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The Situationist

  • Francis Shen
    Just a reminder that SALMS will be hosting a lunchtime speaker event tomorrow: Professor Francis Shen will be speaking to us about the intersection of neuroscience and the law. This area of scholarship often delves into questions of mental illness, d…
    - 25 days ago, 31 Mar 14, 2:40am -
  • Upcoming SALMS Talks
    Francis Shen U. Minnesota Law School March 31st -The Intersection of neuroscience and the law Joshua Greene Harvard College Psychology April 18th - Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them Stay tuned for more details.
    - 35 days ago, 21 Mar 14, 1:20am -

Social Psychology Eye

  • When “The Black Sheep” Is White
    By: Megan E. Birney 2011 marks 10 years since the mixed-race category was added to the U.K.’s annual censes.  To commemorate this event, BBC Two has been running a series of programmes documenting the mixed-race experience both in Britain and ……
    - 17 Oct 11, 9:23pm -
  • Are you afraid to go to Mexico? Mental shortcuts may promote misperceptions about risk

    - 6 Oct 11, 10:26pm -
  • Untitled
    Social and Personality Psychology Compass © Blackwell Publishing Ltd Volume 5, Issue 10 Pages 694 – 823, October 2011 The latest issue of Social and Personality Psychology Compass is available on Wiley Online Library   Emotion Motivation Affiliat…
    - 5 Oct 11, 7:52am -
  • How Netflix just made a bad thing worse
    By Kevin R. Betts Netflix witnessed a storm of customer outrage and tumbling stock prices this month as they dramatically increased their price for subscription to the service. Early this morning, CEO Reed Hastings reacted with an email to customers.…
    - 19 Sep 11, 5:47pm -
  • Scholarly Content on the Impact of 9/11
    Navy videographer at Ground Zero In the 10 years since the events of September 2001 a vast amount of scholarly research has been written on the impact of 9/11. Wiley-Blackwell is pleased to share with you this collection of free book and … Contin…
    - 2 Sep 11, 10:21am -
  • Social Networking: Is my child going to become a narcissist!?

    - 7 Aug 11, 1:13pm -
  • Don’t be a hero! Benefits of the bystander effect
    By Kevin R. Betts I started reading a book this weekend titled, “The Perfect Swarm: The Science of Complexity in Everyday Life.” Author Len Fisher’s central idea is that understanding swarm intelligence can help us make better decisions. Swarm…
    - 1 Aug 11, 2:00am -
  • Truck driver… no wait a professor! Can glasses really change impressions of you?
    By Erica Zaiser I came across this cartoon recently from Funnymos.com: Obviously it is meant to be humorous but it also made me wonder:  Does having a trait like glasses change people’s initial impressions of you? And has there been … Continue r…
    - 26 Jul 11, 1:43pm -
  • The Pursuit of Happiness
    By: Megan Birney We all want to be happy.  It’s something we’ve learned to strive for and likely the primary motivator for trying to land that perfect job, find your soul mate, start a family, get that promotion or buy … Continue reading →
    - 24 Jul 11, 10:03pm -
  • Michele Bachmann gets God’s help for election
    By, Adam K. Fetterman Making appeals to religion is nothing new for American politics. Nearly every candidate makes statements such as “God bless America” or claims that their candidacy is a calling from God. However, on the other end of … Cont…
    - 12 Jul 11, 5:50pm -

