Cognitive Daily

Archives for December, 2006

Here’s the Cognitive Daily weekly podcast for December 31 (one day late — sorry, we’re just back from vacation!). Don’t forget that you can subscribe to the podcast using the special RSS feed: http://scienceblogs.com/cognitivedaily/rss-podcasts.xml To subscribe using iTunes, select Subscribe to Podcast from the Advanced menu, then paste or type in the URL. To access…

Perfectionism, Stress, and Depression

This is a guest post by Dominic Ippolito, one of my top student writers from Fall of 2006 Everyone knows a “perfectionist.” We think of him or her as someone who strives for, and often attains, a high level of performance. But what are the psychological effects of this behavior? Psychologists categorize perfectionists according to…

This is a guest post by Anna Coon, one of my top student writers from fall 2006 If a baby is placed in a new, strange situation, a common reaction is to look to its mother. For example, whenever I met a new baby I was to babysit, she would always look to her mother…

Here’s the Cognitive Daily weekly podcast for December 23. Don’t forget that you can subscribe to the podcast using the special RSS feed: http://scienceblogs.com/cognitivedaily/rss-podcasts.xml To subscribe using iTunes, select Subscribe to Podcast from the Advanced menu, then paste or type in the URL. To access the podcast directly, click on the links below: Cognitive Daily’s…

So it’s December 22, and you are one of the few people who hasn’t already bagged out of work to get ready for the holidays. You’ve been absolutely deluged — swamped with work — the entire month of December. You’ve hardly had time to think about Christmas, let alone shop. But now, with the holiday…

Take a look at these two images. Do they belong in the same category or different categories? You say the same? Wrong — they’re different! The one on the right is a little blurrier. What about these two? These are in the same category. Sure, the one on the right is still blurrier, but now…

Chad’s got tenure!

Fellow ScienceBlogger and SAT-Challenge co-investigator Chad Orzel has been awarded tenure at Union College. Why not head over there and offer him congratulations? Let’s see if we can make his the biggest ScienceBlogs discussion thread ever! Now get to work updating that bio, Chad! In other news: Fascinating fMRI study demonstrating that people who were…

As parents of a 15-year-old, Greta and I are very interested in what causes people to behave aggressively. We know a lot about specific causes of aggression — violent media, testosterone, guns, and personal insults can all lead to aggressive behavior in certain circumstances. But kids and others exposed to one or more of these…

Our first year with ScienceBlogs

ScienceBlogs is celebrating its first birthday with a wonderful portrait of the entire ScienceBlogs family. It’s not quite a year yet (I think we were officially online on January 11, 2005), but if they’re happy to celebrate early, so are we! Greta and I shouldn’t be too hard to find in the picture — but…

The cover story in this month’s Scientific American, written by mega-entrepreneur Bill Gates, discusses the future of robotics. In the article Gates describes one of robotics’ thorniest problems. Having spent some time working with Lego Mindstorms, I can vouch that it’s a tricky one: “how to simultaneously handle all the data coming in from multiple…