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May 16

Replicability advocate John Ioannidis might be a bad actor

When you publish a finding titled “Why most published research findings are false,” the impact of your report is likely to have two major effects. The first is to encourage scientists to perform their research carefully and rigorously to ensure robust, reliable conclusions. The second is to provide a touchpoint for a general anti-science agenda …

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Feb 20

Illinois Primary Day March 17

If you are attending the meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society in Boston this year, you will be out of town for the IL primary that Tuesday. If you are registered in Evanston, you can vote early at the Civic Center starting on March 2. If you are unfamiliar with voting in Evanston/Chicago, the election …

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Jan 06

Pushing the upper bound on cognitive performance

Over the holidays, I discovered a new chess competition variant being played and streamed by Chess.com: Puzzle Battle.  Chess puzzles are a well-known training device that also have something of a micro sub-community within the chess world for artistry in creating positions with a difficult to spot but winning move.  They are highly recommended to …

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Oct 25

Answers to some semi-frequently asked questions about memory

Hello, We are working on a group speech for a school project and need to reach out to an expert in the field of psychology. We have a few questions about the topic of brain capacity and we would greatly appreciate it if you would take a look at them and get back to us. …

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Aug 29

Saying farewell to Dr. Cohen

Picture after last lab lunch with Dr. Cohen before he moves on to UPenn

Mar 25

Recreational lockpicking

On the theme of demonstrations of exceptional skills via youtube, I recently ran across the channel of the LockPickingLawyer (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCm9K6rby98W8JigLoZOh6FQ/about). He posts videos of picking various kinds of locks together with evaluations on how effective the locks are as security devices. I found this to be highly interesting for a variety of reasons. First, this …

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Jan 04

Implicit Comics

Many people have emailed me the following comic: https://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/conscious Yes, I appreciate it.  No, I didn’t have anything to do with the author/artist. Happy New Year! P.S. I wish I could embed it more directly here, but I don’t want to deprive the author of links/traffic. It’s about implicit memory.

Nov 12

Lessons Learned on Scientific Field Work in Esports

Scene: Mandalay Bay Esports Stadium, a 12,000-seat arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Two young men sip water and wipe their sweaty hands as they wait for a cue that it’s time to perform for the filled stadium seats and the two hundred thousand viewers online. Digital versions of themselves pose in sponsored gear on loop …

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Oct 11

Implicit/Machine learning gender bias

I ran across a headline recently “Amazon scraps secret AI recruiting tool that showed bias against women” that I realized provides a nice example of a few points we’ve been discussing in the lab. First, I have found myself describing on a few recent occasions that it is reasonable to think of implicit learning (IL) …

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Jul 02

Real-World Adventures in Science, part 1: Aconcagua

On December 19, 2017, I found myself with a decision to make.  I was standing on the side of Mount Aconcagua in Argentina at an altitude of 19,700 feet, about three thousand feet from the summit of the highest mountain in the Western Hemisphere.  It was a snowy whiteout and the winds were extremely strong—this …

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