…and while the demons are still out and about, before the Saints come marching in…

For one last entry for Halloween, here’s a link to one of my older articles  entitled, “Eugene, a ghost with a sense of irony…”

https://goodsciencewriting.wordpress.com/2012/07/03/and-lets-certainly-not-neglect-the-paranormal/

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Best of PubMed, Halloween Special part 3: Monsters & co.

An acute anxiety state in an adolescent precipitated by viewing a horror movie.
Mathai J.
J Adolesc. 1983 Jun;6(2):197-200.
PMID: 6886163

Frankenstein and the hot potato.
Leeder S.
Aust N Z J Public Health. 1999 Jun;23(3):227-8.
PMID: 10388161

Who can control this son of Frankenstein?
Nazer G.
Nurs Mirror. 1979 May 3;148(18):7.
PMID: 255283

[Why is doctor Jekyll a physician? …and how closely related is he to Frankenstein?].
Schöldström U.
Lakartidningen. 1998 Mar 4;95(10):1028-30. Swedish.
PMID: 9528256

Dr. Frankenstein, I presume? Who’s to kill, or should we kill the monster we have created?
Prior JT.
N Y State J Med. 1981 Jul;81(8):1266-8.
PMID: 6789258

The monster in the server room.
Gentry R.
Dermatol Nurs. 2008 Aug;20(4):311-2.
PMID: 18819227

Bug-eyed monster.
Dowd C.
Nurs Stand. 1997 Nov 5-11;12(7):16.
PMID: 9418444

Chasing the monster.
Cordell T.
N C Med J. 2007 Sep-Oct;68(5):331-2.
PMID: 18183752

A monster problem meets its match when the Monster Cigarette comes to town!
[No authors listed]
Mich Nurse. 2003 Apr;76(4):12-3.
PMID: 12764943

The monster has a name.
Harrelson SL.
J Pract Nurs. 1995 Sep;45(3):15-7.
PMID: 7494200

The monster test.
LEHMAN E.
Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1960 Nov;3:535-44.
PMID: 13760440

What do you do with little monsters?
Peyraud AP.
CAL. 1971 Oct;34(4):14-8.
PMID: 4256358

There’s a new monster in my office.
Layman GA.
Dent Econ. 1975 May;65(5):23-6.
PMID: 1055086

Jan lives with “the monster”.
Carlson J.
Australas Nurses J. 1972 May;1(11):8.
PMID: 4483943

When the “Martinsburg Monster” picks you out.
Martinson R.
Dent Manage. 1968 Feb;8(2):34-44.
PMID: 5236517

[The good monster Cyborg].
[No authors listed]
Riv Med Aeronaut Spaz. 1967 Jul-Sep;30(3):354-63. Italian.
PMID: 5597660

Taming the monster in the chair.
Peyraud AP.
CAL. 1965 Nov;28(5):1-7.
PMID: 4221033

Feeding the monster in the middle.
Waldrop MM.
Science. 1989 Jan 27;243(4890):478.
PMID: 17799183

A pestilent monster on prowl.
Mathew NM.
Health Millions. 1998 Jan-Feb;24(1):2.
PMID: 12348527

[The history of the speckled monster].
Rimar Y.
Harefuah. 2006 Aug;145(8):611-6, 629. Hebrew.
PMID: 16983849

Country doctor and speckled monster.
Empson J.
Nature. 1996 May 2;381(6577):26.
PMID: 8609981

Extinction of the speckled monster celebrated in 1996.
Copeman PW.
J Med Biogr. 1998 Feb;6(1):39-42.
PMID: 11619875

Taming the measurement monster.
Spath PL.
Front Health Serv Manage. 2007 Summer;23(4):3-14.
PMID: 17621923

The monster at our door.
Samuelson RJ.
Newsweek. 2006 Sep 18;148(12):51.
PMID: 17037901

Fighting the monster.
Maxmen A.
Nature. 2010 Jul 15;466(7304):S18-9. doi: 10.1038/nature09243.   Erratum in: Nature. 2010 Aug 26;466(7310):1134.
PMID: 20631699

Should we be afraid of the Green Monster?
Rumbaugh K.
Crit Care Med. 2009 May;37(5):1826-7.
PMID: 19373066

An unidentified monster in the bed.
Ginsberg D.
Mcgill J Med. 2009 Jan;12(1):31-8.
PMID: 19753285

The cookie monster.
Reece RL.
Conn Med. 2011 May;75(5):307.
PMID: 21678847

Monsters under the bed.
Wallis L.
Nurs Stand. 1999 Nov 3-9;14(7):18-9.
PMID: 11075117

Where monsters hide.
Shaw BW Jr.
Liver Transpl. 2001 Oct;7(10):928-32.
PMID: 11679995

Attack of the pocket monsters: no lasting effects.
Faught E.
Epilepsy Curr. 2004 Sep-Oct;4(5):198-9.
PMID: 16059499

Monsters at the gate: are you making people barf?
Dick T.
JEMS. 2005 Sep;30(9):26.
PMID: 16373096

Love and other monsters: an introduction.
Smith HF.
Psychoanal Q. 2006 Jul;75(3):685-8.
PMID: 16924970

Monsters are people too.
Levy J, Foulsham T, Kingstone A.
Biol Lett. 2013 Feb 23;9(1):20120850.
PMID: 23118434

