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  • May 3, 2011
  • 12:26 AM

Ingroups, Identities, and In-Memoriams: Why We Must Remember Never To Forget

by Melanie Tannenbaum in ionpsych

People around the world are still figuring out the right way to react to the news of Osama Bin Laden’s death last night – May 1, 2011. This is not the only significant historical event to happen on May 1. … Continue reading →... Read more »

Sahdra, B., & Ross, M. (2007) Group Identification and Historical Memory. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 33(3), 384-395. DOI: 10.1177/0146167206296103  

Baumeister, R. F., & Hastings, S. (1997) Distortions of collective memory: How groups flatter and deceive themselves. In J. W. Pennebaker, D. Paez, , 277-293. info:/

Milgram, S. (1963) Behavioral Study of obedience. The Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology, 67(4), 371-378. DOI: 10.1037/h0040525  

  • May 2, 2011
  • 02:35 PM

Convert Your Conspiracy Theorists: Research Shows it Can Be Done

by Persuasion Strategies in Persuasive Litigator

Those who count on the human ability to prioritize reason and evidence over unshakable conviction -- and all participants in the litigation process ought to count themselves in that group -- should take note of the persistence of questions over the President's place of birth, and the sad take-away that proof can be no match for a committed theory. The tendency to cling to conspiracy theories and other beliefs long after they've been refuted points to an underlying psychological need for cogniti........ Read more »

Kahan, D.M. et al. (2007) The Second National Risk and Culture Study: Making Sense of—and Making Progress In— the American Culture War of Fact . Yale Law School, Public Working Paper. info:/

  • May 1, 2011
  • 05:35 PM

I Liked The Royal Wedding (And It’s OK If You Did Too)

by Melanie Tannenbaum in ionpsych

  It’s official. As of Friday morning, England has a new future queen – Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Formerly known as Kate Middleton.   In the weeks leading up to the Royal Wedding, there seemed to be a lot of … Continue reading →... Read more »

French, J., & Raven, B.H. (1959) The bases of social power. Studies of Social Power. Cartwright, D. (ed.) Ann Arbor, MI: Institute for Social Research. info:/

Fragale, A.R., Overbeck, J.R., & Neale, M.A. (2011) Resources versus respect: Social judgments based on targets' power and status positions. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. info:/10.1016/j.jesp.2011.03.006

Charles, K., & Hurst, E. (2003) The Correlation of Wealth across Generations. Journal of Political Economy, 111(6), 1155-1182. DOI: 10.1086/378526  

Norton, M.I, & Ariely, D. (2011) Building a better America - One wealth quintile at a time. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 9-12. info:/10.1177/1745691610393524

  • May 1, 2011
  • 02:49 AM

A Call to Arms: Lab Safety

by Paige Brown in From The Lab Bench

I don my lab coat, ready for an afternoon of experiments. After some rummaging, I finally find a pair of safety glasses, a rare commodity in a lab of 30 students where monies appear to be scant when it comes to procuring new personal protective equipment. I'll be hiding this pair in my office.

"I need 5 milliliters a 1molar solution."

A senior postdoc hands me a bottle of some white powdery substance, and waves me toward the dry chemical balance on the lab bench. I glance ........ Read more »

Editorial. (2011) Accidents in waiting. Nature, 472(7343), 259. PMID: 21512528  

Van Noorden R. (2011) A death in the lab. Nature, 472(7343), 270-1. PMID: 21512544  

  • April 30, 2011
  • 05:53 AM

Avatar activism and the « survival of the mediated » hypothesis

by ---a in

By now, you're all way too familiar with the Egyptian Facebook activism. And everybody and his sister has spent the last year-and-a-half discussing how wrong was Malcolm Gladwell in dismissing Moldovan Twitter activism. And millions of you have smiled at Gaddafi's crazy rant against Tunisian Wikileaks activism. But I'm sure the notion of Avatar activism appeals to a more restricted audience.... Read more »

Mark Deuze. (2010) Survival of the mediated. Journal of Cultural Science, 3(2). info:/

  • April 30, 2011
  • 12:14 AM

Ep 141: Science of Superheroes - Harry Potter

by westius in Mr Science Show

And we're back! It's been a while, but finally it's time for another podcast, so we've made it a long one. Take this episode on a long train ride or car trip, as Dr Boob and I explore the science of the spells of Harry Potter.

