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Archives for October, 2007

Does this ever happen to you? You’re preparing green beans to be cooked, putting the stems in the trash and the beans in a bowl. Suddenly you realize you’ve started putting the stems in the bowl. The dinner guests will be arriving soon, and now you have to search through the beans to pull out…

Last chance to help with DonorsChoose

Updated 5:35 p.m. EDT on 10/30/07: Psych for Seniors Part I is now fully funded, with over $400 in donations today! Let’s get Part II funded! There are just two days left in our DonorsChoose Challenge to raise money for kids to learn science. Have you been putting off your donation? You still have an…

We’re pleased to announce that BPR3‘s Blogging on Peer Reviewed Research icons are now ready to go! Anyone can use these icons to show when they’re making a serious post about peer-reviewed research, rather than just linking to a news article or press release. Within a month, these blog posts will also be aggregated at…

Optical illusions!

Here are a few neat optical illusions. 1. Multi-colored X? (via Grand Illusions) It appears that the X is two different colors, but it’s actually made using just one shade of pink. (more below)

Take a look at these schematic faces: Just a few simple changes to the mouth and eyebrows can create faces depicting a wide array of emotions. Face 1, for example, is clearly quite happy, and face 12 is sad. Face 7 is obviously angry. But what about face 4? Embarrassed? Happy but sleepy? Perhaps your…

links for 2007-10-25

ScienceBloggers Walk Down Memory Lane This is the geek equivalent of “when I was your age I used to walk to six miles school barefoot — in the snow — uphill both ways!” Daylight Savings Time worse than previously thought I don’t know about that. I’ve always thought it was pretty bad… Brain regions responsible…

The way subliminal advertising is portrayed in movies and hyped in some media outlets, briefly and imperceptibly flashing a brand name during a TV show can turn people into mindless cyborgs who can’t resist the urge to shop at a particular store or drink a certain brand of beer. Overhyped as these claims may be,…

When Jim was about 13 months old, I happened to be enrolled in a graduate level developmental psychology class. Our big term paper assignment involved observing two children at different developmental stages. I decided it would be cool to do a “longitudinal study” of Jim’s language development over the course of the semester — my…

links for 2007-10-22

Encephalon 34 is ready to go at Distributed Neuron N Skills Every Scientist Should Have Help Chad come up with a list of the most important skills for scientists Some tips for putting together a Behavioral Science grant proposal The relationship between money and happiness Key conclusions: Money doesn’t make you happy, but happy people…

As promised, Greta and I have given our first matching gift to the Donors Choose challenge. We donated $103 as our 10 percent match for the $1,039 that had already been donated. We decided to donate to the two most popular proposals: Psych for Seniors and Calculate the Joy of Helping At Risk Students Part…