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January 16, 2010

GREAT MOMENTS IN RESEARCH

From Improbable Research


"Athletes, Doctors, and Lawyers with First Names Beginning with 'D' Die Sooner," Ernest L. Abel and Michael L. Kruger, Death Studies, vol. 34, no. 1, January 2010 , pp. 71-81 The authors, at Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, report: "a possible explanation for the association between names and longevity may be the influence of names on self esteem, which in turn can affect health and well-being…. Two additional possible explanations are related to socioeconomic status. One is that parents from low socioeconomic status backgrounds may be more likely to give their children names beginning with D than are parents from higher socioeconomic status backgrounds, and that the differences in longevity associated with names are due to these differences. The other is that parents may give D names to their less healthy children."


Mongolian Gerbil psychoacoustics have been under investigation for several years now by Dr. Joan Sinnott, Endowed Professor of Research at the Psychology Department, University of South Alabama, US. And now, for the first time - an experiment has quantified gerbils' ability to recognize vowel sounds in human speech. The study finds that Gerbils easily learn to differentiate the spectrally-dissimilar vowels /u/ versus /i/ . . . And, with suitable training, gerbils can even differentiate between similar-sounding vowels such as /a/ versus /ae/.


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