Cognitive Daily

Five years ago today, we made the first post that would eventually make its way onto a blog called Cognitive Daily. We thought we were keeping notes for a book, but in reality we were helping build a network that represented a new way of sharing psychology with the world. Cognitive Daily wasn’t the first psychology blog, but clearly it filled an important niche, because within a year, we were receiving over 30,000 page views a month. Now we often get over 100,000 page views a month, and we’ve totaled over four million. We reach many more people than would ever have bought our book, and we’ve made many people aware that psychology is much more than Sigmund Freud.

Now, it’s time to say goodbye to that. We are permanently closing Cognitive Daily, and this will be our last post.

While we won’t be here, we’ve seen a number of exceptional psychology blogs join us in sharing the science of psychology with the world, and we encourage you to visit them. Rather than single any of these blogs out, we ask that you visit Dave’s ongoing project, There, by clicking on the “Psychology” and “Neuroscience” channels, you can find nearly 100 blogs that regularly discuss peer-reviewed research in the same fields we’ve been covering here. You can also follow dedicated psychology and neuroscience RSS feeds, or the @researchblogs twitter feed, to get an even broader view of what’s going on in the world of science.

We’re grateful to many, many people who have helped make Cognitive Daily great. There are too many to mention by name, but without the many scientists who provided the raw materials, the bloggers who’ve helped share ideas, and the administrators and techies who’ve made it all work, this blog simply couldn’t exist. And, of course, without our readers and commenters, Cognitive Daily probably wouldn’t have been around for more than a few months. You’ve inspired us, motivated us, corrected us, disputed us, informed us, and responded to more polls and surveys than we ever imagined possible. We hope you’ll continue to find Cognitive Daily useful; the archives will remain here for all to see.

What will we do with all that time we’ve freed up? Greta plans to continue her work as Professor of Psychology at Davidson College, teaching and mentoring students, conducting research, and sharing her love of music, literature, and art. Dave will continue as editor of and weekly columnist for SEEDMAGAZINE.COM, and he’ll maintain his personal blog, Word Munger and his obsessively-updated Twitter account. In addition, Dave’s planning a new project, to be unveiled within the next few weeks. Look for more information about it on Twitter and Word Munger. In addition, Dave’s now launched a new blog, The Daily Monthly. Check there for a new post every day, a new topic each month.

Thanks again for being a part of Cognitive Daily. It’s been an amazing ride.


Update 1/23/2010: Comments have been disabled sitewide. Thanks to everyone for your kind regards.

Update 2/4/2010: Dave’s new project The Daily Monthly is now live. Check there for more writing from Dave.


  1. #1 Coturnix
    January 20, 2010

    Holy cow! That was unexpected! You will be sorely missed.

  2. #2 Scicurious
    January 20, 2010

    NOOOOO!!! *sniff* so sad. You will be missed!

  3. #3 John McKay
    January 20, 2010


    I’ve always enjoyed the blog and it was a pleasure to finally meet you this weekend. You will be missed.

  4. #4 Stephanie Z
    January 20, 2010

    ๐Ÿ™ If you’d announced this at ScienceOnline, we’d at least have had a chance to toast you both. Thank you for the good run.

  5. #5 kubke
    January 20, 2010

    You will definitely be missed!

  6. #6 Clare Mann
    January 20, 2010

    Thanks for making this blog so successful over the years. I believe you have demystified psychology for a lot of people.

    Clare Mann
    Psychologist Counsellor in Sydney

  7. #7 Ed Yong
    January 20, 2010

    Bloody hell, that’s a bit of a shock. Really glad I met you both last weekend. This blog will be missed.

  8. #8 Dr. Free-Ride
    January 20, 2010

    As others have noted, you’ll be missed, but you’re surely going out on a high note.

    It has been a pleasure getting to know you, online and off. I hope our virtual and physical paths continue to cross with some regularity.

  9. #9 The Science Pundit
    January 20, 2010

    OH NOOOOES!!! :*-(

  10. #10 Kevin Z
    January 20, 2010

    But, but, but… what polls will I fill out?

    Wow, a shocker but I know you guys won’t fade away. Looking forward to seeing whats next. Enjoyed seeing you guys at Science Online again.

  11. #11 Art Markman
    January 20, 2010

    Your blog will be missed. You did pave the way for lots of others, including a lot of what is going on now at Psychology Today.

    Nice work.