Magnetic resonance imaging monsters and surgical vampires.
Schaefer GR, Matus HL, Goetz C, Arora VM.
Arch Surg. 2011 Nov;146(11):1333; author reply 1333-4. doi: 10.1001/archsurg.2011.284.   Erratum in: Arch Surg. 2012 Jan;147(1):56.
PMID: 22106330

RAINFALL AND MONSTERS.
LEES B.
Clin Med (Northfield Il). 1964 Jan;71:17-8.
PMID: 15446101

Monsters, monitors and the merry mousketeers.
Worley E.
Am J Nurs. 1969 Jul;69(7):1443-5.
PMID: 5192668

Closet monsters.
Alty CT.
RDH. 1995 Nov;15(11):30-1.
PMID: 9534477

[A defense against the troll?].
Migotto C.
G Ital Nefrol. 2012 Jan-Feb;29(1):9. Italian.
PMID: 22388897

Controlling the troll.
Kalil AC, Lyden E, Stoner J.
Ann Intern Med. 2006 Mar 21;144(6):457-8; author reply 458.
PMID: 16549868

My daughter is a Klingon.
Bennett HJ.
J Fam Pract. 1994 Sep;39(3):295-6.
PMID: 8077912

The invisible woman.
Krausz R.
Int J Psychoanal. 1994 Feb;75 ( Pt 1):59-72.
PMID: 8005765

Shrunken head (tsantsa): a complete forensic analysis procedure.
Charlier P, Huynh-Charlier I, Brun L, Hervé C, de la Grandmaison GL.
Forensic Sci Int. 2012 Oct 10;222(1-3):399.e1-5. doi: 10.1016/j.forsciint.2012.06.009. Epub 2012 Jun 27.
PMID: 22742740

Superzilla.
Dick T.
EMS Mag. 2008 Oct;37(10):32.
PMID: 18959334

Cow costume not (always) required.
Putre L.
Hosp Health Netw. 2013 Jul;87(7):65.
PMID: 23961591

 

Best of PubMed: Halloween Special part 2: Vampires, ghosts, zombies, the devil et al.

Influence of Valentine’s Day and Halloween on birth timing.
Levy BR, Chung PH, Slade MD.
Soc Sci Med. 2011 Oct;73(8):1246-8. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2011.07.008. Epub 2011 Jul 28.
PMID: 21880409

Goblins go “owwww”. Kids who eat all their candy could go home with more than a stomachache.
Gupta S.
Time. 2003 Nov 3;162(18):99.
PMID: 15069841

Halloween psychosis.
Schwartz J.
J Am Geriatr Soc. 1992 Mar;40(3):297.
PMID: 1538053

Halloween eye safety.
[No authors listed]
Optometry. 2007 Oct;78(10):560-1.
PMID: 17982807

Vampire wedding.
[No authors listed]
Nature. 1992 May 21;357(6375):192.
PMID: 1589016

Hereditary somnambulism in Dracula.
Altschuler EL.
J R Soc Med. 2003 Jan;96(1):51-2.
PMID: 12519810

Fear of reproduction and desire for replication in Dracula.
Colatrella C.
J Med Humanit. 1996 Fall;17(3):179-89.
PMID: 11613544

[The blood of the dead].
THOMASSET J.
Avenir Med. 1951 Apr;48(4):70-1. Undetermined Language.
PMID: 14820730

The patients from hell.
Radcliffe M, Cort L.
Nurs Times. 2001 Oct 11-17;97(41):22-4.
PMID: 11966017

Letters of thanks from hell.
Silverman K.
Soc Sci Inf (Paris). 1983;22(6):947-68.
PMID: 11618145

I, zombie.
Skokowski P.
Conscious Cogn. 2002 Mar;11(1):1-9.
PMID: 11883985

Turning patients into zombies.
Raspberry W.
Washington Post. 1978 Dec 11:A25.
PMID: 11648952

The ethnobiology of the Haitian zombi.
Davis EW.
J Ethnopharmacol. 1983 Nov;9(1):85-104.
PMID: 6668953

Attack of the email zombies!
Schorle T.
Pa Dent J (Harrisb). 2012 Nov-Dec;79(6):33-4.
PMID: 23495487

I, zombie.
Skokowski P.
Conscious Cogn. 2002 Mar;11(1):1-9.
PMID: 11883985

Zombies in the night.
Lenaghan J.
Nurs Stand. 1997 Jun 25;11(40):17.
PMID: 9277186

Snow White and the zombies.
Palmer B.
Eur Eat Disord Rev. 2008 May;16(3):245. doi: 10.1002/erv.874.
PMID: 18438980

Voodoo Barbie and the dental office.
Neiburger EJ.
N Y State Dent J. 2001 Jun-Jul;67(6):26-7.
PMID: 11501242

Entertaining Satan.
Demos J.
Am Herit. 1978;29(5):14-23.
PMID: 11631374

Supping with the devil.
Carrington AC.
Br J Theatre Nurs. 1994 Sep;4(6):33.
PMID: 7633080

Proliferating principles; or how to sup with the devil without getting eaten.
Leader N.
Disasters. 1998 Dec;22(4):288-308. Review.
PMID: 9874895

[The devil takes the hindmost].
Ritz E.
Dtsch Med Wochenschr. 2006 Apr 13;131(15):803. German.
PMID: 16607598

The orbit, the devil and the ageing cheek.
Paridaens D.
Orbit. 2007 Sep;26(3):145-6.
PMID: 17891641

The name of the devil.
Wing KT.
Cleve Clin J Med. 2008 Dec;75(12):845-6.
PMID: 19097288