Attempting to find scientific and engineering solutions to Harry Potter spells is probably the most difficult task we have set ourselves yet, so we would be very interested to hear how you would made the Harry Potter spells a reality. The spells dealt with in this episod........ Read more »

  • April 29, 2011
  • 04:46 AM

Rotten kids and altruism

by Jason Collins in Evolving Economics

Gary Becker’s 1976 article Altruism, Egoism and Genetic Fitness: Economics and Sociobiology is an article that I cite often. Becker’s closing paragraph has one of the earliest statements of the benefits of combining economics and sociobiology. He wrote: I have argued that both economics and sociobiology would gain from combining the analytical techniques of economists [...]... Read more »

BECKER, G. (1976) Altruism, Egoism, and Genetic Fitness: Economics and Sociobiology. Journal of Economic Literature, 14(3), 817-826. info:/

  • April 28, 2011
  • 11:49 AM

Can We Design a Fit City? (study)

by Stephen Yang in ExerGame Lab

Myth or Fact?

My colleagues and I often discuss the importance of coordinated planning for all municipalities and governments to create a healthier city and citizens. In...

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  • April 27, 2011
  • 10:00 PM

City birds smarter than you might think

by Tim De Chant in Per Square Mile

Pigeons seem like particularly stupid birds. They alternate between frantic head bobbing and blank gazes, which are often interrupted with a lazy flutter of their oil-sheen plumage to avoid bone-crushing foot falls. But these flying rats may just be putting on a good show. Research published Wednesday shows that urban dwelling birds tend to have [...]... Read more »

Alexei A. Maklakov, Simone Immler, Alejandro Gonzalez-Voyer, Johanna Rönn, & Niclas Kolm. (2011) Brains and the city: big-brained passerine birds succeed in urban environments. Biology Letters. info:/10.1098/rsbl.2011.0341

  • April 27, 2011
  • 03:42 PM

Don’t Defend A Strawman (And Don’t Attack One Either)

by Persuasion Strategies in Persuasive Litigator

When the public answers current polling on the health insurance reform law, only a minority of 46% will say that they support it. But when attention turns to the details of the plan, a majority supports the individual elements. It appears that a good portion of the public is to at least some extent responding, not to the actual policy, but to a symbol or caricature -- a straw man -- of the policy. So what does this have to do with litigation persuasion? A lot. Beyond the need to make and r........ Read more »

George Y. Bizer; Shirel M. Kozak; Leigh Ann Holterman. (2009) The persuasiveness of the straw man rhetorical technique . Social Influence, 4(3), 216-230. info:/

  • April 27, 2011
  • 11:42 AM

Tell me how much you drive, and I’ll tell you where you live

by Tim De Chant in Per Square Mile

Travel can be revealing. In many cases, “where” can answer as much about a person as “who.” Much of who we are is tied up in what sorts of stores we frequent, where we work, and where we go for fun. While that sounds creepy—especially given the recent furor over smartphones storing location information—city-wide travel [...]... Read more »

  • April 26, 2011
  • 10:57 AM

Is Facebook a waste of time for political parties? #cdnpoli #elxn41

by Anatoliy Gruzd in Social Media Lab

One of the questions during this ‘social media’ election is, can Facebook, a social networking site that was developed as a venue for friends and family to stay in touch and strengthen personal connections, also be used as an effective platform to engage in political discussion? Most of the political parties and candidates running for [...]... Read more »

Lewis, K., Kaufman, J., Gonzalez, M., Wimmer, A., & Christakis, N. (2008) Tastes, ties, and time: A new social network dataset using Social Networks, 30(4), 330-342. DOI: 10.1016/j.socnet.2008.07.002  

McPherson, M., Smith-Lovin, L., & Cook, J. (2001) Birds of a Feather: Homophily in Social Networks. Annual Review of Sociology, 27(1), 415-444. DOI: 10.1146/annurev.soc.27.1.415  

