Cognitive Daily

Archives for May, 2008

Cognitive Daily is a reflection of my teaching. In fact, one of the ways I pick articles for Dave to discuss on the blog is to pass along articles I’ve used in class. It has occurred to us that our Research categories (like Movement and Exercise, or Video Games / Technology) are not the most…

How do you raise “good kids”? It’s one of the questions that plagues parents even before their kids are born. Although everyone’s child can’t be above average, we all want our kids to be nice to others, to “get along” in the world. But kids don’t necessarily cooperate. Babies scream, pull hair, defecate and urinate…

Greta and I have very different approaches to technology. I like to read all the latest technology news and learn about new products; she just buys the products she needs. That’s not to say she doesn’t like technology: she has a lab full of computers and uses them extensively in her research. We’ve also found…

This morning I went into the darkest room in our house (the kids’ bathroom), closed the door, and turned off the lights for 5 minutes. There was enough light coming in through the crack in the door that after a minute or two I could begin to make out shapes in the room: A towel…

Jim was an early, confident walker. Greta likes to say that he didn’t learn to walk, he went straight to running. By the time he was about 16 months old, he could already outrun his already-pregnant mother. Nora, on the other hand, was a late, tentative walker. She took her first steps at around 12…

We’re pretty good at remembering objects in a complex scene. We can even remember those objects when we move to a different location. However, the research so far has found that memory for the original view is a little better than memory when we’ve moved to a different location. Much of that research, however, has…

Things got a little crazy yesterday, with Greta headed off to VSS and the kids needing to be at three different places at once, so I’m presenting this week’s Casual Friday results on Saturday. Last week we asked our readers who their most important mentors were. We didn’t mention it at the time, but the…

Anton races home at speeds well in excess of the speed limit. He’s rushing to beat his parents home so that he can hide their anniversary present so it will be a surprise. Suddenly, he hits a slick patch and runs his car off the road an into a tree. He’s okay, but the car…

Ask almost anyone whether willfully deceiving another person — lying — is wrong, and they’ll say it is. But probe a little deeper and most people will say there are some instances where lying is okay: lying to prevent a crime or an injustice is acceptable, just not lying for personal gain. Parents teach their…

If you’ve had a lot of musical training, you can probably tell the difference between a major and minor key. If you haven’t had much training, even after having the difference explained to you, you’re still not likely to be able to make that determination. Listen the following clip. It plays the same melody in…