We know so much information about cells by the amazing researchers that study how cells function in culture. It is always refreshing to see some biologists take this knowledge into a three-dimensional organism to help us understand even more about cells and development. It is even better when we get to see the images! ... Read more »
Diz-Muñoz, A., Krieg, M., Bergert, M., Ibarlucea-Benitez, I., Muller, D., Paluch, E., & Heisenberg, C. (2010) Control of Directed Cell Migration In Vivo by Membrane-to-Cortex Attachment. PLoS Biology, 8(11). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1000544
by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room
I remember being fascinated by Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood. And during my maternity leave after my first child was born, I watched most of the Jeffrey Dahmer trials on CNN aware of the irony inherent in rocking my sleeping newborn while tracking the testimony of Park Dietz. So, naturally, when I saw the new [...]
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Vicary, A., & Fraley, R. (2010) Captured by True Crime: Why Are Women Drawn to Tales of Rape, Murder, and Serial Killers?. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 1(1), 81-86. DOI: 10.1177/1948550609355486
How is new knowledge generated in the social sciences? One method is case study research.
A case study is an in-depth investigation of a specific question regarding an individual research object, it can be differentiated using the following criteria:
Number of objects investigated: single / multiple cases
Number of levels of analysis: embedded design
Data collection: used data collection methods (eg. interviews, written files,...)
Kind of data ascertained: qualitative / quantita........ Read more »
Hypothesis: gift-wrapping influences the recipient to have a more favorable attitude towards owning the gift item... Read more »
I have just returned once again from being a tutor on the AGCAS Guidance Skills (Advanced) course in Warwick. We had an intensive four days in which we encouraged a group of higher education careers advisers to deconstruct and rebuild their guidance practices and attitudes. Reframing is a crucial element of the course. We explore [...]... Read more »
Hamilton, R., Vohs, K., Sellier, A., & Meyvis, T. (2010) Being of two minds: Switching mindsets exhausts self-regulatory resources. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. DOI: 10.1016/j.obhdp.2010.11.005
There's no disputing the fact that Health Canada wants to allow food and product manufacturers to fortify foods with vitamins and minerals at their discretion.It would have already done so except for the fact that Health Minister Leona Aglukkak balked at the last minute as she didn't want to be known as, "the junk food queen".The worry among folks who care more about the health of Canadians than about food and product manufacturers' desire to sell junk food is that the fortification of junk food........ Read more »
Sacco JE, & Tarasuk V. (2010) Discretionary addition of vitamins and minerals to foods: implications for healthy eating. European journal of clinical nutrition. PMID: 21119698
Remember the 90s, when No Fear stuff was cool, and when people still said "cool"?Well, a new paper has brought No Fear back, by reporting on a woman who has no fear - due to brain damage. The article, The Human Amygdala and the Induction and Experience of Fear, is brought to you by a list of neuroscientists including big names such as Antonio Damasio (of Phineas Gage fame).The basic story is nice and simple. There's a woman, SM, who lacks a part of the brain called the amygdala. They found that ........ Read more »
Justin S. Feinstein, Ralph Adolphs, Antonio Damasio,, & and Daniel Tranel1. (2010) The Human Amygdala and the Induction and Experience of Fear. Current Biology. info:/
Do recipients like wrapped gifts more than unwrapped? ... Read more »
Previously, psychologists have shown that thinking about our own mortality - 'where we're going' - prompts us to shore up our cultural world view and engage in self-esteem boosting activities. Little researched until now, by contrast, are the psychological effects of thinking about where we came from - our ancestors.
Anecdotally, there's reason to believe that such thoughts are beneficial. Why else the public fascination with genealogy and programmes like the BBC's Who Do You Think You Are? Now........ Read more »
Fischer, P., Sauer, A., Vogrincic, C., & Weisweiler, S. (2010) The ancestor effect: Thinking about our genetic origin enhances intellectual performance. European Journal of Social Psychology. DOI: 10.1002/ejsp.778
What is strategical thinking?
A key leadership requirement.
Strategic thinking is an individual thinking activity that benefits organizations. Its purpose is to discover competitive strategies to position the organization significantly differently from the present.
Experiences contributing to the development of strategic thinking in order of importance according to a survey in individuals who attended ten educational events sponsored [...]
