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  • August 25, 2010
  • 01:12 AM

Cephalopod Consciousness Part 2: The Case for Animal Consciousness

by Mike Mike in Cephalove

In this second post of the series “Cephalopod Consciousness”, I’ll talk about the methods that scientists have used to attempt to study consciousness in animals. For perhaps the first time in the history of this blog, I’ll write about science without making any specific reference to cephalopods – I’m saving that for part 3. Here [...]... Read more »

Edelman, D., & Seth, A. (2009) Animal consciousness: a synthetic approach. Trends in Neurosciences, 32(9), 476-484. DOI: 10.1016/j.tins.2009.05.008  

Plotnik JM, de Waal FB, & Reiss D. (2006) Self-recognition in an Asian elephant. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 103(45), 17053-7. PMID: 17075063  

Cowey, A., & Stoerig, P. (1995) Blindsight in monkeys. Nature, 373(6511), 247-249. DOI: 10.1038/373247a0  

  • August 24, 2010
  • 11:05 PM

Drawing pain

by Bronwyn Thompson in Healthskills: Skills for Healthy Living

The pain drawing has to be one of the more ubiquitous assessment tools around. There are many versions of outlines of naked bodies on which a person can scribble, colour, and write to indicate to treatment providers exactly where they feel their pain, and to a certain extent, some of the sensory features of that … Read more... Read more »

  • August 24, 2010
  • 10:50 PM

Plumes, Microbes, and Hypoxia…Did, Do, or Will They Exist in the Gulf

by Dr. M in Deep Sea News

The internets are a buzz with a new paper published in Science. You may recall I covered the new paper by Camilli et al. in Science demonstrating that a deep-water oil plume did exist, conclusively, in Gulf of Mexico at the time the researchers sampled, approximately May-June.  One of the interesting findings was that at the . . . → Read More: Plumes, Microbes, and Hypoxia…Did, Do, or Will They Exist in the Gulf... Read more »

Hazen, T., Dubinsky, E., DeSantis, T., Andersen, G., Piceno, Y., Singh, N., Jansson, J., Probst, A., Borglin, S., Fortney, J.... (2010) Deep-Sea Oil Plume Enriches Indigenous Oil-Degrading Bacteria. Science. DOI: 10.1126/science.1195979  

  • August 24, 2010
  • 10:16 PM

No good deed goes unpunished

by Kris-Stella in Coffee Shop Philosophy

In Estonia, there is an old saying: "No good deed goes unpunished." Yes, you read that right: folk wisdom warns Estonians about being too unselfish because good deeds do not get rewarded. Instead, the performer of good deeds depletes their own resources but receives, if anything, bad things in return. Does that sound too cynical for you? Well, now this old proverb has a piece of social psychology research to fall back on. A recent article by Parks and Stone in The Journal of Personality and Soci........ Read more »

Parks, C., & Stone, A. (2010) The desire to expel unselfish members from the group. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 99(2), 303-310. DOI: 10.1037/a0018403  

  • August 24, 2010
  • 09:35 PM

Big ideas in sleep: Borbély's Two Process Model

by 神経オタク in Cognitive Convolutions

I think I'm sticking with sleep for now. I enjoy it, and I'm familiar with the literature a little better than other sub-fields. I may even try to volunteer in a sleep/circ lab the following semesters(!). In any case, I won't pretend to be an expert either... Definitely not, and I really don't want to step on anyone's toes. But sleep is FUN for me, so that's what I'm doing. For now. Unless I find... Read more »

Borbély, A., & Achermann, P. (1999) Sleep Homeostasis and Models of Sleep Regulation. Journal of Biological Rhythms, 14(6), 559-570. DOI: 10.1177/074873099129000894  

  • August 24, 2010
  • 09:01 PM

What would a Zostera blog be without a Zostera entry?

by John Carroll in Chronicles of Zostera

In the most recent issue of Marine Biology, there is a manuscript addressing the issue of 2 introduced species and their interactions with one another. Its an interesting read - one of the species is a commercially important bivalve, the Manila clam, which was introduced in the early 20th century and is now one of the most commercially harvested clams on the west coast of the US. The second is Zostera japonica, dwarf eelgrass, an introduced seagrass species which can establish itself on tidal ........ Read more »

Judge M, Coen L, Heck KL. (1993) Does Mercenaria mercenaria encounter elevated food levels in seagrass beds? Results from a novel technique to collect suspended food resources. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 141-150. info:/

  • August 24, 2010
  • 08:17 PM

Ep 135: Why do I sneeze at the Sun?

by westius in Mr Science Show

Do you sneeze at the Sun?

I do. My brother does. Both my parents do. In fact, we are a family of Photic Sneeze sufferers.

