What are your selfies saying about you?

Sign in Ms. Speer's classroom by  Tim Lauer  (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Sign in Ms. Speer’s classroom by Tim Lauer (CC BY-NC 2.0)

So it seems that too many selfies on your Facebook feed are linked to higher than normal levels of psychopathy. Probably not the impression you’re aiming for.

A new study, published online in the journal Personality and Individual Differences*, showed that men who posted more online photos of themselves than others scored higher on measures of narcissism and psychopathy, neither of which are desirable attributes. In addition, men who were more likely to edit their selfies before posting scored higher in narcissism and self-objectification, which measures how much they prioritise their appearance.

‘It’s not surprising that men who post a lot of selfies and spend more time editing them are more narcissistic, but this is the first time it has actually been confirmed in a study’, said Jesse Fox, lead author of the study and assistant professor of communication at The Ohio State University.

So before you snap yet another selfie, maybe it’s time for some personal reflection?

* Fox, J. & Rooney, M. C. (2015). The Dark Triad and trait self-objectification as predictors of men’s use and self-presentation behaviors on social networking sites. Personality and Individual Differences, 76, 161 doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2014.12.017

Happy Australia Day!

Australia Day Sign by Feeeeeeee  (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

“Australia Day Sign” by Feeeeeeee (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

In contemporary Australia, 26 January is a day to grab your thongs, throw some sausages on the barbeque, turn up the radio, and celebrate everything about being Australian.

It is a time to reflect on our history and on our future and celebrate any way you see fit!

At QUT Library we have a wonderful range of resources to help get you into the Australia Day spirit.

My brilliant career / Miles Franklin; edited by Bruce K. Martin. Published in 1901, this is a coming-of-age story about a girl growing up in rural Australia.

Mullumbimby / Melissa Lucashenko. Born in Brisbane, Melissa Lucashenko writes a novel about cultural warfare and disputes over native title land in Northern New South Wales.

The slap / Christos Tsiolkas. A man slapping a child not his own at an Australian backyard barbeque tests the relationships of those who witnessed it.

The aboriginal tent embassy: sovereignty, black power, land rights and the state / edited by Gary Foley, Andrew Schaap and Edwina Howell. On Australia Day 1972, four Aboriginal men set up a tent embassy outside Parliament House in Canberra to bring political attention to Aboriginal rights.

Triple J’s hottest 100. Volume 21. A tradition for many on Australia Day – listen to the 100 best songs of 2013 as voted by the Australian public.

For those in the mood for a little culture, the Gardens Theatre will be hosting a play aptly named ‘Australia Day’ on 25 and 26 January. Check it out!

Let us know what you will be doing this Australia Day in the comments below and don’t forget to use the hashtag #AustraliaDay when using social media.

Summer Series Five – Music

I'm a one man band by  Ian Parkes (CC BY-ND 2.0)

I’m a one man band by Ian Parkes (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Every summer has to have a soundtrack – what is your 2014/2015 sounding like? Perhaps we can help. The QUT Library gives you access to music in all its forms – CDs, DVDs, scores, online music and more!

The Library’s Sound CD collection can be found at Kelvin Grove Library, Level 4, near the lifts. The Sound CD Collection is a collection of music CDs that primarily support Music and Sound programs at QUT, however all students and staff are welcome to use and borrow from the collection.

Music DVDs can be found throughout the collection – artists in concert such as Leonard CohenU2 and 1D as well as compilations such as Triple J Hottest 100 Vol 21.

And for the budding  musicians amongst us, did you know QUT Library has a whole collection of sheet music and scores for you to borrow? Everything from Mozart to Game of Thrones, so now is the time to get the band together. The Music Score Collection can be found at Kelvin Grove Library, Level 4, near the D Block link.

If you’re interested in reading more about music – history, trends, bands, the Industry – the Library also provides access to thousands on articles and books online through its databases. Check out:

Music IndexIndex of journals covering music, musicians and the music industry   

Oxford Music Online: Collection of music dictionaries and reference books

Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online: A resource for music research providing essays, images and audio examples. Plus many more.

Happy listening!

The lighter side of health research

Magazine stand by  Manoj Jacob (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Magazine stand by Manoj Jacob (CC BY-SA 2.0)

One of the great health-related puzzles of our time has been answered. New Zealand researchers have published a cohort study in the eminent journal BMJ’s satirical December edition addressing the question that puzzles those who frequent doctors’ waiting rooms: Why are the available magazines always so old?

And it seems petty thievery is to blame. Professor Bruce Arroll, Stowe Alrutz and Simon Moyes set out to seek answers and tracked 87 magazines placed in the practice waiting room. This included non-gossipy magazines (Time magazine, the Economist, Australian Women’s Weekly, National Geographic, BBC History) and gossipy ones (not identified for fear of litigation). Gossipy was defined as having five or more photographs of celebrities on the front cover and most gossipy as having up to 10 such images.

After 31 days, 41 of the 87 (47%, 95% confidence interval 37% to 58%) magazines had disappeared. None of the 19 non-gossipy magazines (the Economist and Time magazine) had disappeared compared with 26 of the 27 (96%) gossipy magazines (P<0.001). All 15 of the most gossipy magazines and all 19 of the non-gossipy magazines had disappeared by 31 days. The study was terminated at this point.

It seems some just can’t resist the allure of finding out whether celebrity A is REALLY pregnant or let their appointment interrupt them reading until the end of ‘Stars without make-up’.

Full results of the study can be read in ‘An exploration of the basis for patient complaints about the oldness of magazines in practice waiting rooms: cohort study’,  which is available open access at http://www.bmj.com/content/349/bmj.g7262

So it seems you can’t blame practice staff for not supplying the latest gossip mags for you to indulge in while you wait – your fellow patients are to blame!




Summer Series Four – For the kids

Let us help you avoid hearing this!   'I'm bored - Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow' by Laura Suarez

Let us help you avoid hearing this!
‘I’m bored – Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow’ by Laura Suarez (CC BY 2.0)

For any littlies in your care this Summer, the Curriculum Collection can provide some much needed distraction and provide ‘new’ activities, books and toys without a price tag!

Books just for small ones – including big books – as well as puppets, puzzles, costumes and more. Any current QUT student and/or staff member can borrow from the Curriculum Collections at Kelvin Grove or Caboolture – you don’t have to be an Education student. So don’t be shy, come and take a look.

For more entertainment (for those inevitable  rainy days perhaps) QUT Library also has children’s television programs on DVD for you to borrow, as well as children’s music CDs such as The Wiggles; Music from Sesame Street and Justine Clarke from Play School.

And remember, if you can’t get to the campus where the item is held, you can simply place a hold and get items sent to your home campus to pick up there! Don’t forget to ask at the Library Helpdesks for assistance finding what you’re after and stockpiling some ‘break out in emergency’ boredom busters.

Summer Series Three – Computer Games


Who says Summer is all about sunshine, swimming and the frolicking in the great outdoors? Instead, spend your summer in the cool, dark indoors in front of a screen!

The QUT Library Computer Games collection can be found at Kelvin Grove Library on Level 3. Browse the collection at call number range 794.8 or find specific titles using the Catalogue search. New titles include: Wolfenstein:The new order; The Lego movie and The walking dead.

And if you don’t have your own games console (and you forgot to ask Santa for one) then don’t despair, QUT Library invites you to come on over and hang out in the Library Games Lab.    

Yes, the QUT Library has a Games Lab that is free for you to come and enjoy. Located on Level 4 of the Kelvin Grove Library, it houses a Wii; Xbox One, Xbox 360, plus Kinect PS3, plus Move. Borrow games from the collection and play onsite.