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Podcast Episode #210: “Famous Monks with Bad Breath”

Wednesday, May 13th, 2020

Famous Monks with Bad Breath, Porn Research, Icky Cutesy Research Review, Missing Pieces Research Review, Amorous Ostriches and Exposure at Sea, and The Plastic Pink Flamingo.

In episode #210, Marc Abrahams shows some unfamiliar research studies to Jean Berko GleasonMelissa Franklin, and Richard Baguley. Dramatic readings and reactions ensue.

This episode was also aided and perhaps abetted by the folks at Archie McPhee, who host their own podcast called “Less Talk, More Monkey”.

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1. Jean Berko Gleason encounters:

Statheropoulos, M., A. Agapiou, and A. Georgiadou (2006). ‘Analysis of Expired Air of Fasting Male Monks at Mount Athos.’ Journal of Chromatography B 832: 274–79. 

Mitsikostas, D. D., A. Thomas, S. Gatzonis, A. Ilias, and C. Papageorgiou. (1994). ‘An Epidemiological Study of Headache Among the Monks of Athos (Greece).’ Headache 34 (9): 539–41.

2. Melissa Franklin encounters:

Relative Alpha Desynchronization and Synchronization During Perception of Music,” C.M. Krause, B. Pörn, A.H. Lang, and M. Laine, Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, vol. 40, no. 3, September 1999, pp. 209-15.

Convexification of Different Classes of Non-Convex MINLP Problems,” R. Pörn, I. Harjunkoski, and T. Westerlund, Computers and Chemical Engineering, vol. 23, no. 3, February 28, 1999, pp. 439-48.

The Two-Stage Bayesian Method Used For the T-Book Application,” K. Pörn, Reliability Engineering and System Safety, vol. 51, no. 2, February 1996, pp. 169-79.

Health and Adaptedness,” I. Pörn, Theoretical Medicine, vol. 14, no. 4, December 1993, pp. 295-303.

Reversible Effects of Sphingomyelin Degradation on Cholesterol Distribution and Metabolism in Fibroblasts and Transformed Neuroblastoma-Cells,” M.I. Pörn and J.P. Slotte, Biochemical Journal, vol. 271, no.1, October 1, 1990, pp. 121-6. 

Kierkegaard and the Study of the Self,” I. Pörn, Inquiry, vol. 27, nos. 2-3, 1984, pp. 199-205.

3. Jean Berko Gleason encounters:

Descartes and the Gut: ‘I’m Pink Therefore I Am,’“ D.G. Thompson, Gut, vol. 49, no. 2, August 2001, pp. 165-6.

“Gastrointestinal: Intrathoracic Upside-Down Stomach,” Y. Fujiwara, K. Higuchi, and T. Arakawa, Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, vol. 16, no. 7, July 2001, p. 823.

Vomit Identification By a Pepsin Assay Using a Fibrin Blue-Agarose Gel Plate,” S. Yamada, et al., Forensic Science International, vol. 52, no. 2, January 1992, pp. 215-21. 

A Partially Mummified Corpse With Pink Teeth and Pink Nails,” C. Ortmann and A. DuChesne, International Journal of Legal Medicine, vol. 111, no. 1, 1998, pp. 35-7.

4. Richard Baguley encounters:

Social Perceptions of Individuals Missing Upper Front Teeth,” Mary S. Willis, Cynthia Willis-Esqueda, and Ryan N. Schacht, Perceptual and Motor Skills, vol. 106, no. 2, April 2008, pp. 423–35. 

The Effect of Broken Exhibits on the Experiences of Visitors at a Science Museum,” Elizabeth Kunz Kollmann, Visitor Studies, vol. 10, no. 2, October 2007, pp. 178–91. 

The Missing Bones of Thersites: A Note on Iliad 2.212-19,” R. Clinton Simms, American Journal of Philology, vol. 126, no. 1, Spring 2005, pp. 33–40.

