From the Journal of Intercultural Communication, Elza Ibroscheva and Jyotika Ramaprasad (SIU): Do Media Matter? A Social Construction Model of Stereotypes of Foreigners; and Gabriele Pallotti (Modena) and Cecilia Varcasia (Bolzano): Service Telephone Call Openings: A Comparative Study on Five European Languages. A neglected east-central European dispute involving a breakaway statelet, regional rivalry, contested territory, black markets and bearish presidents seems to have all the ingredients of a Caucasus-Balkans bloodbath — but seen close, Moldova-Transdniestria dissolves such preconceptions. From TED, Martin Seligman talks about psychology — as a field of study and as it works one-on-one with each patient and each practitioner. From Cyberpsychology, Alistair Duff (Napier): The Normative Crisis of the Information Society. The Republican Party is relying on a specific kind of Southern white person to shore up its power base, but that demographic can't be counted on for long. As his book Why We Suck hits the shelves, Denis Leary talks about lazy parenting, the media storm surrounding his views on autism, and the omnipotence of Oprah. A review of Cosmic Imagery: Key Images in the History of Science by John D. Barrow. Government is back: On Jan. 20 the Age of Reagan ends, and the Age of Obama begins.

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