Wednesday Round Up #151

Krystal D’Costa, Power, Confidence, and High Heels
*What a great shot of high heels, and Krystal D’Costa delivers the appealing analytic goods too over at Anthropology in Practice. I’m particularly excited she drew on the evolutionary analysis of my grad school mentor, E.O (Neal) Smith, to examine why women wear such striking footwear.


Eric Michael Johnson, The Allure Of Gay Cavemen
*Thoughts on the media’s mistakes on reporting the discovery of a “gay cavemen.” Turns out the remains in question weren’t gay or of a caveman.

Royal Anthropological Institute, Anthropology A Level
*Exciting new changes in anthropology courses now available at the school and college level in the U.K.

David Kroll, NIDA-Sponsored Addiction Performance Project
*An often overlooked, but necessary tool in the treatment of addiction – training healthcare providers on the signs of substance abuse and treatment options.

Robert Sapolsky, How I Write – Conversation Transcript
*Writing well is important for everyone, including the neuroscientist, Robert Sapolsky, who provides some interesting insights on what made him become a better writer.

Dan Ariely, How Self-Control Works
*Scientists are delving deeper into how we learn self-control and if it’s something we can learn and control.

Atsushi Iriki and Osamu Sakura, The Neuroscience Of Primate Intellectual Evolution
*Findings from a recent study of macaque monkeys where they were trained to use tools and researchers mapped changes in their brains as a result of this learning process.

Laura Sydell, How To Save The World, One Video Game At A Time
*Solving the oil crisis, poverty, and other issues through video games.

Nosheen Ali, Books vs Bombs?
*Greg Mortenson’s book “Three Cups of Tea” has come under fire for parts of it being fabricated and Mortenson overstating the work of his organization in Pakistan. This isn’t the first time his book has been criticized and in this article from 2010, Ali argues that the discourse used in the book is misleading and extreme.

Jon Krakauer, Three Cups of Deceit
You can get the full critique (pdf) by Krakeur of Three Cups of Tea here – the mythic story looks to actually be mythic. Today, April 20th, is the last day to download the full pdf for free.

Robert Bernstein, The Art Of Scientific And Technological Innovations
*The connections between the arts and sciences are not always easy to see, but they’re there. Read this great article on how the arts have contributed to technological advancements.

Maciej Chudek and Joseph Henrich, Culture–Gene Coevolution, Norm-Psychology And The Emergence Of Human Prosociality
*Big new article, which pushes a different perspective of human evolution, examining how psychological adaptations influenced the process.

Pam Belluck, To Tug Hearts, Music First Must Tickle the Neurons
*How music gets inside your brain

Maia Szalavitz, Hooked On Addiction: From Food To Drugs To Internet Porn
*It seems like everyone’s “addicted” to something, but are we overstating common issues which don’t qualify as an addiction?


Lapidarium Notes, Advice vs. Experience: Genes Predict Learning Style
*Nice summary of some new research on genetics (dopamine response), the striatum and prefrontal cortex, and learning. What I find interesting is this might be getting at evolutionary trade-offs in learning, cultural immersion, and neurobiology.

Jonah Lehrer, The Psychology Of Architecture
*Interesting article on how our physical environment (e.g. wall colors) can affect our performance on certain tasks.

Siegwart Lindenberg, Disorder Breeds Discrimination
*Insightful interview with cognitive sociologist, Siegwart Lindenberg, on the association between graffiti and social cohesion.

John Timmer, Evolutionary Analysis Shows Languages Obey Few Ordering Rules
*Advancements in the study of language furthering our knowledge of how language developed.

Sepideh Sadaghiani et al., The Relation Of Ongoing Brain Activity, Evoked Neural Responses, And Cognition
*A review of current research on brain activity fluctuations and what this means in terms of the neural architecture underlying cognition.

Katty Kay, Diane Ackerman: “One Hundred Names For Love”
*Touching interview with an author who helped her husband recover from a stroke, which left him with extremely limited speaking abilities.

Madonna Behen, Study: Head Trauma In Infants Doubled During Recession
*Disturbing side effect of current economic conditions – more babies being admitted to hospitals for injuries related to shaken baby syndrome.

Rob Mitchum, Foretelling Drinking Future From A Buzz
*Predicting future drinking habits based on initial reactions to and perceptions of alcohol.


Rachel Lloyd, Girls Like Us
*Interesting interview with the author of a book on sex trafficking, with insight about the work of her NGO and her life as a former sex worker.

Wikipedia, Rachel Lloyd
*More on Rachel Lloyd, who holds a masters in applied anthropology, and shows it off through all her applied work helping girls suffering sexual exploitation in New York

Catholic Healthcare West, Community Needs Assessment
*Great tool for those of you conducting needs assessments, which allows you to map out resources in a particular community.

Macquarie University, Human Research Ethics For The Social Sciences And Humanities
*Free online class on ethical issues within the social sciences and humanities.

Larry Husten, Evidence: The Weak Link Of Evidence-Based Medicine
*Some shallow claims in medicine regarding “evidence-based” treatment recommendations.

AAA, Inside The President’s Studio: João Biehl
*Excellent and insightful interview with anthropologist, Joao Biehl, on his research, upbringing and interests in the discipline. This online initiative is part of a campaign to encourage public engagement with anthropological research.

University of Cambridge, 32,000 Years Of Special Effects
*Great article on and video footage of rock art in a cave in France.

Justin Park, Parasites, Minds And Cultures
*The gross, yet fascinating world of parasites and how they influence our lives.

Gautum Naik, The Mother Of All Languages
*New study suggesting that all languages began from a single source in Africa 50,000 to 70,000 years ago.

ABC Study, Monkey Obesity Study
*Finding a solution to obesity by studying monkeys.

Kate Wong, Early Human Fossils from South Africa Could Upend Longheld View of Human Evolution
*Good summary of recent findings on a potentially major new find, Australopithecus sediba, dating to 1.95 million years ago and near the origin of the genus Homo
-For more, see ScienceNews’ Possibly Pivotal Human Ancestor Debated

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One Response to Wednesday Round Up #151

  1. ryan a says:

    I have been hearing some of these rumblings about Mortensen’s book lately. Thanks for the tip about Krakauer’s PDF!

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