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Anthropology in Practice

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This Is Your Brain on Disney

I've only been to Disney World once. A few years ago, S and I went for the first time and while I may go back, I'm definitely still recovering. Disney marketing isn't kidding when they say it's the happiest/most magical place on earth—it's intense...

January 31, 2013 — Krystal D'Costa

Speakeasy Smoking? The Making of a Stigma

Fifty years ago, smoking was a matter of preference. (Didn't all the cool kids do it?) Today it's a vice. Smoking has been moralized; and it has gained a heavy social value that we use to judge smokers and leverage to try alter their behavior...

January 14, 2013 — Krystal D'Costa

Likability: Revisiting The Psychology of Liking

Have you Liked anything today? A year ago, I wrote about the psychology behind Liking, noting that Liking a status update on Facebook could help reinforce relationships and Liking articles and media on the web could help build online reputations Liking shows that we're paying attention, and allows us to be recognized as a participant within our networks—regardless of the degree of connectivity we share with others...

September 17, 2012 — Krystal D'Costa

Libraries and e-books

Does your local library offer e-books for loan? It might. But if you aren't sure, you aren't alone: According to a report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project, 12% of e-book readers have actually borrowed an e-book from their local library...

July 29, 2012 — Krystal D'Costa

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