Every once in a while, when I look at the lit, I'm truly amazed by the things people report in. This one didn't even need any playing with the title. It's just too good.
Rose, et al. "The bra-strap injury: should men have lessons?" British Journal of Plastic Surgery, 2001.
This post shall otherwise be known as "Sci's explanation on how to get off a girl's bra while avoiding possible pain and injury. It even works through a sweater." Read the rest of this post... | Read the comments on th........ Read more »
Insects are not only the most diverse group of animals in the world, they are also among the most beautiful. Beetles, of course (with apologies to any lepidopterists that may be reading this), are responsible for a hefty slice of this majestic diversity, with the most spectacular of these belonging primarily to a few select families. [...]... Read more »
U. Nylander. (2008) Review of the genera Calodema and Metaxymorpha (Coleoptera: Buprestidae: Stigmoderini). Folia Heyrovskyana, 1-84.
Many months ago I presented an objection to a view called musical perdurantism. Now I want to discuss a different objection.
First a refresher. Ben Caplan and Carl Matheson define musical perdurantism as follows.
According to musical perdurantism, a musical work is a fusion of performances. On this view, works persist by perduring: that is, they exist [...]... Read more »
A new artificial neural network revives an old debate on the benefits of constraints in learning.... Read more »
Krueger KA, Dayan P. (2009) Flexible shaping: How learning in small steps helps. Cognition.
Michael Buchfelder pulls together recent studies with a good synopsis of current treatments for aggressive pituitary tumors in this article. However, he doesn't address ACTH-producing adenomas which cause Cushing's Disease. He does, however, talk about some of the treatments that are being used for other types of tumors.Buchfelder discusses the use of dopamine agents to control prolactinomas, and focuses on cabergoline and bromocriptine. Cabergoline is the preferred agent due to its ability to n........ Read more »
Michael Buchfelder. (2008) Management of aggressive pituitary adenomas: current treatment strategies. Pituitary. DOI: 10.1007/s11102-008-0153-z
What is transcranial direct current stimulation?
With tDCS a weak electrical current of 1 or 2 m Ampere is applied to the head with an electrode. The electrode is a non-metalic conductive rubber electrode, covered completely by saline soaked sponges.It is a noninvasive brain stimulation technique that utilizes low amplitude direct currents applied via scalp electrodes [...]... Read more »
C MINIUSSI, S CAPPA, L COHEN, A FLOEL, F FREGNI, M NITSCHE, M OLIVERI, A PASCUALLEONE, W PAULUS, & A PRIORI. (2008) Efficacy of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation/transcranial direct current stimulation in cognitive neurorehabilitation. Brain Stimulation. DOI: 10.1016/j.brs.2008.07.002
In a previous post, I explored an article by Sally J. Rogers and Laurie A. Vismara on the state of early interventions for autism. The Rogers and Vismara article was one of a series of articles in a special issue of the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology exploring the evidence base for current [...]... Read more »
Pamela Keel, & Alissa Haedt. (2008) Evidence-Based Psychosocial Treatments for Eating Problems and Eating Disorders. Journal of Clinical Child , 37(1), 39-61. DOI: 10.1080/15374410701817832
Living things, from bacteria to humans, depend on a workforce of proteins to carry out essential tasks within their cells. Proteins are chains of amino acids that are strung together according to instructions encoded within that most important of molecules - DNA.
The string of "letters" that make up DNA correspond to chains of amino acids, and they are read in threes, with every combination representing one of many amino acids. Until now, scientists believed that this relationship is unambiguou........ Read more »
A. A. Turanov, A. V. Lobanov, D. E. Fomenko, H. G. Morrison, M. L. Sogin, L. A. Klobutcher, D. L. Hatfield, & V. N. Gladyshev. (2009) Genetic Code Supports Targeted Insertion of Two Amino Acids by One Codon. Science, 323(5911), 259-261. DOI: 10.1126/science.1164748
Should we be more optimistic? The answer if yes, if we listen to others...find out why.... Read more »
David A. Armor, Cade Massey, & Aaron M. Sackett. (2008) Prescribed Optimism: Is It Right to Be Wrong About the Future?. Psychological Science, 19(4), 329-331. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9280.2008.02089.x
Scientists out of Oxford University have developed a deep brain stimulation protocol for the orbitofrontal cortex of the brain, a small center behind the eyes which is believed to have a role in our perception of pleasure associated with food and sex. Dr. Tipu Aziz, a professor of neurosurgery at Oxford remarks, “A few years [...]... Read more »
Morten L. Kringelbach. (2005) The human orbitofrontal cortex: linking reward to hedonic experience. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 6(9), 691-702. DOI: 10.1038/nrn1747
Kent C. Berridge, & Morten L. Kringelbach. (2008) Affective neuroscience of pleasure: reward in humans and animals. Psychopharmacology, 199(3), 457-480. DOI: 10.1007/s00213-008-1099-6
As a young child, my family was poor and we had to go to a public clinic for dental work. Since we were being seen by dental students, often the process was painful and took much longer than it should have. It was a tremendous relief when my uncle opened a swanky dental practice with a lake view, and soothing '70s rock wafted out over the audio system. I'm pretty sure my uncle was a better dentist than the students who had been seeing me before, but it also seemed like just the environment in hi........ Read more »
Laura A. Mitchell, Raymond A. R. MacDonald, & Christina Knussen. (2008) An investigation of the effects of music and art on pain perception. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 2(3), 162-170. DOI: 10.1037/1931-38126.96.36.199
Picture the scene - you sit in a room with two other people, one white and one black, waiting for a psychological test. As the black person leaves to use their mobile phone, they bump the knee of the white person on their way out. While they're gone, the white person turns to you and says, "Typical, I hate it when black people do that." How would you feel? Would you be shocked? Angry? Indifferent? And would you want to work with that person later?
