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March 25, 2015

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2:55 PM | Criminals have more kids. July 2014
This month, crime pays: we discover the link between criminal behaviour and reproduction, and find out why it makes sense to judge your criminal accomplices on their beauty. We also learn what a woman’s bank balance says about her attitude to promiscuity. Your browser does not support the audio player. Sorry! You can still download the mp3, though.Download the MP3Rate me! Rate, review, or listen in iTunes or in Stitcher.New research shows that criminal offending might be part of an […]
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2:55 PM | Brian Mautz on penis size; eat fruit to get a tan. Aug 2014
Stay out of the sun! New research suggests that the skin colour change associated with sun tanning isn't as attractive as the effects of eating carotenoid-rich fruits and vegetables, like tomatoes, pumpkins, and spinach. Can an attractive personality make you appear more attractive? And we find out why when women see red, women see red.Plus, as a special summer surprise, Hannah Rowland of the Behavioural Ecology and Evolution Podcast interviews Brian Mautz at the ISBE2014 conference about his […]
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2:55 PM | Why single, sex-hungry men crave an iPhone. Sept 2014
This month we discover which personality traits make a person lucky in love. Also, how men and women respond differently when their partner is complimented, and why single men crave iPhones. Download the MP3Rate me! Rate, review, or listen in iTunes or in Stitcher.What kind of man is desperate to buy an iPhone? New research suggests it's not only the kind of man who has the time and inclination to make himself a smartphone hat.The articles covered in the show:Hennighausen, C., & Schwab, F. […]
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2:54 PM | Is blonde hair attractive because it's rare? Oct 2014
Is blonde and red hair attractive because of how it looks, or because it’s rare? Also, “my genes made me do it”: can men (or women) blame their cheating ways on their genetic inheritance? And we also continue last month’s foray into the murky world of mate-poaching, and discover the differences between the sexes when it comes to detecting potential partner pilferers.Download the MP3Rate me! Rate, review, or listen in iTunes or in Stitcher.Some have theorised that red and […]
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2:54 PM | Dog owners are more attractive. Nov 2013
This month, we take a leisurely perambulation through the science of attraction, and discover how our relationship status can affect how we walk. We also investigate how pet ownership influences attractiveness, and tackle a controversial question: do women act easy as a tactic to snare men? Your browser does not support the audio player. Sorry! You can still download the mp3, though.Download the MP3Rate me! Rate, review, or listen in iTunes or in Stitcher.New research shows that dog owners are […]
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2:53 PM | Female competition special. Dec 2013
Fight fight fight! It’s a female competition special! We all know men duke it out in the name of love, honour and occasionally plain boredom, but do women also seek to outcompete members of their own sex? And is this question so controversial we shouldn’t even be asking it? Your browser does not support the audio player. Sorry! You can still download the mp3, though.Download the MP3Rate me! Rate, review, or listen in iTunes or in Stitcher.The articles covered in the show:Durante, […]
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2:53 PM | Islamic veiling (hijab) and attractiveness. Jan 2014
Do Muslim men find women more attractive when they wear a hijab, burqa, or none of the above? How does sexuality influence our preferences for tall or short partners? And what are the best things to look for in a partner if you’re planning to take them home to meet the parents?Download the MP3Rate me! Rate, review, or listen in iTunes or in Stitcher.Pazhoohi and Hosseinchari reported this month that men find women who wear a full veil (chador) are less attractive than women who wear […]
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2:53 PM | Evidence that botox and fillers work. Feb 2014
This month, does Botox really make you appear younger, healthier and more attractive? Can we predict whether a woman will fall in love or lust with a man at first sight? And why Vladimir Putin is the world’s most confusing homophobe. Download the MP3Rate me! Rate, review, or listen in iTunes or in Stitcher.A graph illustrating Plant's finding that people who are especially worried about being perceived as gay (high contagion) and who undergo a mating prime (being made to think about […]
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2:53 PM | Beautiful people live in beautiful homes. March 2014
Is our attractiveness influenced by the rugs on our floors or the art on our walls? Are we more jealous when we're surrounded by people of the same or opposite sex? And we discover why younger fathers have better looking kids. Download the MP3Rate me! Rate, review, or listen in iTunes or in Stitcher.Are people more attractive if they are photographed in a luxury apartment, rather than a standard $40 a week rat-hole with no functioning internet? New research by Michael Dunn of Cardiff […]
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2:52 PM | Melissa Fales on male testosterone. April 2014
This month, in our fifth anniversary episode (WUHOO!), I speak to Melissa Fales of UCLA about her new research on men’s hormone levels and how they vary over the course of their girlfriend’s menstrual cycle. We’ll also look at two other experiments on ovulation and attraction out this month: one on relationship conflict, and another on the sexual allure of musicians.Download the MP3Rate me! Rate, review, or listen in iTunes or in Stitcher.We're 5 years old this month! Good […]
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2:50 PM | Why do women who have anal sex, have anal sex? Nov 2014
"I’ll have what she’s having": why younger women are more prone to pursuing the partners of their peers. We also find out whether high heels really do put you one step ahead of the competition, and why women who engage in anal sex engage in anal sex. I mean seriously, why??Download the MP3Rate me! Rate, review, or listen in iTunes or in Stitcher.Do high heels or flats make a woman more attractive? Nicolas Gueguen took to the streets of France to find out.The articles covered in the […]
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2:50 PM | Sexy footballers earn more money. Dec 2014
We all know the stereotype of the handsome jock who scores on and off the field, but is there a real link between beauty and ball skills? Also, the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, but what can a person's food preferences tell you about the kind of relationships they're after? And we find out how to use science to craft the most effective internet dating profile. Score!Download the MP3Rate me! Rate, review, or listen in iTunes or in Stitcher.Ronaldo scores loads of goals and is […]
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2:49 PM | Beautiful leaders - undermining democracy with a pretty face. 10 March 2015
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! Rate, review, or listen in iTunes or in Stitcher.Remember David Cameron's allegedly airbrushed poster from […]
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1:50 PM | A Summary: Working Memory Differences between Children Living in Rural and Urban Poverty – Michele Tine
Working memory (WM) is the process by which we transiently hold and process information required for obtaining a short-term goal. It can be broadly considered to have two main components, verbal WM and visuospatial WM. WM is essential to everyday life, for example, it is used when remembering your friends’ order in a coffee shop … Continue reading A Summary: Working Memory Differences between Children Living in Rural and Urban Poverty – Michele Tine →
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1:06 PM | Transparency decreases concerns about surveillance
Transparency about the purpose and intent of data gathering can decrease concerns about surveillance. The basic and most important question is who uses the data and for what purposes. These...
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1:02 PM | Define first, prove later
This post by John Cook features a quote form a book “Calculus on Manifolds,” by Michael Spivak which I think was the textbook for a course I took in college where we learned how to prove Stokes’s theorem, which is something in multivariable calculus involving the divergence and that thing that you get where you […] The post Define first, prove later appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.

