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Archives for March, 2006

Casual Fridays: Oscar predictions

Every year, millions of people around the world make a game out of predicting the winners of the Academy Awards. Sometimes, there’s even an office pool, with hundreds of dollars going to the winner. Of course, many fewer of us have actually seen all the nominated films. Do you ever wonder if seeing the films…

Casual Fridays: Those moving dots

Last week we asked our readers to identify the agents and actions in some point light displays. These displays show the motion of the joints of the actor (say, a human walker) and we are remarkably good at identifying various actors, actions, and even emotions. Our three movies showed some kind of quadripedal action, and…

When human infants are born, the physical structure of their brains has not fully developed: the human brain continues to grow for more than two years after birth. It’s very clear that newborn infants don’t have the same cognitive abilities as babies even 6 months older. For example, they can’t move their heads follow along…

We’ve reported on a variety of different studies looking video games and various measures of aggression (you can check out our “Video Games / Technology” category, and our archives) and a fairly common reaction, often coming from an avid gamer, is that this simply isn’t true about him. Now one of the serious complications of…