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  • March 8, 2011
  • 10:09 PM

Public Service Announcement: Drugs Misinformation Kills

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

Today I took a tough... Read more »

Halpern JH, Sherwood AR, Hudson JI, Gruber S, Kozin D, & Pope HG Jr. (2011) Residual neurocognitive features of long-term ecstasy users with minimal exposure to other drugs. Addiction (Abingdon, England), 106(4), 777-86. PMID: 21205042  

  • March 8, 2011
  • 01:40 PM

This Is Your Brain on Disney

by Krystal D'Costa in Anthropology in Practice

I've only been to Disney World once. A few years ago, S and I went for the first time and while I may go back, I'm definitely still recovering. Disney marketing isn't kidding when they say it's the happiest/most magical place on earth—it's intense. And the experience stays with you. But people are definitely drawn to the Disney franchise. Disneyland receives approximately 10 million visitors annually (1). And lots of folks are repeat visitors. It may not be for everyone—I know people who ab........ Read more »

Craig T. Palmer, Kathryn Coe. (2010) Parenting, Courtship, Disneyland, and the Human Brain. International Journal of Tourism Anthropology, 1(1), 1-14. info:/10.1504/IJTA.2010.036843

  • March 8, 2011
  • 01:04 PM

Art in the Eye of the Beholder: Preliminary Evidence?

by Maria P. in noustuff

Does monocular viewing affect judgement of art? According to a 2008 paper by Finney and Heilman it does. The two researchers from the University of Florida inspired by previous studies investigating the effect of monocular viewing on performance on visual-spatial and verbal memory tasks, attempted to see what the results would be in the case [...]... Read more »

  • March 8, 2011
  • 11:28 AM

International Women's Day and the science blogging gender gap.

by Hadas Shema in Information Culture

Warning: This post contains *gasp* feminist and non-politically correct opinions. Read at your own risk. As anyone who reads this blog regularly knows, I've been working on characterizing Science Blogs which have over twenty posts at the aggregator, and posted there after January 1st, 2010. While my original sample had almost 200 blogs, I've decided to focus on private independent blogs and private blogs belonging to a blogging network (meaning of "private" here is "one or t........ Read more »

Glott, R, & Ghosh, R. (2010) Wikipedia Survey – Overview of Results. UNU-Merit. info:/

  • March 8, 2011
  • 04:00 AM

The Leaking Pipeline of Women’s Academic Careers

by Rense Nieuwenhuis in Curving Normality

Female academics are a minority, compared to male academics. This overrepresentation of men is even stronger in higher ranking positions. The Leaking Pipeline hypothesis explains this discrepancy by focusing on the strongly selective nature of an academic career.... Read more »

  • March 8, 2011
  • 02:00 AM

Do prisoners have the right to die at home?

by SAGE Insight in SAGE Insight

Care or custody? An evaluation of palliative care in prisons in North West England   From Palliative Medicine There has been much reaction to the issue of granting prisoners compassionate leave to die at home. The high profile debate has been particularly fuelled by the decision to release the convicted Lockerie bomber to die at [...]... Read more »

  • March 7, 2011
  • 12:17 PM

The roadless neighborhoods of Radburn, New Jersey

by Tim De Chant in Per Square Mile

Planners looking to imbue their development with a little old school appeal have a best friend in alleys. The petite thoroughfares tuck bland garage doors behind friendlier looking houses, shrink lots to squeeze in more housing, and leave sidewalks and streets that are free of driveways and curb cuts. Alleys have their charm, I admit. [...]... Read more »

Alexander Garvin. (2002) Residential Suburbs. The American City: What Works, What Doesn't, 305-343. info:other/0071373675

