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  • July 31, 2012
  • 12:40 PM

We Won. They Lost.

by Melanie Tannenbaum in PsySociety

A slightly different version of this post (pertaining to college basketball) was originally blogged at IonPsych on 3/29/2011. I’ve decided to re-post it from the archives today with some tweaks in honor of the Olympic Games. You can see the … Continue reading →... Read more »

Cialdini, R.B., Borden, R. J., Thorne, A., Walker, M.R., Freeman, S., & Sloan, L.R. (1976) Basking in reflected glory: Three (football) field studies. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 34(3), 366-375. DOI: 10.1037//0022-3514.34.3.366  

Newman ML, Pennebaker JW, Berry DS, & Richards JM. (2003) Lying words: predicting deception from linguistic styles. Personality , 29(5), 665-75. PMID: 15272998  

  • July 24, 2012
  • 02:22 AM

Home is where I’m alienated*

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

To be transnational has become rather fashionable: never before in human history have so many people been on the move, airfares have never been so cheap, new communication technologies have never been so, well, new, and space and time have … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • July 21, 2012
  • 03:22 AM

50 Shades Of Grey (When It Comes To Defining Rape)

by Jesse Marczyk in Pop Psychology

For those of you who haven’t have been following such things lately, Daniel Tosh recently catalyzed an internet firestorm of offense.The story goes something like this: at one of his shows, he was making some jokes or comments about rape. … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • July 2, 2012
  • 09:46 AM

Do old people get more grumpy?

by Stuart Farrimond in Dr Stu's Science Blog

It is said that during our twenties we spend our time worrying about what other people think . In our thirties, we blame our parents for all our problems. In our forties, we finally realise that no one was really paying us that much attention and all our issues aren’t our parent’s fault after all. … Continue reading »... Read more »

Robins, Richard W,, & Trzesniewski, K H. (2005) : Self-esteem development across the lifespan . Current Directions in Psychological Science, 158-162. DOI: 10.1111/j.0963-7214.2005.00353.x  

Mak W, & Carpenter BD. (2007) Humor comprehension in older adults. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society : JINS, 13(4), 606-14. PMID: 17521496  

Shammi P, & Stuss DT. (1999) Humour appreciation: a role of the right frontal lobe. Brain : a journal of neurology, 657-66. PMID: 10219779  

Kruse BG, & Prazak M. (2006) Humor and older adults: what makes them laugh?. Journal of holistic nursing : official journal of the American Holistic Nurses' Association, 24(3), 188-93. PMID: 16880415  

  • June 26, 2012
  • 07:50 PM

Shopping while bilingual can make you sick

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

I’ve just found an e-mail from Apple in my spam folder with a ‘personal’ invitation to attend one of their new store openings in Sydney. I’m not going for two reasons: first, Apple has not yet done anything to improve … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • June 24, 2012
  • 09:46 PM

Some bilingualisms are more equal than others

by Sara Blažić in Language on the Move

Bilingualism has been a media darling of late, and considering the intense focus of the current scientific community on bilingual brains and the breakneck speed with which globalized societies interact, it’s no surprise. The results of neurological and psychological research … Continue reading →... Read more »

Poulin-Dubois D, Blaye A, Coutya J, & Bialystok E. (2011) The effects of bilingualism on toddlers' executive functioning. Journal of experimental child psychology, 108(3), 567-79. PMID: 21122877  

  • June 13, 2012
  • 11:31 AM

We know nothing about the evolution of handedness

by sahelanthropus in EvoAnth

Jim Thomeson – who gets a brofist for being one of the most frequent commenter here – asks I wonder about handedness. i am right handed, and my right hand can do things for which my left hand has no clue. On the other hand, both hands attended typing class at the same time, and … Continue reading »... Read more »

FINCH, G. (1941) CHIMPANZEE HANDEDNESS. Science, 94(2431), 117-118. DOI: 10.1126/science.94.2431.117  

Francks C, Maegawa S, Laurén J, Abrahams BS, Velayos-Baeza A, Medland SE, Colella S, Groszer M, McAuley EZ, Caffrey TM.... (2007) LRRTM1 on chromosome 2p12 is a maternally suppressed gene that is associated paternally with handedness and schizophrenia. Molecular psychiatry, 12(12), 1129. PMID: 17667961  

Perelle, I., & Ehrman, L. (1994) An international study of human handedness: The data. Behavior Genetics, 24(3), 217-227. DOI: 10.1007/BF01067189  

  • June 12, 2012
  • 12:14 AM

Literature references in science: insightful or annoying?

by TheCellularScale in The Cellular Scale

"It is in our brains that the poppy is red, that the apple is odorous, that the skylark sings" -Oscar Wilde(image source) I am pretty into literature, and I am generally in favor of art + science collaborations. I recently gushed about how cool it was that Aldous Huxley (famous author) was the half brother of Andrew Huxley (Nobel Prize winning neuroscientist). But honestly, I cringe almost every time I read a paper with "Proust" in the title. This is most likely because psych........ Read more »

  • June 6, 2012
  • 08:12 AM

How can I stop…… stammering?

by Stuart Farrimond in Dr Stu's Science Blog

London 1940 was a grey place. In June, smog and grey skies made way for sunshine. Not that there was any summer cheer. Homes were in a perpetual gloom because of blacked-out windows. Food was scarce and kitchen broth was the family staple meal. And then the Germans were approaching. Against this backdrop, the new … Continue reading »... Read more »

Büchel, C., & Sommer, M. (2004) What Causes Stuttering?. PLoS Biology, 2(2). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.0020046  

