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Jun 14 2013

Best of the Scout Report for 2013

  • Better Data, Better Health
  • There has been extended discussion about the ways in which better data can improve public health problems such as obesity, rising health care costs, and other areas of concern. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is intimately concerned with the possible applications of “big data”, and this site offers some fine commentary and reporting on this situation. A good place to start is the Q&A with RWJF Chief Technology and Information Officer Steve Downs. “Better Data = Better Health: Stories from the Field” looks at the applications of mobile health applications, GPS sensors in the service of tracking asthma symptoms, and much more. The footer of the site includes sections analyzing how data is transforming the overall health of communities. There are data sets, reports, rankings and access to publicly available reports that include information on the quality of care delivery, patient outcomes, and patient feedback on physicians, hospitals, and cost.

  • Frontline: Digital Nation
  • How is technology changing our lives? It’s a very difficult question to answer, but this engaging program from Frontline takes first steps into this brave new digital world. This website covers various topics such as Family/Children, Foreign Affairs/Defense, Government/Elections/Politics, Race/Multicultural and so on. On a note that appears on the site’s homepage, Rachel Dretzin (the producer) remarks that “Digital Nation is an effort to define this new space and to put some walls around it.” On the homepage, visitors can watch the entire 90-minute program and also view special segments such as Living Faster, Relationships, Waging War, and Virtual Worlds. The Virtual Worlds area is particularly compelling, as it looks at how virtual reality is being used to treat the post-traumatic stress disorder experienced by soldiers.

    [Source: Scout Report]

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May 16 2013

Free topical journal articles from Policy Press

Free topical journal articles of the month of May are:

[Source: The Policy Press]

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Feb 21 2013

Free topical journal articles from Policy Press

Free topical journal articles of the month of February are:

[Source: The Policy Press]

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Sep 28 2012

Free Highly Cited Papers from Demography

Demography presents the highest quality original research of scholars in a broad range of disciplines, including anthropology, biology, economics, geography, history, psychology, public health, sociology, and statistics. The journal encompasses a wide variety of methodological approaches to population research. Its geographic focus is global, with articles addressing demographic matters from around the planet. Its temporal scope is broad, as represented by research that explores demographic phenomena spanning the ages from past to present, and reaching toward the future.

2011 Impact Factor: 1.931

These recent articles have been highly cited and are available to read for free until September 30th, 2012:

HKUL users can continue to access the journal via http://library.hku.hk/record=b1391568

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May 03 2010

Psychology Headlines Around the World from Socialpsychology.org

  1. What Does a Terrorist Look Like?
  2. Empathy and Violence Have Similar Circuits in the Brain, Research Suggests
  3. Psychologists Search For Secret Of Happiness At Work
  4. Self-Esteem Drops After Retirement
  5. Shoppers choose green products to improve social status, says study
  6. Bullies’ Behavior Driven By Pursuit Of Status And Affection
  7. Online Ostracism Damages Children’s Self Esteem
  8. The women who want to be obese
  9. Research Suggests That If You Are True To Yourself, Better Romantic Relationships Will Follow
  10. Memory And Learning: Recent Research

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Jun 18 2009

Psychology Headlines Around the World From Socialpsychology.org

  1. New Test Could Help Diagnose Early Dementia
  2. Born in male body, Jenny knew early that she was a girl
  3. Anti-smoking bill aims at stopping teens
  4. FDA panel OKs 3  for kids
  5. The award no ad-man wants to win: the Sexist Piggy Prize
  6. Experts Reveal Best Ways to Save an Aging Brain
  7. Concussion Experts: For Kids — No Sports, No Schoolwork, No Text Messages
  8. Predictive Powers: A Robot That Reads Your Intention?
  9. Can Light Therapy Improve Your Sexual Functioning? New Promising Data
  10. ‘Mindfulness’ meditation being used in hospitals and schools
  11. It May Be Because Men Typically Initiate Relationships, New Research Says
  12. Deep brain stimulation being tested with brain injury, Alzheimer’s, obesity and more
  13. You’re More Likely A Conservative If You Are Easily Grossed Out, Suggests Cornell Psychologist
  14. When Not Fatal, Lightning Leaves Significant Physical And Mental Scars
  15. Psychiatric Drugs For Kids Scrutinized

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