Category Archives: recent studies

The extended evolutionary synthesis and the role of soft inheritance in evolution

Last month, Tom Dickins and Qazi Rahman published a provocative review article with the above title in Proc R Soc B (hat tip Emma Cohen): http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/early/2012/05/10/rspb.2012.0273.abstract?papetoc I made a rather longwinded comment about the article on Emma’s Facebook page, which I thought … Continue reading

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Infants’ sense of inequality

Inequality has been much in the news recently with the Occupy protests, with which I have a great deal of sympathy: It has often been argued that people (and even capuchin monkeys!) have an innate sense of fairness, in that … Continue reading

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Does gossip really make people less likeable?

Photograph by kamshots For anyone interested in gossip, there was a little study published by Sally Farley a few days ago in the European Journal of Social Psychology (here are links to the original article and the blog post where … Continue reading

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Imitation and reliability in infants

A recent article by Diane Poulin-Dubois and colleagues at Concordia University is interesting both because it reports on a fascinating area of study (imitation in infants) and because it illustrates several common flaws in experimental psychology. The original article is … Continue reading

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