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Goldman E, Cahill T, & Filho RP. (2009) Experiences that develop the ability to think strategically. Journal of healthcare management / American College of Healthcare Executives, 54(6), 403. PMID: 20073185
This paper shows that people strive for round-number goals, showing evidence from Major League baseball players, high school students taking the SAT, and from laboratory subjects answering hypothetical surveys of behavior.As can be seen in the figure, baseball players are 4 times more likely to end the season with a 0.300 batting average than a 0.299 average! How does this happen? Players that are at 0.298 or 0.299 are more likely to have at-bats (rather than having a pinch hitter), they are sli........ Read more »
Pope D, & Simonsohn U. (2010) Round Numbers as Goals: Evidence From Baseball, SAT Takers, and the Lab. Psychological science : a journal of the American Psychological Society / APS. PMID: 21148460
Being from Denmark myself, this Danish study caught my eye. It examines what is apparently an urban legend (they call it urban myth, though) in Denmark, namely that one can get drunk by submersing one's feet in alcohol.... Read more »
Hansen, C., Faerch, L., & Kristensen, P. (2010) Testing the validity of the Danish urban myth that alcohol can be absorbed through feet: open labelled self experimental study. BMJ, 341(dec14 2). DOI: 10.1136/bmj.c6812
Strange as it may seem, you can tell the the religious from the non-religious simply by looking at their photos. True, it's only a little better than chance, but it's a still an intriguing fact. Maybe, as this woman believes, people really can see the holy spirit glowing from within:
I ran into the TA whom I asked to speak on the Holy Ghost for my baptism. I was very excited to see him. There was this sense of ‘‘glow’’ from him, which I heard about many times yet never understood, like a........ Read more »
Rule NO, Garrett JV, & Ambady N. (2010) On the perception of religious group membership from faces. PloS one, 5(12). PMID: 21151864
The effect of the eruption of Sunset Crater Volcano on the prehistoric population of northern Arizona has long been a topic of interest to archaeologists. As I’ve mentioned recently, in the 1930s and 1940s Harold Colton of the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff came up with a theory to explain the settlement dynamics of [...]... Read more »
ORT, M., ELSON, M., ANDERSON, K., DUFFIELD, W., & SAMPLES, T. (2008) Variable effects of cinder-cone eruptions on prehistoric agrarian human populations in the American southwest. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 176(3), 363-376. DOI: 10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2008.01.031
Everything we do in life presents choices, and every choice presents a risk. Some activities present a high and obvious risk, like skiing a black diamond without a helmet. The inherent risks in more mundane activities may be well-documented, yet so subtle, that we choose to ignore them on a day-to-day basis…like eating seafood.
This week, the . . . → Read More: Sunday Spill Special: Seafood Safety, Part 1... Read more »
Yader, R., Michel, J., & Lord, C. (2002) Managing Seafood Safety after an Oil Spill. Seattle: Hazardous Materials Response Division, Office of Response and Restoration, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. info:other/http://response.restoration.noaa.gov/book_shelf/963_seafood2.pdf
Kingston, P. 1999. (1999) Recovery of the marine environment following the Braer spill, Shetland. Proceed- ings 1999 Oil Spill Conference, Seattle, Washington, March 8-11, 103-109. info:/
Law, R., & Hellou, J. (1999) Contamination of Fish and Shellfish Following Oil Spill Incidents. Environmental Geosciences, 6(2), 90-98. DOI: 10.1046/j.1526-0984.1999.08039.x
The Ocean Sunfish (Mola Mola) is an unusual looking fish that holds the world's record for heaviest bony fish.... Read more »
Pope, E., Hays, G., Thys, T., Doyle, T., Sims, D., Queiroz, N., Hobson, V., Kubicek, L., & Houghton, J. (2010) The biology and ecology of the ocean sunfish Mola mola: a review of current knowledge and future research perspectives. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries, 20(4), 471-487. DOI: 10.1007/s11160-009-9155-9
Konow, N., Fitzpatrick, R., & Barnett, A. (2006) Adult Emperor angelfish (Pomacanthus imperator) clean Giant sunfishes (Mola mola) at Nusa Lembongan, Indonesia. Coral Reefs, 25(2), 208-208. DOI: 10.1007/s00338-006-0086-9
I was reading James’ post on Saturday Night Palsy and thought about having a closer look.Saturday night palsy occurs due pressure on the radial nerve by keeping the arm over the handle of a chair or in some unusual position while sleeping, usually following heavy drinking. The palsy occurs due to injury to the radial nerve in the radial groove of the humerus (bone of the arm).... Read more »
Devitt, B., Baker, J., Ahmed, M., Menzies, D., & Synnott, K. (2010) Saturday night palsy or Sunday morning hangover? A case report of alcohol-induced Crush Syndrome. Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery. DOI: 10.1007/s00402-010-1098-z
An artificial wetland in central Florida greatly improved municipal and industrial wastewater quality for at least 18 months.... Read more »
Lazareva, O., & Pichler, T. (2010) Long-term performance of a constructed wetland/filter basin system treating wastewater, Central Florida. Chemical Geology, 269(1-2), 137-152. DOI: 10.1016/j.chemgeo.2009.06.006
The case for the end... Read more »
So, in the world of population genetics, as in the real world, people are often interested in diversity, and in how that diversity is distributed. In biological contexts, quantifying these things is important because it gives us insight into the processes – like reproduction, migration, selection, etc. – responsible for generating the observed patterns of diversity.
Here I look at how racial diversity is apportioned among counties (or county equivalents) in each of the 50 states, using two ........ Read more »
JOST, L. (2008) GST and its relatives do not measure differentiation . Molecular Ecology, 17(18), 4015-4026. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2008.03887.x
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