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  • September 19, 2011
  • 07:02 AM

Does wondering about co-worker sexual preference impair concentration?

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

This is one of those studies that rubs me the wrong way. It really is not your business if your colleague is gay or not. And why would you worry about it to the point it has negative impact on your math ability? But evidently, many folks do. Researchers had 27 male UCLA undergraduates placed in [...]

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Everly, B., Shih, M., & Ho, G. (2011) Don’t ask, Don’t Tell? Does disclosure of gay identity affect partner performance? . Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. info:/

  • September 19, 2011
  • 06:26 AM

How to break free of the wrong career

by Fiona Beukes in Ona76

I’m so glad that I have found Herminia Ibarra (2002) articles. She has a lot of useful comments on personal and career development. She is also very practically focused, which suits my EBI requirements. Ibarra (2002) also has a different take on the whole career redevelopment approach, which is outlined in her Harvard Business Review article [...]... Read more »

Ibarra H. (2002) How to stay stuck in the wrong career. Harvard business review, 80(12), 40. PMID: 12510536  

Kolb, D.A., & Fry, R. (1975) Towards an Applied Theory of experiential learning. Theories of Group Processes, 33-57. info:/

  • September 18, 2011
  • 08:29 PM

Account for the Graying of Your Jury Pool

by Persuasion Strategies in Persuasive Litigator

By Dr. Ken Broda-Bahm - In a recent viral video on YouTube an old couple peers into a computer webcam, trying to figure out how to operate the device, not realizing that they are recording themselves. Beyond providing a charming vignette, the clip might also be seen as a window into the future of the American jury. As the pool of eligible and available jurors continues to get older, there are a few things to take into account, and a few misconceptions that the research tells us to set aside. Old........ Read more »

Darrell Worthy, Marissa Gorlick, Jennifer Pacheco, David Schnyer, W. Todd Maddox. (2011) With Age Comes Wisdom: Decision-Making in Younger and Older Adults. Psychological Science. info:/

  • September 16, 2011
  • 03:15 PM

Evolved for Arrogance

by Elizabeth Preston in Inkfish

Why does nature allow us to lie to ourselves? Humans are consistently and bafflingly overconfident. We consider ourselves more skilled, more in control, and less vulnerable to danger than we really are. You might expect evolution to have weeded out the brawl-starters and the X-Gamers from the gene pool and left our species with a firmer grasp of our own abilities. Yet our arrogance persists.

In a new paper published in Nature, two political scientists say they've figured out the reason. There's........ Read more »

Johnson, D., & Fowler, J. (2011) The evolution of overconfidence. Nature, 477(7364), 317-320. DOI: 10.1038/nature10384  

  • September 16, 2011
  • 07:02 AM

Tethered, multi-tasking, or just life?

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

When I was in graduate school, I carried a beeper for my job. I hated that thing. I felt like I was on a tether and constantly available to everyone. Even when it didn’t alert me to call someone, I was constantly expecting it would. It was horrible. Now, when I consider that angst-filled attitude, [...]

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  • September 15, 2011
  • 11:35 AM

Protect Your Jury From the Poison of the Crowd

by Persuasion Strategies in Persuasive Litigator

By Dr. Ken Broda-Bahm - Crowds can be scary things. At a debate this past Monday (September 9th), Republican Presidential candidate, Ron Paul, was asked if his stance against government mandated health insurance would dictate denying care to a hypothetical man who found himself in a coma without the benefit of catastrophic health insurance. "Are you saying," Wolf Blitzer asked, "that society should just let him die?" In response, a chorus of voices from the audience shouted "yeah!" Less than a w........ Read more »

Lorenz J, Rauhut H, Schweitzer F, & Helbing D. (2011) How social influence can undermine the wisdom of crowd effect. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 108(22), 9020-5. PMID: 21576485  

  • September 14, 2011
  • 01:12 PM

Neolithic Death & Paleolithic Life

by Cris Campbell in Genealogy of Religion

It is well known that the modern world religions which trace their origins to the Axial Age are centrally concerned with death. Some might call this concern an obsession. Of these world religions, only Hinduism does not have Axial roots. This is not to say that “Hinduism” (which is neither singular nor unified) was unaffected [...]... Read more »

