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Archives for March, 2007

John Rawls and Cognitive Science

Some of you may find this book chapter interesting: Hauer, M.D., Young, L., & Cushman, F. (in press): Reviving Rawls’ Linguistic Analogy: Operative principles and the causal structure of moral actions. In Moral Psychology and Biology.

Emotion, Reason, and Moral Judgment

Research on the role of emotion/intuition in moral judgments is really heating up. For decades (millennia, even), moral judgment was thought to be a conscious, principle-based process, but over the last few years, researchers have been showing that emotion and intuition, both of which operate automatically and unconsciously for the most part, play a much…

Seeing Red

When I was an undergrad, my intro psych professor mentioned research in industrial/organizational psychology indicating that the color red causes people to be happier and more productive, while blue makes people sadder and less productive. Later I was taught that the relationship between color and performance was actually more complex. Specifically, I was taught that…

The Next Andruw Jones

I have to do a little fatherly bragging. My son (#3) started playing baseball this year. He’s 9, so he’s starting a bit later — much later than almost all of the players in his league. So he’s got some catching up to do. Yesterday, I went to his first game. That’s him out there…

The Simulation Theory of Aesthetics

With a paper by Freedberg and Gallese, to be published in Trends in Cognitive Sciences, mirror neurons have made their way into neuroaesthetics (at some point, someone like Gallese will publish a paper arguing that mirror neurons explain everything, and we’ll begin to wonder what the hell the rest of the brain is for). Here’s…

Framing Project: A Long Overdue Update

I’m sure you’ve all long forgotten about the framing project that I discussed on this blog late last year, but in case someone out there remembers it, I wanted to give you an update. I still want to collect the category norms that I discussed. That is, I want to have people list features of…

Music and Peronality: A Study

It turns out that Jeremy of PsyBlog is currently running a study on music and personality in the UK. So if you’re reading this, and you live on one of those islands, you should go here and participate.

My Music

Since we now know that a person’s music says a lot about what that person’s like, I thought I’d tell you a little bit about myself by sharing some of my music. I can’t give you a list of my ten favorite songs (the data Rentfrow and Gosling used in their study), because to be…

What Does Your Music Say About You?

I went to a high school at a time (one not that different from most others, I imagine) when musical preferences were a good clue to social group membership. There were, for example, the punks who listened to, well, punk; the stoners who listened to Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” over and over and over again;…

Religion and Tolerance

In the discussion that resulted from the last couple posts on religion, a lot of claims have been made, all of which are empirical claims, and all of which thereby require data. But of course, there’s not a whole lot of data out there, and what is out there is easy to interpret in a…