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  • September 29, 2010
  • 10:39 PM
  • 546 views

Payments for ecosystem services are great, unless we do them enough to make a difference

by Noam Ross in Noam Ross

The usually excellent Mongabay ran the scare headline, "Could industrial interests ruin payments for environmental services?" on a piece in Tropical Conservation Science.  Thankfully the authors of the paper being reported on, "Upscaling Payments for Environmental Services (PES): Critical issues" are a little less alarmist.  Nonetheless, I think that that their concern about large companies getting involved in ecosystem service markets is overwrought.

PES have traditionally been conceived a........ Read more »

Romain Pirard, Raphaël Billé, & Thomas Sembrés. (2010) Upscaling Payments for Environmental Services (PES): Critical issues. Tropical Conservation Science, 3(3), 249-261. info:/

  • September 29, 2010
  • 09:24 AM
  • 501 views

Oxytocin Selectively Improves Social Skills

by APS Daily Observations in Daily Observations

Know someone who is socially inept? The remedy may be a healthy dose of “the love hormone” oxytocin. Research recently published in Psychological Science found that oxytocin improves social cognitive ... Read more »

Bartz J.A., Zaki J., Bolger N., Hollander E., Ludwig N.N., Kolevzon A., & Ochsner K.N. (2010) Oxytocin Selectively Improves Empathic Accuracy. Psychological science : a journal of the Association for Psychological Science/ APS. PMID: 20855907  

  • September 28, 2010
  • 06:01 PM
  • 1,042 views

Risky decisions – just do it, or not?

by Jan Husdal in husdal.com

Choosing the right supplier is a risky decision. Chose the wrong supplier, and you may face a severe disruption in your supply chain. Chose the right supplier, and all goes well. Hopefully. But is it possible to judge risk objectively? [ ... ]... Read more »

  • September 28, 2010
  • 09:17 AM
  • 468 views

The Psychological Science Behind Financial Crises

by APS Daily Observations in Daily Observations


How could the current financial crisis have happened? It is easy to blame greedy banks and sloppy credit card practices for the current financial crisis. But a new report in ... Read more »

Gärling, T., Kirchler, E., Lewis, A., . (2010) Psychology, financial decision making, and financial crises. Psychological Science in the Public Interest. info:/10.1177/1529100610378437

  • September 28, 2010
  • 05:42 AM
  • 304 views

It pays to be a married member of the Armed Forces rather than a singleton

by SAGE Insight in SAGE Insight

Marriage and the military: Evidence that those who serve marry earlier and divorce earlier From Armed Forces & Society The military compensation and benefits system benefits married members compared to single ones without dependents. The Armed Forces place high demands on their personnel and their families. To reduce turnover and retain sufficient numbers of qualified [...]... Read more »

  • September 28, 2010
  • 05:30 AM
  • 571 views

Placing the power to prevent HIV in the hands of women

by SAGE Insight in SAGE Insight

Gender, development, and HIV/AIDS: Implications for child mortality in less industrialized countries From International Journal of Comparative Sociology HIV/AIDS continue to have a devastating toll on less industrialized societies, According to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) (2007) there were an estimated 2.1 million deaths from HIV/AIDS and 2.9 million new HIV infections [...]... Read more »

  • September 27, 2010
  • 09:22 AM
  • 479 views

Quit Yakking on Your Phone in Public

by APS Daily Observations in Daily Observations

You’re on the bus after a long day at work when you hear…“Yeah, I’m on my way home.” “That’s funny.” “Uh-huh.” “What? No! I thought you were.” The lady next... Read more »

Emberson L.L., Lupyan G., Goldstein M.H., & Spivey M.J. (2010) Overheard Cell-Phone Conversations: When Less Speech Is More Distracting. Psychological science : a journal of the Association for Psychological Science/ APS. PMID: 20817912  

  • September 27, 2010
  • 07:33 AM
  • 733 views

can language affect blood flow?