  • March 7, 2011
  • 10:34 AM

The Jury is Out: Make the Most of Your Experience In an Era of Fewer Trials

by Persuasion Strategies in Persuasive Litigator

Trials - civil and criminal, federal and state, bench and jury - have become less frequent over time in the American system. The decline of the trial is a real and continued trend involved in the research, and the decline is likely to continue. There are five things that litigators should do in order to adapt to this trend: 1. Make sure you aren't settling for the wrong reasons; 2. Prepare thoroughly for any trial; 3. Give bench trials and ADR the same preparation you would give a jury; 4. ........ Read more »

Anderson, Joseph F. (2010) Where Have You Gone, Spot Mozingo? A Trial Judge’s Lament over the Decline of the Civil Jury Trial. The Federal Courts Law Review, 4(1), 99-120. info:/

  • March 7, 2011
  • 10:00 AM

Defending Your Territory: Is Peeing on the Wall Just for the Dogs?

by Jason Goldman in The Thoughtful Animal

Welcome to Territoriality Week! Every day this week, I'll have a post about some aspect of animal or human territoriality. How do animals mark and control their territories? What determines the size or shape of an animal's territory? What can an animal's territory tell us about neuroanatomy? Today, I begin by asking two questions: first, what is the functional purpose of establishing territories? Second, to what extent can we apply findings from research on animal territorial behavior to underst........ Read more »

Edney, J. (1974) Human territoriality. Psychological Bulletin, 81(12), 959-975. DOI: 10.1037/h0037444  

  • March 6, 2011
  • 09:27 PM

Health by Design 2: The Fused-Grid Neighbourhood Street Layout

by Megan Carter in Verdant Nation

Remember that neighbourhood street layout I was talking about way back when? The Fused-grid? Well finally we’ll get to see how well it does in terms of sustainability and health in this week’s post. To recap, the Fused-grid is a synthesis of the curvilinear, loop and lollipop layout and the traditional gridiron street pattern. It increases connectivity for pedestrians (and potentially cyclists) by providing green spaces in the centres of neighbourhood quadrants. It also preserves the discon........ Read more »

1. Grammenos F. (2008) Taming the flow - Better traffic and safer neighbourhoods. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation Research Highlights. info:/

  • March 5, 2011
  • 10:30 AM

A case of congenital beat deafness?

by Henkjan Honing in Music Matters

Of most people that claim things like ‘Oh, but I’m not musical at all’, ‘I’m hopeless at keeping a tune’ or ‘I have no sense of rhythm’, only a small percentage turn out to be unmusical. The condition is known as amusia, and those who suffer from it are literally music-deficient. It is a rather exceptional, mostly inherited condition that comprises a range of handicaps in recognising or reproducing melodies and rhythms. It has been estimated that about 4 per cent of the people in........ Read more »

Phillips-Silver, J., Toiviainen, P., Gosselin, N., Piché, O., Nozaradan, S., Palmer, C., & Peretz, I. (2011) Born to dance but beat deaf: A new form of congenital amusia. Neuropsychologia. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2011.02.002  

Honing, H., Ladinig, O., Háden, G., & Winkler, I. (2009) Is Beat Induction Innate or Learned?. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1169(1), 93-96. DOI: 10.1111/j.1749-6632.2009.04761.x  

  • March 4, 2011
  • 08:45 AM

Apologies & Neurasthenia

by John Wayland in The Darwin Tribune

Firstly, I must apologise. It has been too long since my last entry and I fear it may be sometime before my next after this. I'm in the middle (or rather, the end) of my final year as an undergraduate and have been focusing on my dissertation and final assignments.However, I'd like to briefly mention Neurasthenia. This video does an excellent job of discussing this largely unknown disorder in depth.An excellent article of regarding Neurasthenia has appeared in the March 2011 issue of the Th........ Read more »

Rollin, H. (2004) 'Neurasthenia'. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 184(6), 545-545. DOI: 10.1192/bjp.184.6.545  

  • March 4, 2011
  • 07:03 AM

Simple Jury Persuasion: Don’t tell me what to do!

