Neuroanthropology
4.2K views | +0 today
Follow
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by Greg Downey
Scoop.it!

It's time for psychologists to put their house in order

It's time for psychologists to put their house in order | Neuroanthropology | Scoop.it
Keith Laws: A new journal, BMC Psychology, pledges 'to put less emphasis on interest levels' and publish repeat studies and negative results
Greg Downey's insight:

'Although some individuals are culpable, psychology's problems are largely systemic. We cannot rectify every issue immediately, but a great start would be to value replication and negative findings by offering researchers the space to publish such findings – not in a dedicated journal for unloved findings but at the heart of mainstream psychology journals.'

 
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Greg Downey
Scoop.it!

Brain indicators of predisposition to hallucinatory out-of-body experiences - Cortex - Elsevier

Brain indicators of predisposition to hallucinatory out-of-body experiences - Cortex - Elsevier | Neuroanthropology | Scoop.it
New research has revealed novel signs linking brain processes to particular hallucinations even in non-clinical individuals.    ...
Greg Downey's insight:

Cortical hyperexcitability to some visual stimuli might show a predisposition to some hallucinations (esp. 'out-of-body experiences') even in a normal, non-clinical population.  

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Greg Downey from Social Neuroscience Advances
Scoop.it!

The Neurobiology of “We”. Relationship is the flow...

The Neurobiology of “We”. Relationship is the flow... | Neuroanthropology | Scoop.it
The Neurobiology of “We”. Relationship is the flow of energy and information between people, essential in our development
“The study of neuroplasticity is changing the way scientists think about the...

Via Tiago, Jocelyn Stoller
more...
Tiago's curator insight, February 26, 2013 2:28 AM
"...we can learn to be open in an authentic way to others, and to ourselves. The outcome of such an integrative presence is not only a sense of deep well-being and compassion for ourselves and others, but also an opening of the doors of awareness to a sense of the interdependence of everything. ‘We’ are indeed a part of an interconnected whole.” ~Dr. Daniel Siegel
Scooped by Greg Downey
Scoop.it!

Mind over matter: Soccer's bid to train the brain

Mind over matter: Soccer's bid to train the brain | Neuroanthropology | Scoop.it
Today's soccer professionals have a battery of physios, fitness trainers and doctors all striving to fine-tune their players' physique for optimum performance.
Greg Downey's insight:

"Research published in the Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology found that of 39 players tested, the more experienced footballers were able to suppress the urge to act instinctively, making them less susceptible to feints or tricks from their opponents."

No surprise to those of us interested in skill acquisition, in this article, but the original research is more interesting. The science writer, unfortunately, goes to the most basic 'sports-don't-require-thinking' nonsense to get a rhetorical angle. Great research -- lame science writing. 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Greg Downey
Scoop.it!

Why Americans Are the Weirdest People in the World

Why Americans Are the Weirdest People in the World | Neuroanthropology | Scoop.it
Joe Henrich, Steven Heine and Ara Norenzayan are shaking up psychology and economics with their view of how culture shapes human thought and behavior.
Greg Downey's insight:

Profile of Joe Henrich's work and an important move to try to change how social psychologists portray human nature.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Greg Downey
Scoop.it!

In the Time of Cholera - By Jonathan M. Katz

The horror was in the stomach, an empty, draining pain. All the way up the highway, Rosemond Lorimé had felt it running out of him. It was like the river running out of him, getting worse with every turn around the mountains.

Greg Downey's insight:

Long piece by Katz about the implication of UN security forces sent to Haiti after the earthquake in the spread of cholera. 8000 people died over the next two years and an estimated one-fifth of the island caught the strain, introduced from South Asia, when cholera hadn't been seen in Haiti for 100 years. Brief quote from anthropologist Paul Farmer near the end, too.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Greg Downey
Scoop.it!

Ethnography of Trolling: Workarounds, Discipline-Jumping and Ethical Pitfalls (1 of 3)

Ethnography of Trolling: Workarounds, Discipline-Jumping and Ethical Pitfalls (1 of 3) | Neuroanthropology | Scoop.it
Editor’s Note: Reddit. Facebook. YouTube. Twitter. These days it’s difficult to go anywhere online without encountering an anonymous troll (or ten). Debates about trolling, which is best desc...
Greg Downey's insight:

My name is Whitney Phillips, and I study trolls. Well, not just trolls. I’ve also written about meme culture, so-bad-it’s-good fan engagement (my essay on the kuso aesthetic in Troll 2 is forthcoming in Transformative Works and Cultures), and online shaming. But for the better part of five-ish years, my life has revolved around trolls and the trolls who troll them.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Greg Downey
Scoop.it!

