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  • April 23, 2010
  • 04:08 PM

cognitive training doesn’t work (much, if at all)

by Tal Yarkoni in citation needed

There’s a beautiful paper in Nature this week by Adrian Owen and colleagues that provides what’s probably as close to definitive evidence as you can get in any single study that “brain training” programs don’t work. Or at least, to the extent that they do work, the effects are so weak they’re probably not worth [...]... Read more »

Owen AM, Hampshire A, Grahn JA, Stenton R, Dajani S, Burns AS, Howard RJ, & Ballard CG. (2010) Putting brain training to the test. Nature. PMID: 20407435  

  • April 23, 2010
  • 02:52 PM

Going Overboard

by Journal Watch Online in Journal Watch Online

Booming cruise industry could bring less eco-friendly tourists to Belize

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  • April 23, 2010
  • 01:56 PM

Is Monogamy Possible?

by eHarmony Labs in eHarmony Labs Blog

Amidst an unceasing media-fueled stream of reports about infidelity, is monogamy even possible? Learn more about the prevalence of monogamy in relationships and the known risk factors of infidelity.... Read more »

Whisman MA, Gordon KC, & Chatav Y. (2007) Predicting sexual infidelity in a population-based sample of married individuals. Journal of family psychology : JFP : journal of the Division of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association (Division 43), 21(2), 320-4. PMID: 17605555  

Whisman MA, & Snyder DK. (2007) Sexual infidelity in a national survey of American women: differences in prevalence and correlates as a function of method of assessment. Journal of family psychology : JFP : journal of the Division of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association (Division 43), 21(2), 147-54. PMID: 17605537  

  • April 23, 2010
  • 01:16 PM

Lessons learned from the 20 year-old zebra mussel invasion

by David Raikow in River Continua

After 20 years, what have we learned?... Read more »

  • April 23, 2010
  • 01:10 PM

EZ-Tn5™ Transposomes help reveal virulence factors in Acinetobacter baumanii

by epibio in EpiCentral

Acinetobacter baumanii is a pathogenic bacterium that has been demonstrated to cause pneumonia, skin infections, and secondary meningitis, predominantly in a health-care facility setting. Its ability to form biofilms on inert surfaces is instrumental in creating reservoirs for opportunistic infection.... Read more »

  • April 23, 2010
  • 12:13 PM

Men, Capitulation to Distress, and GP Visits

by Ultimo167 in Strong Silent Types

Tedstone Doherty and Kartalova-O'Doherty (2010) call for a 'gender sensitive approach' to mental health policies, promotion, and prevention. They base this strategy on their findings that men 'do' help-seeking differently to women and that we need to take account of this gender split when planning services, et al. ... Read more »

  • April 23, 2010
  • 11:50 AM

The Five Points Then and Now: Ghosts of Tenements Past

by Krystal D'Costa in Anthropology in Practice

For such a small area, the Five Points really has a great deal of history connected to it. Walking through present day Chinatown, I was really struck by how various elements of the Five Points have persisted through time, and have managed to impart some of the old character into the neighborhood. The streets bustle with throngs of Asian residents, reminiscent of the earlier immigrant settlers who

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Bremner, Robert H. (1958) The Big Flat: History of a New York Tenement House. The American Historical Review, 64(1), 54. DOI: 10.2307/1844857  

Michael Montgomery. (2003) Keeping the Tenants Down: Height Restrictions and Manhattan's Tenement House System, 1885 - 1930. Cato Journal, 22(3), 495-509. info:/

  • April 23, 2010
  • 11:50 AM

Drive-Through or Eat Out? How An Octopus Decides

by Jason Goldman in The Thoughtful Animal

It's amazing how much you can learn about an animal's mind by a simply watching it.

Video 1: Gratuitous video of octopuses never hurt anyone. Maybe this will sate the Pharyngulites. Read the rest of this post... | Read the comments on this post...... Read more »

  • April 23, 2010
  • 11:40 AM

The strange sex lives of bone-eating whaleworms

by Laelaps in Laelaps

For at least 30 million years, bone-eating worms have been making their homes in the bodies of decomposing whales on the seabottom, but the rotting cetacean carcasses are not just food sources for the polychaetes.

