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Archives for April, 2008

After spending all last weekend preparing our income tax return, I must have money on my mind. So this week’s Casual Fridays study is about money. I don’t want to tell you much more about it before you participate in the survey because it may affect the results, so just go ahead and click. Click…

Flowers really do make you happy

If you saw a headline like this one in your local newspaper, you might first think it’s some type of info-tisement sponsored by the floral industry. You’d probably be right, too. So what is this headline doing in Cognitive Daily? We’ve found a study to support the notion that flowers actually induce real positive emotions.…

Encephalon at GNIF Brain Blogger

The 43rd Encephalon is available over at GNIF Brain Blogger. It’s a fantastic collection of the best psychology and neuroscience blogging from the past two weeks. The next Encephalon will be hosted right here at Cognitive Daily on April 28. To submit your posts about psychology and neuroscience, email encephalon {dot} host [at] gmail {dot}…

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How often do you take time to reflect on the things you’re grateful for? Once a month? Once a week, at church, perhaps? Maybe you say “grace” at mealtime every day. But even prayers that do express gratefulness, such as a traditional mealtime prayer, are often expressed by rote. Growing up, my family wasn’t very…

Sorry, no Casual Friday this week — I’m frantically finishing up our tax returns. We actually did a Casual Friday about tax procrastination a couple years back though, so if you need a Casual Friday fix, check that one out: Casual Fridays: Dave FINALLY finishes analyzing the procrastination data.

In our little college town, one of the most popular fitness trends over the past few years has been yoga. Friends and acquaintances often suggest we join them in their favorite class, claiming not only that we’ll get stronger and more flexible, but that we’ll feel better about ourselves. But Greta and I both have…

The fact that infants are able to learn language without any help from adults can sometimes seem almost miraculous. Not only do children learn to speak and understand language completely on their own, active teaching of language skills seems to make almost no difference in their ability to talk. One of the first difficulties when…

Do you recognize this man? If so, you’re not alone: over three-quarters of our readers were able to spot Richard Dawkins as he flashed by in a QuickTime video. So does this mean that the gatekeepers at Expelled who ejected the much-less-famous PZ Myers but not Dawkins two weeks ago are a bunch of incompetent…

“Outing” gays and lesbians has always been a controversial practice, especially when done without the outed person’s consent. But even when an individual outs him or herself, some people argue that outing is inappropriate because of the negative stereotypes that are evoked. But there’s a subtler sort of outing as well: even if a person…