Tag: Psychology Cognition

Split brain demonstration

October 5, 2007 | By | Reply More
Split brain demonstration

I’ve often read about split brain patient demostrations, but I’ve never before seen them. This video also includes explanations by Michael Gazzaniga, a pioneer in this field.

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The Temptation of Living Multiple Simultaneous Lives

October 5, 2007 | By | 4 Replies More
The Temptation of Living Multiple Simultaneous Lives

“If everything’s under control, you’re going too slow.”  Mario Andretti Like most people I know, I try to keep quite a few balls in the air.   Those balls represent things such as prosecuting lawsuits against large unscrupulous businesses.   Today, for instance, the two lawyers who constitute my firm’s consumer class action practice area (I’m one of […]

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Free will: an intensely compelling ridiculous idea

October 1, 2007 | By | 54 Replies More
Free will: an intensely compelling ridiculous idea

Talk about strange bedfellows!  You will never find any ideas supported by a more diverse following than “free will.”  What is free will?  Allegedly, it’s the ability to “freely” be in charge of one’s own thoughts and actions.  It’s the ability to be “in control.”  And as I pointed out here, there is almost nothing […]

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The importance of control

October 1, 2007 | By | 2 Replies More
The importance of control

Of course the experience of control is important, though it’s not obvious just how important it is to our well-being. As it turns out, it is critically important. My good friend Ebonmuse, one of the contributors to this blog, recommended a book called Forty Studies That Changed Psychology: Explorations into the History of Psychological Research, by Roger […]

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Why aren’t more women becoming scientists?

September 29, 2007 | By | 1 Reply More
Why aren’t more women becoming scientists?

Here’s a 3-part series from Cognitive Daily updating the research.  The bottom line?  It’s possible that there are some subtle cognitive differences between men and women, but it’s not clear, but its’s not clear that these really account for the differences.  There do appear to be missed opportunities for encouraging women to become scientists.

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New fMRI study: woman in vegetative state might be conscious

September 24, 2007 | By | 1 Reply More
New fMRI study: woman in vegetative state might be conscious

Salon.com has published an article (“The light’s on, but is anybody home?”) on a new study that claims that scientists are able to determine (based on fMRI studies) that a woman who has been diagnosed to be in a vegetative state for two years appears to be conscious. In a recent article in the Archives […]

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52 ways to reduce stress

September 23, 2007 | By | Reply More
52 ways to reduce stress

What can you do to avoid stress?  I stumbled across this thoughtful list tonight. I use quite a few of these.  I wanted to keep it handy, so I’m posting it.   It’s good to have lists like these in writing, because when you’re stressed it’s hard to remember and hard to think laterally. 

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A widespread American epidemic: intellectual brain freeze

September 23, 2007 | By | 10 Replies More
A widespread American epidemic: intellectual brain freeze

I don’t think anyone has yet invented a specific word for this phenomenon, but too many Americans are suffering from an intense craving for simple one-step answers to life’s most important questions.  Though people have always taken explanatory leaps, the mainstream media seems to tolerate them like never before. In the political realm, for example, the media should […]

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Is America ready for a woman President?

September 22, 2007 | By | Reply More
Is America ready for a woman President?

Sam Bee of Comedy Central takes a not-so-serious look at this commonly heard question.

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