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Concept: Detective fiction


In the same way that many aspects of gender cannot be understood aside from their relationship to race, class, culture, nationality and/or sexuality, the interactions between gender and aging constitute an interesting field for academic research, without which we cannot gain full insight into the complex and multi-faceted nature of gender studies. Although the American writer and Columbia professor Carolyn Gold Heilbrun (1926-2003) is more widely known for her best-selling mystery novels, published under the pseudonym of Amanda Cross, she also authored remarkable pieces of non-fiction in which she asserted her long-standing commitment to feminism, while she also challenged established notions on women and aging and advocated for a reassessment of those negative views. To my mind, the Kate Fansler novels became an instrument to reach a massive audience of female readers who might not have read her non-fiction, but who were perhaps finding it difficult to reach fulfillment as women under patriarchy, especially upon reaching middle age. Taking her essays in feminism and literary criticism as a basis and her later fiction as substantiation to my argument, this paper will try to reveal the ways in which Heilbrun’s seemingly more superficial and much more commercial mystery novels as Amanda Cross were used a catalyst that informed her feminist principles while vindicating the need to rethink about issues concerning literary representations of mature women and cultural stereotypes about motherhood.

Concepts: Gender, Gender role, Literature, Feminism, Carolyn Gold Heilbrun, Feminist theory, Kate Fansler, Detective fiction


Multicollinearity is irrelevant to the search for moderator variables, contrary to the implications of Iacobucci, Schneider, Popovich, and Bakamitsos (Behavior Research Methods, 2016, this issue). Multicollinearity is like the red herring in a mystery novel that distracts the statistical detective from the pursuit of a true moderator relationship. We show multicollinearity is completely irrelevant for tests of moderator variables. Furthermore, readers of Iacobucci et al. might be confused by a number of their errors. We note those errors, but more positively, we describe a variety of methods researchers might use to test and interpret their moderated multiple regression models, including two-stage testing, mean-centering, spotlighting, orthogonalizing, and floodlighting without regard to putative issues of multicollinearity. We cite a number of recent studies in the psychological literature in which the researchers used these methods appropriately to test, to interpret, and to report their moderated multiple regression models. We conclude with a set of recommendations for the analysis and reporting of moderated multiple regression that should help researchers better understand their models and facilitate generalizations across studies.

Concepts: Psychology, Regression analysis, Linear regression, Statistics, Research, Software testing, Detective fiction, Mystery fiction


Chirkina, G. V. and Grigorenko, E. L. (2014). Tracking citations: A science detective story. Journal of Learning Disabilities, 47(4), 366-373. (Original doi: 10.1177/0022219412471995) On page 371 of the original paper, there was an error in one of the grant numbers given. The correct funding statement is given as follows: FUNDING: The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This work has been supported by DC007665 and HD070594 (to Elena L. Grigorenko).

Concepts: Following, Educational psychology, English-language films, Black-and-white films, Support, Finance, Detective fiction