March 24, 2015

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4:00 PM | Miguel de Cervantes (2) vs. Albert Camus (1); Twain wins
Yesterday‘s winner is Mark Twain because, as Anonymous demonstrated in the comments, Twain on Eddy is more interesting than Eddy on Eddy. Today’s third-round match pits an eternal classic vs. the coolest of the cool. P.S. As always, here’s the background, and here are the rules. The post Miguel de Cervantes (2) vs. Albert Camus (1); Twain wins appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.
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1:06 PM | Adiabatic as I wanna be: Or, how is a chess rating like classical economics?
Chess ratings are all about change. Did your rating go up, did it go down, have you reached 2000, who’s hot, who’s not, and so on. If nobody’s abilities were changing, chess ratings would be boring, they’d be nothing but a noisy measure, and watching your rating change would be as exciting as watching a […] The post Adiabatic as I wanna be: Or, how is a chess rating like classical economics? appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social […]
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10:14 AM | 24 March 2015: Alex Jones on make up and 'facial contrast'
Why do women wear make up? I interview Alex Jones of Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania about his new research into cosmetics and 'facial contrast' (follow @AlexJonesPHD on Twitter). Also, how did Kim Kardashian break the Internet? Was it her massive bum, or the pronounced curvature of her lower back?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.Read the transcript!How […]

