Mixing Memory

Archives for October, 2007

The Evolutionary Psychology Gene

Belief in Evolutionary Psychology May Be Hardwired, Study Says. (Cartoon from here. And yes, French was spoken in the EEA.) In related news, a new study has determined that “cognitive linguistics” is just a metaphor for the way the mind actually works.

From Anstis & Casco, 2006, Movie 1, p. 1088 OK, here’s a really, really cool illusion published last year, and that I learned about only recently. To see it, go to Stuart Anstis’ page here, watch the first movie only, and then come back here. You should have seen two flies moving in circles with…

There’s a fair amount of evidence that spatial reasoning abilities and spatial attention are an important constituent of secondary math skills (basically everything after basic algebra)(1), and it stands to reason that secondary math skills are an important determinant of success in math-heavy careers. There’s also a pretty large body of evidence that, on average,…

The uproar surrounding Larry Summers’ remarks on women in science and engineering, made almost three years ago (man, I’m getting old!) has died down, but the literature on social/environmental factors responsible, at least in part, for the large gender disparities in math-heavy fields continues to grow at a steady pace, continually putting to lie many…

Make ‘Em Bloody!

Offered without comment (and sorry, only available with subscription; maybe I’ll say something more about it later), except to say, why the hell am I not doing stuff with video games? Bartlett, C.P., Harrisa, R.J., & Brueya, C. (In Press). The effect of the amount of blood in a violent video game on aggression, hostility,…

Half a Mil

At some point recently (I’m not sure exactly when, but in the last 2 weeks), Mixing Memory received its 500,000th visit. That’s, like, a lot. A whole lot. I don’t think I imagined getting even 5,000 when I started this thing, much less half a million. All I can say is thank you, for visiting,…

How’s Your Life? I Dunno, Is It Raining?

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you probably know that I’m fascinated by findings that show just how little we know about ourselves. Most of what’s going on in our heads occurs below the level of awareness, and behind the often impenetrable barrier of the unconscious. Often when we’re asked to make…

I am deathly afraid of brown recluses like the one in the picture, the nasty little bugger. I never put on a pair of jeans without shaking them first, ’cause they like warm, dark places (and I know someone who was bitten by one hiding in her jeans), and when I recently found one in…

Weird Things I’ve Seen Lately

These pictures aren’t my own, but they’re of the weird things I’ve seen lately. Coal Skink White Grackle This one was hanging out with about 5,000 (I shit you not) grackles of the normal black variety, so it stuck out like a sore thumb. And having been around grackles all my life, I’d never seen…

Donors Choose

Go over to OmniBrain, read about Donors Choose, and if you like what they’re doing, give ‘em some money.