Blog Log #3

1. Contexts Discoveries, my favorite of this bunch, offers quick, easily-digestible summaries of recent sociological research. They appear in bite size bubbles on the homepage.  Three conclusions I found particularly interesting/random are:

“You might guess that women who play rugby would challenge gender stereotypes, but often their behavior ends up reinforcing gender inequality.”


“If a website mislabels an unpopular song as popular, listeners are more likely to say they like the song. However, there are some truly good songs that people like no matter how they are labeled.”


“What do conservative Christian men and Goths have in common? They’re both expanding the options for being masculine.”

2. Deception Blog

Deception Blog contains a collection of article summaries, news updates, and analyses that relate to current psychological research on deception.  Topics include studies of: voice analysis to detect deception, lie detector tests, witness credibility and the credibility of 911 callers, and lying in a non-native language.

3. Deliberations

Deliberations is a blog about juries and jury trials run by a trial lawyer and jury consultant, formerly of Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren, SC in Milwaukee.  The blog focuses on why juries perceive things the way they do, and how this affects their decisions, and looks at everything from academic studies to the outcomes of recent jury trials to illuminate this topic.

4. Developing Intelligence

Developing Intelligence is a blog by Chris Chatham, a second-year graduate student in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Colorado at Boulder.  To be honest a lot of the content went over my head, but those who know a bit more about cognitive neuroscience may want to check it out.

5. Dr. X’s Free Associations

I’m not entirely clear what’s holding this one together—although I’m guessing by the title “free associations” that I probably shouldn’t be.  Most of the other blogs it links to are psych-related, and most of the substantive articles (i.e. those that aren’t old black and white pictures or videos of cats showing up bears) are as well.

6. Everyday Sociology

Everyday Sociology, my runner-up choice of this group of blogs, contains a variety of posts by sociologists on a range of commonly-discussed issues, such as politics, religion, race, inequality, and links these to pop culture and everyday life.  Recent posts discuss topics such as: colorism, the favoring of lighter-skinned Black Americans with respect to various forms of opportunities, such as employment opportunities; and, the theme of dominance as seen in two recent movies, Avatar and The Blind Side, in which a person from the dominant group “saves” the subordinate group.


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