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Archives for May, 2008

Worst (Science) Pun

After my call for puns, I got some really bad ones, but I think I may have found the worst pun ever, and its a science pun too (via

Funny stuff.

Darwin’s Mistake

Got your attention, right? That’s the title of a paper by Penn, Holyoak, and Povinelli in April’s Behavioral and Brain Sciences. Well, the full title is “Darwin’s mistake: Explaining the discontinuity between human and nonhuman minds.” Here’s the abstract: Over the last quarter century, the dominant tendency in comparative cognitive psychology has been to emphasize…

Getting Crows to Clean Up After Us

Interesting (and short) video of a talk by Joshua Klein (via HENRY) on how smart crows are, and how we might use their intelligence:

I was asked to post this. Judging by the list of presenters and the topics, it sounds like an interesting conference. Announcing the 34th annual meeting of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology June 26-29, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA Registration is now open; deadline Thursday, June 5 — 12:00pm EST Note that early registration…

The Media and Female Body Image

There’s a paper by Grabe, Ward, and Hyde in this month’s issue of Psychological Bulletin that presents a meta-analysis of 77 studies (correlational and experimental) on the relationship between the media’s presentation of (overly) thin women and women’s body image issues (from the shrink rap). The studies used a host of measures of body image,…

Who says religion and science can’t go together well? I just read an interesting paper by Kinzler et al.(1), published last year in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences with apparent Biblical inspiration (OK, maybe not), as it begins with Judges 12:5-6 as an epigraph. In that passage, group membership is determined by…

Metaphysics with Computers

More fluff while I grade papers… While you’re giving me your puns (see below), you should also give me your best (slightly) pejorative and (hopefully) funny descriptions of cognitive psychology/science. The two best I’ve heard, both from the same attention researcher, are: “Cognitive psychology is just metaphysics with computers.” and “Cognitive psychology is a bunch…

Puns

I’ll get back to substantive posting in a bit, but as the semester wraps up, I wanted to ask for your help. Over the years, punning has become a more and more integral part of our lab meetings. It’s reached the point, in fact, that our P.I. can barely utter a single non-pun sentence, even…

Insignificant vs. Non-significant

Like 99.8% of the people in psychology departments, I hate teaching statistics, in large part because it’s boring as hell, for both the instructors and the students, but also because students have a hell of a time grasping it, and that makes for some really painful interactions. Part of the problem, I think, is that…