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Archives for November, 2007

Both Greta and I are big wine fans. Despite Jonah’s recent extremely popular post, I, at least, believe that I can tell the difference between good and bad wines. I’m still convinced that a good wine is more than just an attractive label (though I’m a sucker for labels with Zinfandel puns like “Zen of…

Yesterday we discussed several experiments offering converging evidence that exposure to the color red, even for brief periods before taking a test, can result in lower achievement. It’s startling research, but as my daughter suggested at breakfast this morning, maybe people are just intimidated by the color red because that’s the color that’s always used…

Bora Zivkovic is finishing up his nominations for Open Laboratory 2007, a collection of the best Science Blogging in 2007. I’d like to nominate a couple Cognitive Daily posts (this post made it into the 2006 collection), but I thought it might be good to get our readers’ input on the posts they liked the…

One of the things I was taught in English graduate school was never to grade papers using red ink. Students don’t respond well to the color red, I was told — it’s intimidating. I always thought this was a little far-fetched, and my instructors couldn’t offer a peer-reviewed journal article that definitively answered the question…

Last week’s Casual Friday study focused on messes around the home. We identified eight common household messes, and then asked readers how annoying they were, and who cleaned up. An interesting thing happened: for the first time ever, we had significantly more female respondents than male respondents: Nearly 60 percent of the 490 responses to…

Regular CogDaily readers know that I don’t usually harp relentlessly on a single issue. Believe me, I’d much rather be talking about things like this, but it’s not very often that I get a chance to make an impact in the blogosphere. Thanks to a link from Fark (via BoingBoing) it looks like today might…

Cast your vote for real science

Update: Thanks to everyone who voted. The contest is over; it has been declared a tie. That’s a little odd because at last count, Bad Astronomy was ahead. But it’s likely there were trickerations on both sides. Oh well. Thousands of Google Reader users subscribe to Cognitive Daily’s feed via the Google Science bundle. This…

Children follow a consistent pattern when they acquire language. Instead of learning the most common words first, they start by learning a disproportionate number of nouns. In the youngest talkers nouns form up to 60 percent of their vocabulary, compared to just 40 percent of the vocabulary of a typical 2 and a half year-old…

DonorsChoose wrap-up

Well, we didn’t quite reach our goal of raising $6,000 for Donors Choose. However, we were able to raise over $2,000 for students in underfunded schools. Greta and I matched ten percent of the donations, contributing $203 in addition to the funds you donated. Five of the projects we chose are now fully funded: Roller…

Imagine that, over the course of a conversation with a friend from work, she makes the following two statements: It’s possible that my brother will be coming into town tomorrow It’s possible that our boss knows about the affair you had with the intern (You might also have to imagine a more adventurous romantic life…