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  • September 20, 2010
  • 12:00 PM

You Look Where I Look: Magic Tricks and Gaze Cues

by Psychology 379 bloggers in Cognition & the Arts

If you are like me you have always been intrigued by magic tricks and you try to figure out the secrets behind each trick. Magic tricks have to do with something called “gaze cues”. Gaze cues, the effect of you looking where I look, are exactly what magicians utilize in their tricks. One of the [...]... Read more »

  • September 20, 2010
  • 11:56 AM

Neck Wars, flightlessness in azhdarchids and more filling of Romer's Gap: SVPCA 2010

by Darren Naish in Tetrapod Zoology

I said I wouldn't do any conferences this year. But I lied, and have recently returned from the 58th Symposium on Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy (SVPCA), this year held once again in Cambridge, UK. Compared to the enormous, sprawling SVP (= Society of Vertebrate Paleontology) meeting with its numerous concurrent sessions (last year held in England, but usually held in North America), SVPCA is tiny and tidy. So, ok, there's less content, but at least you get to talk to every........ Read more »

Stevens KA, & Parrish JM. (1999) Neck posture and feeding habits of two jurassic sauropod dinosaurs. Science (New York, N.Y.), 284(5415), 798-800. PMID: 10221910  

  • September 20, 2010
  • 10:30 AM

Proto-Fairness? Hints of Moral Thinking in Dogs

by Jason Goldman in The Thoughtful Animal

Cooperation and conflict are both a part of human society. While a good deal of the academic literature addresses the evolutionary origins of conflict, in recent years there has been an increased focus on the investigation of the evolutionary origins of cooperative behavior. One component of cooperative behavior that might be present in other animals is aversion to inequity. Some scientists have suggested that inequity aversion may itself be the main factor driving the enforcement of cooperati........ Read more »

Range F, Horn L, Viranyi Z, & Huber L. (2009) The absence of reward induces inequity aversion in dogs. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 106(1), 340-5. PMID: 19064923  

  • September 20, 2010
  • 09:58 AM

The Making of a Tyrant

by Brian Switek in Dinosaur Tracking

Tyrannosaurus rex was an obligatory inclusion in every book and documentary about dinosaurs I saw as a kid. It was the tyrant king of all dinosaurs, the supreme predator of the end-Cretaceous, but for all its majesty no one could explain where it had come from. Along with its kin—such as Albertosaurus and Tarbosaurus—Tyrannosaurus [...]... Read more »

Brusatte SL, Norell MA, Carr TD, Erickson GM, Hutchinson JR, Balanoff AM, Bever GS, Choiniere JN, Makovicky PJ, & Xu X. (2010) Tyrannosaur Paleobiology: New Research on Ancient Exemplar Organisms. Science (New York, N.Y.), 329(5998), 1481-1485. PMID: 20847260  

  • September 20, 2010
  • 09:45 AM

The Doctor Death Wish: Why are so many health workers the victims of violent attacks?

by Emily Anthes in Wonderland

Last week, 50-year-old Paul Warren Pardus decided to express how he felt about the medical care being provided to his ailing mother. So he shot her doctor. Then he barricaded himself in his mother’s room at Johns Hopkins Hospital. When police found him, he had shot both himself and his mother to death. Her surgeon, Dr. David B. Cohen, had been shot in the abdomen and is expected to survive.... Read more »

  • September 20, 2010
  • 09:44 AM

The Mouse With Sleeper Toxins

by Rob Mitchum in ScienceLife

Studying a disease using an animal model is not as simple as merely replicating it. For instance, a variety of techniques have been used in animals to simulate the neurological disorder multiple sclerosis, where the protective myelin sheath that wraps around neuronal axons is lost, but each method has its advantages and disadvantages. Scientists have [...]... Read more »

  • September 20, 2010
  • 09:29 AM

Language, Thought, and Space (IV): Comparing Different Cultures

by Michael in A Replicated Typo 2.0

In my last post on the relationship between language, thought and (thinking and talking about) space I wrote that one of the most interesting, but also one of the most difficult questions is to what extent linguistic differences in talking about space reflect conceptual and perceptual differences.