The night of the red devil.
McLean J.
Nurs Mirror Midwives J. 1972 May 26;134(21):22.
PMID: 4482818

The red devil revisited.
Plana JC.
JACC Cardiovasc Imaging. 2013 Aug;6(8):886-8.
PMID: 23948379

Keeping details from the devil.
Boyce N.
US News World Rep. 2003 Mar 10;134(7):62.
PMID: 12645478

Beware cloth devils
Greenhalgh T.
BMJ. 2000 Jul 8;321(7253):123A.
PMID: 10884274

Does the devil wear prada or flip-flops? Flip-flops or ties?
Hitchcock BJ, Hagerman XY.
Mark Health Serv. 2010 Spring;30(2):32.
PMID: 20550005

[How the Devil got into a school in Brittany].
Nau JY.
Rev Med Suisse. 2012 Dec 19;8(367):2462-3. French.
PMID: 23346754

The face of the devil finally revealed.
Abdullgaffar B.
Int J Surg Pathol. 2013 Apr;21(2):149. doi: 10.1177/1066896912475081.
PMID: 23516168

The devil in Dolores’ dentition.
Horseman RE.
J Calif Dent Assoc. 2006 Mar;34(3):258, 257.
PMID: 16895081

The devil (and the doodles) is in the details.
Sullivan-Fowler M.
Watermark (Arch Libr Hist Health Sci). 2008;32(1):12-4.
PMID: 21355341

On being possessed by the devil.
Ujhely GB.
Perspect Psychiatr Care. 1972;10(5):202-9.
PMID: 4487643

Child of the Devil.
Frank HF.
Can Med Assoc J. 1956 Nov 1;75(9):778. English, French.
PMID: 20325369

The devil in the dark chocolate.
[No authors listed]
Lancet. 2007 Dec 22;370(9605):2070.
PMID: 18156011

I saw satan fall like lightning
Farrell L.
BMJ. 2000 Apr 8;320(7240):1017A.
PMID: 10753175 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]

Entertaining Satan.
Demos J.
Am Herit. 1978;29(5):14-23.
PMID: 11631374

A case of possessive state with onset influenced by ‘door-to-door’ sales.
Satoh S, Obata S, Seno E, Okada T, Morita N, Saito T, Yoshikawa M, Yamagami A.
Psychiatry Clin Neurosci. 1996 Dec;50(6):313-6.
PMID: 9014228

Are ghosts scarier than zombies?
Diaz-Leon E.
Conscious Cogn. 2012 Jun;21(2):747-8; author reply 749-50.
PMID: 21708473

Exorcism-resistant ghost possession treated with clopenthixol.
Hale AS, Pinninti NR.
Br J Psychiatry. 1994 Sep;165(3):386-8.
PMID: 7994512

Ghosts who appear by degrees; or, the strange case of the phantom authors.
Davenport HW.
Pharos Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Med Soc. 1990 Summer;53(3):36-7.
PMID: 2399276

Induction of an illusory shadow person.
Arzy S, Seeck M, Ortigue S, Spinelli L, Blanke O.
Nature. 2006 Sep 21;443(7109):287.
PMID: 16988702

Ghosts: strange goings on in hospital.
Hearne K.
Nurs Mirror. 1981 Dec 23-30;153(26):24.
PMID: 6916311

Things that go bump in the night: the parasomnias revisited.
Mahowald MW, Ettinger MG.
J Clin Neurophysiol. 1990 Jan;7(1):119-43. Review.
PMID: 2406282

Ghost in the tree.
Di Gallo A, Kuehne T.
Lancet. 2008 Nov 1;372(9649):1570.
PMID: 18984190

[The ghost and its victims].
León CA.
Acta Psiquiatr Psicol Am Lat. 1974 Oct;20(5):339-51. Spanish.
PMID: 4477691

[Dogs, man-wolves and full moon].
Goddemeier C.
Psychother Psychosom Med Psychol. 2002 Jun;52(6):286-7. German.
PMID: 12066256

Best of PubMed: Halloween special #1

Today and tomorrow see three new posts in this series in honor of Halloween. Part 1 deals with scientific research into the festival of Halloween, witches, and haunted houses. Don’t miss the story at the end about whether undertakers have a sense of humor. Check back later for part 2, on the themes of ghosts, vampires, and zombies. Part 3 will cover various other types of monsters.

HALLOWEEN, THE 50-MEGATON BOMB, AND THE CUBAN CRISIS.
LACOMBE P.
J Anal Psychol. 1965 Jan;10:97-108.
PMID: 14253376

No bones about it. It’s almost Halloween, a good time to start thinking about your skeleton.
Park A.
Time. 2004 Oct 25;164(17):101.
PMID: 15554548

The case of the slandered Halloween cupcake.
White SR, Dy G, Wilson JM.
Pediatr Emerg Care. 2002 Jun;18(3):185-8.
PMID: 12066005

Halloween hazards: ocular injury from flying eggs.
Fiore PM, Wagner RS.
N Engl J Med. 1988 Oct 27;319(17):1159.
PMID: 3173453

Size of Halloween witch drawings prior to, on, and after Halloween.
CRADDICK RA.
Percept Mot Skills. 1963 Feb;16:235-8.
PMID: 14023602

Head hunting and hair witchcraft.
Kleiss E.
Anat Anz. 1984;156(5):389-401. German.
PMID: 6486467

