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March 18, 2015

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4:00 PM | Jane Austen vs. Karl Popper; Lee advances
For yesterday’s contest I’ll have to go with this comment by Nuthin: This series of posts is so tedious that I’m considering removing this blog from my RSS feed altogether. Stewart Lee is a master of hecklers. In a lot of his work he pretty much invites people to heckle, he antagonizes his audience, etc. […] The post Jane Austen vs. Karl Popper; Lee advances appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.
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1:59 PM | New time unit needed!
We need a time unit that’s bigger than a minute but smaller than an hour. I thought of it when writing this comment in which I referred to “2100 valuable minutes of classroom time” during the semester (that’s 75 minutes per class, twice a week, for 14 weeks). A minute of class time is pretty […] The post New time unit needed! appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.
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8:46 AM | Call for Papers: The political context of single-parent families
The political context of single-parent families is particularly relevant, as single parenthood represents a new social risk with adverse outcomes. This open panel invites theory-driven empirical studies on the political context of single- parent families. We specifically invite papers that address: Social Policy Responses: descriptions and analyses of social policy innovations focused on single-parent families.… Continue Reading

March 17, 2015

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4:00 PM | It’s True: We’re Probably All a Little Irish—Especially in the Caribbean
In the United States, it’s St. Patrick’s Day. This Irish national holiday celebrates Saint Patrick who is—potentially—the most recognizable of Irish saints, known for... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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4:00 PM | It’s True: We’re Probably All a Little Irish—Especially in the Caribbean
In the United States, it’s St. Patrick’s Day. This Irish national holiday celebrates Saint Patrick who is—potentially—the most recognizable of Irish saints, known for... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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4:00 PM | Sigmund Freud vs. Stewart Lee; Dick advances
Yesterday‘s thread was won by Slugger, who wrote: I accidentally swallowed a stelazine capsule and have seen that Grandma Moses is in fact a reptilian lifeform without the ability to vocalize. My vote goes to PKD. Where did that light switch come from, anyway? I could’ve sworn it was a pull cord. . . . […] The post Sigmund Freud vs. Stewart Lee; Dick advances appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.
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1:02 PM | The 1980 Math Olympiad Program: Where are they now?
Brian Hunt: He was the #1 math team kid in our team (Montgomery County, Maryland). I think he came in first place in the international olympiad the next year (yup, here’s the announcement). We carpooled once or twice to county math team practices, and I remember that his mom would floor it rather than slow […] The post The 1980 Math Olympiad Program: Where are they now? appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.
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3:52 AM | How many TV sets do you have—and why does it matter?
In the early nineties, researchers predicted that at the current rate of growth, there would be two televisions per US household by 1995. It’s probably safe to say that we have likely exceeded... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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3:52 AM | How many TV sets do you have—and why does it matter?
In the early nineties, researchers predicted that at the current rate of growth, there would be two televisions per US household by 1995. It’s probably safe to say that we have likely exceeded... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

