Podcast Episode #200: “Disgusting Sounds?”

Disgusting Sounds, Cello Scrotum, Hole Shapes, Headless Mannequins, Medical Oddities, Grateful Dead, Cool Noses, and Black Dress Temperatures.

The Improbable Research podcast is back! In episode #200 (the first episode in the new series!), Marc Abrahams shows some unfamiliar research studies to Jean Berko Gleason, Chris Cotsapas, Melissa Franklin, Robin Abrahams, and Richard Baguley. Dramatic readings and reactions ensue.

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1. Jean Berko Gleason encounters:

“Analysis of Chewing Sounds for Dietary Monitoring,” Oliver Amft, Mathias Stäger, Paul Lukowicz, and Gerhard Tröster, UbiComp 2005: Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing, Tokyo, Japan, 11–14 September 2005, pp. 56–72.

“Food Crushing Sounds: An Introductory Study,” B.K. Drake, Journal of Food Science, vol. 28, no. 2, 1963, pp. 233–41.

“Gnathosonics: A Study of Sounds Produced by the Masticatory Mechanism,” D.M. Watt, Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry, vol. 16, no. 1, 1966, pp. 73–82.

2. Chris Cotsapas encounters:

“Guitar Nipple,” P. Curtis, British Medical Journal, April 27, 1974, p. 226.

“Cello Scrotum,” J.M. Murphy, British Medical Journal, May 11, 1974, p. 335.  / “‘Cello Scrotum’ Questioned,” Philip E. Shapiro, Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, vol. 24, no. 4, April 1991, p. 665. 

Cello Scrotum Confession,” Elaine Murphy and John M. Murphy, British Medical Journal, January 27, 2009, p. 288.

“Pseudo-Cello Scrotum?” Anand Deshpande, British Medical Journal, vol. 388, January 27, 2009, p. 288.

3. Melissa Franklin encounters:

“The Shape of Holes,” Marco Bertamini and Camilla J. Croucher, Cognition, vol. 87, no. 1, 2003, pp. 33–54.

“Holes,” David Kellogg Lewis and Stephanie R. Lewis, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, vol. 48: 206-12; reprinted in Lewis, D. K. (1983). Philosophical Papers, vol. 1. New York: Oxford University Press, 1970, pp. 3–9.

“Information Concentration Along the Boundary Contours of Naturally Shaped Solid Objects,” J.F. Norman, F. Phillips, and H. E. Ross, Perception, vol. 30, 2001, pp. 1285–94.

4. Robin Abrahams encounters:

“Does the presence of a mannequin head change shopping behavior?” Annika Lindström, Hanna Berg, Jens Nordfält, Anne L. Roggeveen, Dhruv Grewal, Journal of Business Research, vol. 69, no. 2, 2016, pp. 517-524.

5. Richard Baguley encounters:

“What to Do If It Gets ‘Bigger'”, C. Kouriefs and N.A. Watkin, Annals of The Royal College of Surgeons of England, vol. 85, no. 2, March 2003, pp. 126–8.

“Serotonin Transporter Promoter Region (5-HTTLPR) Polymorphism is Associated with the Intravaginal Ejaculation Latency Time in Dutch Men with Lifelong Premature Ejaculation,” Journal of Sexual Medicine, Paddy K.C. Janssen, Steven C. Bakker, Janos Réthelyi, Aeilko H. Zwinderman, Daan J. Touw, Berend Olivier, and Marcel D. Waldinger, vol. 6, 2009, pp. 276–84.

“Effect of Different Types of Textiles on Sexual Activity. Experimental Study,” Ahmed Shafik, European Urology, vol. 24, no. 3, 1993, pp. 375–80.

Excrement in the Late Middle Ages— Sacred Filth and Chaucer’s Fecopoetics, Susan Signe Morrison, Palgrave Macmillan, New York, 2008.

On Bullshit, Harry G. Frankfurt, Princeton University Press, Princeton, 2005.

“A Kind Word for Bullshit: The Problem of Academic Writing,” Philip Eubanks and John D. Schaeffer, College Composition and Communication, vol. 59, no. 3, February 2008, pp. 272–88.

“Picadura de Anémona en Pene” [article in Spanish], J.M. Janeiro Pais, et al., Actas Urológicas Españolas, vol.  32, no. 8, September 2008, p. 864.

6. Melissa Franklin encounters:

“An Experiment in Dream Telepathy with ‘The Grateful Dead’,” Stan Krippner, Monte Ullman and Bob Van de Castle, Journal of the American Society of Psychosomatic Dentistry and Medicine, vol. 20, no. 1, 1973, pp. 9-17.

7. Richard Baguley encounters:

“The Air-Conditioning Capacity of the Human Nose,” Sara Naftali, Moshe Rosenfeld, Michael Wolf, and David Elad, Annals of Biomedical Engineering, vol. 33, no. 4, 2005, pp. 545–53.

“The Cooling Power of the Pigeon Head,” Robert St. Laurent and Jacques Larochelle, Journal of Experimental Biology, vol. 194, 1994, pp. 329–39.

8. Jean Berko Gleason encounters:

“Why Do Bedouins Wear Black Robes in Hot Deserts?” Amiram Shkolnik, C. Richard Taylor, Virginia Finch, and Arieh Borut, Nature, vol. 283, 1980, pp. 373–75.

“Penetrance of Cattle Coats by Radiation,” John C. D. Hutchinson and Graham D. Brown, Journal of Applied Physiology, vol. 26, no. 4, 1969, pp. 454–64.

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