  12. #12 Pierce R. Butler
    January 20, 2010

    Aw, phooey!

  13. #13 Greg Laden
    January 20, 2010


    Well, thanks for making the rest of us look like we deserved to be here on the internet because if we tried hard enough we might eventually be half as good as you guys.

    Which we didn’t. And now you’re gone.

    This is a joke, right? You’ll still be there tomorrow, right?

    Well, keep in touch. And the best of luck, but with your talent you don’t need that!

  14. #14 Miguel รngel
    January 20, 2010

    What a pity…
    Thank you so much for so many good work!

  15. #15 OmegaMom
    January 20, 2010

    ๐Ÿ™ Say it ain’t so! This is a true bummer; your blog is one of my very faves!

  16. #16 GPattillo
    January 20, 2010

    Wow! This blog will be sorely missed. I look forward to the new project!

  17. #17 Jeremy
    January 20, 2010

    Cheers and good luck. Cognitive has been a daily read for years now.

  18. #18 sr
    January 20, 2010

    You will be missed — I’ve enjoyed being a regular reader on the site. Good luck in all your endeavors.

  19. #19 ARJ
    January 20, 2010

    WOW! Shocker! So are you two trying out for The Amazing Race or something???

  20. #20 anon
    January 20, 2010


  21. D: Oh no! I’m really sad! 5 years is a long time to keep up something like this, though. Thanks for everything and best wishes.

  22. #22 Rebecca Sparks
    January 20, 2010

    I really looked forward to your posts, especially you’re casual Friday quizzes. You will be missed

  23. #23 PJM
    January 20, 2010

    First Massachusetts, and now this. What a bummer day.

  24. #24 rachelmary
    January 20, 2010

    Best of luck in your future (and ongoing) projects! Cognitive Daily was a gem.

  25. #25 Ron
    January 20, 2010

    Best wishes – this has been one of my favorite websites.

  26. #26 Eric Juve
    January 20, 2010

    Thank you for your years of effort, good luck to you in the future. You will be missed.

  27. #27 Zuska
    January 20, 2010

    Oh my. I’m really, really sad to see you go from this space. You’ve given so much great stuff to the blogosphere. Thanks for all you’ve shared so generously with all of us.

  28. Thanks for 5 cognitively fun years!

  29. #29 frank habets
    January 20, 2010

    First Scott Brown gets elected, and now this. This is calamitous!

  30. #30 Dave Munger
    January 20, 2010

    Thanks everyone,

    It means a lot to both Greta and me to see all these messages of support. We’ve enjoyed every minute of these last five years. (Or so it seems now, looking back ๐Ÿ˜‰

  31. #31 Fizzle
    January 20, 2010

    I first came across this site about four years ago when I was 13 it was one of the first blogs I started reading and sparked a real interest in psychology for me. It well be sad to see it go.

  32. #32 Laurie
    January 20, 2010

    Thanks for all your work ! Keep on walkin n livin da cognitive life ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. #33 Murfomurf
    January 20, 2010

    Oh dear- I LURVED this blog! It was a way to stay in touch with psychology after I couldn’t get a job doing it any more! I guess I’ll have to rev u my enthusiasm for some of the other psych blogs! Thanks guys- you’ve kept my brain alive!

  34. #34 Tati Nahas
    January 20, 2010

    What a pity!!! I will really miss the blog…
    Whish you luck for the upcoming projects!

  35. #35 Michael
    January 20, 2010

    Arrrgh! Oh well, good luck with all future projects and thanks for all the fish…

  36. #36 amy
    January 20, 2010

    It’s been around a week before my last visit to Cognitive Daily. So sorry to find that this would be the last post! I have been a faithful reader of this blog since 2005 and I really hate to see it gone. One the other hand, though, it’s also great that you both can start having more time to do what you would love to do. Hope to meet you sometime somewhere, no matter in blog, in publication, or in person–Cog Daily will have a place in our heart ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. #37 Steve
    January 20, 2010

    Very sorry to see you go, but thanks for all the interesting articles over the years.

  38. #38 Sandra Porter
    January 20, 2010

    This is sad news ๐Ÿ™

    I’ll miss reading CogDaily.

  39. #39 Buckaroo Banzai
    January 20, 2010


    That’s bad.

    I don’t understand why such radicalism, either posting regularly, or not posting at all. But that’s not of my business anyway. Possibly some aspect of the contract with the blog host, I guess.