The Photic Sneeze Reflex (PSR), also known rather ridiculously as Autosomal Dominant Compelling Helioophthalmic Outburst (ACHOO) Syndrome (how long do you think it took researchers to figure out that acronym....) is a dominant genetic condition affecting around 10% of the population. When a sufferer moves from a region of darkness to a region of bright light - for instance,........ Read more »

  • August 24, 2010
  • 08:15 PM

Ant Nestmate Recognition is Fast and Dynamic with Minimal Neural Processing

by Michael Long in Phased

Nathalie Stroeymeyt (University of Copenhagen, Denmark) and coworkers have shown that ant chemical recognition of nestmates can be fast, is adaptable to evolving conditions, and does not require extensive neural processing. This news feature was written on August 24, 2010.... Read more »

  • August 24, 2010
  • 07:51 PM

…The Big-5 and you: What others take from your personality scores

by Rift in Psycasm

[Wherein our hero discusses the Big-5 personality traits, and how they correlate with other trait factors. Provided are links to Big-5 personality test so you can compare your own scores] I’m of the opinion free will doesn’t exist. The more I learn the more it appears that those things I consider to be ‘me’, are [...]... Read more »

Petrides, K., Vernon, P., Schermer, J., Ligthart, L., Boomsma, D., & Veselka, L. (2010) Relationships between trait emotional intelligence and the Big Five in the Netherlands. Personality and Individual Differences, 48(8), 906-910. DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2010.02.019  

Brown SC, & Mitchell LA. (2010) An observational investigation of poker style and the five-factor personality model. Journal of gambling studies / co-sponsored by the National Council on Problem Gambling and Institute for the Study of Gambling and Commercial Gaming, 26(2), 229-34. PMID: 19924520  

  • August 24, 2010
  • 07:36 PM

Library love

by Emma in we are all in the gutter

I love libraries. I’m a member of four, not including University ones. Without libraries and the ability to borrow whatever I fancy, I think I’d be broke and living in a book-cave! So, I was sad this morning to hear that the number of adults visiting libraries in the UK has been decreasing steadily over [...]... Read more »

Nissinboim, A., Ebel, D. S., Harlow, G. E., Boesenberg, J. S., Sherman, K. M., Lewis, E. R., Brusentsova, T. N., Peale, R. E., Lisse, C. M., & Hibbitts, C. A. (2010) The American Museum of Natural History Mineral Library for Spectroscopic Standards. Lunar and Planetary Institute Science Conference. info:/

  • August 24, 2010
  • 07:00 PM

This Week in the Universe: August 17th – August 23rd

by S.C. Kavassalis in The Language of Bad Physics

What have people been talking about this week in high energy physics, astrophysics, gravitation, general relativity and quantum gravity?... Read more »

Lo Curto, G., Mayor, M., Benz, W., Bouchy, F., Lovis, C., Moutou, C., Naef, D., Pepe, F., Queloz, D., Santos, N.... (2010) The HARPS search for southern extra-solar planets XXVII. Astronomy and Astrophysics. info:other/10.1051/0004-6361/200913523

D. J. Champion, G. B. Hobbs, R. N. Manchester, R. T. Edwards, D. C. Backer, M. Bailes, N. D. R. Bhat, S. Burke-Spolaor, W. Coles, P. B. Demorest.... (2010) Measuring the mass of solar system planets using pulsar timing. Astrophysical Journal. arXiv: 1008.3607v1

Berné O, Marcelino N, & Cernicharo J. (2010) Waves on the surface of the Orion molecular cloud. Nature, 466(7309), 947-9. PMID: 20725034  

Ephraim Fischbach,, Peter A. Sturrock,, Jere H. Jenkins,, Daniel Javorsek II,, John B. Buncher,, & John T. Gruenwald. (2010) Evidence for Solar Influences on Nuclear Decay Rates . Fifth Meeting on CPT and Lorentz Symmetry. info:/1007.3318

P. E. Koehler, F. Bečvář, M. Krtička, J. A. Harvey, & K. H. Guber. (2010) Anomalous fluctuations of s-wave reduced neutron widths of $^{192,194}$Pt resonances. Phys. Rev. Lett. , 105(7). arXiv: 1007.3675v1

Palenzuela, C., Lehner, L., & Liebling, S. (2010) Dual Jets from Binary Black Holes. Science, 329(5994), 927-930. DOI: 10.1126/science.1191766  

  • August 24, 2010
  • 06:42 PM

Neuroimaging of language: Why hasn't a clearer picture emerged?

by Greg Hickok in Talking Brains

This is the question raised in a paper by Evelina Fedorenko and Nancy Kanwisher published last year in Language and Linguistics Compass. The main point that they want to make is that language neuroimagers need to stop doing group studies and start doing functional localization in individual subjects, like the vision folks do. I don't disagree at all; e.g., see this post. In fact, we have used individual subject analyses in several of our papers (e.g., Okada & Hickok, 2006; Okada et al., in pr........ Read more »

  • August 24, 2010
  • 05:58 PM

Drug Shortages Affect Those Still in the Dark Ages – Lidocaine

by Rogue Medic in Rogue Medic

This drug shortage could be a good thing.

