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  • March 17, 2011
  • 09:50 AM

Always Brontosaurus to Me

by Brian Switek in Dinosaur Tracking

During the latter half of the 1980s, when I was just becoming acquainted with dinosaurs, “Brontosaurus” was just on its way out. A few of my books depicted the lumbering dinosaur, and a few museums still had the wrong heads on their skeletons, but the images of slow, stupid Brontosaurus were slowly being replaced by [...]... Read more »

BRINKMAN, P. (2006) Bully for Apatosaurus. Endeavour, 30(4), 126-130. DOI: 10.1016/j.endeavour.2006.10.004  

  • March 17, 2011
  • 09:38 AM

3 ideas about EU’s media and communication strategy

by Anamaria in Eurosymbols

It appears that on average 69% of the EU citizens think of themselves as uninformed of matters pertaining to the European Parliament (Parlemeter, February 2011). The percentage is even higher among women and the young. These are quite alarming numbers, if you’d ask any national government. So why is the EU not worried? Or, if [...]... Read more »

Menéndez Alarcón, A. (2010) Media Representation of the European Union: Comparing Newspaper Coverage in France, Spain and the United Kingdom. International Journal of Communication, 398-415. info:/

  • March 17, 2011
  • 07:27 AM

Know Your 'God Terms' and Your 'Devil Terms'

by Persuasion Strategies in Persuasive Litigator

The need for a theme that communicates, simplifies, and unites your case has become common sense to litigators. But the way that we come up with a theme is a little more mysterious. This post suggests one handy tool that will not only help you develop a theme, but will also provide you with a broad working vocabulary to use when talking about your case. The advice is to draw from the work the rhetorician Richard Weaver and identify the ‘god terms’ and ‘devil terms’ of your case. God t........ Read more »

Zhang, J. (2010) Exploring the Rhetoric of Public Diplomacy in the Mixed-Motive Situation: Using the Case of President Obama’s ‘Nuclear-Free World’ Speech in Prague. Place Branding and Public Diplomacy, 6(4), 287-299. info:/

  • March 16, 2011
  • 02:03 PM

Sizing Up Kinship: Larger Groups Win

by Cris Campbell in Genealogy of Religion

There are a number of scholars who claim that “religion” evolved as an adaptation. What kind of adaptation? A group level adaptation. The story usually goes like this: at some unknown time during the middle or upper Paleolithic, certain groups of hominins developed proto-religious beliefs. These beliefs supposedly caused group members to dance, sing, and [...]... Read more »

Hill, K., Walker, R., Bozicevic, M., Eder, J., Headland, T., Hewlett, B., Hurtado, A., Marlowe, F., Wiessner, P., & Wood, B. (2011) Co-Residence Patterns in Hunter-Gatherer Societies Show Unique Human Social Structure. Science, 331(6022), 1286-1289. DOI: 10.1126/science.1199071  

  • March 16, 2011
  • 10:50 AM

Are wildlife diseases cities’ next public health problem?

by Tim De Chant in Per Square Mile

Cities were nasty, filthy places to live until very recently. For many people in slums around the world, this remains a cruel part of life. The place that holds the most opportunity also harbors disease and illness. People have been grappling with the ill effects of population density for thousands of years, and most of [...]... Read more »

  • March 16, 2011
  • 09:08 AM

Basketball: It’s A Pretty ‘Touchy’ Subject.

by Melanie Tannenbaum in ionpsych

Some basketball players really like touching their teammates. Of course, when I say ‘touch,’ I mean gestures like high fives and half hugs. No matter how macho they may seem, basketball players touch their teammates in all sorts of ways … Continue reading →... Read more »

Kurzban, R. (2001) The social psychophysics of cooperation: Nonverbal communication in a public goods game. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, 241-259. info:/

Wieselquist, J., Rusbult, C., Foster, C., & Agnew, C. (1999) Commitment, pro-relationship behavior, and trust in close relationships. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 77(5), 942-966. DOI: 10.1037//0022-3514.77.5.942  

  • March 16, 2011
  • 07:02 AM

So how are your math skills?

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

Math is often seen as a necessary evil. But math literacy plays a part in virtually all civil trials, and you need to understand how to manage that effect. You’ll want to prepare. We’re here for you. Even when you don’t know you’re not really that good at math. Litigation involves numbers. Sometimes the numbers [...]

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Pandelaere, M., Briers, B., & Lembregts, C. (2011) How to make a 29% increase look bigger: The unit effect in option comparisons. . Journal of Consumer Research. info:/

  • March 15, 2011
  • 01:00 PM

State of the Field: First World or Third World?

by Bluegrass Blue Crab in Southern Fried Science

Ever stop to think what divides the first from the third world? Why don’t we ever hear about the second and why don’t countries move between categories as they develop? Well, because the categories are historical – the second world is reserved for post-soviet countries attempting to rebuild governance. The first world is [...]... Read more »

  • March 15, 2011
  • 12:06 PM

by Geraint Johnes in Geraint Johnes Weblog

There are some very pertinent observations about the future development of macroeconomics in this talk by Olivier Blanchard.His nine points are:1. In the wake of the crisis, policy making has to change, in particular with less of a focus on a single policy goal.2. The pendulum has swung, some at least, in the direction of a recognition of an enhanced role for the state in macroeconomic regulation.3. We previously underestimated the impact on the macroeconomy of microeconomic distortions.4. There........ Read more »

  • March 15, 2011
  • 08:27 AM

Success: what is it and how do you achieve it?

by David Winter in Careers - in Theory

Are you successful in your career? How do you know? Traditionally, there are two ways of measuring career success: objective success — externally measurable things such as salary level, number of promotions, etc. subjective success — internal, psychological factors, such as level of career satisfaction, happiness, etc. These two types of success can sometimes be [...]... Read more »