Researchers at the Max-Planck-Institute for Psycholinguistics (Nijmegen, Netherlands) and at . . . → Read More: Language, Thought, and Space (IV): Comparing Different Cultures... Read more »

Haun, D., Rapold, C., Call, J., Janzen, G., & Levinson, S. (2006) Cognitive cladistics and cultural override in Hominid spatial cognition. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 103(46), 17568-17573. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0607999103  

  • September 20, 2010
  • 09:00 AM

Neuragen for Nerve Pain

by Scott in Science-Based Pharmacy

Today’s post is from SBP contributor Avicenna. Here’s his bio and his prior posts. An estimated 2 to 3% of the developed world  -  roughly 1 million Canadians and 10 million Americans  -  suffer from a debilitating form of chronic pain, called neuropathic pain (NP) or neuralgia.(1,2) What’s worse is that these numbers are expected [...]... Read more »

  • September 20, 2010
  • 08:58 AM

An Interview with MIQE Guru and qPCR Expert Stephen Bustin

by avi_wener in The European Biotechnologist

Stephen Bustin obtained his Ph.D. from Trinity College, University of Dublin in molecular genetics in 1983. He is currently Professor of Molecular Science at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry where he aims to apply his research in a more translational setting by doing basic research and clinical practice in colorectal cancer. [...]... Read more »

Bustin SA, Benes V, Garson JA, Hellemans J, Huggett J, Kubista M, Mueller R, Nolan T, Pfaffl MW, Shipley GL.... (2009) The MIQE guidelines: minimum information for publication of quantitative real-time PCR experiments. Clinical chemistry, 55(4), 611-22. PMID: 19246619  

Lefever S, Hellemans J, Pattyn F, Przybylski DR, Taylor C, Geurts R, Untergasser A, Vandesompele J, & RDML consortium. (2009) RDML: structured language and reporting guidelines for real-time quantitative PCR data. Nucleic acids research, 37(7), 2065-9. PMID: 19223324  

  • September 20, 2010
  • 08:44 AM

Kids & Bikes: Are cycling and football the most dangerous sports for children?

by Nestor Lopez-Duran PhD in Child-Psych

MONDAY BRIEFS: quick mussing on child related research. The journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics just published a fascinating examination of emergency room visits for concussions from 2001 to 2005 in 100 US hospitals among kids aged 8 to 19. The authors were particularly interested in examining the role of sports in concussion-related ER visits. - [...]... Read more »

  • September 20, 2010
  • 08:00 AM

The Kidney as a Target for Diabetes Treatment?

by Arya M. Sharma in Dr. Sharma's Obesity Notes

This week, I am attending the 46th European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) Annual Meeting in Stockholm, Sweden, where there is considerable enthusiasm about the many new drugs and drug classes for diabetes treatment, which are likely to hit the market in the next few years.
One such group of novel orally active anti-diabetic [...]... Read more »

  • September 20, 2010
  • 07:49 AM

Power of faces

by Janet Kwasniak in Thoughts on thoughts

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Much of what we know of perception has come from studying illusions. Finding situations were the processes reveal themselves in their ‘mistakes’ give clues to how those processes work under ordinary conditions. Of course, our sensory processes have not actually made a mistake; we have misled them.A new illusion is a [...]... Read more »

Caputo, G. (2010) Strange-face-in-the-mirror illusion. Perception, 39(7), 1007-1008. DOI: 10.1068/p6466  

  • September 20, 2010
  • 06:14 AM

MHC on the brain

by iayork in Mystery Rays from Outer Space

Needleman et al, 1 Fig 1: Section of rat vidual cortext stained for MHC class I (green) and nuclei (red) Needleman et al, 1 Fig 1: Section of rat vidual cortext stained for MHC class I (green) and nuclei (red) I said the other day that not all MHC class I molecules are involved in immunity, and [...]... Read more »

Goddard, C., Butts, D., & Shatz, C. (2007) Regulation of CNS synapses by neuronal MHC class I. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 104(16), 6828-6833. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0702023104  

