Mixing Memory

Archives for October, 2006

If you’re not reading the Columbia University stats blog, Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science, you’re missing a lot of great stuff. For example, today’s post by Andrew Gelman discusses the paper “Forecasting House Seats from Generic Congressional Polls” by Bafumi, Erikson, and Wlezian. From the paper: This paper is intended to provide some…

A Framing Analysis Research Project

I’m working on writing up a lengthy description of an alternative to Lakoff’s political theory, mostly because I feel guilty about doing little more than trashing it without offering anything positive to the discussion. My approach is based on, well, actual research, and unlike Lakoff’s, it won’t be designed to prove the superiority of one…

Psychologists are now fairly confident that humans have an agency-detection mechanism, and an itchy agency-detection trigger finger. This is because the consequences of not detecting agency are often greater than those of agency-detection false positives. As Atran and Norenzayan put it: From an evolutionary perspective, it’s better to be safe than sorry regarding the detection…

Everyone else who’s answered this question has been very decisive, but I really can’t choose an particular science TV series. I’ve always loved Nova, Nature, National Geographic, and I remember watching and loving Marty Stouffer’s Wild America on Sunday mornings when I was a kid. But I think my favorite science show episode of all…

Given the ubiquitousness of weight, obesity, and eating discussions these days, I thought I’d talk about some research that has, for some reason, stuck in my mind since I first heard about it a few years ago. It concerns the relationship between memory and eating. We all know that the desire to eat isn’t just…

New Cognitive Science Books

Over the next few months, several cognitive science books will be coming out that look really interesting. I thought I’d list a few of them, in case you’re interested in checking them out once they’re published. The Prehistory of Cognitive Science – Andrew Brook, Editor Description Featuring contributions from leading figures such as Noam Chomsky,…

Since I posted on a really bad study that’s outside of my area of expertise the other day, I thought I should make it up to you by posting on what I think is a good study by Gelman et al. that’s also outside of my area of expertise today. Plus, with a title like…

This is ludicrousness and this cannot last.

I know you’re probably not looking for movie recommendations from an anonymous cognitive psychologist, but if you haven’t seen

Autism and Television

Every once in a while I run across a paper that I have no idea what to make of. That happened earlier today, when I read a paper titled “Does television cause autism?” by Waldman, Nicholson, and Adilov (you can read the entire paper at that link). Television causes autism? If you’d asked me this…

Note: This was originally posted at the old blog on August 14, 2005. Enjoy. After I finally finished Language in Mind, about which I posted the other day, I went back and looked at some of the literature on linguistic relativity that I had read over the years, but had mostly forgotten. And since linguistic…