Forget

Stephanie has a sublime and thought provoking meditation on the value of forgetting. Her whole piece is subtle and poignant, so read it in full: We don’t always learn the right lessons from history. We make myths and stories before our understanding matches our need to make sense of surreality. We don’t understand the scope [Read More...]

Drawing New York City From Memory

And I was impressed by Al Franken’s ability to draw a US map from memory! You can follow Stephen Wiltshire’s live progress here. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Vote For The Best Philosophy Blog Post Of The Year (And Take A Moment To Consider Peter Mandik’s Entry)

3 Quarks Daily is offering a relatively sizable prize ($1,000) for the best philosophy blog post of the year.  You can read the nominees (a great many of which were self-nominated) here and vote for your favorite here.  The finalists will be submitted to Daniel Dennett who will decide the winner.  Peter Mandik, who is [Read More...]

New Work On Emotional And Bodily Influence On Perception

Thought-provoking findings: the way we initially think about the emotions of others biases our subsequent perception (and memory) of their facial expressions. So once we interpret an ambiguous or neutral look as angry or happy, we later remember and actually see it as such.    The researchers showed experimental participants still photographs of faces computer-morphed [Read More...]

Memory, Concentration, and Distraction

From MedicalNewsToday: Principal investigator Edward K. Vogel, a UO professor of psychology, compares working memory to a computer’s random-access memory (RAM) rather than the hard drive’s size — the higher the RAM, the better processing abilities. With more RAM, he said, students were better able to ignore distractions people who hold their focus more intensely [Read More...]


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