Cognition and Culture Institute

  • Negatively-Biased Credulity and the Cultural Evolution of Beliefs
    A new article by Dan Fessler, Anne Pisor,& David Navarrete, highly relevant to cultural epidemiology in PLoS ONE 9(4): e95167. doi:10.1371Abstract: The functions of cultural beliefs are often opaque to those who hold them. Accordingly, to benefit fr…
    - 9 days ago, 16 Apr 14, 7:35am -
  • The Moral Domain: Conceptual Issues in Moral Psychology. Vilnius . 9-11 October 2014
    The Vilnius Experimental Philosophy Lab,  the Departments of General Psychology and of Logic and History of Philosophy organize a conference on: The Moral Domain: Conceptual Issues in Moral Psychology, the 9-11 October 2014 at Vilnius University…
    - 50 days ago, 6 Mar 14, 11:37am -
  • The Content of Our Cooperation, Not the Color of Our Skin
    A new, important article by David Pietraszewski, Leda Cosmides, and John Tooby: The Content of Our Cooperation, Not the Color of Our Skin: An Alliance Detection System Regulates Categorization by Coalition and Race, but Not Sex. (PLoS ONE, 2012, 9(2…
    - 53 days ago, 2 Mar 14, 8:01pm -
  • Relationship Thinking
    Nick Enfield -- ethnolinguist at the Max Planck institute for psycholinguistics (and contributor to ICCI) -- has published a new book, Relationship Thinking.Here's the blurb from Oxford University Press:In Relationship Thinking, N. J. Enfield outl…
    - 85 days ago, 30 Jan 14, 10:58am -
  • This year's Edge question
    The new The Edge annual question, and the answers, are now online.The question was: "What scientific idea is ready for retirement?"Here are some answers that could be relevant to the ICCI crowd:Oliver Scott Curry AssociationismN.J. Enfield A Science…
    - 98 days ago, 16 Jan 14, 3:35pm -
  • Joint PhD degree in the cognitive science of religion
    A new Doctoral programme in the cognitive the science of religion has been established by Aarhus University (Graduate School of Arts/Religion, Cognition and Culture Research Unit--see http://www.rcc.au.dk/) and Queen’s University, Belfast (School…
    - 9 Jan 14, 2:28pm -
  • Summer course on Morality: Evolutionary Origins and Cognitive Mechanisms, Budapest, June 2014.
    The CEU Summer University announces the course: “Morality: Evolutionary Origins and Cognitive Mechanisms”, June 23-30, 2014, Budapest, Hungary . Application deadline: February 14, 2014.What makes humans moral beings? This question can be unders…
    - 7 Jan 14, 4:27pm -
  • Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Moral Psychology, Seoul, March 2014
    A conference on "Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Moral Psychology" sponsored by Korea University and the Rutgers University Research Group on Evolution & Cognition will take place at the Korea University, Seoul, South Korea / 20th-22nd March 2014.Pos…
    - 7 Jan 14, 3:37pm -
  • Big Gods Book Club #6: Concluding Thoughts
    (This post concludes our "book club" webinar discussing Ara Norenzayan's latest book with its author. This précis introduced the discussion.)In what follows I’ll make some general concluding comments, and also address four remaining posts by Nico…
    - 17 Dec 13, 9:52pm -
  • 'Big Gods' book club #5: Remarks on the two puzzles
    I like Ara’s way of studying scientific problems very much, weaving together various disciplines from evolutionary modelling to experimental psychology or social anthropology, and I also like the way he tries to solve the questions he raises. Howev…
    - 13 Dec 13, 1:20pm -

Scienceblogs: Brain

  • Cats beware… [Life Lines]
    The FDA has issued a warning that Easter lilies are toxic to cats. According to veterinarian Dr. Melanie McLean at the US Food and Drug Administration ingestion of even a small portion of the leaves, pollen or flowers of the plant are very poisonous…
    - 6 days ago, 19 Apr 14, 7:56am -
  • Experimental Biology [Life Lines]
    I am very excited about the upcoming Experimental Biology conference that starts next weekend. I just looked through the Spring newsletter for the Comparative and Evolutionary Physiology section of the American Physiological Society. Check out the ex…
    - 6 days ago, 19 Apr 14, 7:07am -
  • Study: New fathers struggle with depression, need interventions, too [The Pump Handle]
    Women aren’t the only ones at risk for depression and in need of screening services when a new baby comes into their lives. Young fathers face significant mental health challenges as well, according to a new study.
    - 6 days ago, 18 Apr 14, 3:45pm -
  • I never knew otters were THAT tough… [Life Lines]
    An river otter was captured on camera taking on an juvenile alligator…and winning. The battle took place at the Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge in Florida in 2011. More images can be seen on their Facebook page where the images were recent…
    - 15 days ago, 10 Apr 14, 3:55am -
  • The evolutionary capacitor [Life Lines]
    Heat shock protein 90 (HSP90) helps keep proteins in the body folded properly and is thought to compensate for variations that occur in proteins over time. In a study published in Science magazine, Dr. Nicolas Rohner and colleagues showed that stress…
    - 19 days ago, 6 Apr 14, 5:28am -

