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  • June 23, 2011
  • 11:20 AM
  • 1,034 views

Determine Whether Your Jurors Are Driven by Process or by Verdict

by Persuasion Strategies in Persuasive Litigator

By Dr. Ken Broda-Bahm - When the Casey Anthony jury moves to the deliberation phase in the near future, it is possible to imagine one of two scenarios for how those deliberations discussions will start: Scenario One: Okay, who here feels that she is guilty? Let's just go around the table... Scenario Two: Okay, let's start plowing through the evidence. Where are those binders? Let's just start with the first witness. On the one hand, jurors can begin with a gestalt view of the verdict they want, ........ Read more »

William Hart and Dolores Albarracin. (2011) Craving Activity and Losing Objectivity: Effects of General Action Concepts on Approach to Decision-Consistent Information . Social Psychological and Personality Science. info:/

  • June 23, 2011
  • 10:54 AM
  • 1,971 views

Intentional change

by David Winter in Careers - in Theory

How does change happen? What motivates change? What makes a change sustainable? Richard Boyatzis, Professor of Organizational Behavior at Case Western Reserve University, has the answers… or maybe an answer: Intentional Change Theory. Professor Boyatzis has earned a mention on this blog previously for a natty little theory he developed with David Kolb (of learning [...]... Read more »

  • June 23, 2011
  • 09:00 AM
  • 2,630 views

The Morality of Teenage Fast Food Consumption

by Arya M. Sharma in Dr. Sharma's Obesity Notes

One of the most pervasive beliefs about obesity is that people do this to themselves.
This assumption is closely linked to judgements about morality in the sense that ‘good’ citizens look after themselves by making healthy (’good’) choices, whereas ‘bad’ citizens make unhealthy (’bad’) choices, thereby becoming a drain to healthcare systems and government dollars (and [...]... Read more »

  • June 21, 2011
  • 09:25 PM
  • 1,200 views

Linguistic interactions in the UK

by Sean Roberts in A Replicated Typo 2.0

Ratti et al. (2010) take data from 12 billion telephone calls made over the space of a month and estimate regions of human interaction. The map seems to correlate with regional accent.... Read more »

Ratti, Carlo, Sobolevsky, Stanislav, Calabrese, Francesco, Andris, Clio, Reades, Jonathan, Martino, Mauro, Claxton, Rob, & Strogatz, Steven H. (2010) Redrawing the map of Great Britain from a network of human interaction. PLoS ONE. info:/

  • June 21, 2011
  • 07:44 PM
  • 1,113 views

UK Drugs Strategy: off balance?

by PeaPod in Binge Inking

Does the UK Drugs Strategy offer a balanced approach? What's to be welcomed and what is there to be concerned about? Eric Carlin's paper in "Criminal Justice Matters" sets out his views in a logical manner and acts as an antidote to less tempered opinions predominating this week.... Read more »

  • June 21, 2011
  • 12:44 PM
  • 1,018 views

What can cities do about climate change?

by James Keirstead in James Keirstead.ca

A review of actions taken by the C40 Cities network shows that not all cities own and operate key parts of their urban infrastructure. This means that if they are going to achieve their ambitious climate change and energy policy goals, then they will need to work together with other levels of government, private sector partners, and civil society.... Read more »

  • June 21, 2011
  • 12:43 PM
  • 1,580 views

Post-Hoc Supernatural Punishers

by Cris Campbell in Genealogy of Religion

In the inaugural issue of Religion, Brain & Behavior, Jeffrey Schloss and Michael Murray examine the idea that belief in supernatural agents is adaptive because these agents are punishers: supernatural policeman if you will. This policing can have two effects. First, belief in supernatural punishment can enhance within group cooperation. Second, it can reduce cheating [...]... Read more »

Schloss, Jeffrey P., & Murray, Michael J. (2011) Evolutionary Accounts of Belief in Supernatural Punishment: A Critical Review. Religion, Brain , 1(1), 46-99. info:/10.1080/2153599X.2011.558707

