Developing Intelligence

Archives for August, 2007

In the Dimensional Change Card sorting (DCCS) task, 3-year-olds can usually sort cards successfully by a first rule – whether by shape, color, size, etc. When asked to switch then to another rule, most 3-year-olds will perseverate by continuing to sort cards according to the first and now-irrelevant rule. This occurs even when the current…

A long story short… My PhD advisor, a developmental psychologist, recently had her first baby – unfortunately, this baby was born with the long-segment form of Hirschsprung’s Disease. This means that Max has only 25 cm of ganglionated intestine; to survive he needs to mainline fatty acids a couple times per day. Such complete IV…

Steve Grand, author of “Creation: Life and How to Make It” as well as a principal designer behind the groundbreaking artificial life game “Creatures“, was recently interviewed over at MLU. It covers a smattering of topics: recent proposals for a completely synthetic lifeform; analog computation; advantages of embodiment (not what you think!); animal intelligence and…

What are the effects of prolonged boredom, for example as experienced by 17 months of interplanetary travel? This is the question investigated by a new European Space Agency project in which 12 volunteers will be locked in an isolation tank for 500 days. (In the comments, A.R. points out that this is probably bad reporting…

Blogging on the Brain 8/07

Having just returned from a 3 week vacation to purchase (and then move into) a new home, I am finally now able to get back to posting. Here’s just a very small subset of the best in brain-blogging while I was away: Fundamental limitations in predicting individual differences: the margin of error in predictive algorithms…