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March 14, 2015

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12:46 AM | Jan 2013: Women wear pink when ovulating
This month, why a red t shirt is the same as a red bum, how a poor sense of smell affects your love life, and going facebook official: how the social network generation navigate the relationship minefield.Download the MP3It must be that time of the month for Kristen Stewart: new research shows that three quarters of women wearing pink or red are currently ovulating, making a pink dress almost as good an indicator of fertility as a chimpanzee's pink bum.The articles covered in the show:Beall, A. […]
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12:45 AM | Valentines 2013 special: Robert Burriss on the psychology of attraction
What better day to discuss attraction than Valentines? Here's a special episode with an interview I gave a couple of weeks ago. The conversation ranges from the influence of the media on what we perceive as attractive, to attractiveness and race, the appealing odour of male sweat, and why Brad Pitt is the perfect man.Download the MP3Is Brad your ideal Valentine? Yes. Yes, he is.
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12:43 AM | Feb 2013: Face shape changes over the menstrual cycle
Why cheaters often claim “it didn’t mean anything”, and why perceptions of what constitutes cheating vary from person to person. Also, changing faces: how women’s faces change shape over the menstrual cycle.Download the MP3Elisabeth Oberzaucher showed this month that women's faces change shape over the cycle. The images above exaggerate the differences between how women tend to appear around ovulation, when they're most fertile, and a week later, when fertility is lower. […]
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12:43 AM | March 2013: Michelle Heron-Delaney on babies' face preferences
This month it’s all about the weird science of attraction. We’ll hear about the work of three research teams who dared to pose curious questions, tested their hypotheses on peculiar populations, and discovered that unusual investigations can yield back to front results. Also, I interview Michelle Heron-Delaney of The University of Queensland about her recent developmental study of body attractiveness perception.Download the MP3How attractive is this man? Does that sound like a weird […]
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12:42 AM | April 2013: Konstantin Tskhay on "gaydar" and Barnaby Dixson on beards
This month, is gaydar real? Can we tell whether a person is gay or straight, or even whether they adopt particular sexual roles, purely from their facial appearance? I talk to Konstantin Tskhay to find out. I also talk to Barnaby Dixson and discover what type of facial hair is the most attractive, and whether men with bushier beards make better fathers.Download the MP3In HBO's new Liberace biopic, Behind the Candelabra, Matt Damon short circuits even the least sensitive gaydar. But does gaydar […]

March 13, 2015

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6:23 PM | IFLScienceyness: A Defence of Social Media Science
This week’s top entry-of-interest into my Twittersphere was this piece on ‘A Disease of Scienceyness: How Misguided Science Fandom Hurts Actual Scientists’ by the blogger Ben Thomas.  The reason it’s of interest to me is simple.  The three key concepts … Continue reading →
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4:00 PM | Simone de Beauvoir (2) vs. Chris Rock (3); Wood advances
You guys keep making it tough for me! Yesterday I was strongly rooting for Turing—really, I have no interest in seeing Ed Wood speak at all, and if he ever makes into the finals against John Waters he’ll just get destroyed—but Anonymous wins the thread with the very first comment: I vote against Turing — […] The post Simone de Beauvoir (2) vs. Chris Rock (3); Wood advances appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.
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1:51 PM | Using y.bar to predict y: What’s that all about??
Toon Kuppens writes: After a discussion on a multilevel modeling mailing list, I came across this one-year-old blog post written by you. You might be interested to know that in social psychology, taking the aggregate outcome variable to predict the outcome variable has been used as a test of ‘convergence’, the phenomenon that people’s responses […] The post Using y.bar to predict y: What’s that all about?? appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, […]
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10:00 AM | Association, Aggregation, and Paradoxes: On the Positive Correlation Between Fertility and Women’s Employment
Can we use cross-country, macro-level correlations between fertility rates and women’s employment rates to study the extent to which women combine work and family? I tend to think this is not very fruitful. Today, the journal Demographic Research published my note on a recent macro-level article. In my note, titled Association, Aggregation, and Paradoxes: On… Continue Reading