by Chris in The Lousy Linguist

Do languages affect blood flow in the brain differently? Apparently, yes! In a recent fMRI study, researchers showed that Cantonese verbs and nouns are processed in (slightly) different parts of the brain than English nouns and verbs in bilinguals. The researchers used a lexical decision task to contrast the processing of English and Cantonese verbs and nouns in the brains of bilingual speakers.Chinese nouns and verbs showed a largely overlapping pattern of cortical activity. In contrast, Englis........ Read more »

Chan, A., Luke, K., Li, P., Yip, V., Li, G., Weekes, B., & Tan, L. (2008) Neural Correlates of Nouns and Verbs in Early Bilinguals. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1145(1), 30-40. DOI: 10.1196/annals.1416.000  

  • September 26, 2010
  • 06:01 PM
  • 848 views

Security, visibility and resilience

by Jan Husdal in husdal.com

The numerous possibilities of disruptions and disturbances in the supply chain demand a supply chain that is responsive to a variety of threats, and the keys or tools to mitigating supply chain vulnerability are security, visibility and resilience. [ ... ]... Read more »

Glickman, T.S., & White, S.C. (2006) Security, visibility and resilience: the keys to mitigating supply chain vulnerabilities. International Journal of Logistics Systems and Management, 2(2), 107-119. info:/10.1504/IJLSM.2006.009554

  • September 26, 2010
  • 03:08 AM
  • 767 views

Foodies Eat Masculinity for Breakfast

by Ultimo167 in Strong Silent Types

What part does gender have to play in the practice of food, and eating? Apparently, acording to Cairns et al. (2010), quite a lot. Moreover, it would seem that men hog the public spotlight of culinary high art while women are confined to boiling eggs for the masses, at home.... Read more »

  • September 25, 2010
  • 09:38 AM
  • 902 views

Social Work Radicalism Repels Childhood Adversity

by Ultimo167 in Strong Silent Types

Social work, as a profession, has a long-standing, historical involvement in child protection. This article by Davidson et al. (2010) suggests we should stop to regroup to get a clearer picture of what childhood adversity really is, in all its inglorious complexity.... Read more »

Davidson, G., Devaney, J., & Spratt, T. (2010) The Impact of Adversity in Childhood on Outcomes in Adulthood: Research Lessons and Limitations. Journal of Social Work. info:/

  • September 24, 2010
  • 11:23 AM
  • 522 views

Risk, Insurance, LUST, and Fish

by Noam Ross in Noam Ross

Two papers crossed my desk yesterday highlighting the role insurance can play in mitigating environmental risk.  The first, by Yin et. al. in Risk Analysis, discusses three appoaches to mitigating the risk of leaking underground storage tanks (a problem with the fantastic acronym LUST).  
Large fines for spills, as it turns out, are not a particularly efficient enforcement tool, as most LUSTs are owned by small businesses like gas stations that would likely go bankrupt before payi........ Read more »

Holland, D.S. (2010) Markets, pooling and insurance for managing bycatch in fisherie. Ecological Economics. info:/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2010.08.015

  • September 24, 2010
  • 08:22 AM
  • 3,896 views

Language, Thought, and Space (V): Comparing Different Species

by Michael in A Replicated Typo 2.0

As I’ve talked about in my last posts (see I, II, III, and IV) different cultures employ different coordinate systems or Frames of References (FoR) when talking about space.  FoRs
“serve to specify the directional relationships between objects in space, in reference to a shared referential anchor” (Haun et al. 2006: 17568)
As shown in my last post . . . → Read More: Language, Thought, and Space (V): Comparing Different Species... Read more »

Haun DB, Rapold CJ, Call J, Janzen G, & Levinson SC. (2006) Cognitive cladistics and cultural override in Hominid spatial cognition. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 103(46), 17568-73. PMID: 17079489  

  • September 23, 2010
  • 06:02 PM
  • 903 views

Logistics risks – the new science?

