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12 years ago
Check out this narrated animation about the spread of obesity through social networks. In short, the study found that, "Network phenomena appear to be relevant to the biologic and behavioral trait of obesity, and obesity appears to spread through social ties." You can read the complete study in the New England Journal of Medicine. It sounds like
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One of the nice things about working out of a University is having access to tons of expensive content that you don't have to buy directly. I came across JupiterResearch (link via Proxy), which does research on the Internet and emerging consumer technologies. They have a lot of research that could be helpful for both NetGen research and Channel research. Here are some of the reports they have recently put-out:
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Check out this paper from the HP Information Dynamics Laboratory. The researchers, Fu and Huberman, conduct an analysis of Digg to explore the dynamics of collective attention in the virtual sphere. They discovered that most stories in Digg lost their "novelty appeal" within 69 minutes. This finding is not surprising given the way that Digg organizes it stories. However, the researchers assert that the results can also be interpreted to...
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The first paper on the NED project has been completed! If you are interested, download the Word doc. One interesting bit about co-authoring this paper was using Google Docs to write it concurrently with Matthew and Hui Soo. I've used Google Docs for stand-alone writing, but never used the concurrence capabiliti...
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While working on the the NED project, I came across Gaydata.org, which is a data resource for researchers working with LGBT populations. The site is nicely organized- I would hope that NED would eventually result in a useful resource like this.
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If you haven't yet had the opportunity to read the Times piece on the biological and neurological foundations of belief, you may want to check it out. I have been following some of the scientific discussions of the cognitive origins for non-rational thought, such as metaphysical experience (e.g., talking in tongues), and this particular piece cogently pulls together the various themes to explain why people are so predisposed to believe. I couldn't help but us...
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The trip to the Harvard conference was very productive. Adam Seldow (a HGSE doctoral student) was a great host. He gave us a great tour of Cambridge and HGSE (pronounced Hug-See), and Prof. Chris Dede was very generous with his time. Our presentation went well- the entirety of the Q&A period was completely dominated by our project (in a good way). The attendees gave very keen and thoughtful feedback. I'll have some pi...
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13 years ago
Take a look at this recent article in New York Magazine. The article highlights the work of Carol Dweck. Dweck's work has found that praising children for their intelligence–as opposed to acknowledging and encouraging hard work–has a negative impact on that child's development. Though I am interest...
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