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Archives for August, 2007

Do Connectionists Wear Analog Watches?

And am I the only one who thinks that’s a funny question? Real posts to come when I have two spare moments.

Miscellaneous Stuff

First, Seed is hosting a 500,000th Comment Contest, with a trip to “the greatest science city in the world,” which you can vote on here. So be sure to vote and then comment a lot, preferably here at Mixing Memory. Second, via Advances in the History of Psychology, I learned of an article in Teaching…

Short answer, no. Duh. Long answer, man do I hate how psychology gets reported in the media. If you were surfing around news sites earlier this week, you might have come across something like this: A study in Current Biology reports some of the first conclusive evidence in support of the long-held notion that men…

The Bailey Case

Macht makes a good point, in noting that pro-science bloggers, who are quick to jump on any religious or Republican affront to science, have for the most part ignored the Michael Bailey case, largely, I suspect, because most of the pro-science bloggers are more anti-religion and anti-Republican than they are pro-science (which is not to…

Crows are smart. Really smart. But just how smart are they? Studying non-human primates, particularly gorillas, orangutans, and chimpanzees, researchers have shown that they’re capable of what’s called meta-tool use, or using one tool with another tool (I’ve mostly seen it defined as using one tool to modify or improve another tool, but more on…

Folk Meta-Ethics

There’s a really interesting paper by Geoffrey Goodwin and John Darley in press at the journal Cognition on the subject of lay meta-ethics, and ethical objectivism specifically. That is, the paper explores the question, “How do lay individuals think about the objectivity of their ethical beliefs?” (from the abstract). The paper contains a ton of…

Called Strikes and Race: Et tu, Baseball?

A few months ago, I posted about a study showing implicit racial bias in NBA referees’ calls. Now it’s baseball’s turn, because yesterday reports of study by Parsons et al.1 that shows analogous results for home plate umpires began popping up all over the media. The study is pretty straightforward, though the data analysis must…

Does anyone around here know of a program or programs that can do the following things with text: Frequency counts for parts of speech (nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc.). Sort or score words/phrases based on how abstract or concrete they are. UPDATE: Thank you everyone for the suggestions and tips. I’ll try them out tomorrow when…

Cognitive Science Tattoos

Over at his blog The Loom, Carl Zimmer here) is cog sci related. Anyone else out there have a cog sci-related tattoo?

Over at one of her other blogospheric homes, Channel N, fellow ScienceBlogger