Developing Intelligence

Archives for January, 2008

Blogging on the Brain: 1/04

A downright amazing post on cognitive dissonance at Mind Hacks. Gesturing unlocks children’s math skills. An entertaining review of new work on inner speech. A new case of simultagnosia (the inability to see more than one object at a time). Repressed memories: a “culture-bound” syndrome? Tabloid language in Nature Neuroscience? Frontal Cortex discusses a new…

Over New Year’s I had a brief discussion with a condensed-matter physicist who proclaimed that 1) “some developmental research is amazingly bad” and that 2) “they think they can tell what a baby has learned from what direction it looks,” topping it all off with 3) “you guys don’t even know what learning is!” I…

Play is more often simply observed than studied scientifically – play behaviors occur unpredictably and, when they do occur, are highly chaotic, making it very difficult to study them in the laboratory. Despite these challenges, new work is beginning to make play accessible from a rigorous scientific framework. For example, a recent article by Schulz…