March 16, 2015

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11:16 PM | Some people know how to kill
Certain processes are vital to the computer’s operation and should not be killed. For example, after I took the screenshot of myself being attacked by csh, csh was shot by friendly fire from behind, possibly by tcsh or xv, and my session was abruptly terminated. Context? This. Turns out I’m only 14 years behind the […]
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4:00 PM | Grandma Moses vs. Philip K. Dick (2); Gandhi advances
Yesterday’s most relevant comment came from Ben: Gandhi would have a far more interesting things to say about the current state of world politics, etc. The issues that Gandhi was known for (de-colonization, passive resistance) remain immensely relevant but with very different parameters than the 1920’s-1940’s. By contrast, Mother Teresa’s main mission (serving the poor) […] The post Grandma Moses vs. Philip K. Dick (2); Gandhi advances appeared first on […]
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2:00 PM | The State of the Art in Causal Inference: Some Changes Since 1972
For the first issue of the journal Observational Studies, editor Dylan Small will reprint William Cochran’s 1972 article on the topic (which begins, “Observational studies are a class of statistical studies that have increased in frequency and importance during the past 20 years. In an observational study the investigator is restricted to taking selected observations […] The post The State of the Art in Causal Inference: Some Changes Since 1972 appeared first on Statistical […]
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1:00 PM | On deck this week
Mon: The State of the Art in Causal Inference: Some Changes Since 1972 Grandma Moses vs. Philip K. Dick (2) Tues: The 1980 Math Olympiad Program: Where are they now? Sigmund Freud vs. Stewart Lee Wed: New time unit needed! Jane Austen vs. Karl Popper Thurs: Cracked.com > Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal, New York […] The post On deck this week appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.
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12:18 PM | ADHD and sugar: new avenues for an old question?
There is something about sugar consumption and hyperactivity that seems very intuitive. Perhaps, because everyone has experienced kids going crazy at a birthday party after having consumed industrial amounts of sugar through cakes, sweets, and lemonade. According to questionnaire studies, this opinion is also shared by parents of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). … Continue reading ADHD and sugar: new avenues for an old question? →

March 15, 2015

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4:00 PM | Mohandas Gandhi (1) vs. Mother Teresa (4); Tolstoy advances
For yesterday, we didn’t get much in the way of comments, so I’ll have to go with this comment by Jonathan: Hobbes is the Arnold Schwarzenegger of philosophers. Any time someone feels he’s been killed off, he’ll be back. Tolstoy is the Buster Keaton of novelists. Widely admired, widely studied, and just about obsolete in […] The post Mohandas Gandhi (1) vs. Mother Teresa (4); Tolstoy advances appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social […]
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1:10 PM | “In general I think these literatures have too much focus on data analysis and not enough on data collection.”
Mike Zyphur pointed me to an article appearing in Psychological Bulletin with a meta-analysis of ovulatory cycle effects: Title: Do Women’s Mate Preferences Change Across the Ovulatory Cycle? A Meta-Analytic Review Authors: Gildersleeve, K; Haselton, MG; Fales, MR Source: PSYCHOLOGICAL BULLETIN , 140 (5):1205-1259; SEP 2014 Abstract: Scientific interest in whether women experience changes across […] The post “In general I think these literatures have too much focus on data […]

