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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…

Television can have a huge influence on our lives. But the most important influences may be the ones we don’t even notice. I discuss several fascinating studies about television in my latest column on Seedmagazine.com. Here’s a snippet: Travis Saunders, a PhD student at the University of Ottawa who studies the impact of sedentary lifestyles,…

My column on Seedmagazine.com today explores citizen science: serious, peer-reviewed research that relies on the contributions of ordinary individuals. While the projects range from cosmology to zoology, there are plenty of psychology projects too: Project Implicit is an ongoing series of experiments into the nature of human bias, hosted by Harvard University but incorporating research…

There’s an interesting article in the Washington Post today exploring one line of reasoning suggesting that the Iranian election is fraudulent. Basically, it comes down to this: the results aren’t random enough. In a fair election, you’d expect that each digit, from 0 to 9, would be the final digit the results in each region…

Here at Encephalon‘s temporary North Carolina headquarters, we were miffed to learn that our long-scheduled Keynote address has been upstaged by some upstart computer company’s manufactured “event” in California. Not to be outdone, we’re giving Encephalon an upgrade of our own. Encephalon is now iCephalon. And boy, do we have an exciting lineup of products…

For nine months, you’ve been able to read posts on ResearchBlogging.org in German and English. Soon, the site will be launching support for Spanish. Evaristo Rojas-Mayoral has created a blog to collect the names and URLs of interested blogs. If you blog in Spanish, or you know someone who does, send them to http://spanish.researchblogginglanguages.org/, where…

PLoS ONE turns two this month, and to celebrate, they’re partnering with ResearchBlogging.org to make history on December 18. On that day, we’re asking bloggers to write about one of the thousands of articles that have appeared on PLoS ONE in the past two years, in a synchroblogging event of epic proportions. It might just…

Yesterday Dan Ariely came to Davidson to give a few lectures and meet with faculty in the Economics, Philosophy, and Psychology departments. Greta attended two of the lectures and had dinner with him (along with the rest of the Davidson Psychology faculty). I went to his public lecture last night. If you’re not familiar with…

Operant conditioning at the NC Zoo

You might think the zoo is an odd place for psychology bloggers to meet up. But on Saturday not only did Greta and I get a chance to connect with some of our readers and fellow bloggers, we also received some fascinating insight into the psychology of zookeeping. Our group toured the North Carolina Zoo,…

Over the weekend we finished transferring ResearchBlogging.org from its dependably quirky old home to sleek new digs. If you haven’t visited the site in the past 72 hours, you should definitely head over to take a look — or even if you have, you should go back again, since dozens of new posts have been…