March 12, 2015

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4:00 PM | Ed Wood (3) vs. Alan Turing (2); Levi-Strauss advances
I was going to call yesterday‘s match for Leonardo, based on Tom’s comment: I’ve been wondering how often a weak player / team gets to a final because they mostly come across weaker opposition and get a bit of luck. I think that Leonardo is the type of guy who could invent a remarkable device […] The post Ed Wood (3) vs. Alan Turing (2); Levi-Strauss advances appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.
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2:05 PM | Gut microbes hold the key to undernourishment
Gut microbes may yet provide an answer to the health problems encountered by undernourished children. Researchers at the University of Tampere are participating in a study directed by Washington University...
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1:11 PM | Stock-and-flow and other concepts that are important in statistical modeling but typically don’t get taught to statisticians
Bill Harris writes: You’ve written about causality somewhat often, and you, along with perhaps everyone who has done anything with statistics, have written that “correlation is not causation.” When you say that correlation is not causation, you seem to be pointing out cases where correlation exists but causality does not. While that’s important, there’s another […] The post Stock-and-flow and other concepts that are important in statistical modeling but […]
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8:56 AM | A Compendium of Clean Graphs in R
[This is a guest post by Eric-Jan Wagenmakers and Quentin Gronau about the RGraphCompendium] Every data analyst knows that a good graph is worth a thousand words, and perhaps a hundred tables. But how should one create a good, clean graph? In R, this task is anything but easy. Many users find it almost impossible […]

March 11, 2015

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8:41 PM | Network Science at IEEE Integrated STEM Education Conference
#NetworkScience On Saturday, 7 March, Lori Sheetz presented at the IEEE Integrated STEM Education Conference held at Princeton University. The purpose of the conference was to provide an opportunity to share cutting-edge research and experiences with integrated approaches to the … Continue reading →
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5:36 PM | Tameness in Lizards is Strongly Selected For on Predator-Free Islands
In chapter XVII of his Beagle Diary Charles Darwin noted more than 150 years ago that birds on the Galapagos Islands were more docile than their counterparts living on the mainland. He attributed this tameness to the fact that there are fewer predators on remote islands. Furthermore he concluded that the wildness of birds with regard to man is a particular instinct directed against him. It is not acquired by individual birds in a short time, even when much persecuted;... Read more
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4:00 PM | Leonardo da Vinci (1) vs. Claude Levi-Strauss; Camus advances
I was really rooting for Kinkade in yesterday‘s contest, but you didn’t oblige me. We didn’t have much in the way of comments yesterday, but the best we had was by Zbicyclist: Kinkade seemed to advance through round 1 because it would be interesting to have him explain the contradictions between his personal life and […] The post Leonardo da Vinci (1) vs. Claude Levi-Strauss; Camus advances appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.
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1:30 PM | Top 20 Most Prolific Presenters at SIOP 2015
The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology is the primary organizational affiliation for industrial/organizational psychologists, and its annual conference has a substantial impact each year on the thinking and networking of the field.  So have you ever wondered who the most prolific presenters are each year? Well I did. And not just because I thought I’d be […]The post Top 20 Most Prolific Presenters at SIOP 2015 appeared first on NeoAcademic.Related […]
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1:05 PM | Transformative experiences: a discussion with L. A. Paul and Paul Bloom
A couple years ago we had a discussion of philosopher L. A. Paul’s argument that the decision to have a child cannot be made rationally. Paul recently published her ideas as a book, “Transformative Experience,” which she recently discussed online with psychology researcher Paul Bloom. (I’ll refer to the two people involved as L.A. and […] The post Transformative experiences: a discussion with L. A. Paul and Paul Bloom appeared first on Statistical Modeling, […]

March 10, 2015

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7:37 PM | “Voices from everywhere saying gently: This we praise. This we don’t.”
One of America’s leading political columnists, David Brooks, has just come out with a column called “The Cost of Relativism” about the growing chasm between college-educated America and those who write for major newspapers. It’s got a definitive collection of data about this divide. Just kidding about the “definitive collection of data.” Anyway, to continue: […] The post “Voices from everywhere saying gently: This we praise. This we […]
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4:00 PM | Thomas Kinkade vs. Albert Camus (1); Cervantes advances
Yesterday‘s winner is Cervantes, for the simple reason that nobody gave any good reasons to invite Thoreau. Ooooh, today’s contest is a toughie. House on fire or existential struggle? Either one would have a lot to say, but only one of them has a “TM” after his name. Give it your best shot. P.S. As […] The post Thomas Kinkade vs. Albert Camus (1); Cervantes advances appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.
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1:01 PM | The illusion of the illusion of control
Yesterday we discussed the sad and disturbing career of psychology researcher Ellen Langer, who was was famous (to me) for her 1975 article on the illusion of control, “defined as an expectancy of a personal success probability inappropriately higher than the objective probability would warrant.” And then, in her own research, she herself became subject […] The post The illusion of the illusion of control appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social […]
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11:13 AM | 10 March 2015: Beautiful leaders - undermining democracy with a pretty face
How democracy is undermined by the psychology of attractiveness: we discover why good looking candidates have an advantage come polling day, either because their beauty distracts from their extreme policies, or (if they're very lucky) because their constituents are ill.Download the MP3Participate in my research!The psychology of fail videos (women only)How do you help others? Rate me!Click here to open iTunes and rate or review the show.Remember David Cameron's allegedly airbrushed poster from […]