A visit from the Candy Witch: factors influencing young children’s belief in a novel fantastical being.
Woolley JD, Boerger EA, Markman AB.
Dev Sci. 2004 Sep;7(4):456-68.
PMID: 15484594

Witch nose: an embarassing metaphor for nasal tip dermoid cysts.
Tatlidede S, Egemen O, Ozkaya O, Erol O.
J Craniofac Surg. 2011 Sep;22(5):1948-51. doi: 10.1097/SCS.0b013e31822ea787.
PMID: 21959478

Are you a good witch or a bad witch?
Papa A.
J Emerg Nurs. 2011 May;37(3):215-6.
PMID: 21550449

Witches saints and other diseases.
Rimar Y, Rimar D.
Harefuah. 2003 May;142(5):383-6, 396. Hebrew.
PMID: 12803065

Burn the witch.
Ainsworth S.
Pract Midwife. 2005 Sep;8(8):46.
PMID: 16163967

How to become a witch.
Thomas LA.
Nurs Outlook. 1974 Jan;22(1):40-2.
PMID: 4491916

Health, hygiene and haunted houses.
[No authors listed]
JAMA. 2013 Jun 12;309(22):2308.
PMID: 23757060

Spook house sporotrichosis. A point-source outbreak of sporotrichosis associated with hay bale props in a Halloween haunted-house.
Dooley DP, Bostic PS, Beckius ML.
Arch Intern Med. 1997 Sep 8;157(16):1885-7. Review.
PMID: 9290549

The case of the haunted scrotum.
Harding JR.
J R Soc Med. 1996 Oct;89(10):600.
PMID: 8976909

Patient-centered dental care in a haunted house?
Jayson CJ.
Northwest Dent. 1992 Mar-Apr;71(2):33-4.
PMID: 1528726

Diary of events in a thoroughly unhaunted house.
Houran J, Lange R.
Percept Mot Skills. 1996 Oct;83(2):499-502.
PMID: 8902024

Chief complaint: haunted house.
Gilson NR.
Med Econ. 2001 Oct 22;78(20):45-6.
PMID: 11715371

Haunted papers.
Lagnado M.
Lancet. 2002 Mar 9;359(9309):902.
PMID: 11897334

The “Haunt” project: an attempt to build a “haunted” room by manipulating complex electromagnetic fields and infrasound.
French CC, Haque U, Bunton-Stasyshyn R, Davis R.
Cortex. 2009 May;45(5):619-29.
PMID: 18635163

Abstract
Recent research has suggested that a number of environmental factors may be associated with a tendency for susceptible individuals to report mildly anomalous sensations typically associated with “haunted” locations, including a sense of presence, feeling dizzy, inexplicable smells, and so on. Factors that may be associated with such sensations include fluctuations in the electromagnetic field (EMF) and the presence of infrasound. A review of such work is presented, followed by the results of the “Haunt” project in which an attempt was made to construct an artificial “haunted” room by systematically varying such environmental factors. Participants (N=79) were required to spend 50 min in a specially constructed chamber, within which they were exposed to infrasound, complex EMFs, both or neither. They were informed in advance that during this period they might experience anomalous sensations and asked to record on a floor plan their location at the time of occurrence of any such sensations, along with a note of the time of occurrence and a brief description of the sensation. Upon completing the session in the experimental chamber, they were asked to complete three questionnaires. The first was an EXIT scale asking respondents to indicate whether or not they had experienced particular anomalous sensations. The second was the Australian Sheep-Goat Scale, a widely used measure of belief in and experience of the paranormal. The third was Persinger’s Personal Philosophy Inventory, although only the items that constitute the Temporal Lobe Signs (TLS) Inventory sub-scale were scored. These items deal with psychological experiences typically associated with temporal lobe epilepsy but normally distributed throughout the general population. Although many participants reported anomalous sensations of various kinds, the number reported was unrelated to experimental condition but was related to TLS scores. The most parsimonious explanation for our findings is in terms of suggestibility.

Undertakers’ sense of humor.
Thorson JA, Powell FC.a
Psychol Rep. 2001 Aug;89(1):175-6.
PMID: 11729539

Abstract
A group of 60 middle-aged morticians at a professional seminar in the midwestern USA who completed a multidimensional sense of humor scale scored significantly lower than another group of 136 men from other occupations. The difference between the two groups appeared almost entirely on scale items having to do with humor generation or creativity.

How to win readers by completely misleading them… Bad Headline Award

Here’s today’s award for the most misleading headline.

Astronomers puzzled by alien planetary construction site

If you’re like me, you opened this eagerly, hoping for a report of the discovery of the first alien artifact somewhere out in space. “Alien” suggests some sort of being, and “construction site” sounds like an intelligence is at work. How nice. That’s not what the story’s about. Have a look at the beginning:

“Europe’s new ALMA observatory, working with the Herschel space telescope, has discovered a new-forming solar system whose confused character has shed new light on current models of planetary formation.

Planets form in swirling disks of gas and dust around new-born stars. But to the surprise of astronomers, the disk around a star called HD 21997 is in a hybrid, intermediate state of evolution.”

 

 

Some might excuse this as the work of another out-of-control editor, trying to make things sexy with a groovy headline… I call it a disgrace.

 

WORLD SERIES MADNESS at the Best of PubMed!!!

This is a special edition of the Best of PubMed, in honor of the World Series, which begins today. As you’ll see, scientists have devoted an extraordinary amount of research into baseball… revealing that they aren’t immune to the obsession regarding gathering data and statistics that marks the true baseball fan!