Blackburn, Stuart H. (1985) Death and Deification: Folk Cults in Hinduism. History of Religions, 24(3), 255-274. info:/

  • September 14, 2011
  • 01:00 PM

Salvaging disturbed forests may not save biodiversity

by Tim De Chant in Per Square Mile

Never buy a car with a salvage title. Anyone who has ever driven a car after a major accident can tell you why—it’s just not the same as before the crash. Though all the parts might be in the right place and the paint just as shiny as before, there’s invariably some new rattle, shake, [...]... Read more »

Gibson, L., Lee, T., Koh, L., Brook, B., Gardner, T., Barlow, J., Peres, C., Bradshaw, C., Laurance, W., Lovejoy, T.... (2011) Primary forests are irreplaceable for sustaining tropical biodiversity. Nature. DOI: 10.1038/nature10425  

  • September 14, 2011
  • 09:43 AM

How can you frame a compelling career-change story?

by Fiona Beukes in Ona76

After being side-tracked by my last B821: Financial Strategy assignment last week, and life in general, I’m back on the personal EBI case. Following  on from Drucker’s ideas for managing oneself better, I turned to Herminia Ibarra for further guidance on framing my career-after-MBA direction. Ibarra and Lineback (2005) in their article “What’s your Story?” [...]... Read more »

Ibarra H, & Lineback K. (2005) What's your story?. Harvard business review, 83(1), 64-71. PMID: 15697114  

  • September 14, 2011
  • 07:02 AM

Word choice and perception: Is it “choice” or “discrimination”?

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

Language is powerful. We’ve all seen it wielded to craft attitudes toward out-groups as the country becomes increasingly politically polarized. But here’s some research that shows how powerful language can be even when we are dissecting our own attitudes and perceptions of our individual behavior. Researchers talked to 171 stay-at-home moms about whether their decision to [...]

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Stephens, N., & Levine, C. (2011) Opting out or denying discrimination? How the framework of free choice in American society influences perceptions of gender equality. . Psychological Science. info:/

  • September 13, 2011
  • 01:07 PM

Attack of the Warrior Gene Babies!

by nooffensebut in The Unsilenced Science

This is a look at the first study on the warrior gene’s effect on babies, and I reviewed the scientific literature on monoamine oxidase A (MAOA) in women and Asians, including epigenetics and gene expression, and hormone-gene interactions in aggression.... Read more »

Zhang M, Chen X, Way N, Yoshikawa H, Deng H, Ke X, Yu W, Chen P, He C, Chi X.... (2011) The association between infants' self-regulatory behavior and MAOA gene polymorphism. Developmental science, 14(5), 1059-1065. PMID: 21884321  

  • September 12, 2011
  • 11:59 PM

Turkish alphabetisation for German integration

by Victoria Benz in Language on the Move

Contemporary Germany is the 3rd largest immigrant-receiving country internationally. In 2008, 15.6mio inhabitants (19% out of a total of 82.1mio) were post-1950 immigrants or their descendants (German Bureau of Statistics). With 2.9mio, Turks constitute the largest group of these. Unfortunately, … Continue reading →... Read more »

Benz, Victoria. (2011) Koordinierter Lese-Schreib-Lehrgang Türkisch-Deutsch im ersten Schuljahr. Durchführung und Evaluation eines Unterrichtskonzeptes. Deutsch als Zweitsprache, 29-40. info:/

  • September 12, 2011
  • 10:02 AM

No Blank Slate (Part 3): With Judges, Arbitrators, and Mediators, Don’t Assume They're Neutral

by Persuasion Strategies in Persuasive Litigator

By Dr. Ken Broda-Bahm - Judges, arbitrators, mediators: legally trained and neutral minds, without the juror's baggage of selective perception, predisposition, and bias, right? Not really. In the previous two posts on motivated thinking and instrumental argument, I wrote that an audience's reasoning and advocacy is driven by emotions and not just by logic. While a jury's decision making and deliberations might be the acts most obviously implicated in these findings, the mental processes are by n........ Read more »

Colvin, A.J.S. (2011) An Empirical Study of Employment Arbitration: Case Outcomes and Processes. Journal of Emperical Legal Studies, 1-23. info:/10.1111/j.1740-1461.2010.01200.x