Zohar O, Reiter Y, Bennink JR, Lev A, Cavallaro S, Paratore S, Pick CG, Brooker G, & Yewdell JW. (2008) Cutting edge: MHC class I-Ly49 interaction regulates neuronal function. Journal of immunology (Baltimore, Md. : 1950), 180(10), 6447-51. PMID: 18453559  

Goddard CA, Butts DA, & Shatz CJ. (2007) Regulation of CNS synapses by neuronal MHC class I. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 104(16), 6828-33. PMID: 17420446  

  • September 20, 2010
  • 06:00 AM

What is "contextualizing" patient care?

by Michelle Lin in Academic Life In Emergency Medicine

Medicine is as much about Science as it is about Art. This is no better illustrated than an educational intervention study about "contextualizing" patient care, published in JAMA. What is contextualization?It is the "process of identifying individual patient circumstances (their context) and, if necessary, modifying the plan of care to accommodate those circumstances". In other words, this is care beyond the evidence-based guidelines, beyond standardized quality measures, and beyond the checklis........ Read more »

  • September 20, 2010
  • 04:02 AM

Sleep problems in chronic pain & what helps

by Bronwyn Thompson in Healthskills: Skills for Healthy Living

I have written about sleep problems in people with chronic pain several times. It is one of those aspects of dealing with pain that inevitably arise as I talk with people about energy, their activity through the day, and their mood. Many people blame the pain for their sleep problems, which is unsurprising really – … Read more... Read more »

  • September 20, 2010
  • 03:43 AM

Interview Insights

by pm in The Poor Man's Smart Bomb

Two of the central themes of my research are (a) the centrality of the organization in executing suicide attacks and (b) the extent to which the capability of the organization impacts on the characteristics and outcomes of the suicide attacks it mounts. So it was with some interest that I read these latest articles by Ariel Merari et al, detailing the process and results from a series of interviews carried out with both would-be suicide attackers and their handlers (those who organize the attack........ Read more »

  • September 20, 2010
  • 02:27 AM

Internet and Videogames Improve Reading Skills and Visual Spatial Skills in Children

by Dr Shock in Dr Shock MD PhD

Well yes, but only for those children initially low in these skills. Gender, race and income did not influence the relationship between videogaming, Internet use and academic performance in children.
Computers and Internet access are available in almost all schools in the US, 87% of children between 12 and 17 use the Internet, 71% of online [...]

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  • September 20, 2010
  • 12:08 AM

Outsourcing – risking it all?

by Jan Husdal in

“The world is at risk and the supply chain is not exempt.” Are you scared? “Supply risk used to be defined as the potential for strikes by transport workers, fires at a key supplier’s plant, or missed deliveries. That simple vision no longer applies.” These pompous words mark the beginning of today’s article.... Read more »

  • September 19, 2010
  • 08:54 PM

The West Mexican Context of the Chaco Effigy Vessels

by teofilo in Gambler's House

Given the rarity of human effigy vessels in the ancient Southwest, it seems clear that understanding them requires looking elsewhere.  Specifically, it requires looking south, to Mesoamerica, where effigy vessels were quite common starting from an early date.  Since most evidence of Mesoamerican influence in the Southwest seems to point to West Mexico as the [...]... Read more »

Beekman, C. (2009) Recent Research in Western Mexican Archaeology. Journal of Archaeological Research, 18(1), 41-109. DOI: 10.1007/s10814-009-9034-x  

  • September 19, 2010
  • 08:40 PM

Studying Genes the Ophthalmic Route by MRI, and That too in Living Subjects

by Amiya Kumar Sarkar in Physiology physics woven fine

Modular probes given in eyedrops reach the brain, showing up genes, in disruptions of the blood brain barrier.... Read more »

Liu, C., You, Z., Ren, J., Kim, Y., Eikermann-Haerter, K., & Liu, P. (2007) Noninvasive delivery of gene targeting probes to live brains for transcription MRI. The FASEB Journal, 22(4), 1193-1203. DOI: 10.1096/fj.07-9557com  

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