We work our way from the pregame, to umpires, to the fellow at the plate, through the infield, and into the outfield. A lot of this is SERIOUS research, guys, really, really, really serious!

Here you’ll find answers to all those burning questions that you’ve wondered about: from the physics of the curve ball, to the life expectancy of left-handed vs. right-handed pitchers, whether being in the Hall of Fame extends your life, how to end a batting slump, whether hot days bring teams off the bench for a brawl, how to know where to run to catch a fly ball, whether there’s really an “at-home” advantage, does the team that bats last have an advantage…What can Babe Ruth teach psychologists? What can they learn from center fielders? The list goes on and on. Many of the links point to abstracts or even free full articles…

Be sure not to miss the hot topic of whether baseball players whose initials spell out “good” words (like “ACE”) live longer than those whose initials are bad (like “ASS”)!!! (See the section on epidemiology.)

So, it’s off to the ball park (and PubMed) for some World Series madness…

LET THEM PLAY BALL.
BARNES FE Jr.
N C Med J. 1964 Oct;25:439-40.
PMID: 14200489

Before the game and behind the plate:

Singing the national anthem at major league baseball stadiums raises awareness of ALS.
Herreria J.
Profiles Healthc Mark. 1998 Jul-Aug;14(4):18-20.
PMID: 10186395

Concussions experienced by Major League Baseball catchers and umpires: field data and experimental baseball impacts.
Beyer JA, Rowson S, Duma SM.
Ann Biomed Eng. 2012 Jan;40(1):150-9.
PMID: 22012084

[A study on the effect of physical load of baseball umpire, during a baseball game in the summer].
Kurakake S, Sugawara K, Kumae T, Shimaoka A, Mathida K, Okamura N.
Nihon Eiseigaku Zasshi. 1988 Feb;42(6):1013-22. Japanese.
PMID: 3398288

Life expectancy of major league baseball umpires.
Cohen RS, Kamps CA, Kokoska S, Segal EM, Tucker JB.
Phys Sportsmed. 2000 May;28(5):83-9. doi: 10.3810/psm.2000.05.904.
PMID: 20086642

Umpire needed
Pope A.
BMJ. 1999 May 8;318(7193):1280A.
PMID: 10231267

Quiet eye gaze behavior of expert, and near-expert, baseball plate umpires.
Millslagle DG, Hines BB, Smith MS.
Percept Mot Skills. 2013 Feb;116(1):69-77.
PMID: 23829135

Visual gaze behavior of near-expert and expert fast pitch softball umpires calling a pitch.
Millslagle DG, Smith MS, Hines BB.
J Strength Cond Res. 2013 May;27(5):1188-95. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e318269ab15.
PMID: 22836605

Contextual influences on baseball ball-strike decisions in umpires, players, and controls.
MacMahon C, Starkes JL.
J Sports Sci. 2008 May;26(7):751-60. doi: 10.1080/02640410701813050.
PMID: 18409106

Magnitude of stress experienced by baseball and softball umpires.
Rainey DW.
Percept Mot Skills. 1994 Aug;79(1 Pt 1):255-8.
PMID: 7991318

 

AT THE PLATE:

Who is this ball player?
Fox K.
HDA Now. 2013 Summer:27-8.
PMID: 24079151

Balls, Strikes, and VIPs.
Kao A.
Virtual Mentor. 2001 May 1;3(5). doi:pii: virtualmentor.2001.3.5.dykn1-0105. 10.1001/virtualmentor.2001.3.5.dykn1-0105.
PMID: 23273008

Hitting is contagious: experience and action induction.
Gray R, Beilock SL.
J Exp Psychol Appl. 2011 Mar;17(1):49-59. doi: 10.1037/a0022846.
PMID: 21443380

Visual search strategies of baseball batters: eye movements during the preparatory phase of batting.
Kato T, Fukuda T.
Percept Mot Skills. 2002 Apr;94(2):380-6.
PMID: 12027326

Ending batting slumps in baseball: a qualitative investigation.
Prapavessis H, Grove JR.
Aust J Sci Med Sport. 1995 Mar;27(1):14-9.
PMID: 7780772

First-rib stress fractures related to hitting in two baseball teammates.
Young EJ, Curtis RJ.
Clin J Sport Med. 2008 May;18(3):300-1. doi: 10.1097/JSM.0b013e31816ffbd4.
PMID: 18469578

Thrown a curve.
Makaryus AN, Henry SA, Rutkin B, Boxt L.
Am J Med. 2007 May;120(5):420-1.
PMID: 17466652

You Can’t Think and Hit at the Same Time: Neural Correlates of Baseball Pitch Classification.
Sherwin J, Muraskin J, Sajda P.
Front Neurosci. 2012;6:177. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2012.00177. eCollection 2012.
PMID: 23267311

The effect of fastball backspin rate on baseball hitting accuracy.
Higuchi T, Morohoshi J, Nagami T, Nakata H, Kanosue K.
J Appl Biomech. 2013 Jun;29(3):279-84. Epub 2012 Aug 22.
PMID: 22923374

Transitions between central and peripheral vision create spatial/temporal distortions: a hypothesis concerning the perceived break of the curveball.
Shapiro A, Lu ZL, Huang CB, Knight E, Ennis R.
PLoS One. 2010 Oct 13;5(10):e13296. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0013296.
PMID: 20967247

