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Archives for June, 2006

Developmental psychologists since Piaget have been interested in how well children are able to take the perspective of another. Piaget’s laboratory had a large table with elaborate models on top; children who were able to take the perspective of a doll on the table and explain what the table looked like from her perspective instead…

Sharing, punishment, and culture

Brainethics has a summary of a recent Science Magazine article about cross-cultural sharing behavior. The study set up three different sharing scenarios, then examined how cultures with different values with respect to sharing behaved: These results demonstrate that there is a positive relationship between the likelihood of accepting an offer (i.e. the level of willingness…

The first edition of The Synapse is up over at Pure Pedantry. Jake Young has spearheaded the formation of this brand-new carnival, assembling a worthy collection of neuroscience posts. Be sure to check it out. The next edition will be on July 9 at A Blog Around the Clock, so if you missed this one,…

Jonah Lehrer now has two posts slamming Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink. The second post, currently ScienceBlogs’ most emailed story, offers the ultimate slam, proclaiming that Gladwell is the “new Freud,” a mere “prose stylist” who “wasn’t particularly interested in the neurological foundations of his theories.” As I’ve said before, I agree with much of what Jonah…

Autism, memory, and personality

The brain can be a good multitasker, using the same systems for unrelated functions. For example, the sensorimotor system may be used for imagining objects and concepts. What’s more, when one part of the brain fails to do is job, another part can sometimes fill in the gaps. Yet some disorders do cause intractable problems.…

P. Diddy probably doesn’t have to worry about this group horning in on his territory, but I bet the U of Oregon grad students had a lot of fun making this video:

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How do we find time to blog?

Here’s this week’s Ask a Scienceblogger question: How is it that all the PIs (Tara, PZ, Orac et al.), various grad students, post-docs, etc. find time to fulfill their primary objectives (day jobs) and blog so prolifically?… Funny you asked. It’s actually rather a long story. You see, about a year and a half ago,…

Around ScienceBlogs today

I’ve spent the morning looking around the Web to bring you today’s news snippets, but then I came back to ScienceBlogs and realized that the best posts on cognitive science are being made right here. Jonah Lehrer has an excellent analysis of Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink. Having just finished the book myself, I tend to agree…

Last week’s article on the Aymara language and metaphorical depictions of time generated a lot of discussion. I think part of the confusion there had to do less with the specific example and more with basic questions about metaphorical representations of time, so today I’m going to cover some of the research that led up…