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  • March 14, 2011
  • 02:04 AM
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Science in Film

by Paige Brown in From The Lab Bench

Name Best and Worst Science-Based Movies

http://network.nature.com/groups/scienceinfilm/forum/topics... Read more »

  • March 13, 2011
  • 04:30 PM
  • 1,322 views

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
  • 1,244 views

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
  • 1,096 views

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  

  • March 11, 2011
  • 06:23 PM
  • 1,514 views

The Magic of Contagion

by Cris Campbell in Genealogy of Religion

What makes people pay large sums of money for apparently mundane objects such as JFK’s golf clubs ($772,500 at auction) and rocking chair ($453,500)? Although a portion of the price is related to investment value, this cannot account for the exorbitant amounts paid for these items. Something else is at work. According to a study [...]... Read more »

Newman, George, Diesendruck, Gil, and Bloom, Paul. (2011) Celebrity Contagion and the Value of Objects. Journal of Consumer Research. info:/10.1086/658999

Curtis V, & Biran A. (2001) Dirt, Disgust, and Disease: Is Hygiene in Our Genes?. Perspectives in biology and medicine, 44(1), 17-31. PMID: 11253302  

  • March 11, 2011
  • 03:56 PM
  • 1,270 views

Penis Spines, Pearly Papules, and Pope Benedict's Balls

by Eric Michael Johnson in The Primate Diaries

The latest stop in the #PDEx tour is being hosted by A Primate of Modern Aspect:A new study in the journal Nature has generated a great deal of titillation this week as Cory McLean and colleagues have revealed a sequence of DNA that promotes these penis spines, a sequence that humans appear to have lost. The genetic mechanism involved has already been explained extremely well by Ed Yong and John Hawks. However, the interpretation of what the loss of this DNA reveals about human evolution is perh........ Read more »

McLean, C., Reno, P., Pollen, A., Bassan, A., Capellini, T., Guenther, C., Indjeian, V., Lim, X., Menke, D., Schaar, B.... (2011) Human-specific loss of regulatory DNA and the evolution of human-specific traits. Nature, 471(7337), 216-219. DOI: 10.1038/nature09774  

  • March 11, 2011
  • 03:56 PM
  • 1,121 views

Penis Spines, Pearly Papules, and Pope Benedict's Balls

by Eric Michael Johnson in The Primate Diaries in Exile

The latest stop in the #PDEx tour is being hosted by A Primate of Modern Aspect:A new study in the journal Nature has generated a great deal of titillation this week as Cory McLean and colleagues have revealed a sequence of DNA that promotes these penis spines, a sequence that humans appear to have lost. The genetic mechanism involved has already been explained extremely well by Ed Yong and John Hawks. However, the interpretation of what the loss of this DNA reveals about human evolution is perh........ Read more »

McLean, C., Reno, P., Pollen, A., Bassan, A., Capellini, T., Guenther, C., Indjeian, V., Lim, X., Menke, D., Schaar, B.... (2011) Human-specific loss of regulatory DNA and the evolution of human-specific traits. Nature, 471(7337), 216-219. DOI: 10.1038/nature09774  

  • March 11, 2011
  • 02:59 PM
  • 1,557 views

Penis Spines, Pearly Papules, and Pope Benedict’s Balls

by zinjanthropus in A Primate of Modern Aspect

The following guest post by Eric Michael Johnson is part of the Primate Diaries in Exile blog tour. You can follow other stops on this tour through his RSS feed or by following him on Twitter. If this is your first time visiting A Primate of Modern Aspect make sure to browse some of the [...]... Read more »

McLean, C., Reno, P., Pollen, A., Bassan, A., Capellini, T., Guenther, C., Indjeian, V., Lim, X., Menke, D., Schaar, B.... (2011) Human-specific loss of regulatory DNA and the evolution of human-specific traits. Nature, 471(7337), 216-219. DOI: 10.1038/nature09774  

  • March 11, 2011
  • 07:01 AM
  • 1,690 views

But, your honor! That witness was drunk!

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

You’ve probably seen intoxicated witnesses on TV shows and thought they were ridiculous. And we’ve seen mock jurors dismiss witnesses they believed to be either drunk or high. But have we given the intoxicated witness a bum rap? New research says maybe we really have. Researchers from Florida, Texas and Arkansas took a look at [...]


