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Is sunshine good for you?

Yesterday was the summer solstice, and the days are getting shorter; but before you go out and enjoy the sun this weekend: Is sunshine good for you? In other news: AMA weighs in on gaming and internet addiction Coffee ‘could prevent eye tremor’ Brain’s inertial navigation system pinpointed What’s killing American honey bees? Labelling emotions…

This is a guest post by Laura Younger, one of Greta’s top student writers from Spring 2007 Everyone has heard of the concept of reinforcement. You reinforce your child with dessert after finishing his or her vegetables; you praise your dog with ear scratches for not barking at the mailman; or you give yourself a…

[originally posted on April 20, 2006] If you’re older than about 20, you’ll probably recognize the image to the left from an anti-drug campaign from the 1980s. The image was supposed to represent the effects of drugs on the human brain. While the effectiveness of the campaign is debatable, the fact that it now seems…

This is a guest post by David Kerns, one of Greta’s top student writers for Spring 2007. As movie special effects technology improves, more and more live-action shots are being replaced with computer animation. Harry Potter flies across the Quidditch field; Spider-Man swings from web to web through the cityscape of New York City, and…

This is a guest post by Martina Mustroph, one of Greta’s top student writers for Spring 2007. When you’re typing, your senses of touch, hearing, and sight align. You feel, see, and hear your fingers touch the keyboard. Now imagine that you are outdoors and you feel a drop of water hit your hand. If…

“What was your 6th birthday party like? “If you successfully retrieved that memory, you may now be ever so slightly less able to remember your other childhood birthdays. A variety of behavioral evidence has shown that such “retrieval induced forgetting” of strongly competing memories is fundamental to memory retrieval.” A fascinating article was posted over…

This is a guest post by Suzie Eckl, one of Greta’s top student writers for Spring 2007 Forget color television. Before we had color, we had black and white. Before we had movies, we had photographs. And before photographs we had… Engravings? Prior to August 19, 1839, the date Daguerre and Niepce revealed that they…

This is a guest post by Daniel Griffin, one of Greta’s top student writers for Spring 2007 How well do you think you can navigate through these woods? How about when your field of view is significantly reduced? When external information such as sight is decreased, our ability to make our way to a goal…

This is a guest post by Aaron Couch, one of Greta’s top student writers for Spring 2007 When looking out a window, or watching a movie in a theater, the image you see is typically presented as right-side-up. Let’s say though, that you’re lying on your side in bed and looking out a window at…

Greetings from the summer intern

Hello Cognitive Daily readers! As you may have already read, I have been hired by Dave and Greta as the Cognitive Daily summer intern while they’re away on vacation for the next couple of months, so I thought I’d give a brief introduction. My name is Aaron Couch and I am a junior student at…