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

We may believe we make our decisions based on facts and logic. That would likely be incorrect. We are easily malleable and can be encouraged to reverse our choices/preferences with a simple, one-sentence directive. How so? It turns out that simply expressing a preference and then being told to “choose one to reject” makes us [...]

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JULIANO LARAN, & KEITH WILCOX. (2011) Choice, Rejection, and Elaboration on Preference-Inconsistent Alternatives . JOURNAL OF CONSUMER RESEARCH. info:/

  • March 3, 2011
  • 06:29 PM

National Languages Curriculum

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

My daughter attends a public elementary school in NSW where the children are taught French for one hour each week. In 2009, she was away from her school for one year and did not receive any French instruction during that … Continue reading →... Read more »

Clyne, Michael. (2005) Australia's Language Potential. UNSW Press. info:/

  • March 3, 2011
  • 09:47 AM

Earthquakes And Antipsychotics

by Neuroskeptic in Neuroskeptic

According to a clever little paper just out from Italy, prescriptions for antipsychotic drugs skyrocketed in the months following a major earthquake. But there are some surprising details.On 6th April 2009, an earthquake hit L'Aquila, a medium-sized city in central Italy. Out of about 100,000 people living in the L'Aquila area, over 600 died and over 60,000 were displaced: a major disaster for the local people.Rossi et al from the University of L'Aquila looked at medication prescription in the 6........ Read more »

  • March 3, 2011
  • 02:00 AM

Gorbachev reflects on lessons learned from the Chernobyl disaster

by SAGE Insight in SAGE Insight

Chernobyl 25 years later: Many lessons learned  From Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists The former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev contributes this essay to the special issue – Chernobyl: 25 years later where he looks back at the catastrophic accident in 1986 at the Chernobyl nuclear power station in Ukraine and writes how, two and a [...]... Read more »

Gorbachev, M. (2011) Chernobyl 25 years later: Many lessons learned. Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 67(2), 77-80. DOI: 10.1177/0096340211399746  

  • March 2, 2011
  • 08:23 AM

Genetic distance and economic development

by Jason Collins in Evolving Economics

The History and Geography of Human Genes has probably influenced the way I think about human evolution more than any other book. Even though it is getting old at a time when masses of population genetic data are being accumulated, a flip through the maps depicting the geographic distribution of genes provides a picture that [...]... Read more »

Spolaore, E., & Wacziarg, R. (2009) The Diffusion of Development . Quarterly Journal of Economics, 124(2), 469-529. DOI: 10.1162/qjec.2009.124.2.469  

  • March 2, 2011
  • 07:02 AM

Revenge is best served cold

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

What does that saying mean? An internet search yields the information that emotional detachment and planning (“cold blooded”) are best for taking revenge.  [We need to take a moment here to remind you to not use proverbs that no one under 70 understands in the courtroom.] And this isn’t about how to get revenge anyway. It’s about [...]

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Gollwitzer, M., Meder, M., & Schmitt, M. (2010) What gives victims satisfaction when they seek revenge?. European Journal of Social Psychology. info:/

  • March 2, 2011
  • 02:00 AM

Less educated police officers are found to be more likely to use force

by SAGE Insight in SAGE Insight

The effect of higher education on police behaviorFrom Police Quarterly Police scholars and practitioners have long called for the adoption of a college education requirement for police officers as a condition of employment. Since the professional movement in the early 1900s, the importance of education was seen as a means to a better style of [...]... Read more »

  • February 28, 2011
  • 03:47 PM

Mirror, Mirror on my Facebook Wall…

by Scicurious in Neurotic Physiology

…who is the fairest/funniest/raises the most for charity/has the cutest child/dog/cat/hamster/is best foodie/goes to the coolest places/the most popular of ALL? Duh! ME! (Hat tip to DNLee, who introduced me to this song. I LOVE this song.) Gonzales and Hancock. “Mirror, Mirror on my Facebook Wall: Effects of Exposure to Facebook on Self-Esteem” CYBERPSYCHOLOGY, BEHAVIOR, [...]... Read more »

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