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Welcome to my blog page.  Click the red tags to filter all entries on this topic.  Here is a chance to:
  • Read up on some of the projects I am working on
  • Recap on research that underpins my training and lectures
  • Share some intriguing research findings
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July 1, 2019

A big thanks to my friend and colleague Colin Mackell for forwarding me this interesting article.  In it the fantastic Prof Nick Heather reflects on definitions and diagnostic issues and considers what is addiction?  For a really interesting review of the subject click...

April 5, 2019

The National Science Foundation supported the study, which included an Oregon State University geographer and was led by Nicholas Magliocca from University of Alabama. The collaboration also included researchers from The Ohio State University, Northern Arizona Universi...

September 4, 2018

For the first time, Temple University researchers have used machine learning to rank the most important determinants of future affluence. Education and occupation were the best predictors -- but surprisingly, a person's ability to delay instant gratification was also a...

January 8, 2018

In training and adolescent development I often refer to the emotional brains inability to see the future.  As a result, the more distant the individuals perception is of the future, the more impulsive they tend to be as actions in the here and now come without implicat...

January 2, 2018

Punishment might not be an effective means to get members of society to cooperate for the common good, according to a social dilemma experiment.  A game to study human behavior has shown punishment is an ineffective means for promoting cooperation among players. The re...

August 18, 2017

Nudge theory, a short hand for behavioral economics, has become increasingly popular in terms of understanding how to shape positive behaviors through environmental and policy change.  A new large scale report examines it application in health care settings with some i...

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