The Mystery of the Missing Toes: Extreme Levels of Natural Mutilation in Island Lizard Populations,” Bart Vervust, Stefan Van Dongen, Irena Grbac, and Raoul Van Damme. Functional Ecology, vol. 23, no. 5, October 2009, pp. 996–1003.

Automated Solutions to Incomplete Jigsaw Puzzles,” Robert Tybon and Don Kerr, Artificial Intelligence Review, vol. 32, nos. 1–4, 2009, pp. 77–99. 

5. Jean Berko Gleason encounters:

Bubier, N. E., C. G. M. Paxton, P. Bowers, and D. C. Deeming. “Courtship behaviour of ostriches (Struthio camelus) towards humans under farming conditions in Britain.” British poultry science 39, no. 4 (1998): 477-481.

Paxton, C. G. M., Erik Knatterud, and Sharon L. Hedley (2005). ‘Cetaceans, Sex and Sea Serpents: An Analysis of the Egede Accounts of a “Most Dreadful Monster” Seen Off the Coast of Greenland in 1734.’ Archives of Natural History 32 (1): 1–9.

6. Marc Abrahams encounters:

Interview with Archie McPhee founder Mark Pahlow about Ig Nobel Prize winner Don Featherstone, creator of the plastic pink flamingo.

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Pocket-Sized #1007: “Bereitschaftspotential”

Saturday, May 9th, 2020

Bereitschaftspotential

In this Pocket-Sized episode #1007, Marc Abrahams shows an unfamiliar research study to Jean Berko Gleason. Dramatic readings and reactions ensue.

The research mentioned in this episode is featured in the special Psychology issue (vol. 26, #1) of the Annals of Improbable Research magazine.

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1. Jean Berko Gleason encounters:

To Jump or Not to Jump—The Bereitschaftspotential Required to Jump into 192-Meter Abyss,” M. Nann, L.G. Cohen, L. Deecke, and S.R. Soekadar, Scientific Reports, vol. 9, no. 1, 2019.

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Pocket-Sized #1006: “Hot Sauce Aggression”

Thursday, May 7th, 2020

Hot Sauce Aggression

In this Pocket-Sized episode #1006, Marc Abrahams shows an unfamiliar research study to Dany Adams. Dramatic readings and reactions ensue.

The research mentioned in this episode is featured in the special Ig: the Triumph of Miss Sweetie Poo issue (Vol. 7, #1) of the Annals of Improbable Research Magazine.

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1. Dany Adams encounters:

A Hot New Way to Measure Aggression: Hot Sauce Allocation,” Joel D. Lieberman, Sheldon Solomon, Jeff Greenberg, and Holly A. McGregor, Aggressive Behavior, vol. 25, 1999, pp. 331–348.

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Pocket-Sized #1005: “Creepiness”

Saturday, May 2nd, 2020

Creepiness

In this Pocket-Sized episode #1005, Marc Abrahams shows an unfamiliar research study to Jean Berko Gleason. Dramatic readings and reactions ensue.

The research mentioned in this episode is featured in the special Psychology issue (vol. 26, #1) of the Annals of Improbable Research magazine.

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1. Jean Berko Gleason encounters:

On the Nature of Creepiness,” Francis T. McAndrew and Sara S. Koehnke, New Ideas in Psychology, vol. 43, December 2016, pp. 10–15.

The Wug Test, Jean Berko Gleason, Larchwood Press, 2019.

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Podcast Episode #209: “Words for Food in Your Mouth”

Wednesday, April 29th, 2020

Words for Food in Your Mouth, an Apple a Day, Eating the Shrew, an Epidemic of Penile Amputations, Reactions to Chicken Nuggets, Ig and Beyond, What Matters in NBA Games, Why Spaghetti, and What Your Gut Says Psychoanalytically.

In episode #209, Marc Abrahams shows some unfamiliar research studies to Jean Berko Gleason, Chris Cotsapas, Kishore Hari, Bruce Petschek, and Ben Lillie. Dramatic readings and reactions ensue.