This was the scenario that Kerry Kawakami from ........ Read more »
K. Kawakami, E. Dunn, F. Karmali, & J. F. Dovidio. (2009) Mispredicting Affective and Behavioral Responses to Racism. Science, 323(5911), 276-278. DOI: 10.1126/science.1164951
Every now and again I enjoy a nice lump of cancer with my evolution coffee in the morning, and today happened to be one of those mornings. A paper published in PNAS appeared in my aggregator that I just couldn’t keep from devouring. Entitled Toward a genetics of cancer resistance, George Klein of the Karolinska Institute takes us on a brief tour of what we currently know about our susceptibility to cancer, and what it is evolution is telling us.
Klein introduces the topic of cancer resist........ Read more »
This is the title of a talk I'm giving at the Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience Society meeting tomorrow in Tucson. What I'm going to argue is that there is no such thing. Let me explain...The planum temporale is a gross anatomical feature. Although it is often referred to and studied as a functional region -- e.g., The Planum Temporale as a Computational Hub (Griffiths and Warren, 2002) among many other papers -- there is no evidence to support this view. Cytoarchitectonic data indicate at le........ Read more »
Welcome to the New Year and the start of a new campaign: Paraphyly Watch 2009The aim is to document, as comprehensively as possible, all the misuses and abuses of paraphyly in the scientific and popular literature for 2009. By paraphyly we mean non-monophyletic groups or taxa (e.g., grades).By misuse, we mean accepting paraphyletic groups* as informative (e.g., using them in analysis).By abuse we mean treating paraphyly as being evolutionary or evidence for evolution (e.g., accepting non-monophy........ Read more »
Brummitt, R.K. (2008) Evolution in taxonomic perspective . Taxon.
Zander, R.H. (2008) Evolutionary inferences from non-monophyly on molecular trees . Taxon.
This model is right, use chocolate as make-up. Cocoa polyphenols such as flavanols have a positive effect on skin structure when applied for at least 5 days. Cocoa butter also has an activity, but its onset of action takes longer (12 days). Cocoa butter doesn’t contain polyphenolen. The dose at which cocoa polyphenols – when [...]... Read more »
P. Gasser, E. Lati, L. Peno-Mazzarino, D. Bouzoud, L. Allegaert, & H. Bernaert. (2008) Cocoa polyphenols and their influence on parameters involved in skin restructuring . International Journal of Cosmetic Science, 30(5), 339-345. DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2494.2008.00457.x
Every year about this time, we start thinking about an exciting television event: the Super Bowl. I'm excited because it's the biggest football game of the year. The rest of the family just likes to watch the commercials. No doubt, some of those commercials are hilarious, and there's often more conversation about the commercials than the game itself. Companies spend millions buying advertising time, and millions more developing commercials that will stand out from the pack on Super Bowl Sunday. ........ Read more »
James J. Kellaris, & Thomas W. Cline. (2007) Humor and ad memorability: On the contributions of humor expectancy, relevancy, and need for humor. Psychology and Marketing, 24(6), 497-509. DOI: 10.1002/mar.20170
I'm reading an article with my jaw completely agape and I thought I'd share the pain. The good people at Forest Pharmaceuticals have put together a tragic waste of journal space. The editorial board at the journal Depression and Anxiety should call an emergency meeting to see how this thing got published. Any peer reviewer who put a stamp of approval on this should be forced to listen to Michael Bolton's Greatest Hits at maximum volume for 12 hours straight.OK, so what am I having a fit about?........ Read more »
Pratap Chokka, & Mark Legault. (2008) Escitalopram in the treatment of major depressive disorder in primary-care settings: an open-label trial. Depression and Anxiety, 25(12). DOI: 10.1002/da.20458
Healthy aging is characterized by a gradual decline in cognitive function. Mental processes such as attention, memory and the ability to process information are at their peak when people are in their 30s and 40s, but as we get older, we find it increasingly difficult to focus on relevant information and to recall the names of familiar objects or people, and it takes us longer to perform mental tasks.
This age-related cognitive decline varies greatly between individuals. Some people experience l........ Read more »
D ZIEGLER, O PIGUET, D SALAT, K PRINCE, E CONNALLY, & S CORKIN. (2008) Cognition in healthy aging is related to regional white matter integrity, but not cortical thickness. Neurobiology of Aging. DOI: 10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2008.10.015
Daniel G. Hert, Christopher P. Fredlake, Annelise E. Barron (2008). Advantages and limitations of next-generation sequencing technologies: A comparison of electrophoresis and non-electrophoresis methods Electrophoresis, 29 (23), 4618-4626 DOI: 10.1002/elps.200800456
The dideoxy termination method of DNA sequencing (often called Sanger sequencing after the technique's inventor, Fred Sanger) has been the workhorse of pretty much every molecular biology lab for the last 30 years. However, over the........ Read more »
Daniel G. Hert, Christopher P. Fredlake, & Annelise E. Barron. (2008) Advantages and limitations of next-generation sequencing technologies: A comparison of electrophoresis and non-electrophoresis methods. ELECTROPHORESIS, 29(23), 4618-4626. DOI: 10.1002/elps.200800456
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