Cognitive Daily

Archives for April, 2009

It’s test-taking season for high-school juniors in the U.S. Most students take the SAT test, which claims to assess mathematical, verbal, and writing ability to help the college/university admissions process. The pressure to succeed on this and other tests has led to the creation of a whole cottage industry, selling books, software, classes, and even…

The Mafa people, who live in the far north of Cameroon in the Mandara mountains, are one of the most culturally isolated groups in the world. Since many of their settlements lack electricity, there are some individuals who have never been exposed to western movies, art, or music. But the Mafa do have their own…

[Originally posted in November, 2007] Do people ever tell you to “just smile, you’ll feel better”? If you’re like our daughter Nora, you hear it a lot, and you get annoyed every time you hear it. Telling a teenager to smile is probably one of the best ways to ensure she won’t smile for the…

Last week we asked our readers about their reasoning behind decisions they and others make about personal security. Are some of us just paranoid? Or do the decisions we make about security and safety reflect the real threats around us? Actually, since this is just a casual study, we’re not going to measure real threats…

Take a look at this astonishing (and adorable) video demonstrating how a baby acquires object permanence. At 6 months old, the baby can see and reach for an object, but as soon as it is hidden, she doesn’t seem to realize it’s there. The baby is interested and excited by the objects, but when they’re…