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  • January 17, 2011
  • 04:00 AM
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Copernicus and the Star that was bigger than the Universe

by Alun in AlunSalt

I’ve been trying to watch Cosmos by Carl Sagan. I’ve never seen it and it’s proving to be a bit of a struggle. He definitely can write. Some of the sequences are fantastic, but some of it is badly dated. The thing that really grates to me is his dismissal of Ptolemy and his geocentric... Read more »

Graney, C.M. (2010) The Telescope Against Copernicus: Star Observations by Riccioli Supporting a Geocentric Universe. Journal for the History of Astronomy, 41(4), 453-467. info:/

  • January 17, 2011
  • 03:12 AM
  • 1,122 views

Imitation and Social Cognition in Humans and Chimpanzees (I): Imitation, Overimitation, and Conformity

by Michael in A Replicated Typo 2.0


Imitation is often seen as one of the crucial foundations of culture because it is the basis of  social learning and social transmission. Only by imitating others and learning from them did human culture become cumulative, allowing humans to build and improve on the knowledge of previous generations. Thus, . . . → Read More: Imitation and Social Cognition in Humans and Chimpanzees (I): Imitation, Overimitation, and Conformity... Read more »

Lyons DE, Young AG, & Keil FC. (2007) The hidden structure of overimitation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 104(50), 19751-6. PMID: 18056814  

  • January 17, 2011
  • 01:51 AM
  • 1,277 views

Of Boobs, Babes and the JAMA

by Pranab Chatterjee in Scepticemia

I have been an avid reader of the JAMA Online and especially been attracted to the cover art of every JAMA print issue. For those who do not know, the JAMA is the Journal of the American Medical Association and … Continue reading →... Read more »

Clark JP. (1999) Babes and boobs? analysis of JAMA cover art. BMJ (Clinical research ed.), 319(7225), 1603-4. PMID: 10600956  

  • January 16, 2011
  • 06:25 PM
  • 1,199 views

Don't Advocate from a Position of Hate

by Persuasion Strategies in Persuasive Litigator

By: Dr. Ken Broda-Bahm - On some days, just watching the news can stop us cold. Those who work in law should be proud to be part of a system that, however imperfectly, resolves disputes with appeals to reason and judgment rather than force. But the opposite end of the spectrum was seen in last week's devestating shooting in Tucson that left six dead and fourteen injured. While the motives of the shooter remain hazy at the time of writing, one element seems clear: for whatever twisted reason, the........ Read more »

Blatt B, LeLacheur SF, Galinsky AD, Simmens SJ, & Greenberg L. (2010) Does perspective-taking increase patient satisfaction in medical encounters?. Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges, 85(9), 1445-52. PMID: 20736672  

Wayne Brockriede. (1972) Arguers as Lovers. Philosophy and Rhetoric, 1-11. info:/

Horberg, E., Oveis, C., Keltner, D., & Cohen, A. (2009) Disgust and the moralization of purity. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 97(6), 963-976. DOI: 10.1037/a0017423  

  • January 16, 2011
  • 04:32 PM
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P is happy and N is sad – a biological universal?

by Maria Wolters in Speech and Science

Twitter has been abuzz recently with news of a paper that claims to have found universal sound correlates of happiness and sadness: Auracher, J., Albers, S., Zhai, Y., Gareeva, G., & Stavniychuk, T. (2011). P Is for Happiness, N Is for Sadness: Universals in Sound Iconicity to Detect Emotions in Poetry Discourse Processes, 48 (1), [...]... Read more »

  • January 15, 2011
  • 10:31 PM
  • 1,549 views

Does mathematical training increase our risk tolerance?

by Jason Collins in Evolving Economics

Humans are inherently risk averse. When offered a coin toss with a reward of $10,000 for heads but a loss of $10,000 for tails, most people would decline. They would likely agree to pay a significant sum to avoid the gamble, despite the expected value of the gamble being zero. When economists describe the preferences [...]... Read more »

  • January 14, 2011
  • 09:27 PM
  • 650 views

The Mischief of Plants, the Birds & the Bees

by Linda Lin in Oz Blog No. 159

When it wasn't too quirky, the biological analogies and references in Adaptation were quite creative. The scene here wonderful illustrates the deception of bees by orchids. I wonder how many know that flowers are all geared to lure in...... Read more »