The term "worm" immediately conjures up images of the red, squiggly things which crawl all over the sidewalk after it rains, but this imagery does not fit the boneworms of the genus Osedax. These worms start off life as sexless larvae, and the timing of their arrival at a whale corp........ Read more »

  • April 23, 2010
  • 11:34 AM

The ecological threat that's bigger than climate change

by Paul Spraycar in Beyond Climate Change

The U.S. military reported this month that peak oil may be closer than we think. Despite this fact, the environmental impacts of an abrupt move away from oil have not been studied and are not well understood. In fact, according to a new paper published earlier this week in Conservation Biology, “the impact of peak oil will be far more immediate, certain, and perhaps larger than that of climate change, although peak oil has received far less scientific scrutiny, press, and funding than climate ........ Read more »

  • April 23, 2010
  • 10:26 AM

Environmental factors like teacher quality and SES affect the full flowering of potential

by sandygautam in The Mouse Trap

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This should be a no-brainer: in an era when increasingly words like ‘gene-environment interaction‘ are bandied around, it would be self evident that for full flowering of a prototypical trait, the genotype has to get the right environmental inputs. In absence of the right environmental conditions, the genetic differences may be masked More >Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)

Related posts:The Rat Park: Addiction and Environmental factors........ Read more »

Taylor, J., Roehrig, A., Hensler, B., Connor, C., & Schatschneider, C. (2010) Teacher Quality Moderates the Genetic Effects on Early Reading. Science, 328(5977), 512-514. DOI: 10.1126/science.1186149  

Kishiyama, M., Boyce, W., Jimenez, A., Perry, L., & Knight, R. (2009) Socioeconomic Disparities Affect Prefrontal Function in Children. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 21(6), 1106-1115. DOI: 10.1162/jocn.2009.21101  

  • April 23, 2010
  • 09:56 AM

Aggression spectrum disorders: The distinction between borderline personality disorder and psychopathy

by William Lu in The Quantum Lobe Chronicles

I recently read a fascinating book chapter written by William Arsenio titled Happy Victimization: Emotion Dysregulation in The Context of Instrumental, Proactive Aggression. Early in the chapter, the author discussed how according to a study, 4-year-old children tended to predict that a bully would feel happy after pushing around some poor chump on the playground, aka happy victimization (Arsenio & Kramer, 1992). However, at age 6, children who were probed further not only predicted that the bul........ Read more »

Fertuck EA, Jekal A, Song I, Wyman B, Morris MC, Wilson ST, Brodsky BS, & Stanley B. (2009) Enhanced 'Reading the Mind in the Eyes' in borderline personality disorder compared to healthy controls. Psychological medicine, 39(12), 1979-88. PMID: 19460187  

  • April 23, 2010
  • 09:00 AM

The Incredible Egg

by Colby in

The internet has no shortage of information about eggs.  Unfortunately, there exists a paucity of sources that have looked in detail at the actual scientific research as a whole.  While I went through it myself, it became clear that this information should be condensed into a post in hopes that eggs, and their most feared [...]... Read more »

Mutungi G, Ratliff J, Puglisi M, Torres-Gonzalez M, Vaishnav U, Leite JO, Quann E, Volek JS, & Fernandez ML. (2008) Dietary cholesterol from eggs increases plasma HDL cholesterol in overweight men consuming a carbohydrate-restricted diet. The Journal of nutrition, 138(2), 272-6. PMID: 18203890  

Vorster HH, Beynen AC, Berger GM, & Venter CS. (1995) Dietary cholesterol--the role of eggs in the prudent diet. South African medical journal , 85(4), 253-6. PMID: 7777999  

Vander Wal JS, Gupta A, Khosla P, & Dhurandhar NV. (2008) Egg breakfast enhances weight loss. International journal of obesity (2005), 32(10), 1545-51. PMID: 18679412  

Fischer LM, Scearce JA, Mar MH, Patel JR, Blanchard RT, Macintosh BA, Busby MG, & Zeisel SH. (2005) Ad libitum choline intake in healthy individuals meets or exceeds the proposed adequate intake level. The Journal of nutrition, 135(4), 826-9. PMID: 15795442  

