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The perils of hindsight judgment

Paul Meehl was renowned for many things: his insistence on statistical and research rigor; his prescient views on schizophrenia; his advancements in psychotherapy; his creation of one of the scales of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI—one of the most widely used tests of personality in clinical research and practice.) He is equally famous for his aversion to academic conferences...

May 1, 2013 — Maria Konnikova

A Boy And His Atom

Video of the Week #90, May 1st, 2013: From: World's Smallest Stop Motion Movie Made with Atoms! by Joanne Manaster at PsiVid and IBM Movie Does Claymation-in Atomic Scale by Larry Greenemeier at Observations ...

May 1, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic

Our Ruly Nature

It is in our nature to need rules. By enabling better social productivity rules beats no rules. We can clarify our biological rule dependence by analogy with language and tools.

May 1, 2013 — Jag Bhalla

Rethinking Learning Disorders

For most people, learning to read, write, add, or subtract seems straightforward and elementary. But as both a professor of special education and a scientist who studies learning in children with neurodevelopmental issues, I know that, acquiring these essential academic skills is indeed a complicated and effortful endeavor for some and that the problems they and their families experience are often just as complicated...

May 1, 2013 — Rosemary Tannock

6 things dogs have in common with Susan Sontag

Since I’m still working out the difference between “procrastination” and “following leads,” I’ll tell you about a recent encounter with Susan Sontag and dogs.As a frequenter of Brain Pickings, an “online discovery engine.....

April 30, 2013 — Julie Hecht

#SciAmBlogs Tuesday - cockroaches, #scicomm, #TEDMED, #spaceape, petroleum replica, WWW anniversary, and more.

- Craig McClain - Where There’s Heat, There Are Cockroaches - Donald Boesch - Science communication both an opportunity and an obligation. - Judy Stone - From Tel Aviv to Boston Bombings: Connections at TEDMED - Darren Naish - The confusing diplospondylous tupilakosaurids - Christina Agapakis - Petroleum Replicas - Kelly Oakes - Happy 20th Birthday to the free, open web! - Khalil A...

STAFFApril 30, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic

A new molecular brain pathway may cause obesity We’ve known for some time that leptin hormone deficiency leads to obesity. Your bodily fat releases leptin after you eat, which then travels in the blood stream to the brain to signal the end of hunger...

April 30, 2013 — Stephen L. Macknik


Sci is at Neurotic Physiology today talking about Neurodome, a proposed project to being neuroscience to a planetarium near you! Hear over and check it out, and spread the word to get their Kickstarter funded!...

April 30, 2013 — Scicurious

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