Baldwin, I. (2010) Plant volatiles. Current Biology, 20(9). DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2010.02.052  

Howe, G., & Jander, G. (2008) Plant Immunity to Insect Herbivores. Annual Review of Plant Biology, 59(1), 41-66. DOI: 10.1146/annurev.arplant.59.032607.092825  

Ratnieks, F., & Carreck, N. (2010) Clarity on Honey Bee Collapse?. Science, 327(5962), 152-153. DOI: 10.1126/science.1185563  

  • January 14, 2011
  • 04:58 PM
  • 1,143 views

The inevitable rise of Amish machines

by Razib Khan in Gene Expression

About 20 years ago I lived for a year in a rural area where Amish were a common feature of country roads and farmers’ markets. My parents, being Muslims, would sometimes buy chickens from the local Amish and slaughter them according to halal. We had a relationship with a particular family. They were nice people, [...]... Read more »

Rowthorn R. (2011) Religion, fertility and genes: a dual inheritance model. Proceedings. Biological sciences / The Royal Society. PMID: 21227968  

  • January 14, 2011
  • 08:03 AM
  • 1,214 views

Simple Jury Persuasion: Keep them from going with the immoral flow!

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

This isn’t a ‘feel good’ post about research into how we are driven to do good. Instead, it’s a post about how we don’t mind doing bad if it’s easier than doing (the more difficult) good. Those folks who advertise with the ‘easy’ button know a good thing when they see it. And it’s an [...]


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Teper, R., & Inzlicht, M. (2010) Active transgressions and moral elusions: Action framing influences moral behavior. Social Psychological and Personality Science. info:/

Johnson, E. (2003) MEDICINE: Do Defaults Save Lives?. Science, 302(5649), 1338-1339. DOI: 10.1126/science.1091721  

  • January 14, 2011
  • 06:47 AM
  • 906 views

Agricultural biodiversity crucial to the agricultural “revolution”

by Jeremy in Agricultural Biodiversity Weblog

I’ve started dabbling in the marshy shallows around the deep pool of my ignorance of the modern history of agriculture, and one thing has become even more obvious. Mixed farming — mixed species of crop as well as mixed kingdoms of plants and animals — was without a doubt the sine qua non of both [...]... Read more »

  • January 13, 2011
  • 10:00 AM
  • 4,552 views

Help Jurors Detect (or Protect) Holes in Expert Analysis

by Dr. Kevin Boully in Persuasive Litigator

by: Dr. Kevin Boully Infamous rock singer Courtney Love is in trouble again. Unless you’re her lawyer (or one of her forgiving fans)1, you are probably wondering what Love’s troubles have to do with your persuasive advocacy. Fair question. The Hole lead singer’s 2009 Twitter tirade against fashion designer Dawn Simorangkir made her a defendant in a defamation lawsuit that may be headed for trial in early February.2 Most importantly, Ms. Simorangkir has reportedly retained a social media ........ Read more »

  • January 13, 2011
  • 07:52 AM
  • 1,096 views

Dog Exhibits Mutual Exclusivity Bias

by Sean Roberts in A Replicated Typo 2.0

Pilley & Reid (2010) describe the incredible Chaser: A border collie who knows over 1,000 words. But does he really have a mutual exclusivity bias?... Read more »

  • January 13, 2011
  • 07:49 AM
  • 1,003 views

Dog exhibits mutual exclusivity bias

by Sean Roberts in A Replicated Typo 2.0


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Pilley & Reid (2010) describe an experiment where a border collie was trained to learn proper nouns for objects.  After 3 years of training, the dog had learned over 1,000 proper names and showed no sign of slowing.  Experiments were run to test whether the dog understood the difference between nouns and commands and whether the . . . → Read More: Dog exhibits mutual exclusivity bias... Read more »

  • January 13, 2011
  • 02:00 AM
  • 673 views

When a “home” becomes a “house”: care and caring in the flood recovery process

by SAGE Insight in SAGE Insight

From Space and Culture             As Australia has become the latest victim of severe flooding, we are mindful of the potentially devastating consequences. This article looks back to the 2007 floods in North East England, to consider the care needs that are revealed, disrupted, and produced by the dependencies and vulnerabilities associated with flood recovery. It also uses diaries [...]... Read more »