    Thanks for all these posts during all these years, though. I hope they don’t get deleted anytime soon.

  40. #40 cass_m
    January 20, 2010

    Thanks for all the interesting posts:)

  41. #41 Ryan
    January 20, 2010

    you will be missed! this blog changed forever the way psychology influences pop culture. not only that, but your work has changed blogging itself, which as you have shown, can be reliable, pertinent, and trustworthy. thanks for everything!

  42. #42 Robert Wiblin
    January 20, 2010

    Sorry to see you go ๐Ÿ™

  43. #43 Andrew
    January 20, 2010

    really, one of my favorite blogs. always so interesting. really quite sad to see it go. thank you so much for everything over the past bit. wish I’d found you sooner. wish you’d be here longer.

  44. #44 Blair Bolles
    January 20, 2010

    What can I say? Thanks for the years of great work. Best of luck in the coming (different) great work.

  45. #45 Marion Delgado
    January 20, 2010

    Best of luck with everything.

  46. #46 Miss Cellania
    January 20, 2010

    I’ve enjoyed reading this blog SO much! Best of luck in your other projects. Yeah, you will be missed.

  47. #47 Mickey
    January 21, 2010

    Is this just another study? ๐Ÿ˜›

    Thanks for the fascinating blog and best of luck in your future endeavors!

  48. #48 curiousgeorgie
    January 21, 2010

    This is the very first ScienceBlog I ever read, sometime in high school. I guess that was about 4 years ago, and now I’m in college, studying neuroscience. So thanks for both the information and the inspiration.

  49. #49 Sandra K
    January 21, 2010

    I’ll miss you! Thank you for everything you’ve done.

  50. #50 Bobby
    January 21, 2010

    I will miss your intelligent blog

  51. #51 Ced
    January 21, 2010

    Ouch, that is really, really sad. Your blog was fantastic and inspired me to try to find a PhD position in the neurosciences.

  52. #52 Michael Bach
    January 21, 2010

    Thank you for your years of enthusiasm keeping this up! I can well understand that you want to move on, but I’ll miss it. CD was one of the very few blogs I visited regularly.

    Good luck for your future endeavors,
    best, Michael.

  53. #53 Martin R
    January 21, 2010

    Woah, that was sad & unexpected! Dave, please let us all know about your new project when it materialises.

  54. #54 "GrrlScientist"
    January 21, 2010

    i go to sleep in germany and wake up to find the world has changed. i hope the change is for the better, but all i can think right now is the overall quality of the blogosphere has diminished. how depressing!

  55. #55 Jules
    January 21, 2010

    Gosh. Well, I’ve enjoyed this blog immensely, and I can vividly imagine you put a lot of time in it, and would like to do something else with it after five years. All your work is truly appreciated, though. Thanks for all the good posts!

  56. #56 fairyhedgehog
    January 21, 2010

    I’m very sorry to see you go. Now I shall have to go back over the archives to see what I’ve missed by coming late to the party!

    It’s been a great blog and I’m sorry it’s come to an end.

  57. #57 anonymous
    January 21, 2010

    Noooooooo. This is my favorite science blog. :'(

  58. #58 Alan Coady
    January 21, 2010

    Thanks for everything and good luck in the future.

  59. #59 nothingishiddennow
    January 21, 2010

    nooooooooooo! that’s a real pity – this has been such great food-for-thought in the short time I’ve followed it… but I’m sure you’re stopping for the best of reasons… and good luck with future endeavours (I hope this announcement isn’t just another of your tricksy studies!).

  60. #60 William
    January 21, 2010

    Aw, hell.

  61. #61 Luna_the_cat
    January 21, 2010


    Nooo. We’ll miss you!

  62. #62 Harlan
    January 21, 2010

    Oh, wow. My blogroll will never be the same. Thanks for all of your amazing work these last 5 years, and best of luck on new endeavors!

  63. #63 App Developer
    January 21, 2010

    So long and thank you for all the fascinating posts… see you on wordmonger…

  64. #64 steve
    January 21, 2010

    Thanks very much guys – I don’t know if you remember, but you helped my girlfriend out with an experimental design problem last year. The kind of dedication required to help a student you’ve never met with a problem is the something the world needs more of.

    I’ve enjoyed your blog immensely, and will be following research blogging. Good luck with the future.

