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Archives for January, 2009

Can you tell if these two faces are the same or different? How about these? Or these? If you’re like most adults, it will be easier for you to identify different adult faces compared to the infant faces in the second example, and even the small children’s faces in the third example. This makes some…

Baby signing in the real world

Take a look at this video made by fellow ScienceBlogger Dr. Isis. She’s talking with her son, a toddler who adorably mimics her as she says very complicated words such as “Adventures in Ethics and Science” and “Wackaloon” (but sadly, not “Cognitive Daily”): It’s cute, but it’s difficult to say whether Dr. Isis is really…

Last week we asked readers to tell us under what circumstances they would be likely to use a public restroom reserved for the other gender. We’ve all been in the situation where there’s a long line for one restroom and a very short or non-existent line for the other (although this tends to happen more…

As a young child, my family was poor and we had to go to a public clinic for dental work. Since we were being seen by dental students, often the process was painful and took much longer than it should have. It was a tremendous relief when my uncle opened a swanky dental practice with…

Every year about this time, we start thinking about an exciting television event: the Super Bowl. I’m excited because it’s the biggest football game of the year. The rest of the family just likes to watch the commercials. No doubt, some of those commercials are hilarious, and there’s often more conversation about the commercials than…

Baby sign language is all the rage these days. Upscale day-care centers and nanny services promote it as a better way of understanding what babies want. Babies have been known to reliably produce signs as young as 5.5 months, and studies have shown that they reliably produce signs significantly earlier than spoken words. As we’ve…

Yesterday on our way back from a vacation in New York, we stopped to get coffee and use the bathroom. There was a long line at the women’s room, and a much shorter line at the men’s restroom. These were both one-seat restrooms with locks on the door. A man in line for the men’s…