“Volunteers performed three 1-minute sequences of continuous chest compressions on a manikin accompanied by No Music, repeated choruses of ‘Achy Breaky Heart’ and ‘Disco Science’.” This and other country music insights — and lots of other things — turn up in this week’s Improbable Research podcast.
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This week, Marc Abrahams tells about:
- The effect of country music on suicide. (“The Effect of Country Music on Suicide,” Steven Stack and James Gundlach, Social Forces, volume 71, number 1, September 1992, on pp. 211-8. / “Comments on Stack and Gundlach’s “The Effect of Country Music on Suicide:” An “Achy Breaky Heart” May Not Kill You,” Gary W. Mauk, Matthew J. Taylor, Karl R. White, and T. Scott Allen, Social Forces, vol. 72, no. 4, 1994, pp. 1249-1255. / “Achy Breaky Makey Wakey Heart? A Randomised Crossover Trial of Musical Prompts,” Malcolm Woollard, Jason Poposki, Brae McWhinnie, Lettie Rawlins, Graham Munro, and Peter O’Meara. Emergency Medicine Journal, 2011. Featuring a dramatic reading by Jean Berko Gleason.) Here’s video of a young man effectively singing country music about suicide:
- Medical Research Review. (“Acute Conjunctival Inflammation Following Contact with Squashed Spider Contents,” Geoffrey K. Isbister, American Journal of Ophthalmology, vol. 136, no. 3, September 2003, pp. 563-4. / “Ear Candles — Efficacy and Safety,” Daniel R. Seely, Suzanne M. Quigley, and Alan W. Langman, Laryngoscope, vol. 106, no. 10, October 1996, pp. 1226-9. / “Nonarteritic Ischemic Optic Neuropathy Developing Soon After Use of Sildenafil (Viagra): A Report of Seven New Cases,” Howard D. Pomeranz and Abdhish R. Bhavsar, Journal of Neuro-Opthamology, vol. 25, no. 1, March 2005, pp. 9-13. Featuring dramatic readings by Daniel Rosenberg.)
- Guéguen and the goad of small things. (“Women’s Bust Size and Men’s Courtship Solicitation,” Nicolas Guéguen, Body Image, vol 4, no. 4, December 2007, pp. 386–90. / “Bust Size and Hitchhiking: A Field Study,” Nicolas Guéguen, Perceptual and Motor Skills, vol. 105, no. 3, part 2, December 2007, pp. 1294–8. / “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. Featuring dramatic readings by Robin Abrahams.)
The mysterious John Schedler perhaps did the sound engineering this week.
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