Mixing Memory

Archives for December, 2006

Happy New Year

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Beyond Belief (Slight Reprise)

In lieu of an effortful post on cognitive science while I’m relaxing for the holidays, I thought I’d say a few things about religion and Dawkins again. If you hang around ScienceBlogs, you’ve probably noticed the spat between the two biggest (traffic-wise) SBers, PZ Myers and Ed Brayton. Ed criticized Dawkins for signing a petition…

Cognitive Science of Humor

I’m traveling today, so I’m posting something I wrote along time ago instead of offering anything new. This one’s from the blogs early days, so I really hadn’t gotten used to this blogging thing when I wrote it. Also, in the time between its original posting and now, I’ve learned a bit more about the…

Piling On

More than a week ago, Razib wrote an unfortunate little post in which he displayed all sorts of poor judgment. Since it’s short, I’m going to quote the entire post here, including his updates. The virginity thread generated a lot of response. The virgin lot of the nerd, ah, so cliche. And yet now I’m…

Money as a Drug

I’m going to be traveling tomorrow, so I’m spending today getting ready. Instead of a long post about research, I thought I’d link you to a paper Stephen E. G. Lea by in press at Behavioral and Brain Sciences. For those of you who don’t know, Behavioral and Brain Sciences has a target article (the…

One of the more sophisticated theories in embodied cognition is Lawrence Barsalou’s perceptual symbol systems theory (which I’ve talked about before, here). Starting from the premise that cognition is for action, it argues that concepts are represented in the same brain systems that directly serve perception and action. In the realm of memory, Arthur Glenberg…

A friend of mine and I were having a conversation today, and one of us (I don’t remember who) brought up a poster that we’d seen at a conference a few years ago. Later, I wondered what had become of the work in the poster (it’s about negative numbers being represented on a mental number…

Best Science Blog

Congratulations to Pharyngula, winner of the 2006 Weblog Award for Best Science Blog. Congratulations to Bad Astronomy Blog for giving PZ a run for his money, too. I finished last, but given the fact that my traffic is much, much smaller than all of the other finalists, that’s not so bad. Thanks to everyone who…

Letters from Nietzsche

OK, the last two posts with quotes from philosophers were at least remotely relevant to recent discussions on this blog. These quotes will be completely irrelevant, but they’ve stuck with me since I first read them at least a decade ago, and have been on my mind recently, so I thought I’d post them. They’re…

Memory Without Remembering… For 17 Years

Speaking of studies that make you go “wow,” I recently read a very recent one that really surprised me, and thought I’d describe it here. Memory researchers are famous for coming up with different types of memory, sparking years of research and debate just trying to determine whether two particular types of memory are really…