Monthly Archives: June 2018

The strange Marine on the fridge that is me

This blog post was written by Brad Duchaine and has been crossposted from the Psychonomic Society blog. For every cognitive ability, there are individual differences, and in the new special issue of Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications (CRPI), the articles are focused on individual differences in face recognition. Given the universality of individual differences, the existence of differences in… Read more »

Bank tellers, masks, and morphs: Individual differences in face recognition

This blog post was written by Vicki Bruce and has been crossposted from the Psychonomic Society blog. Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications (CRPI) has released the first batch of articles in a special issue dedicated to individual differences in face recognition. Karen Lander, Markus Bindemann, and Vicki Bruce have co-organised this special issue. This post is based on the editorial… Read more »

Controlling epidemics using mobile phone data


Mobile data can be (and has been) used to study a vast number of subjects related to human behavior. One of its potential applications is on epidemics, a complex field that is informed not only by healthcare, but also social interactions and human mobility. In this blog post, Stefania Rubrichi explains the context in which her team used a real mobile phone dataset in an attempt to better understand and tackle the spread of diseases. Their study was just published in the journal EPJ Data Science.

Research into wellness for refugees (and the rest of us)


“Now more than ever, we need to stand with refugees”: that was the United Nations’s official theme on this year’s World Refugee Day.

A desire for health and wellness is one of many (many, many) qualities common to humans, displaced or not—and in recent months, the Journal of International Humanitarian Action has published a slew of novel research relevant to the physical and emotional health of refugees.

How important are open access books to academic authors?


To kick off Academic Book Week in April, Springer Nature held a free event  for researchers exploring open access (OA) books, discussing topics such as why academics publish OA books, how the impact of their research can be tracked, and the future of OA book funding. Researchers in the hard sciences are more familiar with… Read more »