Blog Posts - Cognitive Science



True Fiction

In this world of rational materialism, people still turn to fiction. Some prefer it in the form of movies, television, or internet, but those of us “old school” like our fiction in print. No matter how we take it, fiction … Continue reading...

How Searching the Web Affects Long-term Brain Functioning

As technology becomes more and more integrated into daily life, parents and teachers worry that it is causing people to lose their ability to think. Will people have less able long term memories if they can instantly recall data via their iPhone? Wil...
by Web Design Blog on Apr 3, 2016

Drug Craving, or How to Be Your Own Worst Enemy

Plus the disease model, warts and all. Bielefeld, Germany—The second in an irregular series of posts about a recent conference, Neuroplasticity in Substance Addiction and Recovery: From Genes to Culture and Back Again. The conference, held at the C...
by Addiction Inbox on Jan 22, 2014

Cognitive Science is …

Cognitive Science Cognitive science is an interdisciplinary research endeavor focusing on human cognitive phenomena such as memory, language use, and reasoning. It emerged in the second half of the 20th century and is charting new directions at the b...
by What is this ? on Jul 2, 2013

Presidential Lectures: Douglas R. Hofstadter: Extras

Once upon a time, I was invited to speak at an analogy workshop in the legendary city of Sofia in the far-off land of Bulgaria. Having accepted but wavering as to what to say, I finally chose to eschew technicalities and instead to convey a personal...
by Journey Through The Cortex on Mar 17, 2013

Infographic: The Story Behind an Internet Meme

Internet memes have taken over the internet as it relates to pop culture. Even single pieces of media such as Gangnam Style and Kony 2012 become popular internet memes. Basically an internet meme is something that goes viral. According to Wikipedia,...
by GIZMORATI on Jan 30, 2013

Top Neuroscience Discoveries in 2012: Researchers Identify Specific Words and Thoughts in The Brain

The last two months of 2012 have seen tremendous advances in mapping individual thoughts and words in the brain, a tremendous step forward in neuroscience.
by friday coming soon on Dec 15, 2012

Trouble Crossing the Bridge: Altered Interhemispheric Communication of Emotional Images in Anxiety

Worry is thought to involve a strategy of cognitive avoidance, in which internal verbalization acts to suppress threatening emotional imagery. We tested the hypothesis that worry-prone individuals would exhibit patterns of between-hemisphere communic...
by Journey Through The Cortex on Jun 3, 2012

SPARX: Video Game Helps Teens Battle Depression

SPARX: Video Game Helps Teens Battle DepressionBy TRACI PEDERSEN Associate News EditorReviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on April 23, 2012Shooting down negative thoughts in a video game may alleviate depression just as well as tra...
by virtuasapiens on May 9, 2012

Mind Wandering Is Linked To Your Working Memory: Scientific American Podcast

Baddeley's model of working memory in English (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Think you can stay focused on this podcast for the next 60 seconds? Well that depends on how much working memory you have, according to a new study in the journal Psycho...
by Journey Through The Cortex on May 4, 2012

Prosopagnosia: Whose face is that?

Prosopagnosia: Whose face is that?Published on April 15, 2012 by Jenni Ogden, Ph.D. Psychology Today.How many of you find movies and TV shows confusing because the same blonde woman appears to be both the murderer and the murdered? And then...
by virtuasapiens on Apr 16, 2012

Psychological Testing May Predict Success in Soccer

Psychological Testing May Predict Success in SoccerScienceDaily (Apr. 5, 2012) — Measuring what are known as 'executive functions', which reflect the cognitive ability to deal with sudden problems, may make it possible to predict how good an e...
by virtuasapiens on Apr 7, 2012

Mind Wandering

When the mind wanders, conscious thoughts come to mind that are only loosely related to the task being performed. This phenomenon produces tension within the cognitive sciences because the interfering nature of these thoughts is at odds with the assu...
by Journey Through The Cortex on Mar 18, 2012

Focus Groups For Public Speaking – 5 Steps

Focus groups have long been the domain of political campaigns – focus groups to test messages, focus groups to test appearances, focus groups to test images, sound bites, opposition research, research on a campaign’s own candidate –...
by Communications 3.0 on Oct 2, 2011


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