Category Archive: Monday Miscellany

Jan 13 2014

Monday Miscellany: Ghost-Story Provocative Musicals Edition

1. I love everything about snarky psychology writing. Which makes these hidden gems in psychology publications wonderful. B.J.H. would also like to thank the U.S. Immigration Service under the Bush administration, whose visa background security check forced her to spend two months (following an international conference) in a third country, free of routine obligations—it was during …

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Jan 06 2014

Monday Miscellany: Cold, Cold, COLD

Due to horrifying cold and some reasonable concerns by drivers about the safety of piloting a double-decker bus on incredibly icy roads, I’m spending a few more days in Columbus, Ohio, complete with cuddling and this hot chocolate. Stay warm and safe, lovely readers! Here’s some links to read by the fire. 1. To be …

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Dec 23 2013

Monday Miscellany: ACT, Autism, Anorexia

1.  I haven’t started the book by the same name, but Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for eating disorders seems fairly promising. (Psych Today article, academic abstract) 2. The New York Times has a lovely piece on the NYC Solstice Celebration, and secular celebrations as a whole. 3.  The title doesn’t convey this very clearly, …

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Dec 16 2013

Monday Miscellany: Solstice, Schizophrenia, Substance Addiction

Reunited and silly with happiness pre-Solstice and post-bagel.

1. I talk a lot with adjectives–things are spectacular and wonderful and glorious and amazing and awesome. But I think, to catch the joy of what the Brighter Than Today Solstice in New York was, I think I’d tell little stories. How it felt to sing among friends–something I haven’t done in years. The joy …

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Dec 09 2013

Monday Miscellany: Dunning, Kruger, & I Can’t Even

My week involved a lot of walking past this sign.

1. You know you’ve done a good job (or at least, you’re overestimating less than usual…) when David Dunning himself comments on your writeup of the Dunning-Kruger effect. For bonus, read the original paper–or at least the abstract. It begins… In 1995, McArthur Wheeler walked into two Pittsburgh banks and robbed them in broad daylight, with …

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Dec 02 2013

Monday Miscellany: Forensic Psychology, Fighting, & Replicating Research

1. Free access to popular forensic psych articles! I’ve been caught up in work and school, but Citizenship: A Response to the Marginalization of People with Mental Illnesses and The Ethics of Life and Death: Advance Directives and End of Life Decision Making in Persons with Dementia open on my computer. 2. This is not like what I normally …

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Nov 25 2013

Monday Miscellany: Trolley Killers, Pain, PTSD

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1. Via Stephanie, new and fascinating pain research out of Stanford. Neuroimaging studies from several different labs examining diverse types of pain offer tantalizing clues. They all show that chronic pain patients have stronger connections among brain regions involved in pain perception and processing, as well as losses in gray matter in those areas and perturbations …

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Nov 19 2013

Monday Miscellany: Vivaldi, Fourier, TUESDAY

I failed at posting this properly on Monday. Mostly because I was so busy having fun at Skepticon. Can you blame me? (Answer: yes, but you should click these links anyways) 1. Facts So Romantic is exactly my kind of column. Romance is good research tailor to your interests, y’all. Or flowers. Whatever floats your …

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Nov 04 2013

Monday Miscellany: Gorilla Opacity, Polyamory, Bad Statistics

1. Polyamory doesn’t get a free pass at being radical without an analysis of power in our interactions. 2. On signaling status and using luxuries to get past gatekeeping, The Logic of Stupid Poor People. Why do poor people make stupid, illogical decisions to buy status symbols? For the same reason all but only the most …

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Oct 28 2013

Monday Miscellany: Anorexia, Anonymous Comments, Alternative Energy Sources


If I managed to publish this on time, I’ve survived it to Week 6 of 10, in my ninth quarter of academics. (One quarter of the last three years was spent at Fabulous Unspecified Internship.) 1. PubMed has opened commenting with the intention of allowing it for all PubMed authors. This cannot possibly go wrong. Upside: …

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