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Archives for September, 2006

One of the top ten coolest experiments ever has to be Botvinick and Cohen’s “rubber hand” experiment1. I’m going to let them describe the manipulation: Each of ten subjects was seated with their left arm resting upon a small table. A standing screen was positioned beside the arm to hide it from the subject’s view…

All Mirror Neurons, All the Time

The last couple weeks have seen a flurry of papers on mirror neurons, with three in last week’s issue of Current Biology, and the paper on mirror neurons and sexual orientation in press at NeuroImage (is it just me, or will that journal publish anything?) that is fast becoming infamous (see posts on it by…

The Official Seal of Mixing Memory

OK, I learned of this site from Positive Liberty, and tried desperately to resist it, but ultimately was unable to. The result of my weakness: And if you recognize the “slogan,” the answer is yes, I am a big fan.

Terror Management and Religious Fundamentalism

The other day, I talked about terror management theory (TMT) and modern art. That probably wasn’t the best way to introduce TMT, because it’s a bit of a stretch to turn TMT into an aesthetic theory. Instead, I should have started by looking at some studies on TMT and cultural values and beliefs, because that’s…

Music Cognition Blog

I just got an email about a new blog on music cognition, Sound and Mind. From the email: The vision for Sound and Mind is to provide an interdisciplinary hub, a place for cognitive musicologists, scientists, and critical theorists to discuss and critique each other’s work and to build professional relationships, potentially leading to collaborative…

Reviews of Moral Minds

Via Will Wilkerson, I learned of Richard Rorty’s very good review of Marc Hauser’s Moral Minds. He’s very critical both of Hauser’s moral nativism and of Hauser’s more optimistic claims about the study of moral psychology. John McKhail, who is a moral nativist, and has done some interesting work on the topic (which I’ve cited…

I was reminded of this illusion by the Seed Daily Zeitgeist yesterday. In order to get the full effect, I’ll show you one set of photos here, and the rest of the post will be below the fold. The first are from Schwanginer et al. (2003)1: They look pretty normal, right? Now look at these:

Linkage

Been a while, but I thought I’d start doing this again now and then. First, the serious link. If you haven’t read about the doctor and five nurses who have been unjustly sentenced to death in Libya, you should. Unfortunately, I don’t think any amount outcry in this country will change the verdict, but it…

Reflections on the End of an Era

A few days ago, the New York Mets clinched the National League East title, becoming the first team to win a division with the Atlanta Braves in it, other than the Braves, since 1990 (excluding the strike-shortened 1994 season, of course). This marked the end of the longest streak of consecutive division titles in professional…

Mixing Memory is 2 Years Old

Earlier this month, Mixing Memory turned 2 years old. So, happy belated birthday, Mixing Memory, and thanks to everyone who’s visited in the last two years, and especially to those who’ve left comments and feedback. If you haven’t yet left comments or feedback, then… why the hell not? I mean, come on, blogs need validation…