Hitting what one wants to hit and missing what one wants to miss.
Regan D, Gray R.
Vision Res. 2001;41(25-26):3321-9. Review.
PMID: 11718776

Expert baseball batters have greater sensitivity in making swing decisions.
Gray R.
Res Q Exerc Sport. 2010 Sep;81(3):373-8.
PMID: 20949857

How baseball players prepare to bat: tactical knowledge as a mediator of expert performance in baseball.
McPherson S, MacMahon C.
J Sport Exerc Psychol. 2008 Dec;30(6):755-78.
PMID: 19164840

A triarchical model of batting abilities: applying psychological statistics to baseball.
Kaufman JC.
Percept Mot Skills. 1997 Aug;85(1):299-304.
PMID: 9293591

ON THE MOUND:

The effects of extended play on professional baseball pitchers.
Murray TA, Cook TD, Werner SL, Schlegel TF, Hawkins RJ.
Am J Sports Med. 2001 Mar-Apr;29(2):137-42.
PMID: 11292037

Assessing pitcher and catcher influences on base stealing in Major League Baseball.
Loughin TM, Bargen JL.
J Sports Sci. 2008 Jan 1;26(1):15-20.
PMID: 17852677

Effect of three different between-inning recovery methods on baseball pitching performance.
Warren CD, Brown LE, Landers MR, Stahura KA.
J Strength Cond Res. 2011 Mar;25(3):683-8. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e318208adfe.
PMID: 21311344

A biomechanical comparison of the fastball and curveball in adolescent baseball pitchers.
Nissen CW, Westwell M, Ounpuu S, Patel M, Solomito M, Tate J.
Am J Sports Med. 2009 Aug;37(8):1492-8. doi: 10.1177/0363546509333264. Epub 2009 May 15.
PMID: 19448049

The impact of pitch counts and days of rest on performance among major-league baseball pitchers.
Bradbury JC, Forman SL.
J Strength Cond Res. 2012 May;26(5):1181-7. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e31824e16fe.
PMID: 22344048

Lefties are still a little shorter.
Abel EL, Kruger ML.
Percept Mot Skills. 2007 Apr;104(2):405-6.
PMID: 17566429

Do right-handers live longer? An updated assessment of baseball player data.
Hicks RA, Johnson C, Cuevas T, Deharo D, Bautista J.
Percept Mot Skills. 1994 Jun;78(3 Pt 2):1243-7.
PMID: 7936949

Left-handed major-league baseball players and longevity re-examined.
Abel EL, Kruger ML.
Percept Mot Skills. 2004 Dec;99(3 Pt 1):990-2.
PMID: 15648498

Analysis of data from Reichler’s (1979) The Baseball Encyclopedia: right-handed pitchers are taller and heavier than left-handed pitchers.
Fudin R, Renninger L, Hirshon J.
Percept Mot Skills. 1994 Jun;78(3 Pt 1):1043-8.
PMID: 8084677

 

STUCK IN THE OUTFIELD:

Controlled variables: psychology as the center fielder views it.
Marken RS.
Am J Psychol. 2001 Summer;114(2):259-81.
PMID: 11430151

How baseball outfielders determine where to run to catch fly balls.
McBeath MK, Shaffer DM, Kaiser MK.
Science. 1995 Apr 28;268(5210):569-73.
PMID: 7725104

People favour imperfect catching by assuming a stable world.
López-Moliner J, Keil MS.
PLoS One. 2012;7(4):e35705. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0035705. Epub 2012 Apr 25.
PMID: 22558205

Catching balls: how to get the hand to the right place at the right time.
Peper L, Bootsma RJ, Mestre DR, Bakker FC.
J Exp Psychol Hum Percept Perform. 1994 Jun;20(3):591-612.
PMID: 8027714

Catching of balls unexpectedly thrown or fired by cannon.
Kenward B, Nilsson D.
Percept Mot Skills. 2011 Aug;113(1):171-87.
PMID: 21987918

Catching fly balls: a new model steps up to the plate.
Cipra B.
Science. 1995 Apr 28;268(5210):502.
PMID: 7725094

On catching fly balls.
Jacobs TM, Lawrence MD, Hong K, Giordano N Jr, Giordano N Sr.
Science. 1996 Jul 12;273(5272):257-8; author reply 258-60.
PMID: 8668999

I Lost It in the Lights: The Effects of Predictable and Variable Intermittent Vision on Unimanual Catching.
Lyons J, Fontaine R, Elliot D.
J Mot Behav. 1997 Jun;29(2):113-118.
PMID: 12453788

Catch this!
Gauldin D.
J Perinat Educ. 2002 Winter;11(1):49.
PMID: 17273288

WATCH YOUR TEMPER!

Temper, temperature, and temptation: heat-related retaliation in baseball.
Larrick RP, Timmerman TA, Carton AM, Abrevaya J.
Psychol Sci. 2011 Apr;22(4):423-8. doi: 10.1177/0956797611399292. Epub 2011 Feb 24.
PMID: 21350182

Impact of Yankee Stadium Bat Day on blunt trauma in northern New York City.
Bernstein SL, Rennie WP, Alagappan K.
Ann Emerg Med. 1994 Mar;23(3):555-9.
PMID: 8135433

THE EPIDEMIOLOGY OF BASEBALL:

Longevity of major league baseball players.
Abel EL, Kruger ML.
Res Sports Med. 2005 Jan-Mar;13(1):1-5.
PMID: 16389882

Major League Baseball Players’ Life Expectancies.
Saint Onge JM, Rogers RG, Krueger PM.
Soc Sci Q. 2008 Jul 17;89(3):817-830.
PMID: 19756205 [PubMed] Free PMC Article
Soc Sci Q. 2008 Jul 17;89(3):817-830.
RESULTS:
Compared to 20-year-old U.S. males, MLB players can expect almost five additional years of life. Height, weight, handedness, and player ratings are unassociated with the risk of death in this population of highly active and successful adults. Career length is inversely associated with the risk of death, likely because those who play longer gain additional incomes, physical fitness, and training.
CONCLUSIONS:
Our results indicate improvements in life expectancies with time for all age groups and indicate possible improvements in longevity in the general U.S. population.