The Inquisitive Mind

  • newWhat makes Olga run?: The mystery of the 90-something track star and what she can teach us about living longer, happier lives.
    What Makes Olga Run is an engaging, informative and inspiring read about the international track star Olga Kotelko. At the time of the writing of the book, Olga was holding 26 world records, and had over 600 medals won at throwing, sprint, and jump e…
    - 17 hours ago, 24 Apr 14, 9:19am -
  • Marrying smart or marrying instead of being smart? The goal conflict between MRS degrees and STEM degrees
    In this blog post, I review a number of studies that suggest that telling women to focus on their MRS degree (aka getting married) while in college can make women less interested in earning a STEM degree (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math). Why…
    - 4 days ago, 21 Apr 14, 11:50am -
  • Sticks and stones and breaking bones: Social psychology and school aggression
    Bullying is a pervasive issue in schools today. This is one of two blog posts that will look at school aggression from the perspective of contemporary social psychology. In this post, I'll examine the role of groups in encouraging bullying. In my nex…
    - 7 days ago, 18 Apr 14, 9:05am -
  • The year the journals changed
    Where do all the studies come from? Behind every headline trumpeting a new finding in psychology, you can usually find an article in a peer-reviewed psychology journal. But how reliable are these findings? This is what many scientists have recently s…
    - 11 days ago, 14 Apr 14, 12:55pm -
  • Colorful Culture
    As a world without colors would be extremely boring, we are luckily able to perceive various different colors that enrich our environment. Recently, Keiko Ishii and colleagues found that the colors we prefer and use for our paintings vary systematica…
    - 15 days ago, 9 Apr 14, 5:31pm -

Anthropology World News

  • newLiveScience
    Missing Link? Mississippi Floods, and a Great City Disappears
    - 21 hours ago, 24 Apr 14, 5:00am -
  • newBBC News
    Blood in Gourd 'Is Not from Beheaded Louis XVI'
    - 21 hours ago, 24 Apr 14, 5:00am -
  • LiveScience
    1800's Shipwreck Rediscovered Near Golden Gate Bridge
    - 2 days ago, 23 Apr 14, 5:00am -
  • ABC News
    Archaeologists, Tribe Clash Over Native Remains
    - 2 days ago, 23 Apr 14, 5:00am -
  • Discovery News
    Ancient Chisel Used to Build Western Wall Found
    - 2 days ago, 23 Apr 14, 5:00am -

