Mironko’s Book Published

Arkadiusz Mrionko

Arkadiusz Mrionko

“Determinants of FDI Flows within Emerging Economies,” a book written by Arkadiusz Mironko, executive director for graduate programs at the Anderson Graduate School of Management, was recently published by Palgrave Macmillan.

The book provides a detailed examination of foreign direct investment (FDI) in Poland and explores the impact this has on foreign investment policy. The book analyzes and identifies the location patterns of FDI across different regions in Poland and strives to determine the supporting motives behind location choices of foreign companies. The study also identifies the leading foreign firms present in Poland and examines whether their presence has an effect on the location choices of smaller foreign firms from the same industry.

Mironko teaches courses in global competition and business strategy. His current research interests are in the areas of foreign direct investment strategy, global business strategy, global competition, developing economies, and knowledge creation and transfer in multinational corporations.

Maciejovsky Wins Best Paper Award

Boris Maciejovsky, an assistant professor of management in the School of Business Administration, won the American Psychological Association Division 21 Raymond S. Nickerson Award for Best 2013 Paper in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied.

The paper, written with David Budescu, a professor at Fordham Unjiversity, is called “Verbal and numerical consumer recommendations: Switching between recommendation formats leads to preference inconsistencies.”

Maciejovsky and Budescu have been invited to deliver an oral presentation as part of the Division 21 program at the 2015 annual American Psychological Association meeting in Toronto.

Seitz Paper in Journal of Neuroscience

A paper by Aaron Seitz, professor of psychology, and former UCR graduate student Shao-Chin Hung that attempts to resolve a recent controversy in perceptual learning is a featured article in the June 18 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience.

Training on a perceptual task, such as judging whether two line segments are collinear, leads to improved performance. The mechanisms of this learning are highly controversial with recent studies finding very different patterns of results than classical research on the topic, the journal wrote.

“Although such training could conceivably aid rehabilitation after injury, most studies have found that improved performance is limited to the specific task and, in the case of visual perceptual training, the retinal location where training stimuli are presented. Some recent studies, however, have found that training generalizes to an untrained region under some circumstances, for example when a different perceptual task (e.g., orientation discrimination) is trained in the other region.”

In “Near-Threshold Stimuli Reduce Training Generalization,” Hung and Seitz wrote that they found a simple explanation for differences in the generalization of perceptual training in different studies: the studies use different training procedures.

“Specifically, they found that the extent to which improvement transferred to a different region depended on how many near-threshold stimuli were presented during training,” the journal wrote. “For multiple stimulus types, increasing the number of near-threshold stimuli reduced generalization. The data suggest that different types of training improve performance via different neural mechanisms.”

Hung, who is the lead author of the paper, is a postdoctoral fellow at Purdue University’s Laboratory of Integrated Brain Imaging.

The research was supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and National Institute of Health.

Parker Presents Research Globally

Robert Nash Parker, professor of sociology and senior researcher at the Presley Center for Crime and Justice Studies, presented a research on the effect of Ontario, Calif., police interventions focused on the impact of alcohol on crime at the annual meeting of the Kettil Bruun Society in Turino, Italy in early June.

Parker is a member of the Coordinating Council, the society’s governing body, a three-year position to which he was elected in 2012.

In July, he will attend the World Congress of Sociology in Yokohama, Japan, where he will present a paper about his collaboration with the Indio Police Department to produce a computer model that predicted where burglaries were most likely to occur. Interventions resulting from that computer model have significantly reduced the burglary rate in the Coachella Valley city.

Parker is the elected president of the Research Committee 29 of the International Sociological Association (ISA), which sponsors the World Congress of Sociology every four years. The committee has organized 14 panels with 59 papers to be presented at the event, which will be held July 13-19. The ISA is the largest organization of sociologists in the world.

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