Wednesday Round Up #62

This week it’s packed – some great stuff up front, plenty on the anthro and the brain sides, art/learning/research and video games, and finally advice if you’re starting out tenure-track.

Top of the List

Research Digest, It’s Those Voodoo Correlations Again … Brain Imagers Accused of “Double Dipping”
More methods problems for imaging researchers – using the same data twice, first to find the area and then to show that area is really the one responsible for whatever hypothesis is at stake. For more commentary, see Neuroskeptic, Mind Hacks, and Newsweek

Chris Patil & Vivian Siegel, This Revolution Will Be Digitized: Online Tools for Radical Collaboration
A hive mind of creative intellects beyond institutional and geographical constraints… Sandy at the Mouse Trap both reacts and provides a condensed version in Science 2.0: What Is and What Needs to Be

Michelle Chen, Color-Blinders: Race, Genes and Justice
Are we post-racial when it comes to inequality? If only. Michelle reacts to William Saletan’s Slate piece, Mental Segregation: Inequality, Racism and Framing

Dave Munger, How Are Numbers Related to Your Body Movements? Depends on How You Read Words
Recognizing numbers, reacting with your hands, and the impact of culture – it’s SNARC in action

Jessica Palmer, Why Has Science Been Neglecting to Study Sin?
The geography of lust and the other deadly delights. See all the maps at Gene Expression. And the original article appeared in the Las Vegas Sun.

Alan Kazdin & Carlo Rotella, The Messy Room Dilemma
Coping with kids and their behavior (i.e., holding onto illusions of changing them) – ideas about reinforcement and advice on “when to ignore behavior, when to change it” from Slate


L.L. Wynn, Making Ethics Training Ethnography Friendly
Great discussion over at Culture Matters of many pertinent issues related to ethnographic methods, ethical work, and human subjects review

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Lende wins 2009 Ganey award

2009 Ganey F. Ganey award winner, Daniel Lende

2009 Ganey F. Ganey award winner, Daniel Lende

Daniel didn’t even mention this to me, but looking for a photo of him for a poster, I came across this press release: our leading contributor also managed to pick up the University of Notre Dame’s 2009 Rodney F. Ganey, Ph.D., Faculty Community-Based Research Award for his many contributions to community-based research at Notre Dame.

Although he’s done a number of community-based research projects and supported student research (some of which we’ve read about on this site), the press release of the award also singles out his innovative design of the course, ‘Researching Disease: Methods in Medical Anthropology.’ In this class, Daniel has teamed up with local organizations like Imani Unidad, African American Women in Touch, Notre Dame Office of Alcohol and Drug Education, and a support group for veterans suffering with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in order to place students where they can do research of real consequence to the local community. As the press release describes:

The research has since enabled community organizations to improve the conditions in hospital waiting rooms, educate the public about PTSD and provide better services to women living with HIV/AIDS. Findings have been published electronically on, and one project was turned into a guide book, “Underneath It All: Humor in Breast Cancer,” which has been used by McKinney-Arnold and Memorial Hospital in South Bend.

If you want to know more, go to the Notre Dame Anthropology news page to check out the video link, or see some of the reports Daniel has posted from the research on, including a number of pieces by the students themselves.

When Pink Ribbons Are No Comfort: On Humor and Breast Cancer
More Than A Waiting Room
Forever at War: Veterans’ Everyday Battles with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
Just a Place to Talk: Women and HIV/AIDS