TED

TED: James Patten: The best computer interface? Maybe ... your hands - James Patten (2013)
"The computer is an incredibly powerful means of creative expression," says designer and TED Fellow James Patten. But right now, we interact with computers, mainly, by typing and tapping. In this nifty talk and demo, Patten imagines a more visceral,…
- 11 hours ago, 24 Apr 14, 3:20pm -
TED: Hamish Jolly: A shark-deterrent wetsuit (and it's not what you think) - Hamish Jolly (2013)
Hamish Jolly, an ocean swimmer in Australia, wanted a wetsuit that would deter a curious shark from mistaking him for a potential source of nourishment. (Which, statistically, is rare, but certainly a fate worth avoiding.) Working with a team of scie…
- 1 day ago, 23 Apr 14, 3:14pm -
TED: Michel Laberge: How synchronized hammer strikes could generate nuclear fusion - Michel Laberge (2014)
Our energy future depends on nuclear fusion, says Michel Laberge. The plasma physicist runs a small company with a big idea for a new type of nuclear reactor that could produce clean, cheap energy. His secret recipe? High speeds, scorching temperatur…
- 2 days ago, 22 Apr 14, 2:57pm -
TED: Sarah Lewis: Embrace the near win - Sarah Lewis (2014)
At her first museum job, art historian Sarah Lewis noticed something important about an artist she was studying: Not every artwork was a total masterpiece. She asks us to consider the role of the almost-failure, the near win, in our own lives. In our…
- 3 days ago, 21 Apr 14, 3:04pm -
TED: Matthew Carter: My life in typefaces - Matthew Carter (2014)
Pick up a book, magazine or screen, and more than likely you'll come across some typography designed by Matthew Carter. In this charming talk, the man behind typefaces such as Verdana, Georgia and Bell Centennial (designed just for phone books -- rem…
- 6 days ago, 18 Apr 14, 2:59pm -
TED: Jeremy Kasdin: The flower-shaped starshade that might help us detect Earth-like planets - Jeremy Kasdin (2014)
Astronomers believe that every star in the galaxy has a planet, one fifth of which might harbor life. Only we haven't seen any of them -- yet. Jeremy Kasdin and his team are looking to change that with the design and engineering of an extraordinary p…
- 7 days ago, 17 Apr 14, 3:01pm -
TED: Norman Spack: How I help transgender teens become who they want to be - Norman Spack (2013)
Puberty is an awkward time for just about everybody, but for transgender teens it can be a nightmare, as they grow overnight into bodies they aren't comfortable with. In a heartfelt talk, endocrinologist Norman Spack tells a personal story of how he…
- 8 days ago, 16 Apr 14, 3:10pm -
TED: Jennifer Senior: For parents, happiness is a very high bar - Jennifer Senior (2014)
The parenting section of the bookstore is overwhelming—it's "a giant, candy-colored monument to our collective panic," as writer Jennifer Senior puts it. Why is parenthood filled with so much anxiety? Because the goal of modern, middle-class parent…
- 9 days ago, 15 Apr 14, 2:59pm -
TED: David Brooks: Should you live for your résumé ... or your eulogy? - David Brooks (2014)
Within each of us are two selves, suggests David Brooks in this meditative short talk: the self who craves success, who builds a résumé, and the self who seeks connection, community, love -- the values that make for a great eulogy. (Joseph Soloveit…
- 10 days ago, 14 Apr 14, 3:09pm -
TED: Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly: Be passionate. Be courageous. Be your best. - Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly (2014)
On January 8, 2011, Congresswoman Gabby Giffords was shot in the head while meeting constituents in her home town of Tucson, Arizona. Her husband, the astronaut Mark Kelly, immediately flew to be by her side. In this emotional conversation with Pat M…
- 13 days ago, 11 Apr 14, 3:24pm -
TED: David Sengeh: The sore problem of prosthetic limbs - David Sengeh (2014)
What drove David Sengeh to create a more comfortable prosthetic limb? He grew up in Sierra Leone, and too many of the people he loves are missing limbs after the brutal civil war there. When he noticed that people who had prosthetics weren’t actual…
- 14 days ago, 10 Apr 14, 3:20pm -
TED: Louie Schwartzberg: Hidden miracles of the natural world - Louie Schwartzberg (2014)
We live in a world of unseeable beauty, so subtle and delicate that it is imperceptible to the human eye. To bring this invisible world to light, filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg bends the boundaries of time and space with high-speed cameras, time lapses…
- 15 days ago, 9 Apr 14, 2:53pm -
TED: Christopher Emdin: Teach teachers how to create magic - Christopher Emdin (2013)
What do rap shows, barbershop banter and Sunday services have in common? As Christopher Emdin says, they all hold the secret magic to enthrall and teach at the same time — and it’s a skill we often don't teach to educators. The science advocate (…
- 16 days ago, 8 Apr 14, 3:14pm -
TED: Amanda Burden: How public spaces make cities work - Amanda Burden (2014)
More than 8 million people are crowded together to live in New York City. What makes it possible? In part, it’s the city’s great public spaces — from tiny pocket parks to long waterfront promenades — where people can stroll and play. Amanda B…
- 17 days ago, 7 Apr 14, 3:06pm -
TED: Lawrence Lessig: The unstoppable walk to political reform - Lawrence Lessig (2014)
Seven years ago, Internet activist Aaron Swartz convinced Lawrence Lessig to take up the fight for political reform. A year after Swartz's tragic death, Lessig continues his campaign to free US politics from the stranglehold of corruption. In this fi…
- 20 days ago, 4 Apr 14, 2:58pm -
TED: Jennifer Golbeck: The curly fry conundrum: Why social media “likes” say more than you might think - Jennifer Golbeck (2013)
Do you like curly fries? Have you Liked them on Facebook? Watch this talk to find out the surprising things Facebook (and others) can guess about you from your random Likes and Shares. Computer scientist Jennifer Golbeck explains how this came about,…
- 21 days ago, 3 Apr 14, 2:57pm -
TED: Bill and Melinda Gates: Why giving away our wealth has been the most satisfying thing we've done - Bill Gates / Melinda Gates (2014)
In 1993, Bill and Melinda Gates took a walk on the beach and made a big decision: to give their Microsoft wealth back to society. In conversation with Chris Anderson, the couple talks about their work at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as well a…
- 22 days ago, 2 Apr 14, 2:58pm -
TED: Allan Adams: The discovery that could rewrite physics - Allan Adams (2014)
On March 17, 2014, a group of physicists announced a thrilling discovery: the “smoking gun” data for the idea of an inflationary universe, a clue to the Big Bang. For non-physicists, what does it mean? TED asked Allan Adams to briefly explain the…
- 23 days ago, 1 Apr 14, 3:10pm -

