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March 11, 2015

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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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12:37 AM | April 2013 special: Barnaby Dixson on beards, extended interview
Episode 50! An extended interview with Barnaby Dixson of the University of New South Wales. We discuss research on facial hair and attractiveness, both Barnaby's own work and the wider research area. We cover the evolution of facial hair, the history of facial hair research, detail some of the ways Barnaby works to control confounding variables in his experiments, and find out whether researching facial hair has made Barnaby more or less likely to cultivate his very own chin warmer. Your […]
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12:22 AM | June 2009: Markus Jokela on beauty and family size
Does it pay to be pretty? I talk to Markus Jokela about his research into the link between attractiveness and how many children a person has. Also, do opposites really do attract, and what makes an effective chat up line? Your browser does not support the audio player. Sorry! You can still download the mp3, though.Download the MP3 This month I talk to Markus Jokela about his new research, which shows that attractive people tend to have more children. But I guess Brad and Angie already knew […]
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12:20 AM | March 2010: Tyler Stillman on IDing violent criminals from photos
I speak to Tyler Stillman of Florida State University about whether we can identify violent criminals just by looking at their faces. We also find out whether electoral candidates who appear more powerful or trustworthy can expect more votes, and how a woman's menstrual cycle can affect her preferences for hairy men. Your browser does not support the audio player. Sorry! You can still download the mp3, though.Download the MP3 Schwarzenegger's masculine looks probably did him no harm when it […]
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12:19 AM | April 2010: Copying other people's mate choice
How stress can disrupt what we find attractive. We also look at why friends are similar in attractiveness, and whether it pays to save yourself the bother of choosing a partner and instead let someone else do the choosing for you. Your browser does not support the audio player. Sorry! You can still download the mp3, though.Download the MP3 The articles covered in the show: Lass-Hennemann, J., Deuter, C. E., Kuehl, L. K., Schulz, A., Blumenthal, T. D., & Schachinger, H. (In press). Effects […]
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12:19 AM | May 2010: Age at puberty and mate preferences
Do mate preferences change over time? We also look at how women's perceptions of men are related to the age at which she reached puberty, and continue last month's look at the interesting phenomenon of mate choice copying. Your browser does not support the audio player. Sorry! You can still download the mp3, though.Download the MP3 The articles covered in the show: Kościński, K. (2010). Do they know what they like? Intra-individual variation of female facial preferences. Journal of […]
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12:19 AM | June 2010: Do good-looking people get fair trials?
Is justice really blind? Also, what damage to the brain teaches us about the perception of attractiveness, and why men fall in love more easily than women. Your browser does not support the audio player. Sorry! You can still download the mp3, though.Download the MP3 "Blinded in the line of duty. His partners don't respect him. His wife lacks faith. Nobody believes in Jim Dunbar except himself." And now, perhaps, Ahola and colleagues. The articles covered in the show: Ahola, A. S., […]
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12:18 AM | July 2010: I love you because you love me
Why the face is sometimes more important than the body, and why the body is sometimes more important than the face. Also, how being the object of another's affection boosts your own feelings of desire, and how your IQ influences the kind of partners you prefer. Your browser does not support the audio player. Sorry! You can still download the mp3, though.Download the MP3 The articles covered in the show: New research out this month shows that we find people attractive if they find US […]
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12:16 AM | March 2011: Are attractive people mean?
Being mean to keep ‘em keen: how sharing negative attitudes can bring you and your partner closer. We also find out whether beautiful people are friendlier, or meaner, than the rest of us, and why George Clooney is a total miser (possibly). Your browser does not support the audio player. Sorry! You can still download the mp3, though.Download the MP3 There may be something to the popular belief that attractive people are mean, as new research by Price and colleagues shows. The articles […]
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12:15 AM | April 2011: What was Georgia O'Keeffe thinking?!
How a higher pitched voice can make you sound more attractive, and suspicious. Also, war: what is it good for? We investigate the link between warfare and sex. And how do our hormones influence perceptions of art? Your browser does not support the audio player. Sorry! You can still download the mp3, though.Download the MP3 Georgia O'Keeffe's "Black Iris III". Rudski showed pictures by O'Keeffe to women when they were in the fertile and non-fertile phases of their menstrual cycle. 31% of […]
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12:15 AM | May 2011: limbal rings (dark rimmed irises) and beauty
Is beauty in the eye of the beholder? We cast a glance at the pupil, iris and white of the eye, and discover that love is far from blind. Plus we find out how a roving eye can be good for your relationship. Your browser does not support the audio player. Sorry! You can still download the mp3, though.Download the MP3 Provine et al. confirmed that a reddened sclera is less attractive than whiter-than-white whites of the eye, whilst Peshek and colleagues showed that a dark limbal ring (the […]
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12:15 AM | June 2011 special: The Kanazawa Controversy
Satoshi Kanazawa's recent blog post “Why black women are less physically attractive than other women” has ignited a firestorm of protest across the web. In this special episode, we find out if his controversial claim stands up to scrutiny. Your browser does not support the audio player. Sorry! You can still download the mp3, though.Download the MP3 In this special episode I talk with biological anthropologist Mark Shriver, Nanjala Nyabola, an Oxford graduate student who wrote a […]
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12:14 AM | June 2011: Do siblings match in beauty?
Does being attractive always help? We discover the social advantages that come with being slightly less than supermodel material. Also, do attractive people have attractive brothers and sisters, and where are all the female comedians? Do women prefer hearing jokes to telling them? Your browser does not support the audio player. Sorry! You can still download the mp3, though.Download the MP3 Same-sex siblings, like the Kardashian sisters, tend to be similar in attractiveness. But what about […]
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12:13 AM | July 2011: Is physiognomy really a pseudoscience?
How the roundness of a man’s face can predict whether he’s a liar, why testosterone fuelled men don’t like helping around the house, and how a woman’s fertility influences the warmth of her personality. Your browser does not support the audio player. Sorry! You can still download the mp3, though.Download the MP3 Physiognomy used to be considered a pseudoscience, but it's now experiencing a resurgence, thanks in part to improved methods and a more rigid application of […]
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12:11 AM | March 2012: Eating fruit and veg makes you prettier
Why a gameshow host’s chiselled jawline can make his contestants smarter, the exact number of daily portions of fruit and veg that are required to boost beauty, and why counting money makes men choosier. Your browser does not support the audio player. Sorry! You can still download the mp3, though.Download the MP3 New research shows that The Voice's format is right for the wrong reasons: by concealing the contestants from the judges, the judges aren't influenced by appearances, but also, […]
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12:11 AM | April 2012: Disgust sensitivity and attraction
Why men are attracted to women who’ve necked a few too many Bacardi Breezers, how your reaction to dog poo is related to how you judge beauty, and why women’s sexual fantasies get kinkier towards the middle of the month. Your browser does not support the audio player. Sorry! You can still download the mp3, though.Download the MP3 Bieber thinks you're ugly. New research out this month suggests that unattractive people appear especially unappealing to people who are sensitive to […]
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