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(Big)foot in Mouth: Bigfoot Language

Human characteristics are attributed to many legendary creatures. As part of this anthropomorphization, these mythological animals are often given language abilities.

July 24, 2013 — Karen Stollznow

Every day is Interdependence Day

We see with our ideas. That idea can open our eyes to key questions about modeling human nature. Varying blues and illusions illuminate a weird sampling error at the heart of a heartless economic worldview...

July 5, 2013 — Jag Bhalla

School Work Prevents Senile Dementia

Cognitive decline is among the most dreaded consequences of old age and disease. Few things undermine a person's ability, opportunities, and independence more than loss of mental function...

July 3, 2013 — R. Douglas Fields

A Secret Society of Cells Runs Your Brain

Your neurons are outnumbered. Many of the cells in your brain - in your whole nervous system, in fact - are not neurons, but glia. These busy little cells shape and insulate neural connections, provide vital nutrients for your neurons, regulate many of the automatic processes that keep you alive, and even enable your brain to learn and form memories...

June 24, 2013 — Ben Thomas

Night Noise: What a Sleeping Brain Hears

[caption id="attachment_321" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Chinatown. Photo: Patrick Shen"][/caption] Earlier this year, a Kickstarter campaign for a documentary film called "In Pursuit of Silence" raised $35,371, exceeding its goal in just a few weeks...

June 17, 2013 — Dorian Rolston

Better Behaved Behavioral Models

We often can't rely on ourselves to act rationally. We know this, but much social science has a bad habit of ignoring it. A more realistic role for rationality is needed to grasp the unhidden but unmodeled relationship between decisions and actions...

June 14, 2013 — Jag Bhalla

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