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  • December 20, 2010
  • 07:21 AM

December 20, 2010

by Erin Campbell in HighMag Blog

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  

  • December 20, 2010
  • 07:02 AM

Women and true crime tales of rape, murder & serial killers

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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  • December 20, 2010
  • 06:52 AM

Case Study Research for Theory Creation

by Daniel Dumke in SCRM Blog - Supply Chain Risk Management

How is new knowledge generated in the social sciences? One method is case study research.

Case Study
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 »

Eisenhardt, K. (1989) Building Theories from Case Study Research. The Academy of Management Review, 14(4), 532. DOI: 10.2307/258557  

  • December 20, 2010
  • 05:42 AM

The Psychology Behind Wrapping Paper

by GrrlScientist in Maniraptora

Hypothesis: gift-wrapping influences the recipient to have a more favorable attitude towards owning the gift item... Read more »

  • December 20, 2010
  • 05:42 AM

The costs of reframing

by David Winter in Careers - in Theory

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  

  • December 20, 2010
  • 05:30 AM

Fortified junk food to displace healthier fare?

by Yoni Freedhoff in Weighty Matters

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 »

  • December 20, 2010
  • 05:24 AM

The Almond of Horror

by Neuroskeptic in Neuroskeptic

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:/

  • December 20, 2010
  • 04:59 AM

The Psychology Behind Wrapping Paper

by GrrlScientist in GrrlScientist

Do recipients like wrapped gifts more than unwrapped? ... Read more »

  • December 20, 2010
  • 04:55 AM

The benefits of thinking about your ancestors

by BPS Research Digest in BPS Research Digest

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 »

  • December 20, 2010
  • 01:42 AM

How To Develop the Ability to Think Strategically

by Dr Shock in Dr Shock MD PhD

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  

  • December 20, 2010
  • 12:12 AM

Why no one bats .299 in late September

by Michelle Greene in NeurRealism

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  

  • December 19, 2010
  • 11:17 PM

Not possible to absorb alcohol through feet (of course)

by Bjørn Østman in Pleiotropy

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 »

  • December 19, 2010
  • 05:29 PM

Hey, good lookin'... you must be a Mormon!

by Tom Rees in Epiphenom

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 »

  • December 19, 2010
  • 03:43 PM

More Volcano Stuff

by teofilo in Gambler's House

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 »

  • December 19, 2010
  • 01:15 PM

Sunday Spill Special: Seafood Safety, Part 1

by Holly Bik in Deep Sea News

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/

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:/

  • December 19, 2010
  • 12:00 PM

Ocean Sunfish

by beredim in Strange Animals

The Ocean Sunfish (Mola Mola) is an unusual looking fish that holds the world's record for heaviest bony fish.... Read more »

  • December 19, 2010
  • 09:16 AM

A closer look at Saturday Night Palsy

by Debajyoti Datta in Medicine...Life

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 »

  • December 18, 2010
  • 03:30 PM

Long-Term Efficacy of an Artificial Wetland for Wastewater Treatment

by Michael Long in Phased

An artificial wetland in central Florida greatly improved municipal and industrial wastewater quality for at least 18 months.... Read more »

  • December 18, 2010
  • 02:47 PM

The Paper That Finally Changed The Law on Drugs

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

The case for the end... Read more »

Rolles S. (2010) An alternative to the war on drugs. BMJ (Clinical research ed.). PMID: 20627976  

  • December 18, 2010
  • 02:12 PM

State-by-State FST(ish) Values: The Structure of Racial Diversity in America

by Jon Wilkins in Lost in Transcription

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 »

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