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  • December 13, 2012
  • 04:04 PM

Stocking Stuffers For The PsycHoliday Season

by Melanie Tannenbaum in PsySociety

This post is the first of a “PsycHoliday Season” series that I will be posting throughout the rest of December. Enjoy! If there are four things that people tend to have on their minds during the holiday season, it’s a) … Continue reading →... Read more »

Algoe, Sara B., Gable, Shelly L., & Maisel, Natalya C. (2010) It's the little things: Everyday gratitude as a booster shot for romantic relationships. Personal Relationships. info:/

  • December 10, 2012
  • 08:55 AM

Implied audience in high-profile psychology papers: Beyond the “nice lady on the subway.”

by J Zevin in The Magnet is Always On

Perhaps the most serious problem with the “nice lady on the subway” as implied audience for scientific communication is that it contributes to an environment in which over-interpretation of results is essentially standard. By accepting the assumption that the concepts we’re working with should be familiar and accessible to everyone, we invite the misapprehension that our results can speak directly to the kinds of questions ordinary people have about how their minds work. We can do better t........ Read more »

  • December 9, 2012
  • 08:27 AM

When to switch on background music

by Richard Kunert in Brain's Idea

Some things of our daily lives have become so common, we hardly notice them anymore. Background music is one such thing. Whether you are in a supermarket, a gym or a molecular biology laboratory, you can constantly hear it. More than that, even in quiet environments like the office or the library people get out their mp3-players and play background music. Is this a form of boosting one’s productivity or are people enjoying music at the cost of getting things done? Research on the effect of bac........ Read more »

  • November 20, 2012
  • 05:00 PM

Associations of value with directions can be shaped by experience

by Neuromancy in Neuromancy

Phrases like “right hand man”, perhaps with it’s roots in Christian mythology as Jesus as sitting at God’s right hand, having two left feet, the roots of dextrous and sinister are from the Latin for right and left, all indicate a deep association between direction and value. We tend to associate good with things on the right, and bad with the left. When I say ‘we’, I perhaps refer only to people who share my cultural upbringing, although it might be independent of culture, perhaps th........ Read more »

Casasanto D, & Chrysikou EG. (2011) When left is "right". Motor fluency shapes abstract concepts. Psychological science, 22(4), 419-22. PMID: 21389336  

  • November 18, 2012
  • 11:11 PM

ibn Sīnā’s Treatise on Love is about money

by Douglas Galbi in purple motes

Ibn Sīnā' apparently wrote his Treatise on Love quickly and relatively thoughtlessly for a monetary commission.... Read more »

Fackenheim, Emil L. (1945) A Treatise on Love by Ibn Sina. Mediaeval Studies, 7(1), 208-228. info:/

  • November 9, 2012
  • 09:42 AM

Symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

by Jason Carr in Wired Cosmos

Generalized anxiety disorder (or GAD) involves a core group of physical symptoms along with frequent and uncontrollable worries that are often irrationally intense. It can be difficult to diagnose GAD, as its severity and nature may dramatically vary from person to person. However, the following eleven symptoms are the most common, so if you experience [...]... Read more »

  • October 25, 2012
  • 06:10 AM

Obama should pray for sun – Psycho-meteorological effects on government approval

by Richard Kunert in Brain's Idea

Romney should pray for rain because rain improves a conservative’s chances of getting elected. Having covered this ‘Republican rain advantage’ in my last post, I will turn to a second reason why the presidential candidates should monitor the election day weather in this post. It turns out that the weather influences how well the government is perceived. Could this be exploited by the candidates?... Read more »

Mutz, M., & Kämpfer, S. (2011) …und nun zum Wetter: Beeinflusst die Wetterlage die Einschätzung von politischen und wirtschaftlichen Sachverhalten?. Zeitschrift für Soziologie, 40(4), 208-226. info:/

  • October 21, 2012
  • 12:57 PM

Romney should pray for rain – psycho-meteorological effects on GOP vote share

by Richard Kunert in Brain's Idea

I would not be surprised if Mitt Romney was going through the weather forecast for November 6th, the date of the next US presidential election. As the Republican candidate, he will know that his chances of being elected are higher if people are faced with pouring rain upon leaving for the ballot box. Research supports this opinion but the underlying reasons could give the Obama campaign a strategy to undo this Republican rain advantage.... Read more »