  • March 15, 2011
  • 08:23 AM

by Geraint Johnes in Geraint Johnes Weblog

Recent developments in macroeconomics have focused on models based on dynamic stochastic general equilibrium (DSGE). These models are characterised by a set of macroeconomic relationships which are built up from consistent microeconomic foundations. Their microeconomic underpinnings are intended to finesse the criticism raised by Lucas that changes in policy beget changes in the behaviour of microeconomic agents thereby posing a challenge to economic forecasters. DSGE models come in a variety of........ Read more »

  • March 15, 2011
  • 06:11 AM

Visualizing the risk of global sourcing

by Jan Husdal in

A picture says more than a thousand words, and here is one paper that has it all and that literally illustrates the differences between different sourcing strategies. The paper defines three basic cost elements in global sourcing: static, dynamic and hidden cost, and uses this framework to assess the costs and risks inherent in global sourcing scenarios from three different points of view: conceptually, analytically and empirically. It is paper shows how brings the message across of where to so........ Read more »

Holweg, M., Reichhart, A., & Hong, E. (2010) On risk and cost in global sourcing☆. International Journal of Production Economics. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpe.2010.04.003  

  • March 14, 2011
  • 08:40 PM

Bad Science: Idiots and Ecstasy

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

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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  

Insel TR, Battaglia G, Johannessen JN, Marra S, & De Souza EB. (1989) 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine ("ecstasy") selectively destroys brain serotonin terminals in rhesus monkeys. The Journal of pharmacology and experimental therapeutics, 249(3), 713-20. PMID: 2471824  

  • March 14, 2011
  • 11:53 AM

The ties that bind - healthy eating policies, agriculture, the economy, and population health

by Megan Carter in Verdant Nation

I am no economics expert nor claim to have all that much knowledge about ‘the economy;’ I have troubles simply deciding where to invest. However, from a population health perspective, I was so intrigued with this recent Lancet article in the series “Chronic Diseases and Development” that I wanted to share it with it you. It highlights the inextricable and complex connections between the global economy (specifically agri-trade), our food consumption patterns, and health – something that........ Read more »

Lock, K., Smith, R., Dangour, A., Keogh-Brown, M., Pigatto, G., Hawkes, C., Fisberg, R., & Chalabi, Z. (2010) Health, agricultural, and economic effects of adoption of healthy diet recommendations. The Lancet, 376(9753), 1699-1709. DOI: 10.1016/s0140-6736(10)61352-9  

  • March 14, 2011
  • 10:21 AM

Settle Your Case Without Setting the Dominoes in Motion: Research on the Demonstration Effect

by Persuasion Strategies in Persuasive Litigator

The recent turmoil and uprisings across North Africa and the Middle East provide a good example of the "demonstration effect," which is an influential factor for many litigators and general counsels assessing their case. What about one's success enables others to act and what can you do to stop the dominoes from falling? ... Read more »

  • March 14, 2011
  • 07:02 AM

We don’t need another hero

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

If you do something wrong (and you get caught) it is better to play the victim than to assert your previous good deeds. We’ve written about this principle before here and here. But that was more about how your past good deeds would not buy you a good public (or courtroom) evaluation if you (like [...]

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Kurt Gray, & Daniel M. Wegner. (2011) To escape blame, don't be a hero—Be a victim. Journal of Experimental Psychology. info:/

  • March 14, 2011
  • 02:04 AM

Science in Film

by Paige Brown in From The Lab Bench

Name Best and Worst Science-Based Movies Read more »

  • March 13, 2011
  • 04:30 PM

Rape Myth #1: She's Probably Lying

by Stephanie Zvan in Almost Diamonds

Tawana Brawley. Duke University men's lacrosse team.If you see a rape allegation in the news, those words aren't far behind. They are talismans, touchstones for the idea that we must never, ever forget that women lie about rape. These women lied; therefore, women lie.The truth is, of course, that some women do lie about having been raped. That shouldn't surprise us. People make false accusations about every type of crime, even murder, where it is excruciatingly difficult to do. If no woman ever ........ Read more »

  • March 12, 2011
  • 05:57 PM

Bowling together... in most of Europe, at least

by Tom Rees in Epiphenom

Ten years ago, the sociologist Robert Putnam created shockwaves with his analysis of the breakdown of US society in recent decades -

We sign fewer petitions, belong to fewer organizations that meet, know our neighbors less, meet with friends less frequently, and even socialize with our families less often. We're even bowling alone [Source: Bowling Alone].

Putnam's analysis of the causes was pretty nuanced (read: no-one really knows), but he did point out that the decline of religion in the US ........ Read more »

  • March 12, 2011
  • 08:45 AM

The evolution of female intentionality

by Vahid Motlagh in Ideas for a deeper sense of life

One of the critical aspects regarding the “evolution itself evolving” is the emergence of the female expressed and not simply silent intentionality.In my recent article about the alternative futures of Asia in the year 2060 I highlighted the rise and contribution of female consciousness as a mega trend which will continue to reshape our world in the coming decades. Even a critical question that is raised today after the domino revolutions across the Middle East and North Africa is that if an........ Read more »

Motlagh VV. (2010) Asia's Exotic Futures in the Far beyond the Present. Journal of Futures Studies, 15(2), 1-16. info:/

Gur RC, Gunning-Dixon F, Bilker WB, & Gur RE. (2002) Sex differences in temporo-limbic and frontal brain volumes of healthy adults. Cerebral cortex (New York, N.Y. : 1991), 12(9), 998-1003. PMID: 12183399  

Acevedo BP, Aron A, Fisher HE, & Brown LL. (2011) Neural correlates of long-term intense romantic love. Social cognitive and affective neuroscience. PMID: 21208991  

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