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Tattoos: When should you clean up your witness?
Witness Preparation: First impressions R........ Read more »

Schreiber Compo N, Evans JR, Carol RN, Villalba D, Ham LS, Garcia T, & Rose S. (2011) Intoxicated Eyewitnesses: Better than Their Reputation?. Law and human behavior. PMID: 21336684  

  • March 10, 2011
  • 02:20 PM
  • 1,060 views

Depressed Or Bereaved? (Part 1)

by Neuroskeptic in Neuroskeptic

My cat died on Tuesday. She may have been a manipulative psychopath, but she was a likeable one. She was 18.On that note, here's a paper about bereavement.It's been recognized since forever that clinical depression is similar, in many ways, to the experience of grief. Freud wrote about it in 1917, and it was an ancient idea even then. So psychiatrists have long thought that symptoms, which would indicate depression in someone who wasn't bereaved, can be quite normal and healthy as a response to ........ Read more »

  • March 10, 2011
  • 08:39 AM
  • 1,016 views

Unemployment Kills Men Dead

by Ultimo167 in Strong Silent Types

Saying as is so often said that men take unemployment harder than women do is to venture down a pathway of archaic ideas, upon which route some unsettling propositions are dug up for review. For example, if work allegedly has more meaning to men then it must have less meaning to women? And could that be because men are supposed to be out at work, working and women at home, caring, cooking and cleaning? ... Read more »

  • March 10, 2011
  • 07:00 AM
  • 2,044 views

Building Policies for Stewardship

by Bluegrass Blue Crab in Southern Fried Science

A dream? tomschlueter.blogspot.com We as humans and especially here at SFS like to picture an ideal government and hope that as we learn more about science and political theory, government can take steps in that direction. By any measure, governance within the United States is far from meeting the theoretical ideal. Implementation and [...]... Read more »

  • March 10, 2011
  • 04:57 AM
  • 1,297 views

An adaptive fairytale with no happy ending

by Jeremy Yoder in Denim and Tweed

The evolution of human traits and behaviors is, as I've noted before, a contentious and personal subject. This is enough of a problem when there's some data to inform the contentiousness. In the absence of meaningful data, it's downright dangerous.

Take, for instance, Jesse Bering's recent post about the evolution of homophobia, which Steve Silberman just pointed out to me.

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Young, K., Brodie, E.D., Jr., & Brodie, E.D., III. (2004) How the horned lizard got its horns. Science, 304(5667), 65. DOI: 10.1126/science.1094790  

  • March 9, 2011
  • 08:49 PM
  • 1,395 views

Drugs Misinformation Campaigns, The Untold Story

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

Why the drinks industry has spent millions spreading misinformation about drugs and how it continues to put lives in danger.... 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 9, 2011
  • 03:30 PM
  • 1,028 views

March Madness: Priceless For Some, Overpriced For Others.

by Melanie Tannenbaum in ionpsych

When I was in college, I slept outside in a tent almost every night during the 2 coldest months of the year. OK, before you call me crazy, there’s more to the story. I actually did this for four years … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • March 9, 2011
  • 07:01 AM
  • 1,068 views

Simple Jury Persuasion: Using the ‘Nerd Defense’

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

The mainstream media story publicizing a three year old study on the ‘nerd defense’ caused a flurry of blog posting on the topic. We wanted to go to the source and see just what was said as (occasionally, sometimes, it could happen) research findings are distorted and misinterpreted in the mainstream media. So we just wanted [...]


Related posts:Simple Jury Persuasion: When to talk about racial bias and when to stay quiet
Simple Jury Persuasion: The ‘Scott Peterson Effect’—Displayed ........ Read more »

Michael J. Brown, Ernesto Henriquez, & Jennifer Groscup. (2008) THE EFFECTS OF EYEGLASSES AND RACE ON JUROR DECISIONS INVOLVING A VIOLENT CRIME. . AMERICAN JOURNAL OF FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY , 26(2). info:/

  • March 8, 2011
  • 10:09 PM
  • 2,157 views

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
  • 1,930 views

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
  • 1,591 views

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
  • 1,447 views

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 Researchblogging.org 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:/

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