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Sarah's Human Ethology Assignment
Published 2/12/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author Johnna Dominguez
For this social experiment I decided to go to Buffalo Phil’s, a local restaurant and bar located on The Strip. I decided to bring one of my male companions with me so as not to appear too conspicuous while observing people interacting. I wrote all my notes on the Notes app on my phone. To those around me it appeared as though I was texting one of my other friends. However, I’m pretty sure the waitress who was serving my friend and I noticed that I wasn’t texting. She didn’t say anything about it, however. Focal Sampling So for fifteen minutes I had to watch someone in the restaurant. I decided to watch a Caucasian male of about 20 years of age who had dark brown hair and glasses. This male was not dressed up, but was in a fraternity shirt and jeans. This particular male was at a table with two... read more ❯
Alexandria's Human Ethology Assignment
Published 2/12/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author Johnna Dominguez
Focal Sampling Summary My focal subject was a man who was about 27 years old. He was sitting at the bar at Buffalo Phil’s. It was about 8:00 and the bar was full. There was a basketball game on TV but he was not watching it. He was sitting by himself and eating a cheeseburger. A lot of people at the bar were talking to each other and to the bartender but he kept to himself the whole time he was seated there. He didn’t look up much and he was wearing a baseball hat that hid his eyes. He also never took his leather jacket off the entire time he was there. He didn’t pull out his phone once. After each bite he would take a napkin and wipe his hands and wad it up. He had a pile of used napkins by the end of the meals. I was... read more ❯
Raele's Human Ethology Assignment
Published 2/12/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author Johnna Dominguez
Focal In my observations I did a focal sample on a African American male that was well dressed in slacks and a button down shirt, he was reading the newspaper and drinking coffee. He seemed to be a happy man as he was smiling from the time I started watching him. He had amazing posture that was odd for the time of day that I was watching him. I observed him for answer a phone call that took about 5 minutes. After that he sent out two text messages. At the nine minute we made eye contact and continued to do so off and on for about a minute and a half. The 12 minute make I was forced to stop as my specimen came and began to engage me in conversation and tried to get my number. Scan Scanning the room was a little more difficult do to the shape... read more ❯
Victoria's Human Ethology Assignment
Published 2/12/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author Johnna Dominguez
For the human ethology assignment, I went to Rounders Bar on The Strip. When I first arrived, there weren’t many people there so I wasn’t too sure if I was going to get a good outcome. But, as the night when on, the bar started filling up until it was almost impossible to move. For the focal sampling, I stood on the side of the bar by the exit and carefully kept my focus on one brunette girl who was there with what seemed like two or three of her friends. The girl, although underage (there were x’s on her hands), kept sipping from her friend’s drink throughout the first four minutes. The drink was a yellowy color so I’m assuming that it was a Red Bull and vodka. She was wearing a tight banded black skirt and a short, tight crop top tube top that showed part of her... read more ❯
Elizabeth's Human Ethology Assignment
Published 2/12/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author Johnna Dominguez
This past weekend I traveled to New Orleans with a group of friends to celebrate Mardi Gras and a friend’s 21st birthday. Counting myself, there were three girls in the group and we had never been to a strip club. We convinced the boys to take us to one on Bourbon Street, and I saw an opportunity to complete the assignment in a prime location for studying the anthropology of sex. The strip club, Lipstyxx, had the usual (or so I’m told) mix of people, mostly male. The pole and dance platform was in the middle of an octagonally-shaped room, with chairs circling the platform, and tables interspersed throughout the room. The bar is located against the back wall of the room, and a door to the right of the bar leads to the VIP back room. Dancers can be taken to the back room for $40 a lap-dance. One of... read more ❯
Katelyn's Human Ethology Assignment
Published 2/12/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author Johnna Dominguez
General Notes Place- Cowbell’s Bar, Starkville, Mississippi Time- arrived at approximately 12 a.m. and left around 2 a.m. Atmosphere- dimly lit with loud music that can be heard from the outside. Slightly smoky. There is a lot of drinking going on, even by minors who are some how sneaking it by the bouncers. There is a large dance floor that quickly gets crowded. People- The bar is right off the campus of Mississippi State University, so there are a lot of college kids. However, there are a good number of thirty-something adults who probably live in the area. Ride range of people from true blue cowboys to Eminem look-alikes, to scantily clad sorority girls and decked out fraternity guys.  Focal Sampling Summary Subject is a male, who is probably either 19 or 20 years old. He cannot be 21 or older because he does not have the wristband that would enable him to buy drinks from... read more ❯
Jessica's Human Ethology Assignment
Published 2/12/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author Johnna Dominguez
Focal: I went to Rounder’s on Friday where I conducted this experiment. Here I noticed a male probably around 20’s. He was drinking a variety of drinks, but mostly beer. He was with one other guy friend who was also drinking. As far as I could tell both of them were talking to numerous girls. Every time I looked they were talking to a different group of girls. The guy I choose to focus on was dressed nice and seemed to be flashing his “expensive” watch. His posture let everyone know around him that he was confident. To me, he seemed like the cocky jock in high school that knew he could get any girl he wanted. When he wasn’t talking to a variety of girls he stood at the bar and was casually scoping the room. Once he made eye contact with someone he would then go over and begins... read more ❯
Mario Beauregard & the Mystical Mind
In a documentary about his work, The Mystical Brain (Raynauld 2006), neuroscientist Mario Beauregard states something to the effect that even when he was a child, he believed humans possessed some type of soul that was more than the sum of neuroanatomy. Indeed, Beauregard's work takes the vantage that spirituality is more than the neural networks. Mario Beauregard is a neuroscientist affiliated with the Department of Psychology at the University of Arizona. Beauregard received his Ph.D. from the University of Montreal, completed post-docs at the University of Texas Medical School & Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill, & has published a whole buncha science papers & two books, Brain Wars (2012) & The Spiritual Brain (2009). His research focus is on emotions & transcendent states, which he defines as "experiences that extend or lie beyond the limits of ordinary experience" (Beauregard 2011:63). In particular, Beauregard is interested in mystical experiences & cites William... read more ❯
Natural Killers (& Phagocytes), Pathogens, &--er, Chicken Feet
Published 12/16/2012 in Bama Anthro Blog Network
Author Christopher Lynn
The last activity of the semester was designed for us by Emma & Achsah in honor of their presentation about immune response.   There were two teams: natural killers & pathogenic invaders. The objective of the pathogens is to infect the cells, which are tubs guarded by the immune system, by placing colored balloons in them. Each member of the immune system is a different immunoglobulin, represented by the colored toothpicks they carry.  The objective of the immune system is to kill the pathogens that try to infect the cells , which they do by popping the balloons with colored toothpicks.  They can only hold a limited number of colored toothpicks & can only pop balloons with toothpicks of the corresponding color. The immune system's secret weapon, "The Sheriff." The Sheriff... read more ❯
Minimal Counter-Intuitiveness Theory Cheat Sheet
Published 12/13/2012 in Bama Anthro Blog Network
Author Christopher Lynn
Dan Mullins provided HBERGers the following "MCI Theory Cheat Sheet" a few years ago when he got back from India & gave us a presentation on his research.  For a religious ecology researchers, I was shamefully ignorant of the basics of the cognitive science of religion.  I am a little better now.  Dan's talk & this cheat sheet helped a lot.  I'm not sure if he constructed it, so if you recognize it as someone else's intellectual property, please let me know.  BTW, Dan is one of our success stories.  His master's thesis rocked the house around here & got him a prestigious position in the Anthro grad program in Oxford (no, not Old Miss--THEE Oxford, in the UK!). read more ❯

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