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COVID-19: Science scepticism may be reinforced by UK rush to approve vaccines
Former director of public health Professor John Ashton has said that scientific scepticism may be reinforced by the UK's rush to approve COVID vaccines for public use and the apparent political desire to be the first out of the blocks in contrast to our European neighbours. (2021-01-14)

Big ideas in performance management 2.0
Industrial-era performance management paradigms and practices are outdated and ineffective in the modern VUCA work environment. SIOP presents a video examining how to update performance management practices for success now and in the future of work. Presented by SIOP Fellow Alan Colquitt, PhD, the video 'webinar' provides actionable, evidence-based insights for I-O psychologists, business leaders, and HR practitioners seeking to create better outcomes for workers and organizations through practices fostering engagement and strong workplace performance. (2020-02-19)

Winning coaches' locker room secret
Researchers found a significant relationship between how negative a coach was at half-time and how well the team played in the second half: The more negativity, the more the team outscored the opposition. (2019-08-15)

Models suggest faults are linked through California's Imperial Valley
New mechanical modeling of a network of active strike-slip faults in California's Imperial Valley suggests the faults are continuously linked, from the southern San Andreas Fault through the Imperial Fault to the Cerro Prieto fault further to the south of the valley. (2019-06-11)

Graphene's magic is in the defects
A team of researchers at the New York University Tandon School of Engineering and NYU Center for Neural Science has solved a longstanding puzzle of how to build ultra-sensitive, ultra-small electrochemical sensors with homogenous and predictable properties by discovering how to engineer graphene structure on an atomic level. The researchers detail their study in a paper published today in the journal Advanced Materials. (2018-12-18)

The science of studying the effects of extraordinary beliefs on consumer behavior
The study of superstition and other extraordinary beliefs in the marketplace brings challenges and opportunities for the enhancement of consumer well-being. In 'Superstition, Ethics, and Transformative Consumer Research,' published in the October issue of the Journal of the Association for Consumer Research, Stuart Vyse examines the ethical issues involved in research on consumer superstitions and how the principles of Transformative Consumer Research can be applied to this area of investigation to promote consumer welfare and sustainability. (2018-10-30)

Beyond superstition to general causality: AI nutcracker for real-world problems
Real-world problems in economics and public health can be notoriously hard nuts to find causes for. Often, multiple causes are suspected but large datasets with time-sequenced data are not available. Previous models could not reliably analyze these challenges. Now researchers have tested the first Artificial Intelligence model to identify and rank many causes in real-world problems without time-sequenced data, using a multi-nodal causal structure and Directed Acyclic Graphs. (2018-06-05)

How turning down the heat makes a baby turtle male
Scientists have started to crack the 50-year-old puzzle of how temperature turns baby turtles male or female. In a study in the journal Science, researchers show that cooler egg incubation temperatures turn up a key gene called Kdm6b in the turtle's immature sex organs. This in turn acts as a biological 'on' switch, activating other genes that allow testes to develop without altering the underlying genetic code. (2018-05-10)

Can 'reading' leaves lead to more drought-tolerant crops?
The study was based on observations that the more successful crops in areas typically affected by drought are usually protected by a thicker layer of leaf wax than other plants. (2017-08-21)

Reliance on reason, evidence as a moral issue measured in study
While some people rely more on reason and evidence than others when deciding on their beliefs, a new report suggests people can also come to see a reliance on reason and evidence as a moral issue -- to see the rationality of another's beliefs as indicative of their morality. (2016-11-21)

When selling good karma goes bad
A new study by researchers from the University of California, Riverside and the University of Louisville has examined how consumers' beliefs about karma influence their responses to charitable appeals in advertising. The findings show that people who believe in karma, despite seeing the positive benefits of doing good deeds, do not always respond favorably. (2016-05-13)

Do witchcraft beliefs halt economic progress?
A new study by American University economics professor Boris Gershman is the first to provide empirical evidence for the mistrust and erosion of social capital that exists in regions worldwide due to witchcraft accusations. (2016-05-09)

The power of magical thinking: Why superstitions are hard to shake
When sports fans wear their lucky shirts on game day, they know it is irrational to think clothing can influence a team's performance. But they do it anyway. A new paper from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business finds that even when people recognize that their belief does not make sense, they can still allow that irrational belief to influence how they think, feel and behave. (2015-11-09)

Lucky charms: When are superstitions used most?
Eric Hamerman at Tulane University and Carey Morewedge at Boston University have determined that people are more likely to turn to superstitions to achieve a performance goal versus a learning goal. Their research is published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. (2015-01-23)

Images in Roman mosaics meant to dispel the envious
Driving away bad luck, the evil eye and, in short, envious people -- this was one of the purposes of mosaics in Ancient Rome, according to research coordinated by Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, which analyzed rituals and magic practices in these artistic representations. (2014-12-15)

What's so bad about feeling happy?
Why is being happy, positive and satisfied with life the ultimate goal of so many people, while others steer clear of such feelings? It is often because of the lingering belief that happiness causes bad things to happen, says Mohsen Joshanloo and Dan Weijers. Their article, published in Springer's Journal of Happiness Studies, is the first to review the concept of aversion to happiness. (2014-03-17)

Source of 'moon curse' revealed by eclipse
Signals bounced off reflectors on the lunar surface return surprisingly faint echoes on full moon nights. Scientists think it's the result of uneven heating of the reflective lenses, which would alter their refractive index, dispersing the return beam, and they found compelling evidence for this explanation during an eclipse as Earth's shadow passed over each reflector in turn. (2014-02-11)

