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October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Filed under: Psychology — Laura Freberg @ 3:55 pm

Halloween at our house means Sees candy bars, although this year, Karla shopped for some organic fruit snacks in case some of the kids (or their parents) were not into chocolate, even once a year. Roger has always given out full-sized bars, ever since he worked for Nestle, and it’s a little extra expense with a big payoff–the kids are always so excited that you’d think somebody had handed them a million dollars.

So we’ll be sitting out by our fire pit enjoying the stars (it actually looks like we may escape our marine layer tonight) and the kids’ costumes. Hope you have a good one, too!

Karla's Picture of Herself and Her Sisters in Halloween Costumes

October 30, 2010

readings in psychology for october 30th 2010

Filed under: a current story,Biological Psychology,General Psychology,Psychology — Laura Freberg @ 11:52 am
our lab is always busy!

a busy lab of researchers is a happy one!

Here are a few stories I liked for today!:

“Humans are not the only species to prefer to use their right hand — chimpanzees also share the trait, according to a new study by Spanish scientists. The researchers reached their findings, published in the latest edition of the American Journal of Primatology, after observing 114 chimpanzees from two primate rescue centers, one in Spain and the other in Zambia.”

“The brain uses two different checks to guard against sloppy copy, a new study finds. By using a doctored word processor to sneak errors into typed words and surreptitiously fix typists’ real errors, researchers teased apart the various ways people catch their own mistakes. The study, published in the Oct. 29 Science, highlights the complexity of performance monitoring.”

“If you have seen the recent Holly­wood blockbuster Inception, a movie that does to dreaming what The Matrix did for virtual reality, you may have been holding your breath as Ariadne, an architecture student, folded the streets of Paris over herself like a blanket. This stunning sequence, an homage to M. C. Escher, is testimony to the bizarre nature of dreams. Watching it made the neuroscientist in me reflect on what dreams are and how they relate to the brain.”

“Seven-year-old children only need to interact with a person once to learn who to trust and seek information from, according to a study by Queen’s University researchers.”

October 28, 2010

readings in psychology for october 28th 2010

Filed under: a current story,Biological Psychology,General Psychology,Psychology — Laura Freberg @ 7:51 am
a page from my textbook

A detail of one of the illustrations in my latest book! CLICK on the picture to see what it all looks like!

Here is what I am reading today:

“You might think it’s obvious that one person is smarter than another. But there are few more controversial areas of science than the study of intelligence and, in reality, there’s not even agreement among researchers about what this word actually means.Unlike weight and height, which are unambiguous, there is no absolute measure of intelligence, just as there are no absolute measures of honesty or physical fitness.”

“Music produces profound and lasting changes in the brain. Schools should add classes, not cut them”

“Using nothing but thoughts, people can coax a brain cell that likes Marilyn Monroe to overpower a Josh Brolin–favoring cell in a dominance battle that brings her image up on a computer screen, a study appearing October 28 in Nature shows. The paper expands on data presented last year at the Society for Neuroscience’s annual meeting in Chicago”

October 26, 2010

readings in psychology for october 26th 2010

Filed under: a current story,Biological Psychology,General Psychology,Psychology — Laura Freberg @ 8:01 am
San Luis Obispo, California

My Home in San Luis Obispo, California

Here are a few readings that you might like:

“Movement in our field of vision can drastically affect the way our brain perceives the world around us. To explain these phenomena, visual researchers have come up with some mind-bending new motion perception illusions. Here, New Scientist brings you our pick of the best.”

“What makes some people so much more alluring than others? Roger Dobson discovers that good looks and sexiness are determined before we’re even born”

October 25, 2010

readings in psychology for october 25th 2010

house of balsamic

A high school classmate owns this nice company... CLICK on the picture to check it out!

My readings for today:

“Fourth graders flock to information like middle schoolers to a Justin Bieber concert. At ages 9 and 10, kids often make decisions by trying to integrate lots of previously learned material, when focusing on one particularly useful cue would work better, say psychologist Rui Mata of the University of Basel in Switzerland and his colleagues.

That’s a surprising tendency, given 9- and 10-year-olds’ limited ability to keep more than one piece of information in mind.”

“A new meta-analysis study conducted by Syracuse University Professor Stephanie Ortigue reveals falling in love can elicit not only the same euphoric feeling as using cocaine, but also affects intellectual areas of the brain. Researchers also found falling in love only takes about a fifth of a second.”

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