Carlson M, Charlin V, & Miller N. (1988) Positive mood and helping behavior: a test of six hypotheses. Journal of personality and social psychology, 55(2), 211-29. PMID: 3050025  

Keller MC, Fredrickson BL, Ybarra O, Côté S, Johnson K, Mikels J, Conway A, & Wager T. (2005) A warm heart and a clear head. The contingent effects of weather on mood and cognition. Psychological science, 16(9), 724-31. PMID: 16137259  

  • October 16, 2012
  • 06:47 PM

The mysterious appeal of too loud music

by Richard Kunert in Brain's Idea

At 39km above planet earth, would you have made Felix Baumgartner’s step off the platform? It was very dangerous, no doubt. But is this the reason why you wouldn’t have? People engage in many dangerous things. And I am not talking about skydiving. I mean the ordinary, every day kind of danger. Surely, some dangers can hardly be avoided, say road traffic (which is the leading cause of death for people in my age group). For others there is no obvious non-dangerous equivalent. But what if there........ Read more »

  • September 14, 2012
  • 12:59 AM

Emotion Recognition and Regulation in Anorexia Nervosa

by Tetyana in Science of Eating Disorders

Should anorexia nervosa (AN) – or subtypes of AN – be classified as part of the autism spectrum disorders (ASD)? That’s a question that has been receiving some attention in the literature in the last few years, although there are only a handful of studies, most of which are small and limited in scope (thus limiting interpretation of the results).
In the Time Magazine article  ”A Genetic Link Between Anorexia and Autism?” the author mentions a study – whi........ Read more »

Harrison, A., Sullivan, S., Tchanturia, K., & Treasure, J. (2009) Emotion Recognition and Regulation in Anorexia Nervosa. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, 348-356. DOI: 10.1002/cpp.628  

  • September 12, 2012
  • 06:50 AM

Get fit faster: listen to music!

by Stuart Farrimond in Dr Stu's Science Blog

It’s now officially Games Over. Gone is the excuse to bunk off work to catch five minutes of of dressage or synchronised swimming. And as our love affair ends, normal life must resume. The real challenge now begins: to stay true to those keep-fit resolutions. One of the tricks to stay motivated may be, quite … Continue reading »... Read more »

Goehr, Lydia. (2011) Sounds: Relationships between Sport and Music. Sporting The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 69(2), 233-235. info:/10.1111/j.1540-6245.2011.01465_2.x

Karageorghis C, Jones L, & Stuart DP. (2008) Psychological effects of music tempi during exercise. International journal of sports medicine, 29(7), 613-9. PMID: 18050063  

Waterhouse J, Hudson P, & Edwards B. (2010) Effects of music tempo upon submaximal cycling performance. Scandinavian journal of medicine , 20(4), 662-9. PMID: 19793214  

  • September 5, 2012
  • 12:25 PM

Mmm… The Scent of a Stud

by Miss Behavior in The Scorpion and the Frog

Your smell can say a lot about you… How often you bathe, for example. But in many species, smells can communicate much more… What else might they be saying? And how do you ask them?What secrets to we hidewhen we put on deodorantand perfume? Image Field crickets are one of many species that use pheromones, compounds released by an animal that affect the physiology and/or behavior of others of the same species. Female field crickets can recognize individual males by t........ Read more »

  • August 28, 2012
  • 11:40 AM

Brain Imaging in PTSD: Part I

by William Yates, M.D. in Brain Posts

There have been a series of recent imaging studies in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) subjects worthy of review.  In the next three posts, I will summarize some of these findings.The first study will review a recent structural imaging study.  The next two posts will examine a study of functional connectivity and a meta-analysis of fMRI and PET imaging studies.Liu and colleagues from China have published an interesting structural brain imaging study using an imaging technique know........ Read more »

  • August 11, 2012
  • 08:37 PM

The benefits of seeing a “challenge” where others see a “threat.”

by Melanie Tannenbaum in PsySociety

    You ask [Aly Raisman] about feeling the pressure and she says, ‘I don’t really feel it,’ and you know, I think it’s because she labels it something different in her head. Some kids feel anxiety, feel pressure, she … Continue reading →... Read more »

