Category Archives: Psychology & Cognitive Science

Bletchley Park: The Undiscovered Country Estate (where we used computers to beat the Gerries)

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Image from the BBC I watched a documentary a few days ago called “Code-Breakers: Bletchley Park’s Lost Heroes,” about Tommy Flowers and Bill Tutte of Bletchley Park. Any time I watch a documentary about scientists or engineers who went unrecognized during their time, they are invariably women; Rosalind Franklin comes to mind, or Ada Lovelace. […]

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Howlin’ Tucker Plays the Blues

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This is fascinating. A scientist should study this.

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Chance Favours the Connected Mind

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Women are neurologically inferior!

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FemaleScienceProfessor is commenting on a really depressing article by yet another sexist academic on the apparently unfair behaviour of Title IX and other diversity mandates in the States. It is a trend that is starting to really piss me off. First Larry Summers, then John Tierney, and now Peter Wood are flying the it’s-not-discrimination,-women-are-weaker-and-that’s-why-they-aren’t-in-our-fields banner. […]

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Wonder Twin Powers Activate! Form of… Thesis!

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So I’m workin’ on the ol’ thesis. I’m citing a paper about working memory, theory of mind and humour and I just now paid attention to the non-primary authors in the study. The surnames are Uekermann, Channon, Winkel, Schlebusch and Daum. The Schlebusch is what got me. Such good ol’-fashioned German names. Schlebusch! Anyhoo, my […]

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The four sides to the education debate

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There are four types of people fighting about education. They are: Teachers. Most of them know what they’re talking about, because they’re the ones on the front line. They can be divided into dumb teachers and smart teachers. The dumb teachers are the reason for the debate. The smart teachers aren’t paid enough. Administrators, principals, […]

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Direct Instruction: Yay or Nay?

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Direct Instruction (DI) was developed by behaviourists Siegfried (Zig) Engelmann and Wesley Becker in 1967. DI does not address individual differences in children; it focuses on communicating concepts clearly enough for any and every child to understand. The DI method begins with letter sounds and then words; words are practiced many times before they are […]

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