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Podcast Episode #203: “Who Can Touch Whom”

Who Can Touch Whom, Head on Brain in Brain, Gueguen and the Goad of Small Things, Clever Contraptions to Capture Crooks, some 2013 Ig Nobel Prize Winners, Fire-Eaters and Punk Rockers, and the Names of Bad Guys.

In episode #203, Marc Abrahams shows some unfamiliar research studies to Jean Berko Gleason, Foster the Cat, Richard Baguley, Robin Abrahams, Andrew Berry, and Chris Cotsapas. Dramatic readings and reactions ensue.

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1. Jean Berko Gleason and her cat Foster encounter:

“Topography of social touching depends on emotional bonds between humans,” Juulia T. Suvilehto, Enrico Glerean, Robin I. M. Dunbar, Riitta Hari, and Lauri Nummenmaa, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, epub 2015.

2. Richard Baguley encounters:

“Henry Head: The Man and His Ideas,” Russell Brain, Brain, vol. 84, no. 4, December 1961, pp. 561–6.

“Some Reflections on Brain and Mind,” Lord Brain, Brain, vol. 86, no. 3, 1963, pp. 381-402.

”A Human Experiment in Nerve Division,” W.H.R. Rivers and Henry Head, Brain, vol. 31, no. 3, 1908, pp. 323–450.

“Clinical Meeting Held May 10, 1923: Case of Right Frontal Tumour; Cracked-pot Percussion Note over Right Frontal Bone; Left Palmar Reflex,” Dr. George Riddoch and Dr. Russell Brain, Brain, vol. 46, no. 2, 1923, p. 246.

“Speech and Cerebral Localization,” Henry Head, Brain, vol. 46, no. 4, 1923, pp. 355–528.

Brain itself eventually produced a small essay about Head and Brain and other editors of Brain.
“Editorial,” Alastair Compston, Brain, vol. 127, 2004, pp. 1689–90.

3. Robin Abrahams encounters:

“Women’s Bust Size and Men’s Courtship Solicitation,” Nicolas Guéguen, Body Image, vol 4, no. 4, December 2007, pp. 386–90. (Thanks to Charles Oppenheim for bringing this to our attention.)

“Bust Size and Hitchhiking: A Field Study,” Nicolas Guéguen, Perceptual and Motor Skills, vol. 105, no. 3, part 2, December 2007, pp. 1294–8. (Thanks to James Randerson for bringing this to our attention.):

“The Effect of Touch on Tipping: An Evaluation in a French Bar,” Nicolas Guéguen and Celine Jacob, International Journal of Hospitality Management, vol. 24, no. 2, 2005, pp. 295–9.

“The Effect of Perfume on Prosocial Behavior of Pedestrians,” Nicolas Guéguen,  Psychological Reports, vol. 88, 2001,  pp. 1046-8.

4. Andrew Berry encounters:

Gustano Pizzo’s U.S. Patent #3811643, “Anti Hijacking System for Aircraft,” granted 1972

Kuo Cheng Hsieh’s U.S. patent #6219959, “Net Trapping System for Capturing a Robber Immediately,” granted 2001

Charl Fourie and Michelle Wong’s “A Security System for a Vehicle” — International Patent WO/1999/032331, granted 1999

J.F. Hurd’s “Pickpocket and Coat-thief Detector”  U.S. patent 477940, granted 1892

Thomas Walsh’s “Fire Alarm Box”  U.S. patent 545141, granted 1895

Martin Plesac’s “Burglar Apparatus”  U.S. patent 978396, granted 1910

5. Jean Berko Gleason encounters:

See Ig Nobel web site

6. Chris Cotsapas encounters:

“Paukenbelüftung durch Aufblasen eines Luftballons mit der Nase” [Middle Ear Ventilation by Blowing up a Balloon with the Nose], [article in German], S. Kaus, Laryngorhinootologie, vol. 71, no. 9, September 1992, pp. 485-6.

“Fire-Eater’s Lung,” P.E. Brander, E. Taskinen, and B. Stenius-Aarniala, European Respiratory Journal, vol. 5, no. 1, January 1992, pp. 112-4.

“Fire-Eater’s Lung: Seventeen Cases and a Review of the Literature,” Thibaut Gentina, Isabelle Tillie-Leblond, Sophie Birolleau, Saidi Faycal, Thierry Saelens, Laurent Boudoux, Daniel Vervloet, Philippe Delaval, and André-Bernard Tonnel, Medicine, Vol.80(5), 2001, pp. 291-297.

“Punk Rocker’s Lung: Pulmonary Fibrosis in a Drug Snorting Fire-Eater,” D.R. Buchanan, D. Lamb, and A. Seaton, British Medical Journal (Clinical Research Edition), vol. 283, no. 6307, Dec. 19, 1981, p. 1661.

7. Jean Berko Gleason encounters:

“Boys Named Sue: Disruptive Children and Their Peers,” David Figlio, Education, Finance and Policy, vol. 2, no. 4, 2007, pp. 376–94.

“First Names and Crime: Does Unpopularity Spell Trouble?” David E. Kalist and Daniel Y. Lee, Social Science Quarterly, vol. 90, no. 1, March 2009, pp. 39–49.

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