Wednesday Round Up #143

The Guardian featured this video of anthropologist Mark Turin and his work with speakers of Thangmi, a Tibeto-Burman language spoken in eastern Nepal, in the piece Language Researchers Chart Vanishing Voices – Video

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Maximilian Forte, Declaring The U.S. Army’s Human Terrain System A Success: Rereading The CNA Report
*Forte takes the Human Terrain System down another notch, this time critiquing a military report submitted to Congress on the “success” of the program.

Kate Clancy and Scicurious, Tag-Teaming Research Blogging: Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder
*Excellent joint blog posting from an anthropological and neuroscientific perspective. Read Clancy and Scicurious’ thoughts on a recent study on premenstrual dysphoric disorder.

USF Globalization And Community Health Field School Monteverde, Costa Rica
*Great anthropological field work opportunity in Costa Rica in this Summer! Work with community health workers and learn about the impact of health on globalization from June 19th-July 25th. Sign-up date is March 1st!

Jason Antrosio, Doubling-Down On Culture
*How to teach to introductory courses on anthropology…what does culture mean exactly? Thoughts on introductory textbooks and how the definition of culture has changed.

Vernie Kopytoff, Blogs Wane As The Young Drift To Sites Like Twitter
*Are blogs becoming outdated? More younger people are turning to Facebook and Twitter to share videos, photos and posts online.

Tom Bartlett, The Case For Play
*Education doesn’t always have to take place in the classroom. Read about this new initiative to use playtime as an opportunity to teach students.

Stephanie Allen, Neuroscience Of Conflict: The Silly Part Of This Approach Is Getting Even Sillier
*Cutting out the fluff and getting to the reality of brain research. Good post on why research on the brain is difficult to understand and what current data actually says about the brain.

Royal Society Of Edinburgh, CFP: Bodies Of Thought: Fleshy Subjects, Embodied Minds, And Human Natures
*Call for papers on a conference on philosophies dealing with feminism and the cognitive sciences.

Jason Snyder, How Does The Brain Pick Which Neurons To Use?
*Wiring in the brain, different regions, and randomization in some cases, but not all.

Daniel Schechter, Forecasting Aggression
*Is it possible to predict aggressive behavior in children? Thorough and insightful article on the many factors (e.g. biological and social) that influence violent behavior in children

Addiction

Tina Rosenberg, Removing The Roadblocks To Rehabilitation
*Re-integrating back into society is one of the biggest challenges ex-prisoners face, which isn’t helped by most states forcing individuals back to the neighborhoods, where they first got into trouble. An overview of alternative programs that are offering ex-prisoners a real opportunity to reclaim their lives.

Adi Jaffe, All About Addiction
*Shades of grey in addiction therapy. Interesting first-hand account from an ex-drug user, who successfully completed a PhD in psychology and now studies addiction, on why rigid ideas concerning “correct” recovery therapies are not accurate or helpful.

Donald McNeil, An H.I.V. Strategy Invites Addicts In
*Vancouver’s Insite program, which gives injectors a safe and regulated haven for their drug use, works:
By offering clean needles and aggressively testing and treating those who may be infected with H.I.V., Vancouver is offering proof that an idea that was once controversial actually works: Widespread treatment, while expensive, protects not just individuals but the whole community.

-Ed Ou took a powerful series of photos of drug injectors, Insite, and the street in Vancouver – most recommended

Rick Nauert, High Self-Perception, Low Brain Activity
*More research on why meth addicts commonly overestimate their ability to stay clean: low brain activity in the frontal lobe.

Stanton Peele, Why We Should Give Serious Thought To Wet Shelters For Homeless Alcoholics
*A cost-benefit analysis of allowing homeless alcoholics to stay in shelters versus on the streets. Surprising results and more strong arguments for not only emphasizing total abstinence programs.

Maia Szalavitz, Can You Use Crack ‘Socially?’ Addiction Myth Watch: Charlie Sheen Edition
*Charlie Sheen unintentionally shatters some myths about addiction and recovery, during his recent drinking and drug use incidents.

Linda Holmes, The Charlie Sheen Problem, Now Thrown Into Stark And Public Relief
*More on the situation regarding Charlie Sheen, this time focusing on when it’s time to stop employing someone who has repeatedly gotten into trouble for using drugs.

Ian Lovett, Nevada Seeks to Cut Funds for Treating Gambling Addiction
*Budget cuts are affecting funds for gambling addiction programs in Nevada.

Maia Szalavitz, How To Find The Best Drug Treatment For Teens: A Guide For Parents
*New website for parents worried about the affects of drugs on their teens. Important information on side effects and the potential for abuse.

Anthropology

Lorenz Khazaleh, Saba Mahmood: Democracy is not enough – Anthropologists on the Arab revolution part II
*Antropologi delivers a great summary of what anthropologists have been saying about what’s happening in the Middle East

Nova – Science Now, Where Did We Come From?
*Get a selection of stories and video broadly aimed at this question, from what lice tell us about human evolution to erasing bad memories

Science Daily, Skin Color: Handy Tool for Teaching Evolution?
*Most anthropologists shy away from using phenotypic differences in humans, but it may be a useful tool for teaching evolution.

Kurt Vonnegut: War, Anthropology, And Atheism
*Interview with Kurt Vonnegut on his brief time as an anthropology student and how the discipline inspired his work.

Science Daily, Asthma Through The Eyes Of A Medical Anthropologist
*Differential diagnoses and asthma-related stigma. Interesting approaches to treating asthma in the US and India.

William Ury, The Walk From “No” To “Yes”
*Interesting approach to negotiations and resolving conflicts – Ury, an anthropologist, gives us his insights in this YouTube video. Advice that we could all use in our personal and professional lives.

Mind

Micah Allen, Intrinsic correlations between Salience, Primary Sensory, and Default Mode Networks following MBSR
*Neuroconscience on mindfulness-based stress reduction, and how the changing methodological landscape (more rigor and controls!) reveal the importance and the limitations of a provocative recent study

Tara Parker-Pope, Cellphone Use Tied to Changes in Brain Activity
*New imaging study shows change in brain activity near cellphone antenna. Nora Volkow, the head of the National Institute of Drug Abuse, led the study
-Looks like she’s found an even bigger drug!

The Project On Law And Mind Sciences, The Psychology Of Inequality
*Conference at Harvard on the psychology of inequality.
-Details on the conference.

Ana Chica et al., Spatial Attention And Conscious Perception: The Role Of Endogenous And Exogenous Orienting
*Good article furthering our understanding the relationship between attention and conscious perception.

Joshua Foer, Secrets Of A Mind Gamer
*Fascinating account from a writer who set out to research people who test their memories and found himself winning the U.S. Memory Championship.

Antonio Casilli, Bums, Bridges, And Primates
*Good posting on the various social structures that make-up the online community and how these networks should inform Internet policies.

Law and Mind, Hormones, Ethnocentrism, And Casuistry
*Thoughtful post on studies linking oxytocin to ethnocentrism and the various critiques of these studies.
Law and Mind has also provided a great list of blogs on the cognitive sciences, with follow-up posts that explore different blogs in depth

Rick Nauert, Emotions During Difficult Times Linked To Stress Response
*Research showing higher levels of emotion in individuals with inflammation due to stress. These findings further knowledge of how chronic stress can negatively impact health outcomes.

Gretchen Reynolds, Phys Ed: What Really Causes Runner’s High?
*It’s not endorphins, as you might’ve thought. New studies showing that “runner’s high” may actually be caused by endocannabinoid molecules.

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