Brandhorst, Mario. (2010) Naturalism and the Genealogy of Moral Institutions. The Journal of Nietzsche Studies, 5-28. info:/

  • June 21, 2011
  • 12:29 PM
  • 819 views

Research Practices on the Web in the Field of Technology Enhanced Learning

by Peter Kraker in Science and the Web

Last week, I attended Websci’11, the 3rd International Conference on Web Science. It was a great experience to engage with such a diverse crowd; there were people from computer science, information science, social science, psychology, philosophy (and some others that I probably missed here) representing many different aspects from this multi-disciplinary field. I am still …Read More... Read more »

Kraker, P., & Lindstaedt, S. (2011) Research Practices on the Web in the Field of Technology Enhanced Learning. Proceedings of the ACM WebSci'11. info:/

  • June 21, 2011
  • 06:23 AM
  • 954 views

We stand on the shoulders of cultural giants

by Razib Khan in Gene Expression

In reading The cultural niche: Why social learning is essential for human adaptation in PNAS I couldn’t help but think back to a conversation I had with a few old friends in Evanston in 2003. They were graduate students in mathematics at Northwestern, and at one point one of them expressed some serious frustration at the fact that so many of the science and business students in his introductory calculus courses simply wanted to “learn” a disparate set of techniques, rather than........ Read more »

Robert Boyd, Peter J. Richerson, & Joseph Henrich. (2011) The cultural niche: Why social learning is essential for human adaptation. PNAS. info:/10.1073/pnas.1100290108

  • June 21, 2011
  • 06:23 AM
  • 864 views

We stand on the shoulders of cultural giants

by Razib Khan in Gene Expression

In reading The cultural niche: Why social learning is essential for human adaptation in PNAS I couldn’t help but think back to a conversation I had with a few old friends in Evanston in 2003. They were graduate students in mathematics at Northwestern, and at one point one of them expressed some serious frustration at the fact that so many of the science and business students in his introductory calculus courses simply wanted to “learn” a disparate set of techniques, rather than........ Read more »

Robert Boyd, Peter J. Richerson, & Joseph Henrich. (2011) The cultural niche: Why social learning is essential for human adaptation. PNAS. info:/10.1073/pnas.1100290108

  • June 21, 2011
  • 04:24 AM
  • 1,077 views

Autism In The I.T. Crowd

by Neuroskeptic in Neuroskeptic

Is autism more common in Silicon Valley?A new study from Simon Baron-Cohen and colleagues asked pretty much this question, although rather than California, they looked at Eindhoven in Holland. Eindhoven is the tech hub of the Netherlands:This region contains the Eindhoven University of Technology, as well as the High Tech Campus Eindhoven, where IT and technology companies such as Philips, ASML, IBM and ATOS Origin are based... 30% of jobs in Eindhoven are now in technology or ICT, in Haarlem an........ Read more »

  • June 20, 2011
  • 11:24 AM
  • 1,218 views

The Status Paradox

by Psych Your Mind in Psych Your Mind

Social hierarchies are quite complicated. In the animal world hierarchies are wildly different based on social contexts, species, and environmental factors. For some animals, such as bull elephant seals, hierarchies are unstable—individuals spend a relatively short times at the top of the food chain—and what these alpha males get in terms of mating preferences, they pay dearly for in terms of physical fighting, aggressive confrontation, and threats from other male rivals. In unstable hierarc........ Read more »

  • June 20, 2011
  • 07:02 AM
  • 1,366 views

Immigration Polls and Lying College Grads and Liberals

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

After 9/11/2001 we did some research that uncovered a number of questions we successfully used for the better part of two years to identify plaintiff and defense jurors.  And then—just like that—the questions stopped differentiating. The response patterns that were effective in identifying jurors who were good for us or bad for us had changed. [...]


