Cognitive Daily

Archives for September, 2009

We’ve all had the experience of a completely infuriating electronic form. My “favorite” example is a calendar application I once had that wouldn’t let me delete numbers in certain places: there had to be something in the box, and you couldn’t even delete a number temporarily to replace it with a new one. The only…

My picks from ResearchBlogging.org

In case you missed them, here are the posts I chose as “Editor’s Selections” yesterday for ResearchBlogging.org. The amazing malleability of our body image. Volunteers felt real pain watching someone hurt a fake hand. Can we use EEG to predict whether an antidepressant will be effective? Maybe, but only if researchers are allowed to test…

Imagine a critical witness being grilled in preparation for a high-profile murder case. The prosecuting attorney wants to make sure she has every angle covered, so she questions the witness over and over to double- and triple-check that he has his story right. When he finally takes the stand, he remembers every detail she asked…

Last week we asked readers how far they’d go to save a little money. Would you wash and re-use disposable plastic silverware? Get a “Doggie Bag” for your restaurant leftovers? Over 5,000 people responded to our Casual Fridays thriftfest last week — the most popular Casual Friday ever, thanks to a link from Consumerist.com. In…

How did you decide to read this post? You might have seen the headline in an RSS reader or noticed it on the ScienceBlogs home page. Maybe someone emailed or tweeted the link to you. But you still had to make the decision to actually read it. How do you know when you made that…

My column on SEEDMAGAZINE.COM today discusses recent research on acupuncture: The science behind acupuncture is dubious. It’s difficult to properly control an acupuncture study because its practitioners–and those receiving treatment–are heavily invested in the results. In a Norwegian study of acupuncture as treatment for hot flashes during menopause, 80 out of 535 volunteers dropped out…

Jim and Nora each attended summer camps that they enjoyed tremendously this past summer. When we picked up Nora from her camp, she was completely exhausted. Why? She and her new friends had only gotten 30 minutes of pretend sleep the night before. This was to fool their counselors before sneaking into a pre-determined room…