Much Ado About Very Little: Angry Everything, Practically [Angry Birds]

A newly published study challenges the often-angry claim that video games make kids more violent. The study is: “Angry Birds, Angry Children, and Angry Meta-Analysts: A Reanalysis,” Luis Furuya-Kanamori [pictured here] and Suhail A. R. Doi, Perspectives on Psychological Science, vol. 11, no. 3, May 2016, pp.  408-414. (Thanks to Neil Martin for bringing this to […]

Little Kids versus (slightly bigger) Robots

Researchers in Japan gave children the opportunity to spontaneously abuse robots, and studied what then happened. (Thanks to Scott Langill for bringing this to our attention.) They produced this video and these studies about that: “Escaping from Children’s Abuse of Social Robots,” Drazen Brscić, Hiroyuki Kidokoro, Yoshitaka Suehiro, and Takayuki Kanda, In Proceedings of the Tenth […]

Housework affects fertility (in Finland)

Anneli Miettinen and colleagues at the Population Research Institute, Väestöliitto, Finland, have, perhaps for the first time, performed a study to examine whether housework might be linked in some way to (in)fertility. Results of their enquiries, published in the May 2015 issue of the journal Acta Sociologica : “[…] show that women’s housework hours were […]

Research on kids’ indifference to, or fear of, Santa Claus

Professor John Trinkaus did several studies documenting the prevalence of indifference or fear among kids visiting Santa Claus in a shopping mall, we remind you. Professor Trinkaus was awarded the 2003 Ig Nobel Prize in literature for for meticulously collecting data and publishing more than 80 detailed academic reports about things that annoyed him (such as: What […]