ScienceDaily: Anthro

Sociological Images

  • newMoney as a Social Construction
    We all know that, on some basic level, money is purely symbolic.  It only works because everyone collectively agrees to participate in the fantasy that a dollar bill is worth a dollar, whatever that is.  Moreover, most of our money these days is pu…
    - 12 hours ago, 24 Apr 14, 2:00pm -
  • What Do Professors Do All Day?
    Anthropologist John Ziker decided to try to find out.  Ziker recruited a non-random sample of 16 professors at Boise State University and scheduled interviews with them every other day for 14 days.  In each interview, they reported how they spent t…
    - 2 days ago, 23 Apr 14, 2:00pm -
  • Will Women Take Whiskey? Male Flight from Feminizing Spirits
    This is a Pink Lady: 15 oz. gin, 4 dashes of grenadine, and an egg white. According to Shanna Farrell,  the Pink Lady was popularized in the ’50s.  Women were believed to have “dainty palates,” and so cocktails for women were designed to dis…
    - 3 days ago, 22 Apr 14, 2:00pm -
  • The Sinking of Quicksand
    “For many of us, quicksand was once a real fear,” write the producers at Radio Lab: It held a vise-grip on our imaginations, from childish sandbox games to grown-up anxieties about venturing into unknown lands. But these days, quicksand can’t e…
    - 4 days ago, 21 Apr 14, 2:00pm -
  • From Our Archives: Easter
    Posts from Easters past: Easter in Japan The Commodification of Easter Festivities Giving it some Hip to the Hop Sexing It Up with Nibbles, Your Sexy Easter Honey Professional Wrestling does Easter (pictured) Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at…
    - 4 days ago, 20 Apr 14, 5:00pm -
  • Saturday Stat: The U.S. is a “Low Tax Country”
    This chart comes from Chuck Marr at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.  As Marr explains: The United States is a relatively low-tax country, as the chart [above] shows.  When measured as a share of the economy, total government receipts…
    - 6 days ago, 19 Apr 14, 2:00pm -
  • The Commodification of Easter Festivities
    Flashback Friday. The word commodification refers to the process by which something that is not bought and sold becomes something that is.  As capitalism has progressed, more and more parts of our lives have become commodified.  Restaurants are the…
    - 7 days ago, 18 Apr 14, 2:00pm -
  • How to Lie with Statistics: Stand Your Ground and Gun Deaths
    At Junk Charts, Kaiser Fung drew my attention to a graph released by Reuters.  It is so deeply misleading that I loathe to expose your eyeballs to it.  So, I offer you this: The original figure is on the left.  It counts the number of gun deaths i…
    - 8 days ago, 17 Apr 14, 2:00pm -
  • New Documentary: The Illusionists
    Writer and director Elena Rossini has released the first four minutes of The Illusionists.  I’m really excited to see the rest.  The documentary is a critique of a high standard of beauty but, unlike some that focus exclusively on the impacts of…
    - 9 days ago, 16 Apr 14, 2:00pm -
  • Happy Birthday, Emile Durkheim!
    Source: Deviant Art. Have a scholar we should commemorate? Send us a cool pic and we will! Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions, with Myra Marx Ferree. You can follo…
    - 9 days ago, 15 Apr 14, 4:00pm -