Glockner, A.; Engel, C. (2010) Role Induced Bias in Court: An Experimental Analysis . MPI Collective Goods Repring. info:/

  • September 11, 2011
  • 03:08 PM

China as Neolithic Exemplar

by Cris Campbell in Genealogy of Religion

The actor David Carradine may have led a troubled life but he experienced no such trouble as Kwai Chang Caine, a Buddhist monk on the move in the old American west. From 1972-1975, the Kung Fu series was must watch television for kids my age, even if we had no idea that Caine was a [...]... Read more »

Keightley, David N. (1978) The Religious Commitment: Shang Theology and the Genesis of Chinese Political Culture. History of Religions, 17(3/4), 211-225. info:/

  • September 11, 2011
  • 01:06 PM

Compositionality and Bilingualism

by Sean Roberts in A Replicated Typo 2.0

Languages evolve over time under a pressure to be learned by a new generation. Does learning two languages at once effect this pressure? My experiment says ... maybe.... Read more »

  • September 9, 2011
  • 02:04 PM

The importance of sentimental landscapes

by Tim De Chant in Per Square Mile

When I was packing for the move from Chicago to Cambridge, I figured the transition would be easy for two reasons, both of which are related. First, the two cities share a temperate climate. I grew up in Wisconsin and love—absolutely love—the changing seasons. For example, I’m not merely unfazed by below zero weather, I [...]... Read more »

  • September 9, 2011
  • 01:00 PM

Ingroups, Identities, and In-Memoriams: Why We Must Remember Never To Forget

by Melanie T in PsySociety

It has been ten years since September 11th, 2001. When we remember the events of that day, we often tend to focus on how well we remember all of the seemingly-minor details (despite evidence that these memories may not be quite so accurate). What we were wearing. What we ate for breakfast. Where we were sitting while we watched the news coverage.

Our practically-obsessive focus on these memories actually indicates much more than we realize. Despite mankind’s ever-present focus on the wi........ Read more »

Sahdra, B., & Ross, M. (2007) Group Identification and Historical Memory. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 33(3), 384-395. DOI: 10.1177/0146167206296103  

Baumeister, R. F., & Hastings, S. (1997) Distortions of collective memory: How groups flatter and deceive themselves. In J. W. Pennebaker, D. Paez, , 277-293. info:/

Milgram, S. (1963) Behavioral Study of obedience. The Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology, 67(4), 371-378. DOI: 10.1037/h0040525  

  • September 9, 2011
  • 07:02 AM

Simple Jury Persuasion: Would “if it doesn’t fit, you must acquit” still work?

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

Catchy slogans, phrases and themes have long been the hallmark of a persuasive courtroom presentation. But new research throws a question on whether they are as effective as we would like to think. Researchers compared the effect of both logos (brands) and slogans (phrases) on subjects. They discuss past research where showing the Apple logo resulted [...]

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Laran, J., Dalton A., & Andrade, E. (2011) The curious case of behavioral backlash: Why brands produce priming effects and slogans produce reverse priming effects. . Journal of Consumer Research. info:/

  • September 8, 2011
  • 11:12 AM

No Blank Slate (Part 2): In Closing, Treat Your Jurors as Instrumental Arguers

by Persuasion Strategies in Persuasive Litigator

Your case has finally gone to the jury, and the panel is now ensconced in the jury room. What are they doing in there? Are they carefully and logically arguing the merits of your case, considering all sides until the truth wins out? If you have ever watched a closed-circuit feed of mock jury deliberations, or talked in detail with actual jurors after a verdict, you know the answer is, "No, not really doing that." What they are likely doing instead is using argument instrumentally, as a tool ........ Read more »

Mercier H, & Sperber D. (2011) Why do humans reason? Arguments for an argumentative theory. The Behavioral and brain sciences, 34(2), 57. PMID: 21447233  

  • September 8, 2011
  • 09:01 AM

The Language Evolution Tree: Yet more evidence

by Sean Roberts in A Replicated Typo 2.0

More evidence that acacia trees had a role to play in the evolution of langauge.... Read more »

Sean Geraint. (2011) Language Evolution and the Acacia Tree. Speculative Grammarian, Vol CLXII(4). info:/

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