Cognitive Daily

Greta Munger

Cognitive Daily is a reflection of my teaching. In fact, one of the ways I pick articles for Dave to discuss on the blog is to pass along articles I’ve used in class. It has occurred to us that our Research categories (like Movement and Exercise, or Video Games / Technology) are not the most…

I just finished reading Jonah Lehrer’s book Proust was a Neuroscientist. Quick review: good book, very fun read, and I’m happy to recommend it to almost everyone. I just have one small quibble. For the quibble to make any sense, you need to know something about my teaching. Students in all my psychology classes have…

Perfectionism, Stress, and Depression

This is a guest post by Dominic Ippolito, one of my top student writers from Fall of 2006 Everyone knows a “perfectionist.” We think of him or her as someone who strives for, and often attains, a high level of performance. But what are the psychological effects of this behavior? Psychologists categorize perfectionists according to…

This is a guest post by Anna Coon, one of my top student writers from fall 2006 If a baby is placed in a new, strange situation, a common reaction is to look to its mother. For example, whenever I met a new baby I was to babysit, she would always look to her mother…

Casual Fridays: Those moving dots

Last week we asked our readers to identify the agents and actions in some point light displays. These displays show the motion of the joints of the actor (say, a human walker) and we are remarkably good at identifying various actors, actions, and even emotions. Our three movies showed some kind of quadripedal action, and…

We’ve reported on a variety of different studies looking video games and various measures of aggression (you can check out our “Video Games / Technology” category, and our archives) and a fairly common reaction, often coming from an avid gamer, is that this simply isn’t true about him. Now one of the serious complications of…

A graph by any other name?

You can get a lot of information from a simple bar graph, but to what extent does the arrangement of the bars matter? You can find great commentary about good design, but what about a nice clean experiment? Martin H. Fischer led a team that asked participants to indicate if a given relationship was true…

Casual Fridays: Moving dots!

Dave hasn’t finished analyzing the data from last week’s survey, but since this week’s survey is ready to go, we thought we’d go ahead and post it now. Click here to participate. As always, you’ll have until 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern time on Wednesday, March 1 to complete the survey, which should only take a…

Watch out for that parked car!

Have you ever noticed that when you drive by a car whose hazard lights are blinking, something doesn’t look quite right? You know those blinking hazard lights are really on the car, but they seem off, somehow. Part of what might be going on is something called the flash-lag effect. Take a look at the…