All posts tagged with psychology

Stone Age minds in internet time

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The journalist Kenneth Miller has an article in the current Discover magazine on “How Our Ancient Brains Are Coping in the Age of Digital Distraction”. I mak...

Link: Language development in the Tsimané

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A nice article in Scientific American by Dana Smith looks at a new study of language development in the Tsimané people of Bolivia: “Parents in a Remote Amazo...

An interview on gorilla emotions

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The Pacific Standard is running a nice interview with anthropologist Barbara King, by Francie Diep: “How Do Gorillas Grieve?”. It touches on the recent killi...

Variation in cognitive traits and genetics

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A new study of more than 50,000 people has identified some of the genetic variations that underlie cognitive variation among middle-aged and older adults (Da...

Music and monkeys

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BBC Earth is running a story by Colin Barras looking at the origins of music in ancient humans and possible perceptual preadaptation to music in other primat...

Death in deep history

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I’ve kept a post by Kristina Killgrove sitting on my desktop for a long time. Although the post is specifically about a particular highly-reported study on a...

The value of the pretest

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Every semester for the past three years, I have begun my Anthropology 105 course with a “concept inventory” quiz, otherwise known as a pretest. My students a...

"Cavemom parenting"

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Heather Turgeon, in Babble, writes a note of skepticism about the “natural” mode of parenting: “The Science of Cavemom Parenting and Whether You Should Try ...

Mathematical thinking

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The Kavli Foundation sponsored an interesting conversation among four scientists about whether mathematical concepts are natural or inventions of humans: “Wh...

Brain plasticity in adults and cognition

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I ran across a study from a couple of years ago by Rachel Brans and colleagues, which has an interesting result showing a genetic correlation between plastic...

Thinking simply

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Vaughan Bell has a nice piece in the Guardian on folk psychology – how ordinary people tend to think about their own thinking: “Our brains, and how they’re n...

Chomping Chomsky

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I ran into Deevy Bishop’s review of a recent book by Noam Chomsky and James McGilvray, titled The Science of Language: Interviews with James McGilvray.

Telling stories

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Are narrative stories the glue that holds society together? That’s the thesis of literature professor Jonathan Gottschall, who has written for the Boston Glo...

Spielke profile

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The New York Times has a long profile of developmental psychologist Elizabeth Spielke, whose work with babies has opened a window on early cognition (“Insigh...

Zeigarnik, bane of bloggers

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Maria Konnikova takes a psychological experiment on memory into an excursion on literature: “On writing, memory, and forgetting: Socrates and Hemingway take ...

"False-positive psychology"

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Razib Khan conveys a list of suggestions from a recent paper by Joseph Simmons and colleagues Simmons:false:2011, concerned with reducing reporting biases in...

Magical psychology

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I enjoyed this article by Mo Costandi: “Sleights of hand, sleights of mind”.

No echoing the echo chamber here

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Seems to be a theme going in the press today: The Internet is making us stupid by connecting us with the things we like.

Monkey numerical distractions

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This study has been out for a few weeks, and I’ve been meaning to put up a short comment about it: “Representational format determines numerical competence i...

The eyes have it

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Mark Brown in Wired describes some psychology research showing that people change their behavior in response to posters that bear images of staring eyes:

Nowhere the rational man

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David Sloan Wilson has been posting a series on behavioral economics (“Economics and evolution as different paradigms”). This, broadly speaking, is based on ...

Hauser update

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The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on an “internal document” from the Marc Hauser investigation: “Document Sheds Light on Investigation at Harvard”. T...

Clearing the stack

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Here are some links that have been piling up in my browser tabs this week:

Anonymous research subjects

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New frontiers in human research subjects: PARC researcher Markus Jacobsson describes how to find anonymous research subjects via Amazon’s “Mechanical Turk” s...

Whorfed

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I found an interesting essay by Lera Boroditsky on Edge, titled, “How does our language shape the way we think?” She describes cross-cultural psychology expe...

Seventy years of studying happiness

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The Atlantic has a feature story, “What makes us happy?”, about the Harvard Study of Adult Development – a 72-year-old study of originally-normal Harvard und...

Pleasurable homology

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A long time ago, I got into a very heated argument with somebody about whether animals feel pleasure. I don’t think we disagreed really in the particulars – ...

Robert Lowie on anthropology and psychology

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It is hard to find a better discussion of how anthropology relates to culture than the first chapter of Robert Lowie’s 1917 book, Culture and Ethnology. For ...