MAY WE RECOMMEND--
Some Christmasy research reports that merit a trip to the library
(Thanks to investigator Alex Hillar for bringing these items to our attention.)
SANTA SURPRISE"Encounter with Reality: Children's Reactions on Discovering the Santa Claus Myth," C.J. Anderson and N.M. Prentice, Child Psychiatry and Human Development, vol. 25, no. 2, Winter 1994, pp. 67-84. The authors, who are at the Department of Psychology, University of Texas, Austin, report:
Fifty-two children who no longer believed in Santa Claus were individually administered a structured interview on their reactions to discovering the truth. Their parents completed a questionnaire assessing their initial encouragement of the child to believe in Santa and rating their child's reactions to discovering the truth as well as their own reactions to the child's discovery. Parental encouragement for the child to believe was very strong. Children generally discovered the truth on their own at age seven. Children reported predominantly positive reactions on learning the truth. Parents, however, described themselves as predominantly sad in reaction to their child's discovery.
JINGLES THAT JANGLE"Bells Against Palsy," J.D. Williams and R. Lehman, American Journal of Otology, vol. 9, no. 1, January 1988, pp. 81-2. The authors, who are at Geneva Woods ENT Associates, Anchorage, Alaska, describe their work thusly::
A technique is described in which "jingle bells" are sutured in three positions on the face at the points of maximum excursion of the facial musculature when stimulated by a Hilger nerve stimulator set at 2 mA. The procedure is used to monitor movement of the facial nerve while the surgeon dissects the nerve in the cerebellopontine angle and internal auditory canal.
LONG NIGHT'S JOURNEY
"Flight Distances of the Reindeer," L.M. Baskin and T. Scogland, Dokl Biol Sci (Doklady Biological Sciences : Proceedings of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR, Biological Sciences Sections), vol. 374, nos. 1-6, September-October 2000, pp. 533-5. The authors are at Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia.
TREES FOR THE BIRDS
"A Hazard of Christmas: Bird Fancier's Lung and the Christmas tree," A.M. Baverstock and R.J. White, Respiratory Medicine, vol. 94, no. 2, February 2000, p. 176. The authors, who are at Frenchay Hospital, Bristol, UK, report that:
A lady with alveolitis due to her budgerigar developed recurrent symptoms when exposed to allergen left on her artificial Christmas tree.
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