new paper by lead author Gary Patronek (Center for Animals and Public Policy, Tufts University).The scientists analyzed dog bite fatalities in the United States from 2000 to 2009, and discovered there are usually multiple contributing factors, many of them preventable.During this time, there ........ Read more »

Dixon, C., Mahabee-Gittens, E.M., Hart, K.W., & Lindsell, C.J. (2012) Dog bite prevention: An assessment of child knowledge. The Journal of Pediatrics, 337-341. DOI: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2011.07.016  

Reisner IR, Nance ML, Zeller JS, Houseknecht EM, Kassam-Adams N, & Wiebe DJ. (2011) Behavioural characteristics associated with dog bites to children presenting to an urban trauma centre. Injury prevention : journal of the International Society for Child and Adolescent Injury Prevention, 17(5), 348-53. PMID: 21444335  

  • December 16, 2013
  • 05:36 PM

A Question Exploration Approach to Learning

by Winston Sieck in Global Cognition

A great way to learn is by asking questions. A question begs to be answered. When you ask a question, your mind starts to explore information in new and purposeful ways. Research on questioning has shown that some forms of questioning work better than others. Questions that invite explanations, such as “why,” “how does that […]... Read more »

Bulgren, J. A., Marquis, J. G., Lenz, B. K., Deshler, D. D., & Schumaker, J. B. (2011) The effectiveness of a question-exploration routine for enhancing the content learning of secondary students. Journal of Educational Psychology, 103(3), 578-593. info:/10.1037/a0023930

  • December 12, 2013
  • 08:09 PM

How You can Learn the Programming Basics in an Hour (Code Week 2013)

by Geoffrey Hannigan in Prophage

This probably would have best been posted a few days ago, but this week is computer science education week, or "code week" (coding just means writing computer programs). From December 9th to the 15th, over a million people all over the US are promoting computer science for students ranging from elementary school to college, as well as those of us finished with school. This is not only really cool because it is generating enthusiasm for computer science education, but it is also provi........ Read more »

Libeskind-Hadas R, & Bush E. (2013) A first course in computing with applications to biology. Briefings in bioinformatics, 14(5), 610-7. PMID: 23449003  

  • December 12, 2013
  • 06:00 PM

The Link Between Using Pro-Social Media and Empathy

by Jalees Rehman in The Next Regeneration

Does watching TV and playing video games affect our empathy and willingness to engage in pro-social behavior? A team of international psychology researchers studied over 2,000 adolescents (mean age 21 years, 60% female and 40% male) in seven countries (Australia, China, Croatia, Germany, Japan, Romania and the United States) to determine whether there is a link between the media they consume and their levels of empathy and pro-social behavior. ... Read more »

Sara Prot, Douglas A. Gentile, Craig A. Anderson, Kanae Suzuki, Edward Swing, Kam Ming Lim, Yukiko Horiuchi, Margareta Jelic, Barbara Krahé, Wei Liuqing.... (2013) Long-Term Relations Among Prosocial-Media Use, Empathy, and Prosocial Behavior. Psychological Science. DOI: 10.1177/0956797613503854  

  • November 20, 2013
  • 09:30 AM

Can You Trust Self-Help Mental Health Information from the Internet?

by Richard Landers in NeoAcademic

In an upcoming issue of Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking, Grohol, Slimowicz and Granda[1] examined the accuracy and trustworthiness of mental health information found on the Internet. This is critical because 8 of every 10 Internet users has searched for health information online, including 59% of the US population. They concluded that information found in […]Related articles from NeoAcademic:Lack of Sleep May Lead to Wasted Time on the Internet at WorkThe Right to Internet ........ Read more »

  • November 10, 2013
  • 09:00 PM

Transfer of Learning: Take What You’ve Learned with You

by Winston Sieck in Global Cognition

Can an eighth-grade math student apply her knowledge of geometry to estimate the square footage of the family’s new home? If so, then she has experienced transfer of learning. Transfer of learning means to extend knowledge you’ve gained from one situation to new ones. Parents and educators hope that kids get more out of school […]... Read more »

Barnett, S. M., & Ceci, S. J. (2002) When and where do we apply what we learn? A taxonomy for far transfer. Psychological bulletin, 128(4), 612-637. info:/10.1037//0033-2909.128.4.612

  • November 7, 2013
  • 09:00 AM

Does Gamifying Survey Progress Improve Completion Rate?

by Richard Landers in NeoAcademic

In an upcoming issue of Social Science Computer Review, Villar, Callegaro, and Yang[1] conducted a meta-analysis on impact of the use of progress bars on survey completion. In doing so, they identified 32 randomized experiments from 10 sources where a control group (no progress bar) was compared to an experimental group (progress bar). Among the […]

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  • November 1, 2013
  • 10:00 AM

20-Somethings Find No Problem with Texting and Answering Calls in Business Meetings

by Richard Landers in NeoAcademic

In an upcoming article in Business Communication Quarterly, Washington, Okoro and Cardon[1] investigated how appropriate people found various mobile-phone-related behaviors during formal business meetings.  Highlights from the respondents included: 51% of 20-somethings believe it appropriate to read texts during formal business meetings, whereas only 16% of workers 40+ believe the same thing 43% of 20-somethings […]

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  • October 31, 2013
  • 03:56 PM

Building Spatial Thinking Improves STEM success

by Winston Sieck in Global Cognition

You fall off of a ledge, dropping through a hole in the floor, only to find yourself hurtling out the side of a wall like a cannon ball. If you can imagine that easily, you have great spatial thinking skills. Or you’ve been playing Portal 2. Perhaps your spatial thinking skills got a boost from […]... Read more »

David H. Uttal, David I. Miller, & Nora S. Newcombe. (2013) Exploring and Enhancing Spatial Thinking: Links to Achievement in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics?. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 22(5), 367-373. info:/10.1177/0963721413484756

  • October 30, 2013
  • 09:45 AM

FVIIILC from Pichia

by Selvakumar in Scientific scrutiny

FVIII light chain expressed in Pichia. Antibody AND phospholipid both bind this light chain. Literature says either but not both can bind. ... Read more »

  • October 26, 2013
  • 09:51 AM

Cognitive Skills Help Fashion Adaptive Minds

by Winston Sieck in Global Cognition

Which is the most useful kind of knowledge – general knowledge about how to think well, or specific knowledge within many subject areas? The idea that we can train the mind to use core cognitive skills that are effective in a wide range of situations is really fantastic. But, maybe it’s too fantastic. General, learnable, […]... Read more »

Perkins, D. N., & Salomon, G. (1989) Are cognitive skills context bound?. Educational Researcher, 18(1), 16-25. info:/10.3102/0013189X018001016

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