Rovenský J, Stancíková M, Masaryk P, Svík K, & Istok R. (2003) Eggshell calcium in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. International journal of clinical pharmacology research, 23(2-3), 83-92. PMID: 15018022  

  • April 23, 2010
  • 08:00 AM

Sea ice decline linked with reduced polar bear size and reproduction

by Rob Goldstein in Conservation Maven

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  • April 23, 2010
  • 08:00 AM

Big big love in wetas?

by Zen Faulkes in NeuroDojo

Weta is not just the name of a special effects studio; it’s the common name for one very large insect (pictured) that is found in New Zealand. Like many animals on New Zealand, it’s under a bit of pressure from introduced mammals, so there are definitely conservation implications if you can understand the mating system of the animal.

Wetas make an interesting case study for studying body size and mating, because they are large for their lineage, and there’s also a big size difference be........ Read more »

  • April 23, 2010
  • 06:59 AM

Hello, stranger!

by Kevin Mitchell in Wiring the Brain

Faces are special.  Humans are innately interested in faces and so good at detecting them that we see them in clouds, shrouds, pieces of toast, tree-stumps, and even simple yellow circles with a couple of dots in them.  Even newborn infants (really, really newborn) are more interested in looking at faces than non-faces.  Not too surprisingly, this preference and ability extends to other species too.  Monkeys reared from birth with absolutely no visual exposure to either monkey or human faces........ Read more »

GRUETER, M., GRUETER, T., BELL, V., HORST, J., LASKOWSKI, W., SPERLING, K., HALLIGAN, P., ELLI, H., & KENNERKNECHT, I. (2007) Hereditary Prosopagnosia: the First Case Series. Cortex, 43(6), 734-749. DOI: 10.1016/S0010-9452(08)70502-1  

Thomas C, Avidan G, Humphreys K, Jung KJ, Gao F, & Behrmann M. (2009) Reduced structural connectivity in ventral visual cortex in congenital prosopagnosia. Nature neuroscience, 12(1), 29-31. PMID: 19029889  

Wilmer, J., Germine, L., Chabris, C., Chatterjee, G., Williams, M., Loken, E., Nakayama, K., & Duchaine, B. (2010) Human face recognition ability is specific and highly heritable. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 107(11), 5238-5241. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0913053107  

  • April 23, 2010
  • 06:01 AM

Can we ever read articles of the opposite political persuasion? An alternative model

by scritic in Cognitive Science and Human Activity

Sean A. Munson, & Paul Resnick (2010). Presenting diverse political opinions: how and how much Proceedings of the 28th international conference on Human factors in computing systems : we ever be convinced by someone we usually disagree with completely? Can we even manage to read regularly people whose views are antithetical to our own? These are fascinating questions, I think. First, because they are political questions; conversations and deba........ Read more »

Sean A. Munson, & Paul Resnick. (2010) Presenting diverse political opinions: how and how much. Proceedings of the 28th international conference on Human factors in computing systems. info:/

  • April 23, 2010
  • 06:00 AM

Parents Key to Targeting Childhood Obesity

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

A new study by Rebecca Golley and colleagues from, Adelaide, Australia, just released online in Obesity Reviews, confirms the importance of parental involvement in weight management of children at risk for excess weight.... Read more »

  • April 23, 2010
  • 05:00 AM

Prioritizing habitat preservation in a rapidly suburbanizing area

by Rob Goldstein in Conservation Maven

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  • April 23, 2010
  • 04:58 AM

Nearly 100% Out-of-Africa in the past 100,000 years

by Razib Khan in Gene Expression

Since I’ve been talking about the possibility of admixture with “archaics” (I’m starting to think the term is a bit too H. sapiens sapiens-centric, is the Neandertal genome turning out to have more ancestral alleles?) I thought I’d point to a paper out in PLoS ONE which reiterates the basic fact that the overwhelming genetic [...]... Read more »

Laval G, Patin E, Barreiro LB, Quintana-Murci. (201) Formulating a Historical and Demographic Model of Recent Human Evolution Based on Resequencing Data from Noncoding Regions. PLoS One. info:/10.1371/journal.pone.0010284

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