March 14, 2015

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6:35 PM | Dumb Smartwatches?
Apple Watch has been much in the headlines lately, and the leading role Apple has long had in fashionable, personal devices explains much of the hype. If Apple enters the product category, then it is ready for mainstream, the conventional … Continue reading →
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4:00 PM | Thomas Hobbes vs. Leo Tolstoy
First off, I just want to say I made a mistake yesterday dropping Alan Turing in favor of Ed Wood. As Zbicyclist put it, “Ed Wood’s best thoughts are probably on the screen.” And that’s not good at all! So, sorry for eliminating one of the exciting speakers from the list. I’m also thinking of […] The post Thomas Hobbes vs. Leo Tolstoy appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.
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2:29 PM | Jan 2015: Killing the 'thin ideal'
Why do women have sex? We find out, using the YSEX? questionnaire. Also, how to stop the ‘thin ideal’ messing with our minds. And forget Star Wars - it’s time for Sperm Wars: are men turned on by pornography that depicts ‘sperm competition’?Download the MP300:23:22Participate in my research!The psychology of fail videos (women only)How do you help others?Most women in the media are skinny, and consumers are taking this 'thin ideal' to heart. But what happens if we […]
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1:03 PM | They don’t fit into their categories
I was reading the newspaper today and came across an article entitled, “Black Holes Inch Ahead to Violent Cosmic Union.” No big deal, except that it was in the National section. Not the International. This reminded me of other examples where items didn’t fit into their categories, for example when Slate magazine published an article, […] The post They don’t fit into their categories appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.
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1:06 AM | June 2014: How to get your sperm swimming like Michael Phelps
How to get a man’s sperm swimming like a shoal of miniature Michael Phelpses, and why expensive handbags are a weapon of war. We also find out what time of the month the idea of incest is most likely to make you throw up. Download the MP3New research shows that it's not just men who get excited by attractive women: their sperm do too.The articles covered in the show:Antfolk, J., Lieberman, D., Albrecht, A., & Santtila, P. (2014). The self-regulation effect of fertility status on […]
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1:04 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. Download the MP3 The […]
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1:04 AM | May 2009: I'm ovulating - let's boogie!
How our feelings of attraction can be influenced by brain chemicals. Also, one night stand or long-term relationship: do the things we want from a partner change as we get older? We also discover how wearing sexy clothes makes our face more attractive. Plus, when is a woman most likely to agree to a dance or give out her phone number? Download the MP3 Care to dance? New research by Nicolas Guéguen shows that women are more likely to agree to boogie with a man if they are near […]
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1:04 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? 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 that, right?The articles covered in the show: Jokela, M. (In Press). Physical attractiveness and […]
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1:03 AM | July 2009: I'm ovulating - time to slap on the makeup!
Beauty Wars - how competition between women for the best partner can affect men’s preferences. Also this month, we find out how makeup use changes over the menstrual cycle and whether more curvaceous women are worse at spotting a bad boy. Download the MP3 That time of the month? New research suggests that women spend more time on their appearance when ovulating.The articles covered in the show: Röder, S., Brewer, G., & Fink, B. (2009). Menstrual cycle shifts in women’s […]
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1:03 AM | Aug 2009: Norm Li on humour and attraction
With the exam results season well and truly upon us, we discover what your appearance might mean for your final grades. We also find out why it could make sense to ditch that diet: it seems men prefer average shaped women after all. And do you appreciate a GSOH? We learn how having a good sense of humour can affect your attractiveness – or should that be, how your attractiveness can affect your sense of humour? Download the MP3 New research shows that pretty people don't need to revise […]
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1:03 AM | Sept 2009: What's more desirable? A pretty face or a beautiful body?
How being watched by someone who’s attractive can make you more trustworthy. We also find out how the type of relationship you’re looking for might be related to your ability to read faces, and discover whether it’s the face or the body that contributes most to a person’s physical attractiveness. If you'd like to see the Sociosexual Orientation Inventory used by Sacco, you can find it here. Download the MP3 Face or body? Tom Currie and Tony Little have published new […]
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1:02 AM | Oct 2009: Kind men are attractive. And unattractive. At the same time.
Why Ricky Gervais is ideal father material. We also find out why rebounding might be good for you, and not just on the basketball court, and we discover how kindness can be attractive and unattractive at the same time. Download the MP3 Would Ricky and fellow comedians make good fathers?The articles covered in the show: Moore, F., Law Smith, M., Cassidy, C., & Perrett, D. (2009). Female reproductive strategy predicts preferences for sexual dimorphism in male faces. Journal of Evolutionary […]
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1:02 AM | Nov 2009: Sarah Hill on the menstrual cycle and self esteem
Why it can sometimes be good to have bad self esteem. We also find out how secret relationships can affect your health, and discover how waitresses can maximise their tips. Download the MP3 Do women spend more time on their appearance when ovulating because they feel worse about themselves? New research by Sarah Hill and Kristina Durante suggests so.The articles covered in the show: Hill, S. E., & Durante, K. M. (In press). Do women feel worse to look their best? Testing the relationship […]
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1:02 AM | Jan 2010: NFL quarterbacks are better looking
We’re back after a short Christmas break to find out whether people who are good at sports are better looking than us average Joes. We also discover how preferences for facial masculinity are related to a person’s sexuality and their sensitivity to disgust. Download the MP3 What's under the helmet? Williams and colleagues show that better quarterbacks tend to be better looking. The articles covered in the show: Glassenberg, A. N., Feinberg, D. R., Jones, B. C., Little, A. C., […]
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