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Archives for January, 2008

When we watch a movie, we’re usually not conscious of the cuts made by the editor. The camera angle may change dozens of times during a scene, and we follow along as if the flashing from one viewpoint to another wasn’t at all unusual. You might think this is just because we’ve been accustomed to…

Birthday present for me

Today is my birthday, so instead of offering a post for you, I thought I’d ask for a small gift. I’d like to revamp my personal web browsing system so that it’s more efficient. I already keep up with psychology blogs via RSS, but I’d like to start browsing other things — news, entertainment, and…

Two facts are true about young children: they sleep a lot more than adults, and they learn language at an astonishing rate. How can they learn so much when they’re sleeping so much of the time? Perhaps sleep itself enhances learning. In fact, a number of studies suggest that naps actually enhance learning in adults.…

Yesterday’s post offered a simple poll question: # How Many People Will Select The Same Option As You? 0% 1-25% 26-50% 51-75% 76-99% 100% I didn’t think this poll would attract as much interest as it did because in one sense I was just copying a poll from Slashdot. I guess people liked the fact…

Very cool poll at slashdot

Slashdot’s poll of the moment is just fantastic, combining psychology and reasoning in a very cool way. Here’s the question: # How Many People Will Select The Same Option As You? 0% 1-25% 26-50% 51-75% 76-99% 100% Just CowboyNeal [this is the traditional joke Slashdot poll answer] At first pass, you might figure that there…

Omnispectacle? Retrobrain?

The number of psychology / neuroscience blogs on scienceblogs.com will soon decrease by one. However, the number of bloggers will stay the same. How is that possible? The hilarious Omni Brain and thought-provoking Restrospectacle are each closing down shop. But they’re re-emerging as a new blog that combines the efforts of Steve and Shelley. They…

Last week we asked readers how often they eat at buffet-style restaurants, where diners serve themselves unlimited portions of food from heated serving tables. The question was inspired by a post by ScienceBlogs editor Virginia Hughes, which was inspired by an innocuous comment I made as we were heading to our hotel restaurant table: “People…

New ScienceBloggers!

Three great new bloggers have joined the ScienceBlogs team: Kate Seip has joined Jake at Pure Pedantry. You may remember her excellent blog Anterior Commissure. Sometime CogDaily commenter DrugMonkey is also now in the house, with coblogger PhysioProf. Let’s welcome these fabulous new additions to ScienceBlogs! I also met up with one more great blogger…

When you know something, is that different from remembering? Both types of thoughts are clearly part of the memory system, but is there really any difference between the two concepts? We often use the two terms nearly interchangeably: I might say “I remember Suzanne had her purse when we left the restaurant because I saw…

Less than a week after its official launch, ResearchBlogging.org now has 78 active, registered users. We’re already bigger than ScienceBlogs.com! Of course, many of our users are ScienceBloggers — these projects can definitely work together. We can also get much bigger. Over 200 bloggers have used our icon, and we need to get them signed…