Nobel Prizes, Nudges, and Ethics: A LOT to think about

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Description: An economist named Richard Thaler just won the Nobel prize in Economics for his work in an area called Behavioral Economics. What is behavioral economics? Well it is the study of how human beings make decisions. Sound like Psychology, well yes it does because it really is. I am not getting Psychologically petty and… Read more »

Used to be we worried about TV time but now it is Screen Time that has us in a knot!

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Description: Back when I was a child (a loooong time ago) one of the biggest parental concerns was whether or not they should limit the amount of time we spent watching television. After a couple of decades of research it was decided that the amount of television watched mattered partly because of what was watched… Read more »

SES and Academic Success: The Importance of Early Vocabulary

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Description: Children raised in low socioeconomic status (SES) families do not do as well in school as children from high SES families. Why do you think that might be the case? You should be able to generate a long list of possible hypotheses. Perhaps the schools they go to are not as well supplied or… Read more »

Theory of Mind in Preschoolers: What’s in the Brain?

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Description: We know that preschoolers have trouble with (but are quite cute about) their understanding of other people’s thoughts, especially when other people’s thoughts are different than their own. If you show a 3.5 year old that a box of smarties (they are like M and M’s but are British/Canadian) contains short golf pencils rather… Read more »

Brain Cohesiveness During Information Processing: Individual Differences and Aging Effects

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Description: Over time, research into what happens in the brain as humans age has moved beyond looking at issues related to the loss of specific neurons or areas of the brain as a result of things like stroke damage and begun to look in more complex manners at how the various regions of the brain… Read more »

The Relationship Between Age and Scientific Innovation: Exercise Causal Caution

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Description: Have you heard the arguments that have been made about the relationship between age and success across a variety of fields? Based on the young ages of Mozart, Marie Curie, and Einstein when they made some of their most impressive contributions to their areas of endeavor, it has been argued that the sorts of… Read more »

Does Brain-Training Work? A Meta-Analysis Says Only Specifically

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Description: You have no doubt noticed some of the many claims in the media about the possibility that playing brain-training games can improve your general cognitive functioning. Many of these claims include statements to the effect that research has proven that their game or games do in fact have a positive influence on people’s cognitive… Read more »

Sea Quest Heros versus Dementia!

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Description: How might you playing an app based game help neuroscientists diagnose dementia among the elderly? Not sure? Well, the loss of spatial skill or the ability to navigate is an early symptom of the onset of dementia. So how about now, how might you answer that opening question? Give it some thought have a… Read more »

REM State Sleep and Memory Formation: Dreaming Mice

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Description: You may recall from a section in one of your psychology courses that the early part of a night’s sleep is typically referred to as restorative sleep. This involves deep sleep. In the latter half of a night’s sleep we typically engage in more rapid eye movements or REM state sleep. Do you recall… Read more »

Mono-tasking: The “New” Way to Process Information!

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Description: So here’s an interesting challenge. Go to the article linked below and, before you start reading it, remove all distractors from around you, and I mean all. Mute your phone, turn off the radio, turn off the television, do not check email, do nothing else except focusing and reading the article linked below. Once… Read more »