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December 11, 2010 6:36 PM   Subscribe

Findings: A Daily Roundup of Academic Studies Serious, Sublime, Surreal and Otherwise, compiled by Kevin Lewis
posted by Pater Aletheias (12 comments total) 17 users marked this as a favorite

 
A bit misleading: most (all?) of these studies are about some aspect of religion.
posted by fredludd at 6:57 PM on December 11, 2010


no offense but can the data be available without paying or is this a joke from the good Reverand Collectionplate.
posted by clavdivs at 7:05 PM on December 11, 2010


That just happened to be the theme for the day.
posted by nasreddin at 7:05 PM on December 11, 2010 [1 favorite]


nasreddin: "That just happened to be the theme for the day."

Yes. I appear to have jerked my knee again.
posted by fredludd at 7:10 PM on December 11, 2010


On the other hand, their Wikipedia page is also a bit Sublime, Surreal and Otherwise, compiled by Kevin Lewis and his Evil Twin.
posted by Dumsnill at 7:22 PM on December 11, 2010


the OP and the subject matter are fine by me. it is the dang fees...the basket is like at 1567$-american. Stealing it is 10000000000 years reshelving the same book in library crime purgatory.

unrelated but cute Flickr-Ministry of Reshelving
posted by clavdivs at 7:36 PM on December 11, 2010


no offense but can the data be available without paying or is this a joke from the good Reverand Collectionplate.

They are published studies and therefore copyrighted so only the abstracts can be reprinted on the blog. Subscribe to the journal or go to the library to read the entire article.
posted by fshgrl at 7:38 PM on December 11, 2010


Featured in a recent David Brooks column.
posted by l33tpolicywonk at 7:47 PM on December 11, 2010


But the collection of abstracts/findings is both fun and interesting, so thanks P.A.
posted by Dumsnill at 7:51 PM on December 11, 2010 [1 favorite]


My favorite: your genes determine whether you respond to surveys or not. probably also whether you follow metafilter.

Genetic underpinnings of survey response

This study investigates the influence of genetic factors on survey response behavior. A pool of 558 male and 500 female twin pairs from the Minnesota Twin Registry (MTR) was asked to complete a paper-and-pencil survey of leadership activities. We used quantitative genetics techniques to estimate the genetic, shared environmental, and nonshared environmental effects on people's compliance with the request for survey participation. Results indicated that genetic influences explained 45% of the variance in survey response behavior for both women and men, with little shared environmental effects. Similar estimates were obtained after we partialled out potential confounds including twin closeness, age, and education. The results have important implications for response rates and nonresponse bias in survey-based research.

posted by cogneuro at 8:53 PM on December 11, 2010


A really nice data dump of religion-related abstracts. Thanks!
posted by kozad at 9:37 PM on December 11, 2010


This is great. I would also direct Mefites to enjoy the very similar Barking Up the Wrong Tree, a blog devoted to summarizing findings in behavior, psychology and economics. Barking Up the Wrong Tree is updated daily, and has the added benefit of putting the main point of the finding in boldface, making it an unusually quick and entertaining read.
posted by Faze at 6:28 AM on December 12, 2010 [2 favorites]


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