Mixing Memory

Archives for February, 2008

God (and Gadgets) of the Lonely?

I’ve been hanging out with fellow atheists for a while now, and one of the more common discussions I’ve had when the topic of religion comes up is, why are people religious? The two most common answers I’ve heard from atheist friends and acquaintances are that religion is a fantasy designed to explain the mysterious…

ScienceDebate ’08 (Redux)

Looks like a couple of my fellow SBers have managed to get a date and location for their presidential debate on science, and have invited the candidates (Clinton, Obama, Huckabee, and McCain). I still think this is an absolutely terrible idea on so many levels, but I’m comforted by the thought that it’s extremely unlikely…

The January issue of the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science (the same journal that gave us the alien IAT) has some really interesting, and short, review articles. Unfortunately, they’re only available with a subscription, but for those of you who are lucky enough to have access to a university library, I thought I’d point you…

False Autobiographical Memories

One of the criticisms of most false memory research is that it lacks ecological validity. For example, in the Deese-Roediger-McDermott (DRM) paradigm, a common method for inducing false memories in the lab, involves giving participants a bunch of words (e.g., bed, rest, nap, snore, etc.) that are all associated with another word that’s not presented…

Sorry

Sorry for not posting lately. Some of you may remember the experiment I asked for help with a while back (here). Well, we’ve got good data now, and we spent the last week or so rushing to put it together to submit to a conference (the deadline for which was Friday). We’ve also been frantically…