  • April 26, 2011
  • 10:29 AM

Nail Polish and the Policing of Gender Norms

by Krystal D'Costa in Anthropology in Practice

Over the weekend, I stopped in at a large beauty retailer to pick up a few things. While waiting in line to pay for my selections, I took the opportunity to browse the abundant and strategically placed impulse items—mirrors, tweezers, creams, and nail polishes, all artfully arranged to catch the eyes of patrons. Spotting a lilac colored bottle of polish, I flipped it over to read the name: Iris I Was Thinner. It went back on the shelf. Immediately. Flirty, flippant names are common to nail po........ Read more »

Schweitzer, Marlis. (2005) "The Mad Search for Beauty": Actresses' Testimonials, the Cosmetics Industry, and the Democratization of Beauty. The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, 4(3), 255-292. info:/

  • April 25, 2011
  • 03:33 PM

A new way of looking at coping, maybe?

by Bronwyn Thompson in Healthskills: Skills for Healthy Living

One half of knowing what you want is knowing what you must give up before you get it. ~Sidney Howard Many are stubborn in pursuit of the path they have chosen, few in pursuit of the goal. ~Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche There are few topics closer to my heart than goals.  This is partly because of … Read more... Read more »

  • April 25, 2011
  • 02:34 AM

Magazines, Media, and Teen Body Image

by Scicurious in Neurotic Physiology

There's no question that the opinions of society play a very large role in how we perceive ourselves, particularly in terms of physical attractiveness. For example, in our society (Western/USian), women are judged heavily on their body weight. Men get flak for not being muscular enough (though not half as much as women). We all [...]... Read more »

Botta. (2003) For Your Health? The Relationship Between Magazine Reading and Adolescents’ Body Image and Eating Disturbances. Sex Roles, 48(9). info:/

  • April 24, 2011
  • 06:01 PM

The flexibility of the logistics provider

by Jan Husdal in

Supply chain flexibility is a decisive factor in avoiding supply chain disruptions. One major contributor to supply chain flexibility is the flexibility of the logistics provider, and a recent paper develops the construct of transport flexibility within the context of supply chain strategy. [ ... ]... Read more »

Naim, M., Aryee, G., & Potter, A. (2010) Determining a logistics provider’s flexibility capability☆. International Journal of Production Economics, 127(1), 39-45. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpe.2010.04.011  

  • April 24, 2011
  • 09:24 AM

Sunday Science: You’re pretty good, huh?

by David Robertson in David Robertson

If you’re reading this, you’re probably rather smart. No, no, don’t be modest: whatever your supposed ‘academic ability’, you’re on a blog about science, reading about real research findings. That means you care. I don’t know what you care about, … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • April 24, 2011
  • 01:35 AM

Hiding Place for the Artsy-Scientist

by Paige Brown in From The Lab Bench

...exiled from the class of 'serious' scientists. A lullaby for a weaker child of chemistry. Enjoy your dreams of a lesser biology. She couldn't make it in the big leagues, they'd say. So I hide my dreams of translating science, colorful pages lost in a library of dull covers with obscure, impossible-to-pronounce titles. Surface Plasmon Resonance Series - Nanotechnology-based Sensors. Professor, here is my secret: such a library of science begs translation for the curious non........ Read more »

Editorial. (2011) Fix the PhD. Nature, 472(7343), 259-260. PMID: 21512527  

  • April 22, 2011
  • 07:24 PM

I am a Success Story (and you can be too!)

by eHarmony Labs in eHarmony Labs Blog

Read on to discover how losing focus can help you to find what you’re looking for. ... Read more »

Smith, Matthew D., Richard Wiseman, Peter Harris, and Richard Joiner. (1996) On being lucky: the psychology and parapsychology of luck. European Journal of Parapsychology, 35-43. info:/

  • April 22, 2011
  • 01:42 PM

Selling the Illusion of Wealth

by Krystal D'Costa in Anthropology in Practice

To round out AiP's discussion on our relationship with fashion, today we're looking at the counterfeit industry. On Monday, we probed the appeal of high-heels. And on Wednesday, we discussed a particular color trend in New York City. As always, comments are welcome.
The battered cardboard box balanced precariously on his small handcart as Asad (1) hurried across the street. The box seemed innocuous enough, but he had lined it with comforters to protect the cargo within and wrapped the exterior........ Read more »

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