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Are surveys art?

In honor of President’s Day in the U.S., I bring you this work of “art,” generated on the basis of a survey of 1,001 Americans’ preferences about art: The work was created to embody the survey responses. The respondents were asked questions like “what is your favorite color” and “would you prefer paintings of outdoor…

Two summers ago in Paris, I was astounded at the volume of traffic that somehow managed to negotiate the traffic circle at the Arc de Triomphe without incident. Here’s the (poor quality) video I made to document traffic flow there: I learned to drive in my 20s in New York City. Like Paris, New York…

Cognitive Daily readers know that we generally shy away from political issues on our blog. The goal of this blog is to show readers what science is all about, through the example of the fantastic research being done cognitive psychology. But when James Watson made his most recent comments about race and intelligence, we took…

What is peer review, anyway?

Over at BPR3, a reader brought up an interesting question about the nature of peer-reviewed research, which I thought was relevant to our readers here as well. I’m reposting my entire response below. The system of peer review, the bulwark of academic publishing, has served scholars for centuries. The principle behind the system is simple:…

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…

Last year, a friend of Greta’s died tragically young. He was a pillar of the community, and Greta was honored to learn that he wanted her to play the oboe at his memorial service, which would be attended by hundreds of people. Greta has performed in countless concerts, with audiences just as large, but the…

Thumbnail book review: Storm World

I’ve just finished reading fellow ScienceBlogger Chris Mooney‘s new book Storm World, and I highly recommend it — not only to people interested in hurricanes and global climate change, but also to fans of cognitive psychology. Why psychology? Because the book offers an excellent case study of how scientific research becomes part of the popular…

Cognitive Daily — now full text RSS!

That’s right, you can now get the full text of every Cognitive Daily post via RSS. There’s just one catch: You must buy a $399 Amazon Kindle and pay 99 cents (per month, I assume) to subscribe to Cognitive Daily. I don’t know if this subscription will allow you to view images, and I’m pretty…

Regular CogDaily readers know that I don’t usually harp relentlessly on a single issue. Believe me, I’d much rather be talking about things like this, but it’s not very often that I get a chance to make an impact in the blogosphere. Thanks to a link from Fark (via BoingBoing) it looks like today might…

Cast your vote for real science

Update: Thanks to everyone who voted. The contest is over; it has been declared a tie. That’s a little odd because at last count, Bad Astronomy was ahead. But it’s likely there were trickerations on both sides. Oh well. Thousands of Google Reader users subscribe to Cognitive Daily’s feed via the Google Science bundle. This…