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Archives for June, 2007

“What was your 6th birthday party like? “If you successfully retrieved that memory, you may now be ever so slightly less able to remember your other childhood birthdays. A variety of behavioral evidence has shown that such “retrieval induced forgetting” of strongly competing memories is fundamental to memory retrieval.” A fascinating article was posted over…

We’ve been in Rome for a few days now, and we’ve seen several wonderful examples of how Renaissance and Baroque artists were beginning to re-learn the lessons of perspective, which, if 20-year-old memory of art history class serves me, had been discarded during the medieval period while artists focused on the social and religious dimensions…

This is a guest post by Suzie Eckl, one of Greta’s top student writers for Spring 2007 Forget color television. Before we had color, we had black and white. Before we had movies, we had photographs. And before photographs we had… Engravings? Prior to August 19, 1839, the date Daguerre and Niepce revealed that they…

Euro-update 2: Is science art?

We’ve spent an exciting week in Paris, seeing all the fabulous sites, from the Louvre to the Tour Eiffel. Today we decided to do something different and headed for the Georges Pompidou Center, where the national galleries of modern art are housed. Some fascinating stuff there, including some works which attempted to question the very…

This is a guest post by Daniel Griffin, one of Greta’s top student writers for Spring 2007 How well do you think you can navigate through these woods? How about when your field of view is significantly reduced? When external information such as sight is decreased, our ability to make our way to a goal…

This is a guest post by Aaron Couch, one of Greta’s top student writers for Spring 2007 When looking out a window, or watching a movie in a theater, the image you see is typically presented as right-side-up. Let’s say though, that you’re lying on your side in bed and looking out a window at…

Greetings from the summer intern

Hello Cognitive Daily readers! As you may have already read, I have been hired by Dave and Greta as the Cognitive Daily summer intern while they’re away on vacation for the next couple of months, so I thought I’d give a brief introduction. My name is Aaron Couch and I am a junior student at…

I’m reporting from sunny, temperate Paris. Gorgeous weather here, and we’ve already taken in a few sights. However, the first psychology-related photo op actually occurred on the plane on the way over here. Why is Greta scowling in this picture? She’s holding a catalog page from the SkyMall catalog, where travelers can order useless gizmos…

This post is scheduled to appear the moment our plane takes off for a very extended vacation to Europe. We’ll be gone for seven weeks, but we won’t be abandoning Cognitive Daily. We’ve scheduled two extended research posts to appear each week, each written by one of Greta’s top student writers and carefully edited for…