ScienceDaily: Brain

  • newNew genetic brain disorder in humans discovered
    A newly identified genetic disorder associated with degeneration of the central and peripheral nervous systems in humans, along with the genetic cause, has been reported by researchers. By performing DNA sequencing of more than 4,000 families affecte…
    - 10 hours ago, 24 Apr 14, 4:51pm -
  • newFruitfly study identifies brain circuit that drives daily cycles of rest, activity
    Researchers describe a circuit in the brain of fruit flies that controls their daily, rhythmic behavior of rest and activity. They also found that the fly version of the human brain protein known as corticotrophin releasing factor is a major coordina…
    - 10 hours ago, 24 Apr 14, 4:46pm -
  • newSmall business owners not always worried about being treated fairly, researcher finds
    Fairness is not always the most important priority for small retailers. In an international study, researchers found that some small retailers are less concerned about whether they are treated fairly by business suppliers than other factors, such as…
    - 11 hours ago, 24 Apr 14, 3:33pm -
  • newPaying closer attention to attention
    There may be an overreporting of attention problems in children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), simply because parents and teachers are using a misplaced basis for comparison. They are testing and comparing children with FASD with childr…
    - 11 hours ago, 24 Apr 14, 3:27pm -
  • newTake notes by hand for better long-term comprehension
    Dust off those Bic ballpoints and college-ruled notebooks: research shows that taking notes by hand is better than taking notes on a laptop for remembering conceptual information over the long term. "Our new findings suggest that even when laptops ar…
    - 12 hours ago, 24 Apr 14, 2:28pm -
  • newLeaders call for expanded use of medications to combat opioid overdose epidemic
    A national response to the epidemic of prescription opioid overdose deaths was outlined by leaders of agencies in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The commentary calls upon health care providers to expand their use of medications to…
    - 12 hours ago, 24 Apr 14, 2:28pm -
  • newNew ultrasound device may add in detecting risk for heart attack, stroke
    A new ultrasound device that could help identify arterial plaque that is at high risk of breaking off and causing heart attack or stroke has been developed by researchers. The prototype device has performed well in laboratory testing, but the researc…
    - 12 hours ago, 24 Apr 14, 2:26pm -
  • newMotor skill deficiencies linked to autism severity, reseearch says
    A relationship between motor skill deficiencies and the severity of the symptoms of autism spectrum disorder has been found in very young children. The findings indicate that development of motor skills should be included in treatment plans for young…
    - 12 hours ago, 24 Apr 14, 2:24pm -
  • Luck affects how we judge reckless actions
    A person, who acts immorally or recklessly but is “lucky” by escaping dire consequences, is judged less harshly than an “unlucky” person, even when both have committed the same act. "Moral luck" is a term used in philosophy that describes sit…
    - 1 day ago, 24 Apr 14, 2:12am -
  • Recurrent violence linked to substantially higher rates of mental disorders in post-conflict communities
    In the aftermath of war, communities who continue to experience repeated violence could have a major escalation in rates of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and severe distress, suggests new research. Investigators conducted a survey in 2004 to…
    - 1 day ago, 24 Apr 14, 2:12am -