by Jan Husdal in husdal.com

This paper presents the five cornerstones of logistics as an academic discipline, and shows how logistics in fact can act as an integrative platform over a wide range of different issues at the micro meso and macro level. [ ... ]... Read more »

  • September 23, 2010
  • 01:56 PM
  • 836 views

Reflections on the WEIRD Evolution of Human Psychology

by Eric Michael Johnson in The Primate Diaries

The latest stop in the #PDEx tour is being hosted by PLoS Blogs:What happens if researchers inadvertently fall prey to confirmation bias at a societal level?Addressing this question Canadian psychologists Joseph Henrich, Steven J. Heine and Ara Norenzayan at the University of British Columbia (where I am also located) recently published a paper in the journal Behavioral Brain Sciences. Their research documents how most of the studies that psychologists claim show human universals are really just........ Read more »

Henrich, J., Heine, S., & Norenzayan, A. (2010) The weirdest people in the world?. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 33(2-3), 61-83. DOI: 10.1017/S0140525X0999152X  

  • September 23, 2010
  • 01:56 PM
  • 669 views

Reflections on the WEIRD Evolution of Human Psychology

by Eric Michael Johnson in The Primate Diaries in Exile

The latest stop in the #PDEx tour is being hosted by PLoS Blogs:What happens if researchers inadvertently fall prey to confirmation bias at a societal level?Addressing this question Canadian psychologists Joseph Henrich, Steven J. Heine and Ara Norenzayan at the University of British Columbia (where I am also located) recently published a paper in the journal Behavioral Brain Sciences. Their research documents how most of the studies that psychologists claim show human universals are really just........ Read more »

Henrich, J., Heine, S., & Norenzayan, A. (2010) The weirdest people in the world?. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 33(2-3), 61-83. DOI: 10.1017/S0140525X0999152X  

  • September 23, 2010
  • 05:30 AM
  • 554 views

What makes Starbucks such a great place to work? A review of the HR policies across the best companies to work for

by SAGE Insight in SAGE Insight

What makes it so great? An analysis of Human Resources practices among fortune’s best companies to work for From Cornell Hospitality Quarterly This article provides an analysis of Human Resources practices among the best companies to work for in the US, from an annual list compiled by Fortune. It examines aspects such as job growth, [...]... Read more »

  • September 22, 2010
  • 09:58 AM
  • 691 views

The citation game

by Hadas Shema in Information Culture

Although "Publish or perish" is more catchy, I believe it should be "Get cited or perish". Why? Because many people (without naming names, we're talking about your promotion committee)also rely on citation data when deciding a scientist's future.While citations often correlate with other measurements of scientific influence (awards, research grants, etc.) citations are hardly objective, and depend on more factors than someone finding your work useful.Time-dependent factors: Recent publications a........ Read more »

  • September 22, 2010
  • 07:33 AM
  • 705 views

Through the Language Glass (Part 2)

by Chris in The Lousy Linguist

This is part 2 of my review of Guy Deutscher's new book Through the Language Glass: Why the World Looks Different in Other Languages. This covers The Language Lens (129-249). Part 1 is here. This review will cover the scientific evidence that Deutscher reviews suggesting that language affects thought, and will end with a shocking proposal.To sum up my review of part one: meh. Okay, we've established that culture can influence language. This is a lot less controversial than Deutscher makes it see........ Read more »

Guy deutscher. (2010) Through the Language Glass: Why the World Looks Different in Other Languages. Metropolitan Books. info:/

  • September 22, 2010
  • 05:33 AM
  • 356 views

Courting artists to revitalize American cities

by SAGE Insight in SAGE Insight

Artist garret as growth machine? Local policy and artist housing in U.S. cities From Journal of Planning Education and Research In the last ten years the arts, and artists, have come to be seen as catalysts for the revitalization of American cities. This article demonstrates that in most cities, artist housing programs are considered part [...]... Read more »

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