EMS may be forced to do without drugs that cause more harm than benefit.

Maybe we will be smart enough to realize that we are not helping our patients with these drugs.

Maybe.... Read more »

Komura S, Chinushi M, Furushima H, Hosaka Y, Izumi D, Iijima K, Watanabe H, Yagihara N, & Aizawa Y. (2010) Efficacy of procainamide and lidocaine in terminating sustained monomorphic ventricular tachycardia. Circulation journal : official journal of the Japanese Circulation Society, 74(5), 864-9. PMID: 20339190  

  • August 24, 2010
  • 05:01 PM

Coordination and the Haken-Kelso-Bunz Model

by Andrew Wilson in Notes from Two Scientific Psychologists

The first attempt to model coordinated rhythmic movement was the Haken-Kelso-Bunz (HKB) model. This model embodies a particular approach to modelling complex systems that has become common in perception/action research... Read more »

  • August 24, 2010
  • 04:20 PM

Neuroscience of Murder and Aggression: Epidemiology

by William Yates, M.D. in Brain Posts

This is the second in a five part series on the neuroscience of murder and aggression.  This post will address some key issues in the epidemiology of murder and antisocial personality disorder.  The number of murders in the U.S. has been stable at between 16,000 and 17,000 per year over the 2000 to 2008 time period..  The number peaked at around 24,700 in 1991.  The number has decreased since the early 1990s despite a steadily increasing total U.S. population.The reason for t........ Read more »

Lenzenweger MF, Lane MC, Loranger AW, & Kessler RC. (2007) DSM-IV personality disorders in the National Comorbidity Survey Replication. Biological psychiatry, 62(6), 553-64. PMID: 17217923  

  • August 24, 2010
  • 03:33 PM

Every patient is an experiment

by PalMD in White Coat Underground

Mrs. Charbin’s blood pressure just kept going up.  She felt fine—no chest pain, no shortness of breath, no headaches—but the numbers put her at risk.  At 55, her risk of developing heart disease at some point in her life is high, and is made even higher by her hypertension.  For each 20 mm Hg rise [...]... Read more »

  • August 24, 2010
  • 12:36 PM

Harvard Confirms Scientific Micsonduct by Marc Hauser

by Greg Laden in Greg Laden's Blog

I am sad to report that it is indeed confirmed by official sources that primatologist Marc Hauser engaged in several instances of what is being termed misconduct while carrying out experiments in his lab.

Dean Michael Smith issued the following letter to members of the Harvard community today: Read the rest of this post... | Read the comments on this post...... Read more »

  • August 24, 2010
  • 11:54 AM

Differentiating Skill and Luck in Financial Markets with Streaks

by Samuel Arbesman in

Speaking of luck, we just released a paper onto SSRN about luck and skill entitled Differentiating Skill and Luck in Financial Markets with Streaks. This paper, which I worked on with Andrew Mauboussin (a brilliant high school student who worked in our lab this summer), examines the relationship between skill and luck using mutual fund [...]... Read more »

Andrew Mauboussin, & Samuel Arbesman. (2010) Differentiating Skill and Luck in Financial Markets with Streaks. SSRN: info:/

  • August 24, 2010
  • 10:36 AM

Bunches and Antibunches of Atoms: Hanbury Brown and Twiss Effects in Ultracold Atoms

by Chad Orzel in Uncertain Principles

Two papers in one post this time out. One of these was brought to my attention by Joerg Heber, the other I was reminded of when checking some information for last week's mathematical post on photons. They fit extremely well together though, and both relate to the photon correlation stuff I was talking about last week.

OK, what's the deal with these? These are two papers, one recent Optics Express paper from a week or so ago, the other a Nature article from a few years back. The Nature paper inc........ Read more »

Jeltes, T., McNamara, J., Hogervorst, W., Vassen, W., Krachmalnicoff, V., Schellekens, M., Perrin, A., Chang, H., Boiron, D., Aspect, A.... (2007) Comparison of the Hanbury Brown–Twiss effect for bosons and fermions. Nature, 445(7126), 402-405. DOI: 10.1038/nature05513  

Manning, A., Hodgman, S., Dall, R., Johnsson, M., & Truscott, A. (2010) The Hanbury Brown-Twiss effect in a pulsed atom laser. Optics Express, 18(18), 18712. DOI: 10.1364/OE.18.018712  

  • August 24, 2010
  • 10:00 AM

Pre-Teaching Interventions to Maximize Learning

by Richard Landers in NeoAcademic

What should trainers and instructors do before starting their courses that will maximize learning for students?... Read more »

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