The Frontal Cortex

Archives for January, 2010

Funding Innovation

Via Tyler Cowen, comes this graph of demographic shifts in NIH grants, which show a clear trend: older scientists are getting more money. Cowen also cites the eminent economist Paul Romer, who worries about the effect of this shift on innovation: Instead of young scientists getting grant funding to go off and do whatever they…

Avatar

I loved Avatar. Sure, I chuckled at the schmaltzy dialogue and found the neon color scheme a little garish and could have done without all the pantheistic moralism…But the movie was still mesmerizing. For 150 minutes, I vanished into the screen, utterly absorbed in the stereoscopic world unfolding before me. I was lost in Pandora,…

Self-Control, Redux

In the Boston Globe Ideas section, Kevin Lewis highlights a new paper on “the restraint bias,” or the dangers of overestimating self-control: One way to enhance self-control is to avoid tempting situations. The irony, according to a recent study, is that people who think they have more self-control allow themselves to get into more tempting…