  65. #65 Jenny
    January 21, 2010

    So sad! Thanks for 5 great years and a lot of hard work!

    Best wishes!

    PS: Video games are still totally awesome.

  66. #66 basilides
    January 21, 2010

    Once a blogger, always a blogger. This has got to be another tricky study of some kind.

  67. #67 The Nerd
    January 21, 2010


  68. #68 silvia
    January 21, 2010

    noooooooo, please don’t leave! you made me start loving neuroscience – i will really miss you a lot.

  69. #69 Size
    January 21, 2010

    Disappointing to hear that one of my favorite blogs is ending so suddenly, but I wish you the best of luck with your future endeavors!

  70. #70 Dr Shock MD PhD
    January 21, 2010

    OMG what a shock, thnx so far and take care,
    Dr Shock

  71. #71 Woundedgenius
    January 21, 2010

    Oh no! Will you be leaving an archive? Are there still plans for a book?
    All the best for the future.

  72. #72 Xerxes
    January 21, 2010

    B-bye! Good luck with your next adventures, and thanks for your hard work all these years.

  73. #73 Eleanor
    January 21, 2010

    I came aboard late in your run and must say, “Coggy (forgive me), I hardly knew ye,” but I enjoyed your company. I wish you luck in future endeavors and will look for other blogs on your recommendation.
    Eleanor D

  74. #74 Mo
    January 21, 2010

    Well, this is a surprise. Best of luck to both you.

  75. #75 Blair Warren
    January 21, 2010

    Sorry to hear this. Thank you both for all the work you put into Cognitive Daily. It will be missed. I wish you all the best with your future projects.

  76. #76 Michael Metcalf Bishop
    January 21, 2010

    You have a good brand, why would you throw it away? Why not just find additional contributors if you need help creating enough material?

  77. #77 Aleatha
    January 21, 2010

    You were the best of the best. You’ve always had something that fascinates me every week, explained in terms any smart layman could understand. I will miss you so much.

  78. #78 gg
    January 21, 2010

    I’m sorry to hear the blog will be ending, but I wish you both the best in future endeavors! (and I’ll see you on ResearchBlogging!)

  79. #79 MK
    January 21, 2010

    Sad to hear this blog is closing, it has been excellent.

  80. #80 Chris Runyon
    January 22, 2010

    Thank you for all the great posts over the last few years! You will be missed!

  81. #81 Hugo
    January 22, 2010

    Noooo.. sad to read this news. This is one of my favorite sites! I hope somebody else will contineuing this format soon with the same high quality. Thanks and goodbye!

  82. #82 SoloGen
    January 22, 2010

    hmmm … I’ll miss this blog.
    Hope to see a new wonderful thing from you soon!

  83. #83 Dr. Val
    January 22, 2010

    I’m so confused… We just met (at ScienceOnline) and now poof? I’m sad… but wondering what Dave’s new project is…

  84. #84 MW
    January 22, 2010

    Very sorry to see you folks go. You’ve been an invaluable contribution to discourse related to cognition. Good luck to you as you turn to new directions. And thank you for everything.

  85. #85 AJ Scarrow
    January 22, 2010

    Oh no!! I only just discovered you last Fall!

    I’m terribly sad to see you go but wish you luck on your on-going and future projects.

  86. #86 amiya
    January 22, 2010

    That’s really sad. Live happily & be as energetic and helpful as you always were. I do believe that both of you will continue to serve the human race. Best wishes.

  87. #87 Lori
    January 22, 2010

    Thanks for stimulating my curiosity over the years and giving me new insights into ways of seeing the way we think.

    Have fun with your lives.

    – Lori

  88. #88 Jenny
    January 22, 2010

    Now I am sad. I only started reading less than a year ago, but it quickly became one of my favorite sites to read. I wish you both the best of luck, and thanks for all the great articles.

  89. #89 Scott Hanley
    January 22, 2010

    Well, piffle. Now the Cognition folder in my Google Reader is empty. Thank you for all the good reading you’ve offered!

  90. #90 Parimala Shankaraiah
    January 23, 2010

    I have been reading this blog for 8 months now, mostly as a silent reader. I have enjoyed the diverse topics discussed here. You guys have done an astounding job in posting amazing stuff. Thank you very much.

    I am thinking that though there will be no new updates, this blog will still be here for looking up to older posts.

    Wishing You Luck in you Future Endeavours,
    Parimala Shankaraiah

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