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Janus, A.L. (2010) The influence of social desirability pressures on expressed immigration attitudes. Social Science Quarterly, 91(4), 928-946. info:/

  • June 20, 2011
  • 05:30 AM
  • 2,054 views

Obesity's contagious, or is it? A sober second look at obesity and social networks.

by Yoni Freedhoff in Weighty Matters

Right off the top let me say I'm not well versed enough in statistics to know who's right.On one side of the fence are the findings of Christakis and Fowler, famously published in the New England Journal of Medicine that posited obesity is socially contagious. Non-statistically, their paper didn't sit right with me, but as far as stats go, I'm no maven.On the other side of the fence is a new paper published by Russel Lyons who posits that Christakis' and Fowler's work is a great example of stat........ Read more »

  • June 20, 2011
  • 04:13 AM
  • 1,800 views

Tyranny of Language

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

Our contributor in Karachi, Md. Ali Khan, has alerted me to what seems to be a fascinating book: The Tyranny of Language in Education by Zubeida Mustafa published by Ushba Books. I’d love to read the book but trying to … Continue reading →... Read more »

Han, Huamei. (2011) Social inclusion through multilingual ideologies, policies and practices: a case study of a minority church. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 14(4), 383-398. info:/

  • June 19, 2011
  • 07:14 PM
  • 677 views

How to get a village named after your company? – A curious case of ‘Snapdeal.com’ Nagar

by Kandarp Mehta in Creatologue - Exploring Creativity

It was in news yesterday that a village in India named Shivnagar, changed it’s name to ‘Snapdeal.com’-Nagar. When I read the headline, my reaction was, ‘What? How much would they have paid to sponsor the entire village? For how long?’ … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • June 19, 2011
  • 05:05 PM
  • 1,246 views

Disturbances versus disruptions

by Jan Husdal in husdal.com

Supply chain disturbances and supply chain disruptions. Not the same and very different from each other. The former can be managed and solved within an established supply chain, the latter often requires establishing a new supply network. Understanding this difference is imperative to risk management.... Read more »

Phil Greening, & Christine Rutherford. (2011) Disruptions and supply networks: a multi-level, multi-theoretical relational perspective. International Journal of Logistics Management, 22(1), 104-126. info:/

  • June 18, 2011
  • 05:55 PM
  • 1,489 views

Creative cultural transmission as chaotic sampling

by Sean Roberts in A Replicated Typo 2.0

Chaos has been used to create variations on musical and dance sequences (Dabby, 2008; Bradley & Stuart, 1998). Here, I apply this to birdsong. It could also be used to model the evolution of creative cultural features.... Read more »

Bradley E, & Stuart J. (1998) Using chaos to generate variations on movement sequences. Chaos (Woodbury, N.Y.), 8(4), 800-807. PMID: 12779786  

Kiebel SJ, Daunizeau J, & Friston KJ. (2008) A hierarchy of time-scales and the brain. PLoS computational biology, 4(11). PMID: 19008936  

  • June 17, 2011
  • 05:03 PM
  • 1,100 views

Where does your empathy come from?

by eHarmony Labs in eHarmony Labs Blog

Do you ever get to the point where you feel as though you and your partner have absolutely nothing in common? Read further to find out the one common thread that lies in almost all of us. ... Read more »

Ramachandran, V. S. . (2001) Synaesthesia - a window into perception, thought and language. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 3-34. info:/

  • June 17, 2011
  • 07:02 AM
  • 1,731 views

Pretrial publicity & jury deliberations

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

There was much discussion when the Supreme Court decided Jeffrey Skilling had gotten a fair trial despite extreme pre-trial publicity. The letter published in the Orlando Sentinel from a dismissed Casey Anthony trial juror raises the issue again. I was one of the 50 potential jurors excused from service on the Casey Anthony trial today because [...]


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Ruva, CL, & LeVasseur, MA. (2011) Behind closed doors: The effect of pretrial publicity on jury deliberations. . Psychology, Crime . info:/

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