Mapping Honesty and Property Crime

Sep 18, 2016 by

[This post was originally published in October 2013] Honesty, like other personality traits, is notoriously difficult to test, let alone map. A rather ingenious new study attempted to measure honesty in an unusual way. Instead of...

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The Geography of Sin

Sep 18, 2016 by

[This post was originally published in February 2012] As discussed in earlier posts, abstract concepts such as personality or happiness can be mapped. A few years ago, geographers from Kansas State University tried to map the spatial...

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The Geography of Happiness—According to Twitter

Sep 18, 2016 by

[This post was originally published in March 2013] A recent study, conducted by researchers at the University of Vermont, once again looked into the question of where happy people live. Previous studies on the geography of...

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Problems with “Geography of Personality” Research

Sep 18, 2016 by

[This post was originally published in November 2012] While research on the geography of personality, such as the 2008 study by Rentfrow and colleagues, published in Perspectives on Psychological Science and described in the previous...

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The United States of Mind

Sep 18, 2016 by

[This post was originally published in November 2012] When I moved from upstate New York to California some five years ago, the culture shock was almost as significant as when I had moved from Russia to Israel, then to Canada, then...

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Turkey, Shmurkey! — A Response to Das et al. (2016)

Jun 10, 2016 by

As promised in an earlier post, I am presenting here an informal response to the article, published recently in Genome Biology and Evolution by Paul Wexler, Eran Elhaik and colleagues (henceforth, Das et al. 2016). To summarize my...

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Religiosity in Russia

May 6, 2016 by

[Thanks to Boris Denisov and Martin Lewis for helpful discussions of these issues.] A recent question from a student about just how religious Russians really are has sent me to look for statistics on this issue. As sociologists of...

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