  • January 12, 2011
  • 06:50 PM
  • 1,052 views

Dialects in Tweets

by Richard in A Replicated Typo 2.0

A recent study published in the proceedings of the Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing Conference (EMNLP) in October and presented in the LSA conference last week found evidence of geographical lexical variation in Twitter posts. (For news stories on it, see here and here.) Eisenstein, O’Connor, Smith and Xing took a batch of Twitter posts from a . . . → Read More: Dialects in Tweets... Read more »

Jacob Eisenstein, Brendan O'Connor, Noah A. Smith, & Eric P. Xing. (2010) A Latent Variable Model for Geographic Lexical Variation. . Proceedings of EMNLP. info:/

  • January 12, 2011
  • 03:25 PM
  • 1,046 views

Body Mass Index and Physical Attractiveness: Evidence From a Combination Image-Alteration/List Experiment

by Christopher Winship in SMR Blog

Conley, D., & McCabe, B. (2011). Body Mass Index and Physical Attractiveness: Evidence From a Combination Image-Alteration/List Experiment, Sociological Methods & Research, 40 (1), 6-31 DOI: 10.1177/0049124110390762 Featured article: Available to download free of charge via Sage Publications until 6/1/2011. Abstract & References, View Supplemental Data Dalton Conley, New York University, New York, NY, USA, conley@nyu.edu Filed under: post [...]... Read more »

  • January 12, 2011
  • 03:15 PM
  • 1,175 views

Nonparametric Tests of Panel Conditioning and Attrition Bias in Panel Surveys

by Christopher Winship in SMR Blog

Das, M., Toepoel, V., & van Soest, A. (2011). Nonparametric Tests of Panel Conditioning and Attrition Bias in Panel Surveys, Sociological Methods & Research, 40 (1), 32-56 DOI: 10.1177/0049124110390765, view abstract. Filed under: post Tagged: attrition bias, measurement error, panel conditioning, panel surveys... Read more »

  • January 12, 2011
  • 03:06 PM
  • 650 views

Two Algorithms for Relaxed Structural Balance Partitioning: Linking Theory, Models, and Data to Understand Social Network Phenomena

by Christopher Winship in SMR Blog

Brusco, M., Doreian, P., Mrvar, A., & Steinley, D. (2010). Two Algorithms for Relaxed Structural Balance Partitioning: Linking Theory, Models, and Data to Understand Social Network Phenomena, Sociological Methods & Research, 40 (1), 57-87 DOI: 10.1177/0049124110384947, view abstract. Filed under: post Tagged: algorithms, blockmodeling, relaxed structural balance, signed networks... Read more »

  • January 12, 2011
  • 03:04 PM
  • 689 views

The Effects of Asking Filter Questions in Interleafed Versus Grouped Format

by Christopher Winship in SMR Blog

Kreuter, F., McCulloch, S., Presser, S., & Tourangeau, R. (2011). The Effects of Asking Filter Questions in Interleafed Versus Grouped Format Sociological Methods & Research, 40 (1), 88-104 DOI: 10.1177/0049124110392342, view abstract. Filed under: post Tagged: filter questions, questionnaire design, respondent behavior, response burden... Read more »

Kreuter, F., McCulloch, S., Presser, S., & Tourangeau, R. (2011) The Effects of Asking Filter Questions in Interleafed Versus Grouped Format. Sociological Methods , 40(1), 88-104. DOI: 10.1177/0049124110392342  

  • January 12, 2011
  • 03:01 PM
  • 647 views

Estimating Propensity Adjustments for Volunteer Web Surveys

by Christopher Winship in SMR Blog

Valliant, R., & Dever, J. (2011). Estimating Propensity Adjustments for Volunteer Web Surveys Sociological Methods & Research, 40 (1), 105-137 DOI: 10.1177/0049124110392533, view abstract. Filed under: post Tagged: calibration estimator, logistic regression, nonignorable selection, propensity model, reference survey, web survey... Read more »

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