In the Journals… New Year’s edition | Somatosphere

New post (by me) up on @somatosphere: current articles in #medical #anthropology and med. #sociology journals http://t.co/ZtZP7GPB #ecrchat
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Greg Downey
Scoop.it!

Steve Fleming – Neuroscience challenges criminal law

Steve Fleming – Neuroscience challenges criminal law | Neuroanthropology | Scoop.it
Neuroscience is changing the meaning of criminal guilt. That might make us more, not less, responsible for our actions
Greg Downey's insight:

Great long piece on the ways that understandings of automatic action, semi-consciousness and even extremely small brain insults (like tiny tumours or other inconsistencies) might be considered in legal cases as mitigating criminal liability. Well worth a read.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Greg Downey
Scoop.it!

Steelcase's Anthropologist On Remaking Offices To Create Happier Workers

Steelcase's Anthropologist On Remaking Offices To Create Happier Workers | Neuroanthropology | Scoop.it
You text, you Gchat, you hop on Facebook--why? To communicate. Soon you find yourself turning the phone off, going invisible, and signing out of your social networks--why?
Greg Downey's insight:

Anthropologist Donna Flynn leads a 19-member research group that explores office design to understand how changing (and not changing) patterns of work affect the design of office furniture and furnishings. Called WorkSpace Futures, this applied anthropology effort shows how research can influence design, for example, recognizing how workers use a 'palette of place' to create a variety of work spaces.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Greg Downey
Scoop.it!

India’s Fatal Rape Was Typical in a Country That Degrades Women

India’s Fatal Rape Was Typical in a Country That Degrades Women | Neuroanthropology | Scoop.it
Any woman in India could have suffered the fate of the victim of a brutal rape and murder last month, writes Anuradha Roy.
Greg Downey's insight:

I repost a link to this because of the stunning evidence of convicted, charged, or suspected rapists who have been elected to Parliament. Candidates being charged with rape who are still successful in bids to gain public office; officials who are accused but keep their posts -- it's a recipe for ineffective policy in the face of clear mistreatment of women.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Greg Downey
Scoop.it!

Folkstreams free archive of folk/roots culture documentaries

Folkstreams free archive of folk/roots culture documentaries | Neuroanthropology | Scoop.it
Folkstreams is an incredible online archive of documentary films about American folk and roots music and culture including "Born From Hard Luck," excerpted above.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Greg Downey
Scoop.it!

Why should academics get involved in outreach?

Why should academics get involved in outreach? | Neuroanthropology | Scoop.it
Given my pretty hefty catalogue of outreach projects it will be of little surprise to most readers that I'm very much in favour of scientific communication.
Greg Downey's insight:

Practical and philosophical reasons to do more academic outreach.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Greg Downey
Scoop.it!

Anthropology of an American high school

Anthropology of an American high school | Neuroanthropology | Scoop.it
“We spent five months at Harper High School in Chicago, where last year alone 29 current and recent students were shot. 29.
Greg Downey's insight:

This American Life goes into a high school in Chicago to see what it's like to live in the midst of gun violence. Two part audio story.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Greg Downey
Scoop.it!

Anthropology Inc.

Anthropology Inc. | Neuroanthropology | Scoop.it
Forget online surveys and dinnertime robo-calls. A consulting firm called ReD is at the forefront of a new trend in market research, treating the everyday lives of consumers as a subject worthy of social-science scrutiny.
Greg Downey's insight:

As a former design consultant, I don't really have an issue with this. My issues with consumer culture and problems with contemporary capitalism (growing inequity, un-sustainability, co-optation of gov't by the wealthy) have zero to do with whether or not anthropologists are helping to design better pasta sauce or watching how folks use their computers. 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Greg Downey
Scoop.it!

This Is Your Brain on Body Language - Forbes

This Is Your Brain on Body Language - Forbes | Neuroanthropology | Scoop.it
The limbic brain plays a key role in all nonverbal communication.
Greg Downey's insight:

"The limbic brain is most responsible for value judgments, and it is the limbic brain that plays the key role in all nonverbal communication. A fact which explains why (even though there are many culturally-influenced body language signals) an athlete’s nonverbal display of victory and defeat, and all other limbic-induced body language signals, are the same around the world."


Again, interesting research, but man I wish we could write about them without referring to the 'repetilian brain' stuff. Is it really that hard to understand conserved brain function without resorting to the idea that there are three brains?

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Greg Downey
Scoop.it!

Quest to Model the Human Brain Nets a Billion Euros - Singularity Hub

Quest to Model the Human Brain Nets a Billion Euros - Singularity Hub | Neuroanthropology | Scoop.it
Singularity Hub
Quest to Model the Human Brain Nets a Billion Euros
Singularity Hub
Is a billion euros enough to understand the human brain? The Human Brain Project thinks it's a good start, and evidently the European Commission agrees.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Greg Downey
Scoop.it!