Carl Herder, Courtney Howard, Chad Nye, & Martine Vanryckeghem. (2006) Effectiveness of Behavioral Stuttering Treatment: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN COMMUNICATION SCIENCE AND DISORDERS, 33(`), 61-73. info:/

Prins, D., & Ingham, R. (2008) Evidence-Based Treatment and Stuttering--Historical Perspective. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 52(1), 254-263. DOI: 10.1044/1092-4388(2008/07-0111)  

  • June 4, 2012
  • 08:27 PM

G r e a t e r / l e t t e r / s p a c i n g / helps reading in dyslexia

by The Neurocritic in The Neurocritic

Simply increasing the spacing between letters improves the reading ability of children with developmental dyslexia, according to a group of Italian and French researchers (Zorzi et al., 2012). Dyslexic children were 20% faster and twice as accurate when reading the altered text. This impressive result was obtained without any prior training whatsoever.The study was based on the phenomenon of crowding, where the recognition of individual letters is impaired by the close proximity of surrounding ........ Read more »

Marco Zorzi, Chiara Barbiero, Andrea Facoetti, Isabella Lonciari, Marco Carrozzi, Marcella Montico, Laura Bravar, Florence George, Catherine Pech-Georgel, and Johannes C. Ziegler. (2012) Extra-large letter spacing improves reading in dyslexia. PNAS. info:/

  • June 4, 2012
  • 11:41 AM

The 'autism epidemic' and diagnostic substitution

by Dorothy Bishop in bishopblog

Everyone agrees that there has been a dramatic increase in the diagnosis of autism in recent years, but there is disagreement as to why. I examine recent evidence that indicates a substantial impact of changes in diagnostic criteria... Read more »

  • June 3, 2012
  • 06:40 PM

Gay men, English and desire in Bangkok

by Shih-Wei Cheng in Language on the Move

I have recently begun working on my MA thesis on sexuality and second language learning at the Graduate School of English, Assumption University of Thailand, under the supervision of Kimie Takahashi. She has encouraged me to share my experience in … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • May 21, 2012
  • 09:41 PM

What would you do?

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

Caroline Tennant Kelly with two of her photos from the Cherbourg Aboriginal Settlement (Source: Sydney Morning Herald at In 1924 the first university Department of Anthropology in Australia was founded at the University of Sydney. The founding professor was … Continue reading →... Read more »

Kidd, Rosalind. (1997) The Way We Civilise: Aboriginal Affairs - the untold story. University of Queensland Press. info:/

  • May 20, 2012
  • 01:10 PM

Juggling languages and sounds

by EE Giorgi in CHIMERAS

Growing up my dominant language was Italian. However, thanks to my dad's sabbaticals, on more than one occasions we lived in English-speaking countries for long periods of time. My brain would reset to Italian as soon as we returned, but I never forgot English, and it was definitely easier to transition again when, as an adult, I moved to the US. However, to this day, I have yet to get rid of that feeling of inadequateness that sticks to me in many situations, whether here or back in Italy. You ........ Read more »

  • May 14, 2012
  • 09:19 PM

Is bilingualism impolite?

by Hanna Torsh in Language on the Move

I’m chatting in English to a medical student from Germany who is visiting Sydney, Australia, and we’ve already talked about how I lived in Germany for a while and speak German. In the middle of a chat about which part … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • May 8, 2012
  • 10:44 AM

Thinking in a Foreign Language Leads to More Rational Decisions

by United Academics in United Academics

Researchers at the University of Chicago have found that, when confronted with a problem in a foreign language, people tend to be more analytical and less emotional. Therefore, their choices seem less influenced by decision-making biases. ... Read more »

  • May 5, 2012
  • 02:39 AM

Power of self-directed speech

by Janet Kwasniak in Thoughts on thoughts

If we look at how communication works we find that words and phrases have a great influence on attention. They bring into the consciousness of the listener the concepts that are uttered. This is what meaning is – the concepts that a word or phrase can steer attention towards. This is what communication is – [...]... Read more »

Lupyan, G., & Swingley, D. (2011) Self-directed speech affects visual search performance. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 1-18. DOI: 10.1080/17470218.2011.647039  

  • April 27, 2012
  • 09:49 AM

Yiman does not have a word for ‘massacre’

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

Memorial to Yiman leader Bilba at Wallumbilla (Source: Goodbye Bussamarai) On October 27, 1857, a group of Aboriginal Australians, members of a group known as Yiman carried out a massacre: they attacked Hornet Bank Station, a newly-established large sheep run … Continue reading →... Read more »

Reid, Gordon. (1982) A Nest of Hornets: The Massacre of the Fraser Family at Hornet Bank Station, Central Queensland, 1857, and Related Events. Melbourne: Oxford University Press. info:/

  • April 20, 2012
  • 05:12 AM

Globalisation and nationalism

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

Many things have changed in Australia since I first came here in the mid-1990s. One of these is a noticeable increase in displays of national ardour: for instance, there is the ever-expanding flag-waving and display of the national colours on … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • April 4, 2012
  • 02:15 AM

Finding Nanoscale Defects in Memory Devices

by Jason Carr in Wired Cosmos

The future of space travel, artificial intelligence, and AI are dependent upon our ability to store massive amounts of data in really small areas. It’s a complex undertaking to say the least. Fortunately, new research indicates that we may get there a bit faster by enabling engineers to discover defects that lead to memory defects [...]... Read more »

Lee, I., Obukhov, Y., Xiang, G., Hauser, A., Yang, F., Banerjee, P., Pelekhov, D., & Hammel, P. (2010) Nanoscale scanning probe ferromagnetic resonance imaging using localized modes. Nature, 466(7308), 845-848. DOI: 10.1038/nature09279  

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