Living in fantasyland? Luck is more important than fantasy sports players think
Fantasy sports players can spend thousands of dollars and certainly that many hours developing sophisticated leagues and playing strategies steeped in analysis and superstition -- all for teams that aren't real. (2014-01-15)

Avicenna's Medicine
An ancient Arabic medical encyclopedia written in the eleventh century provides a model for practicing individualized medicine, says a Georgetown University Medical Center scientist who, with two colleagues, has translated the original text into English. (2013-10-24)

Bad luck? Knocking on wood can undo jinx: study
A new study from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business finds that these superstitions actually do (2013-10-01)

Why superstition-rich baseball playoff fans aren't loyal to a brand
The study, written by Gita V. Johar of Columbia Business School and Eric J. Hamerman of Tulane University shows a sports fan will easily switch to a different product if the fan believes the new brand will bring about good luck or eliminate bad luck. (2013-07-22)

New explanation for slow earthquakes on San Andreas
New Zealand's geologic hazards agency reported this week an ongoing, (2013-06-03)

Illusion of control: Why sports fans prefer 'lucky' products
Consumers engage in superstitious behavior when they want to achieve something but don't have the power to make it happen, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research. (2013-05-14)

K-State research project offers insight into superstitious behavior
People who believe that fate and chance control their lives are more likely to be superstitious -- but when faced with death they are likely to abandon superstition altogether, according to a recent Kansas State University undergraduate research project. (2010-09-02)

The thunderstone mystery
Archeologists Olle Hemdorff og Eva Th├Ąte at the University of Stavanger's Museum of Archaeology investigate finds of older artifacts in younger graves. They have found a pattern of great archaeological value. (2010-07-29)

Keep your fingers crossed: How superstition improves performance
Don't scoff at those lucky rabbit feet. New research shows that having some kind of lucky token can actually improve your performance -- by increasing your self-confidence. (2010-07-13)

York U researchers find anxiety may be at root of religious extremism
New findings by York University researchers, published in this month's issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, show that anxiety and uncertainty can cause us to become more idealistic and more radical in our religious beliefs. (2010-07-06)

Our 'caveman logic' embraces ESP over evolution
Why in a modern world do more people believe in ESP, ghosts and angels than evolution? While science offers rational explanations for natural phenomena, we often prefer to embrace the fantasies that reassured our ancestors. In (2009-07-08)

When seeing IS believing
New research published in the journal Science explains why individuals seek to find and impose order on an unruly world through superstition, rituals and conspiratorial explanations by linking a loss of control to individual perceptions. (2008-10-02)

Are you feeling lucky? How superstition impacts consumer choice
Despite their strong impact on the marketplace, surprisingly little attention has been paid to the how superstitious beliefs impact decision making. A groundbreaking new study from the April issue of the Journal of Consumer Research examines the role of lucky and unlucky features and finds that consumers are more disappointed when a product that is supposedly (2008-02-12)

Why are African American women more likely than whites to die from breast cancer?
Why are African American women 1.5 to 2.2 times more likely than white women to die from breast cancer, despite their lower incidence of the disease? The reason may not be solely reduced access to medical care, researchers suggest in the International Journal of Surgery. They propose that the excess mortality occurs partly because black women are more likely to develop breast cancer before menopause, when surgery may be more apt to stimulate cancer growth. (2007-02-21)

Everyday beliefs about food refuse to give way to scientific evidence
Marieke Saher's recent doctoral dissertation for the Department of Psychology at the University of Helsinki analyses everyday beliefs about food and health. By these beliefs she refers to people's ideas about whether certain foods are healthy, what might have caused a stomach upset or whether a medicine really works. (2006-08-21)

Anthropologist looks at superstition about June 6 and '666'
The number 666 -- the (2006-06-01)

Ocean spray lubricates hurricane winds
According to mathematicians from UC Berkeley and Russia, turbulence at the boundary between wind and ocean should keep hurricane winds to a gentle breeze. Models of this interface, however, show that large drops of water thrown up by waves suppress the turbulence, allowing winds to build to tremendous speeds. Perhaps, they speculate, a fast decaying surfactant poured on roiling seas could tame a hurricane. (2005-07-25)

'Scared to death,' more than just an expression
In the legendary Sherlock Holmes story (2001-12-20)

Sexual abuse of children wrecks their long term physical and mental wellbeing
Evidence of the extent of the long term effects on the wellbeing of children who have been sexually abused is reported in the Archives of Disease in Childhood. The research shows that abused children are four times as likely to exhibit (2000-07-25)

Children Act 'charter for abuse'
The Children Act is failing to protect children from severe abuse and neglect, concludes a stringent critique in the Archives of Disease in Childhood. Dubbed a (2000-02-23)

Neurological disorder inspired European dancing tradition
An annual European dancing procession that blends legend and tradition may have roots in a neurological disorder causing dance-like movements, according to a historical review in the December 10 issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology. (1999-12-09)

Patients' Superstitions In Japan Are Costing The Health Service
The superstition of some patients in Japan about 'lucky' and 'unlucky' days influence when they leave hospital and may be contributing to higher medical care costs, suggest researchers in this week's BMJ. The authors found that significantly more patients were discharged on lucky days, in particular older patients and especially women. (1998-12-17)

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