Blascovich, Jim, Seery, Mark D., Mugridge, Carrie A., Norris, R. Kyle, & Weisbuch, Max. (2004) Predicting athletic performance from cardiovascular indexes of challenge and threat. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 40(5), 683-688. info:/

  • August 1, 2012
  • 03:56 PM

Uncontrollable Love: A Guest Post

by Miss Behavior in The Scorpion and the Frog

By Yunhan ZhaoImage from Freedigitalphotos.netWhat is love? Under Shakespeare’s leather pen, love is the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. In the poet’s eyes, love is the courage of Paris to elope with Helen and stand against the world. In Pretty Woman love doesn’t care about social status or wealth. When people fall in love the whole world feels brighter and more vibrant. Orpheus and Eurydice, Jane Eyre and Rochester, Darcy and Elizabeth…thousands of romantic stories, poems and songs illustr........ Read more »

  • July 30, 2012
  • 04:48 AM

Semen an antidepressant? Alternative explanations appear more plausible.

by Scott McGreal in Eye on Psych

A decade ago a study made an extraordinarily bold claim: that semen has antidepressant properties in women (Gallup, Burch, & Platek, 2002). Although widely-reported, there seems to have been a lack of critical response to this study (although see The Straight Dope for an exception) and apparently no follow up studies have been done to test whether this claim is actually valid. The study was correlational in nature and provided no direct biological evidence for the claim that semen has an antidep........ Read more »

  • July 25, 2012
  • 04:30 PM

Red-Eyed Rump Shaker

by Miss Behavior in The Scorpion and the Frog

A photo of a red-eyed treefrog taken by Carey James Balboa at Wikimedia.At night, male red-eyed treefrogs gather on saplings over Central American forest ponds to show off their stuff for the ladies, producing self-advertising “chack” calls. Despite the fact that they gather in groups, they defend their calling territories from flirtatious male competition. Females assess the available males and usually mate with a single male, who mounts her and clings on for dear life in a behavior called........ Read more »

Caldwell MS, Johnston GR, McDaniel JG, & Warkentin KM. (2010) Vibrational signaling in the agonistic interactions of red-eyed treefrogs. Current biology : CB, 20(11), 1012-7. PMID: 20493702  

  • July 23, 2012
  • 05:06 AM

Nostalgia: Why we think things were better in the past

by Stuart Farrimond in Dr Stu's Science Blog

They just don’t write blogs like they used to. Back in the good old days there was none of this Twitter or Facebook piffle. Web pages were once simple and images didn’t instantly appear but – like a photo being developed – gradually formed out of a pixelated mess. In the 1990s, receiving an email … Continue reading »... Read more »

Batcho KI. (1995) Nostalgia: a psychological perspective. Perceptual and motor skills, 80(1), 131-43. PMID: 7624184  

Zhou X, Sedikides C, Wildschut T, & Gao DG. (2008) Counteracting loneliness: on the restorative function of nostalgia. Psychological science, 19(10), 1023-9. PMID: 19000213  

  • July 14, 2012
  • 11:11 PM

Having it All, Happily.

by Melanie Tannenbaum in PsySociety

When The Atlantic published a controversial article by Anne-Marie Slaughter about how difficult it truly is for women to ‘have it all,’ it added more fuel to the raging fire of the work-life-balance debate, which has likely been going on in some form … Continue reading →... Read more »

Linville, P.W. (1985) Self-complexity and affective extremity: Don’t put all your eggs in one cognitive basket. Social Cognition. info:/

Crocker, J., & Park, L.E. (2004) The Costly Pursuit of Self-Esteem. Psychological Bulletin. DOI: 10.1037/0033-2909.130.3.392  

  • July 5, 2012
  • 07:00 AM

“Uppity Women”–Primary Targets for Sexual Harassment

by Dan DeFoe in Psycholawlogy

  A research article entitled “The Sexual Harassment of Uppity Women” caught my attention the other day.  An organizational behavior scholar at one of the world’s top tier business schools authored this research report article recently published in a leading scientific journal.  This posting starts a new important topic area on [...]... Read more »

Berdahl, J. L. (2007) The sexual harassment of uppity women. Journal of Applied Psychology. DOI: 10.1037/0021-9010.92.2.425  

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