The longevity of Baseball Hall of Famers compared to other players.
Abel EL, Kruger ML.
Death Stud. 2005 Dec;29(10):959-63.
PMID: 16265814
Abstract
The authors compared the longevity of all baseball players alive at the time of their induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame with age-matched controls who were likewise alive at the time of the Hall of Famer’s induction, and also matched them for career length, player position, and body-mass index, to assess if fame in sports is associated with increased longevity. Median post-induction survival for Hall of Famers was 5 years shorter than for noninducted players (18 vs. 23 years, respectively). In a second analysis, significantly more Hall of Famers died of cardiovascular or stroke causes than other players for whom cause of death was known. Baseball fame may have a hitherto unrecognized price.

Symbolic significance of initials on longevity.
Abel EL, Kruger ML.
Percept Mot Skills. 2007 Feb;104(1):179-82.
PMID: 17450979
Abstract
The longevities of deceased major league baseball players who died prior to 1950 (N=3835) and whose initials formed acronyms, words, or names with “positive” or “negative” affect, as rated a priori by two judges, were compared with those for a group of neutral controls matched for birth year and career length, using the Berkeley standardized mortality tables. Players (n=11) with positive initials, e.g., A.C.E., lived a mean of 13 years longer than players (n=30) with negative initials, e.g., D.E.D., or players with neutral initials (n=864). These results corroborated a previous study and suggest positive name symbols are associated with increased longevity in this sample.

Another look at baseball player initials and longevity.
Smith G.
Percept Mot Skills. 2011 Feb;112(1):211-6.
PMID: 21466094
Abstract
Abel and Kruger (2007) reported that Major League Baseball players whose names have positive initials (such as ACE or GOD) live an average of 13 years longer than do players with negative initials (such as ASS or BAD) or players with neutral initials (such as GHR or TSW). However, this conclusion is based on a very small sample, selective initials, and a flawed statistical test. There is no statistically significant relationship between initials and longevity for Major League Baseball players when a correct test is applied to independently selected initials.

The “birthday blues” in a sample of major league baseball players’ suicides.
Lester D.
Percept Mot Skills. 2005 Oct;101(2):382.
PMID: 16383067

Seasonality of birth in the majors, 1880-1999.
Abel EL, Kruger ML.
Soc Biol. 2005 Spring-Summer;52(1-2):47-55.
PMID: 17619630
Abstract
We examined two alternative explanations, one demographic, the other sociological, for the uneven distribution of birth months of Major League baseball (MLB) players active between 1880 and 1999. Beginning in 1900, players born between August and October were significantly overrepresented, and this uneven distribution was almost identical for the next five 20-year periods. During the last 20-year period (1980-1999), the disparity in birth months became even more pronounced. Ethnicity, handedness, player position, accomplishment (winning an award), and career length were not significantly related to birth month. Prior to 1980, the distribution of births for MLB players did not differ significantly from the distribution for the general population, but after 1980, it did. We concluded that up until 1980, the uneven distribution of birth months in MLB originated in the demographic seasonality-related excess number of births in August and September in the United States. Beginning in the 1980s, this seasonality pattern was institutionally reinforced by the growing influence of Little League and related junior baseball leagues and their reliance on the August 1 birth date for age grouping.

Mortality salience of birthdays on day of death in the Major Leagues.
Abel EL, Kruger ML.
Death Stud. 2009 Feb;33(2):175-84. doi: 10.1080/07481180802138936.
PMID: 19143110
Abstract
The authors assessed the relationship of mortality salience, as represented by birthdays, on the day of death. Preliminary studies considered the role of possible artifacts such as seasonality of birth and death, and time units for evaluation. On the basis of terror management theory’s concept of “mortality salience,” the authors hypothesized that famous people, in this case Major League Baseball (MLB) players, would be more likely to die on or after their birthdays than would be expected by chance (the “birthday blues”), and that the greater their fame, as represented by induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame, the greater the concentration of deaths shortly after birthdays. The results supported the hypothesis. Theoretical underpinnings of these results and practical implications were discussed.