Social Evolution

  • Yet Another Sleazy Corporation
    Yesterday I wasted several hours, thanks to Oracle Corporation. When I turned my computer on, there was a message from Java bugging me to install a security update. These updates are a pain, and usually I try to ignore them and hope they go away afte…
    - 6 days ago, 19 Apr 14, 4:29am -
  • Russia’s Sacred Landscape, and the Place of Eastern Ukraine within It
    The confrontation in eastern Ukraine (or Novorossia, as southern and eastern Ukraine were called during the days of the Russian Empire) between pro-Russia activists and the central government in Kiev has escalated dramatically over the weekend. The h…
    - 11 days ago, 13 Apr 14, 6:10pm -
  • States without Sacred Lands
    At one point last week, as I was developing the Aeon article, a process that required multiple ‘back-and-forths’ between me and the editor Ed Lake, Ed asked me whether I could provide an example of a state without Sacred Lands, to illustrate the…
    - 17 days ago, 8 Apr 14, 2:55am -
  • My Article on Aeon: To understand Crimea, we need an evolutionary theory of national honour
    When Russia annexed Crimea in March, American policymakers were taken by surprise. They shouldn’t have been, argued the political theorist John J Mearsheimer in a New York Times op-ed. After all: ‘Mr Putin’s behaviour is motivated by the same g…
    - 21 days ago, 4 Apr 14, 2:37am -
  • Battle of the Ukrainian Oligarchs: the Chocolate King versus the Gas Princess
    At the end of my second blog on democracy and oligarchy in Ukraine, I came to a gloomy conclusion that there would be no real effort to curb the power of the oligarchs, and that it will be the common Ukrainians who will have to bear the costs of refo…
    - 24 days ago, 1 Apr 14, 2:47am -

Cultural Psychology

  • Recent
    Read my latest articles:Interview with a former CIA Clandestine Service officer - Pursuit MagazineWhy political difference shouldn’t threaten friendship – Huffington Post 
    - 23 days ago, 2 Apr 14, 2:41am -
  • Detecting Deception
    My newest article has been published in Pursuit Magazine on detecting deception during an investigative interview. For this article I asked three world class scholars of deception,  ”how do you catch a liar?” See it at: http://pursuitmag.com/de…
    - 2 Dec 13, 11:32pm -
  • News for November
    Hello! OK—so I still have a few dedicated subscribers; this message is for you. 1st I am now a Huffington Post blogger.2nd Pursuit Magazine (a publication for professional investigators) has asked me to become a regular contributor.3rd I’…
    - 18 Nov 13, 7:57pm -
  • Expanding Elijah Anderson’s Theory of Bling to the Board Room & Beyond
    Sociologist Elijah Anderson influenced criminology with his descriptive theory of the code of the street. In a nutshell the code contends that social economic conditions isolate poor inner-city neighborhoods giving rise to the code of the street—no…
    - 13 Nov 13, 3:09am -
  • The Virtual Criminal Underworld
    Nope, I haven’t disappeared but my personal blog is no longer a priority. Rather, I’m spending my free-time investigating stories worth telling and writing them well. My latest story is titled The Dark Net: The New Face of Black Markets and Organ…
    - 1 Oct 13, 8:52pm -

New Scientist