“猛禽脆弱,” 南方周末, [“Fragile Raptors,” Southern Weekly.] Coauthor. January 25, 2013.
In November 2016, AAAS EurekAlert! began to integrate EurekAlert! Chinese content into its main site. Due to that process, old content – including the three articles below – is currently unavailable.
“Brain Drain (and Gain) Is an Outdated Notion for China,” EurekAlert! Chinese, March 2012.
“Neurocognitive processing of Chinese characters shows similarities with alphabet-based language processing,” EurekAlert! Chinese, December 2011.
“From clones to clouds: The progress of computer forensics in China,” EurekAlert! Chinese, August 2011.
“What causes stuttering?” Probing Questions, Research Penn State, February 2011.
In the movie A Fish Called Wanda, he’s the guy who bungles the old lady’s murder. In My Cousin Vinny, he’s the inept public defender for the accused. People who stutter are so often portrayed in popular media as either incompetent or disturbed that even they find themselves wondering what’s wrong with them. One of the most influential individuals in twentieth century psychology, Sigmund Freud, blamed stuttering on—you guessed it—the parents. It was thought that a stuttering child was possibly mimicking speech quirks of a caregiver or else suffering a neurosis or personality disturbance.
Freud couldn’t have been more wrong, explains Gordon Blood, a Penn State professor of communication sciences and disorders. “Stuttering is a neurophysiological problem, not a psychological problem, but what causes it is still a mystery.” Read more…
“How did Valentine’s Day start?” Probing Questions, Research Penn State, February 2011.
Never mind the 160 million greeting cards that will be purchased for Valentine’s Day this year. Forget about the 35 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolates that will pass from giver to recipient. Long before today’s modern commercialized frenzy, Valentine’s Day was, well, just another day to commemorate a saint. In Catholic tradition practically every day of the year is a saint’s day, so how did Saint Valentine — instead of, say, Saint Sigfrid, whose day is Feb. 15 — become associated with romantic love? Read more…
“Why are resolutions so hard to keep?” Research Penn State, January 2011.
For the person who’s trying to quit smoking, it may be a friend’s offer of a cigarette at the bar one Saturday night that knocks them off track. For someone with a weight loss resolution, it may be that piece of cake at Aunt Ellen’s birthday party in March. Vowing to improve your money management skills? Good luck making it past all those post-holiday sales.
Why are resolutions so hard to keep? Read more…