Western Alliance In Brief

What’s in a name? Nominative determinism

05 June 2018 - News - Campbell Aitken

Nominative determinism is the theory that people are more likely to pursue careers that have some connection to their names. (Conversely, names particularly suited to their owners are known as aptronyms.) The late New Scientist...


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Race and health

22 May 2018 - News - Campbell Aitken

22 May 2018 In a January 2018 In Brief post we explored the notion of stress, describing it as a somewhat ‘slippery’ concept. Race is a slipperier concept still, but nonetheless, via racism it’s undeniably...


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Climate change and health

27 March 2018 - News - Campbell Aitken

27 March 2018 The increasing intensity of human activity has damaged the natural world in many ways. Huge areas of forests, woodlands and wetlands have been destroyed to create farmland and extract resources such as...


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