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1. Jean Berko Gleason encounters:

Texture and Chemical Feeling Descriptors That 6-11 Year Olds and Adults Associate With Food in the Mouth,” N. Oram, Journal of Texture Studies, vol. 29, no. 2, May 1998, pp. 185-97.

Szczesniak, A.S. 1972. “Consumer awareness of and attitudes to food texture: 11. Children and Teenagers,” J. Texture Studies 3, 206-217.

2. Chris Cotsapas encounters:

Apple Consumption is Related to Better Sexual Quality of Life in Young Women,” Tommaso Cai, Mauro Gacci, Fulvio Mattivi, Nicola Mondaini, Serena Migno, Vieri Boddi, Paolo Gacci, Beatrice Detti, Paolo Gontero, Stefano Chiodini, Liliana Mereu, Saverio Tateo, Sandra Mazzoli, Gianni Malossini, and Riccardo Bartoletti, Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics, vol. 290, February 2014, pp. 1-6.

3. Jean Berko Gleason encounters:

See the list of 2013 Ig Nobel Prize winners on the Improbable Research web site.

4. Kishore Hari encounters:

Reaction to Chicken Nuggets in a Patient Taking an MAOI [a Monoamine oxidase inhibitor],” R. Pohl, R. Balon, and R. Berchou, American Journal of Psychiatry, vol. 145, no. 5, 1988, p. 651.

5. Bruce Petschek

Touchscreen Performance and Knowledge Transfer in the Red-Footed Tortoise (Chelonoidis carbonaria),” Julia Mueller-Paul, Anna Wilkinson, Ulrike Aust, Michael Steurer, Geoffrey Hall, and Ludwig Huber, Behavioural Processes, vol. 106, July 2014, pp. 187–92.

An Introduction to the Mechanics of the Lasso,” Pierre-Thomas Brun, Neil Ribe, and Basile Audoly, Proceedings of the Royal Society A, vol. 470, no. 2171, November 8, 2014.

Chimpanzees Prefer African and Indian Music Over Silence,” Morgan E. Mingle, Timothy M. Eppley, Matthew W. Campbell, Katie Hall, Victoria Horner, and Frans B. M. de Waal, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Learning and Cognition, vol. 40, no. 4, 2014, pp. 502–5.

6. Jean Berko Gleason encounters:

Safe Leads and Lead Changes in Competitive Team Sports,” Aaron Clauset,  M. Kogan, and S. Redner, arXiv:1503.03509v1,  11 Mar 2015.

7. Ben Lillie encounters:

Localization of Breakage Points in Knotted Strings,” Piotr Pieranski, Sandor Kasas, Giovanni Dietler, Jacques Dubochet, and Andrzej Stasiak, New Journal of Physics, vol. 3, June 2001, p. 1-13.

8. Jean Berko Gleason encounters:

New Observations on Body Organ Language,” Christian Muller, Psychotherapy and Psychosomics, vol. 42, nos. 1–4, 1984, pp. 124–6

Borborygmi as Markers of Psychic Work During the Analytic Session: A Contribution to Freud’s Experience of Satisfaction and to Bion’s Idea About the Digestive Model for the Thinking Apparatus,” International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, vol. 71, 1990, p. 641–59.

The Emergence of Thinking: Bion as the Link Between Freud and the Neurosciences,” Guy Da Silva, in M. Grignon (Ed.) Psychoanalysis and the Zest for Living: Reflections and Psychoanalytic Writings in Memory of W.C.M. Scott, ESF Publishers, Binghamton, NY, 1998.

“Le Modèle Alimentaire dans la Théorie de la Pensée de Bion: Suivi d’une Application de ce Modèle dans l’Analyse d’un Patient,” Guy Da Silva, Symposium of the Société Psychanalytique de Montréal, Spring 1992.

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