The Destruction of Conscience in the National Academy of Sciences » Counterpunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

The Destruction of Conscience in the National Academy of Sciences » Counterpunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names | Neuroanthropology | Scoop.it
The Destruction of Conscience in the National Academy of Sciences
Greg Downey's insight:

Marshall Sahlins discusses his resignation from the NAS with David Price, including a discussion of how the defenders of Chagnon refuse to address the core ethnographic and theoretical issues. Instead, the debate is described as 'science' v. 'non-science' so that Chagnon comes across as being persecuted by Marxists or humanists or others who 'hate' science.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Greg Downey
Scoop.it!

Our obsession with 'natural' talent is harming students

Our obsession with 'natural' talent is harming students | Neuroanthropology | Scoop.it
Results released from a major Victorian study on student learning show high achieving children’s performance in tests is “flat-lining”.The study, by Professor Patrick Griffin, followed 36,000 students…...
Greg Downey's insight:

Catherine Scott explores how Australian understandings of talent may be undermining the intellectual resilience and persistence of Australian children who test well, ironically. Draws on ideas from Carol Dweck, an American psychologist, who writes about people's models of how abilities are formed.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Greg Downey
Scoop.it!

Crowdsourcing paleoecology | john hawks weblog

Crowdsourcing paleoecology | john hawks weblog | Neuroanthropology | Scoop.it
Greg Downey's insight:

John Hawks on a novel way to start broader discussions in the lead up to a paleoecology conference. A great way to tweek the whole conference design and produce something more interesting than just ephemera and interaction. Worth considering the idea.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Greg Downey
Scoop.it!

Introducing Field Notes – Contact/Access — Cultural Anthropology

Introducing Field Notes – Contact/Access — Cultural Anthropology | Neuroanthropology | Scoop.it

Welcome to Field Notes. Field Notes is a new section launching as part of the Fieldsights section of the new SCA website which will be organized by Grant Otsuki and Ali Kenner. We see it as an experiment in engaging the SCA community in a discussion on the themes and issues that occupy us as we try to make sense of what we see, hear, and experience as ethnographers, teachers, and public scholars.

Greg Downey's insight:

The journal Cultural Anthropology has been one of the most innovative in creating open, online resources for our field. This new initiative is an attempt to spark conversation with short, thematic posts in conversation. I'll be watching....

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Greg Downey
Scoop.it!

In Quest of an Antidote for Academic Corruption

In Quest of an Antidote for Academic Corruption | Neuroanthropology | Scoop.it
[Originally published in China Daily , November 9, 2012] If the goal of scholarship is to get published, rather than to contribute in a meaningful and substantial way to the growth of knowledge, then...
Greg Downey's insight:

Former Notre Dame colleague Susan Blum writes on the effects of structural influences on individual corruption in academic publishing. She's specifically talking about China, but the issue is much broader.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Greg Downey
Scoop.it!

Branding Uniqueness, Happiness & the Exotic: Ethnic Rituals Anthropologie — C L O S E R

Branding Uniqueness, Happiness & the Exotic: Ethnic Rituals Anthropologie — C L O S E R | Neuroanthropology | Scoop.it
I think this post is not what you expect after reading the title. You are not about to read an introduction into the anthropology of ethnic rituals.
Greg Downey's insight:

Martijn at CLOSER (Anthropology of Muslims in Europe) looks at the way that anthropological symbols have been appropriated into retail branding. On the one hand, lots to be cynical about; on the other, this is, in fact, how symbols and rituals work. But is it a challenge for anthropologists' attempts to brand themselves?

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Greg Downey
Scoop.it!

Special Issue of Anthropology News features two articles on Police

Special Issue of Anthropology News features two articles on Police | Neuroanthropology | Scoop.it
Although there’s been quite a bit of rumbling over the AAA’s “open access” policies over the last several years, one positive development IMHO has been to move the associati...
Greg Downey's insight:

Kevin Karpiak points to a couple of recent pieces on the anthropology of policing in the open access part of Anthropology News.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Greg Downey
Scoop.it!

BBC Radio 4 - The Value of Culture, Culture and the Anthropologists

BBC Radio 4 - The Value of Culture, Culture and the Anthropologists | Neuroanthropology | Scoop.it
Melvyn Bragg considers the importance of culture to the discipline of anthropology.
Greg Downey's insight:

"In 1871 the anthropologist Edward Tylor published Primitive Culture, an enormously influential work which for the first time placed culture at the centre of the study of humanity. His definition of culture as the 'capabilities and habits acquired by man' ensured that later generations saw culture as common to all humans, and not simply as the preserve of writers and philosophers."

more...
No comment yet.