Thursday, January 20, 2011

Editor's Selections: Faking It, Ptolemy, Universal Sound Markers, and Imitation

Here are my ResearchBlogging Editor's Selections for the week:

  • At Design. Build. Play. Frautech investigates whether you can fake it til you make it. The author reports on the effects of assuming a high power stance versus a low power position, and finds some evidence to suggest that they way you carry yourself may matter.
  • Alun has crafted a fantastic defense of 17th-century astronomy--and Ptolemy. He encourages readers to acknowledge the science of the times, and recognize the great strides that advances truly represented.
  • At Speech and Science, Maria Wolters dissects a study claiming to have identified sounds that may be universally associated with happiness and sadness. She skillfully walks readers through the methodology, pointing out alternatives and possible areas for scrutiny.
  • And finally, Michael Plyer of A Replicated Typo discusses the role of imitation in our evolutionary history.  The post highlights overimitation as a sign of our tendency toward social norms.
I'll be back next Thursday with more research from the social sciences.

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