March 09, 2015

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4:00 PM | Miguel de Cervantes (2) vs. Henry David Thoreau (3); Eddy advances
Yesterday’s best argument came from Zbicyclist: I suspect the actual Mohammad would be regarded as a heretic by at least some branches is Islam. . . . I’d rather be in an audience with a bunch of radical Christian Scientists than a bunch of radical Islamists. Good point. Controversy’s ok, but I don’t think I […] The post Miguel de Cervantes (2) vs. Henry David Thoreau (3); Eddy advances appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.
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1:20 PM | Ellen Langer: expert on, and victim of, the illusion of control
It all started when Lee Sechrest pointed me to this post by James Coyne. Sechrest wrote: I know you have enough to do, and if you do not get to this…well, no problems. It is a blog by Jim Coyne taking apart a “classic” study in social psychology, originally published in the early ’70s. Implausible […] The post Ellen Langer: expert on, and victim of, the illusion of control appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.

March 08, 2015

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5:51 PM | 24 Feb 2015: Lingerie, chocolate, and shopping
Consumer psychology meets the psychology of attraction: how female fertility influences desire for variety in products. And look but don’t touch: observing male behaviour in lingerie stores. Your browser does not support the audio player. Sorry! You can still download the mp3, though.Download the MP3Participate in my research!The psychology of fail videos (women only)How do you help others?More chocolate is always better than less chocolate. But new research shows that women are more […]
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4:00 PM | Mary Baker Eddy vs. Mohammad (2); Twain advances
For yesterday, I hated to say no to one of the philosophical founders of the modern world, but the argument from Anonymous carries the day: I go with Twain though. He had the common sense and common decency to write stories about America. After being questioned on this, Anonymous followed up: The Greeks had or […] The post Mary Baker Eddy vs. Mohammad (2); Twain advances appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.
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1:04 PM | Causal Impact from Google
Bill Harris writes: Did you see http://blog.revolutionanalytics.com/2014/09/google-uses-r-to-calculate-roi-on-advertising-campaigns.html? Would that be something worth a joint post and discussion from you and Judea? I then wrote: Interesting. It seems to all depend on the choice of “control time series.” That said, it could still be a useful method. Bill replied: The good: Bayesian approaches made very approachable […] The post Causal Impact from Google appeared first on […]
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11:43 AM | My Research in 5 Tweets for International Women’s Day
For International Women’s day, I decided to summarise my research in five tweets: Motherhood is still associated with lower employment rates among women. Family policies matter: paid leave facilitates the employment of mothers, but family allowances stimulate the traditional breadwinner model. Work-Family reconciliation policies are most important to stimulate the employment of women with traditional… Continue Reading
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2:00 AM | Celebrate International Women’s Day with Wiley
This year marks Wiley’s third celebrating International Women’s Day with a free compendium from our books and journals. This year we’ve selected the theme of gender equality for our collection, which includes content ranging from gender issues in the classroom, to the workplace, to a look back throughout history. For 2015 we’ve added to the […] The post Celebrate International Women’s Day with Wiley appeared first on Wiley Asia Blog.
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12:41 AM | April 2009: Attractive avatars make you feel better-looking IRL
In the first episode of the Psychology of Attractiveness Podcast we find out why women who are breastfeeding prefer a man with a higher pitched voice. Also, is this the real life, or is this just fantasy? How the appearance of your avatar in your favourite online game can affect your behaviour, even when you return to the real world. Plus, can we ignore facial beauty? We take a look at new research that shows nothing attracts attention like, well, attractiveness. Your browser does not support […]
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