Birth month and suicide among major league baseball players.
Abel EL, Kruger ML.
Percept Mot Skills. 2005 Aug;101(1):21-4.
PMID: 16350605

Do right-handers live longer? An updated assessment of baseball player data.
Hicks RA, Johnson C, Cuevas T, Deharo D, Bautista J.
Percept Mot Skills. 1994 Jun;78(3 Pt 2):1243-7.
PMID: 7936949

Body type and performance of elite cuban baseball players.
Carvajal W, Ríos A, Echevarría I, Martínez M, Miñoso J, Rodríguez D.
MEDICC Rev. 2009 Apr;11(2):15-20.
PMID: 21483313 [PubMed] Free Article

Major league baseball performances of players who were later suicides or homicide victims.
Lester D, Topp R.
Percept Mot Skills. 1989 Aug;69(1):272.
PMID: 2780186

 

IMPROVING YOUR ODDS:

Batting last as a home advantage factor in men’s NCAA tournament baseball.
Bray SR, Obara J, Kwan M.
J Sports Sci. 2005 Jul;23(7):681-6.
PMID: 16195017

Human face structure correlates with professional baseball performance: insights from professional Japanese baseball players.
Tsujimura H, Banissy MJ.
Biol Lett. 2013 Apr 10;9(3):20130140. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2013.0140. Print 2013.
PMID: 23576779

Home advantage in retractable-roof baseball stadia.
Romanowich P.
Percept Mot Skills. 2012 Oct;115(2):559-66.
PMID: 23265018

Measuring circadian advantage in Major League Baseball: a 10-year retrospective study.
Winter WC, Hammond WR, Green NH, Zhang Z, Bliwise DL.
Int J Sports Physiol Perform. 2009 Sep;4(3):394-401.
PMID: 19953826

A major league loss.
Cloud J.
Time. 2003 Mar 3;161(9):60.
PMID: 12632674

Batting last as a home advantage factor in men’s NCAA tournament baseball.
Bray SR, Obara J, Kwan M.
J Sports Sci. 2005 Jul;23(7):681-6.
PMID: 16195017

Evidence of a reduced home advantage when a team moves to a new stadium.
Pollard R.
J Sports Sci. 2002 Dec;20(12):969-73.
PMID: 12477006

 

JUST SAY NO!

Use of smokeless tobacco in the 1986 World Series.
Jones RB.
N Engl J Med. 1987 Apr 9;316(15):952.
PMID: 3821849

Prevalence of spit tobacco use across studies of professional baseball players.
Greene JC, Walsh MM, Letendre MA.
J Calif Dent Assoc. 1998 May;26(5):358-64. Review.
PMID: 10528568

A program to help major league baseball players quit using spit tobacco.
Greene JC, Walsh MM, Masouredis C.
J Am Dent Assoc. 1994 May;125(5):559-68.
PMID: 8195497

Toxicological deaths of major league baseball players.
Boren S, Erickson TB.
J Toxicol Clin Toxicol. 1998;36(7):737-42.
PMID: 9865245

 

 

GENERAL ISSUES:

Psychology and “the Babe”.
Fuchs AH.
J Hist Behav Sci. 1998 Spring;34(2):153-65.
PMID: 9580977

High-speed video analysis of head-first and feet-first sliding techniques in collegiate baseball players.
Hosey RG, Mattacola CG, Shapiro R.
Clin J Sport Med. 2003 Jul;13(4):242-4.

Major league baseball players get dental coverage.
[No authors listed]
J Am Dent Assoc. 1969 Apr;78(4):737.
PMID: 5251266

Major league dreams.
Hallberg J.
Minn Med. 2000 Jun;83(6):12-6.
PMID: 10881568

A replay of the baseball data.
Coren S, Halpern DF.
Percept Mot Skills. 1993 Apr;76(2):403-6.
PMID: 8483647

What can major league baseball teach us about healthcare?
[No authors listed]
J Neurosci Nurs. 2012 Feb;44(1):1. doi: 10.1097/JNN.0b013e31823fdcec.
PMID: 22210298

Best of PubMed #14

Let me tell you about bedpans.
Mason V.
Nurs Health Care Perspect. 1997 Sep-Oct;18(5):231.
PMID: 9369700

Were you there? Ladies’ night.
Sinton J.
Nurs Mirror Midwives J. 1974 May 24;138(10):67.
PMID: 4496306

EXCUSE ME, YOUR UNCONSCIOUS IS SHOWING.
MITCHISON N.
Cent Afr J Med. 1965 Mar;11:78.
PMID: 14282188

Snipe hunt.
Shumaker LD.
Ohio Dent J. 1977 Mar;51(3):7.
PMID: 273830

You want me to do what?
Curtin L, Simpson R.
Health Manag Technol. 1999 Oct;20(9):30-2.
PMID: 10622887

Public speaking: a fate worse than death?
Madden DL.
Internist. 1991 Sep;32(8):30-1.
PMID: 10113935

The freedom to follow your nose.
A I.
Science. 1992 Jun 19;256(5064):1626-7.
PMID: 17841081

Proust’s nose.
Gilman SL.
Soc Res (New York). 2000;67(1):67-79.
PMID: 18274007

Useful substitute for the mallet and chisel in rhinoplasty.
SELTZER AP.
AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1954 Jan;59(1):111-2.
PMID: 13113765

A piece of my mind. Touch me.
Verrees M.
JAMA. 1996 Oct 23-30;276(16):1285-6.
PMID: 8861971

Send me a memo on it; or better yet, don’t.
Davidhizar R, Erdel S.
Health Care Superv. 1997 Jun;15(4):42-7.
PMID: 10167445

By the way, doctor… I’m 68, and I’ve been taking Viagra for about a year now. The drug is working for me, but I’m always a little scared that I am going to give myself a heart attack. Should I be?
Lee TH.
Harv Health Lett. 2000 Aug;25(10):8.

On call. I always undress before I weigh myself at home, but when my doctor weighs me, he doesn’t even let me take off my shoes. Wouldn’t it be better if I undress first?
Simon HB.
Harv Mens Health Watch. 2000 Jun;4(11):8.
PMID: 10810069