March 23, 2015

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4:00 PM | Round 3 begins! Mark Twain (4) vs. Mary Baker Eddy
After yesterday‘s John Waters victory, we’re now in the Round of 16: Thanks again to Paul Davidson for providing the bracket. Remaining are 4 authors, 3 comedians, 3 cult figures, 1 founder of religion, 2 French intellectuals, 2 philosophers, 1 religious leader, and 0 artists. Today’s lucha is a classic grudge match—Twain and Eddy have […] The post Round 3 begins! Mark Twain (4) vs. Mary Baker Eddy appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and […]
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2:00 PM | Paul Meehl continues to be the boss
Lee Sechrest writes: Here is a remarkable paper, not well known, by Paul Meehl. My research group is about to undertake a fresh discussion of it, which we do about every five or ten years. The paper is now more than a quarter of a century old but it is, I think, dramatically pertinent to […] The post Paul Meehl continues to be the boss appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.
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1:00 PM | On deck this week
Mon: Paul Meehl continues to be the boss Tues: Adiabatic as I wanna be: Or, how is a chess rating like classical economics? Wed: Define first, prove later Thurs: Another disgraced primatologist . . . this time featuring “sympathetic dentists” Fri: Imagining p The post On deck this week appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.
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9:44 AM | The Legacy of Mr. Lee Kuan Yew
Today, Singaporeans are saddened by the departure of Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, the founding father of Singapore, who died on March 23, at the age of 91. Despite his controversial policies, he is respected as a leader with great foresight, who has led Singapore from a third world country to a first world country. Today, […] The post The Legacy of Mr. Lee Kuan Yew appeared first on Wiley Asia Blog.

March 22, 2015

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4:00 PM | Judy Garland (4) vs. John Waters (1); Carlin advances
Not a lot of action on yesterday‘s post, so I don’t think the winner will advance any farther . . . But, in any case, I’ll call it for Carlin based on Jonathan’s amusing babble of postmodernist commentary. As for today: What can you say? A great pairing to close out the second round of […] The post Judy Garland (4) vs. John Waters (1); Carlin advances appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.
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1:20 PM | Why I don’t use the terms “fixed” and “random” (again)
A couple months ago we discussed this question from Sean de Hoon: In many cross-national comparative studies, mixed effects models are being used in which a number of slopes are fixed and the slopes of one or two variables of interested are allowed to vary across countries. The aim is often then to explain the […] The post Why I don’t use the terms “fixed” and “random” (again) appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.

March 21, 2015

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4:00 PM | George Carlin (2) vs. Jacques Derrida; Updike advances
Yesterday‘s best comment comes from Zbicyclist, who wrote: My wife would prefer I not go to a talk by someone who wrote so extensively about adultery. But of course that would rule out both John Updike and Bertrand Russell. We could use “number of wives” as a tiebreaker, but instead I’ll go with Updike based […] The post George Carlin (2) vs. Jacques Derrida; Updike advances appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.
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1:02 PM | “How the Internet Scooped Science (and What Science Still Has to Offer)”
Brian Silver pointed me to this post from Andrew Lindner: This week, my manuscript, co-authored by Melissa Lindquist and Julie Arnold, “Million Dollar Maybe? The Effect of Female Presence in Movies on Box Office Returns” was published online by Sociological Inquiry. It will appear in print later this year. So far, no surprises. A researcher […] The post “How the Internet Scooped Science (and What Science Still Has to Offer)” appeared first on Statistical Modeling, […]

March 20, 2015

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4:00 PM | John Updike vs. Bertrand Russell; Nietzsche advances
In yesterday‘s bout, another founder of religion falls, thanks to this comment by Zbicyclist: Do we want an audience full of would-be Ubermensches, or an audience of the proletariat? Considering Columbia is an Ivy League school, I guess we have to go with the Ubermensches. And today’s contest features the eminently sane conservative vs. the […] The post John Updike vs. Bertrand Russell; Nietzsche advances appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social […]
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1:01 PM | Bayesian models, causal inference, and time-varying exposures
Mollie Wood writes: I am a doctoral student in clinical and population health research. My dissertation research is on prenatal medication exposure and neurodevelopmental outcomes in children, and I’ve encountered a difficult problem that I hope you might be able to advise me on. I am working on a problem in which my main exposure […] The post Bayesian models, causal inference, and time-varying exposures appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.
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