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November 23, 2017 Posted by Jay Livingston Others before him had done “vocalese” – instrumental jazz solos transcribed, set with lyrics, and sung. The best known was Eddie Jefferson’s “Moody’s Mood for Love” – James Moody’s solo on the Dorothy Fields - Jimmy McHugh song. Show More Summary

How Culture Works

November 22, 2017 Posted by Jay Livingston Some sociology profs give an assignment that requires students to go out and prank someone. It’s called a “breaching experiment,” but basically, it’s pranking, and as I said in the two previous posts (here and here), it doesn’t offer a lot of insight into the process of norm breaking and social control. Show More Summary

Serious mortuary errors could be reduced by applying common patient safety protocols

(SAGE) New research investigating serious incidents occurring in the management of patient remains after their death concludes that safe mortuary care may be improved by applying lessons learned from existing patient safety work.

Infants understand that more desirable rewards require more effort

(American Association for the Advancement of Science) Infants who observe someone putting more effort into attaining a goal attribute more value to it, a new study finds.

From our archives: Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Mythology Red Bull’s Historically Stupid Thanksgiving Fantasy U.S. Schools Teach Children that Native Americans are History Theorizing Thanksgiving: Emile Durkheim on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (pictured) Some Fun...Show More Summary

The UK just missed a big chance to cut harmful diesel pollution

Harmful fumes from diesel vehicles are a real problem in the UK but the government's attempt to tackle this toxic issue in its budget is feeble, says Tim Chatterton

happy holiday and submit to contexts

I wish you all an excellent holiday. And while I have your attention, you should consider submitting an article to Contexts, which Rashawn Ray and I now edit. Here are the submission guidelines. If you want a 99% acceptance rate, send us a piece for the blog! Orgtheory has the lowest standards in academia. We […]

Season’s Greetings from America’s Men

Thanksgiving is upon us. Typically, a time in which we all get together and collectively celebrate the genocide of Native Americans at the hands of Puritanical European conquerors. This tradition now includes family gatherings, expressions...Show More Summary

Hammond's Excruciating Budget

Philip Hammond has a reputation for being a bit boring, and true to form his budget was a snorefest. It was almost as if he intentionally tried sending the chamber to sleep before forced to break the grim news: growth forecasts down, productivity down, borrowing up, and sticking with the cuts to government departments already programmed in. Show More Summary

The message we’re sending to nearby aliens is no threat to Earth

Critics fear provoking hostile extraterrestrials by beaming messages to our closest exoplanets but there's no need to worry, says METI president Douglas Vakoch

Certain popular cigars deliver more nicotine than cigarettes

(Penn State) Cigars may have a reputation for being safer than cigarettes, but they may be just as harmful and addictive, according to Penn State researchers, who add that small cigars have just as much if not more nicotine than cigarettes.

What are the likely effects of Brexit on UK regions?

(Wiley) A new Papers in Regional Science article that highlights the possible implications of Brexit for the UK and its regions notes that the results for the UK economy may not be as damaging as some forecasters say.

Study examines which adolescents benefit most from sleep interventions

(Wiley) In a recent study of adolescents, the benefits of cognitive-behavioral sleep interventions were greatest among individuals with higher levels of anxiety and depressive symptoms.

Opening windows and doors may improve sleep

(Wiley) A recent Indoor Air study found that opening windows or doors before going to bed can reduce carbon dioxide levels in bedrooms and improve sleep quality.

In vitro fertilization linked with increased risk of congenital heart defects

(Wiley) A new analysis of published studies found a 45 percent increased risk of congenital heart defects in newborns when women become pregnant via in vitro fertilization (IVF)/intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) than through spontaneous conception.

Smart people have better connected brains

(Goethe University Frankfurt) Differences in intelligence have so far mostly been attributed to differences in specific brain regions. However, are smart people's brains also wired differently to those of less intelligent persons? A new study published by researchers from Goethe University Frankfurt (Germany) supports this assumption. Show More Summary

New research suggests high-intensity exercise boosts memory

(McMaster University) The health advantages of high-intensity exercise are widely known but new research from McMaster University points to another major benefit: better memory. The findings could have implications for an aging population which is grappling with the growing problem of catastrophic diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer's.

The brains of children with a better physical fitness possess a greater volume of gray matter

(University of Granada) Researchers from the University of Granada lead a worldwide pioneering study that confirms that physical fitness in children may affect their brain structure, which in turn may have an influence on their academic performance.

Male escorts for women, couples demand grows: Global survey

(Queensland University of Technology) A global survey of male escort websites finds some countries wherea large percentage of male escorts cater for women and couples although such sites are still outnumbered by sites for male clients only.

Penn team constructs whole-brain map of electrical connections key to forming memories

(University of Pennsylvania) A team of neuroscientists at the University of Pennsylvania has constructed the first whole-brain map of electrical connectivity in the brain based on data from nearly 300 neurosurgical patients with electrodes implanted directly on the brain. Show More Summary

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