Thinking Fast

Thinking Fast

Nicholas Carr [ Outspoken Critic of IT Megatrends ] I started writing about technology about 15 years ago or so, more or less the same time that Google appeared on the scene. And I think it was good timing for Google. And it was also good timing for me, because there’s been plenty, obviously, to write about. And like, I think, most technology

Cognition

Cognition

Hank Green [ Crash Course ] #15 – Why do smart people make dumb decisions? Why do conspiracy theorists think that we didn’t land on the moon or that Hillary Clinton is a space alien? And why won’t Bernice admit that the new Superman movie just isn’t very good? We’ve talked about cognition before. We usually refer to it as the process that

Remembering & Forgetting

Remembering & Forgetting

Hank Green [ Crash Course ] #14 – It was midnight when Bernice got off work. She was exhausted after a long and terrible day, and just wanted to get home to a hot bath. She was driving down the street, flipping through radio stations, when she pulled up to a stop sign, and saw something weird. A shadowy figure ran up to

Clive Wearing

Clive Wearing

Hank Green [ University of Montana ] # 13 — Clive Wearing was playing the piano alone in his room. When his wife came into the room, he immediately leapt up and embraced her with joyful enthusiasm. A minute later, she slipped out to grab a glass of water, and when she returned, he gave her that same bright greeting, as if she’d

Forgetting Forgetting

Forgetting Forgetting

Henry Roediger [ Washington University ] points out that Psychologists have been studying learning and memory with experimental methods for roughly 130 years — since Hermann Ebbinghaus compiled his Curve of Forgetting experiments. What changes have been translated from Basic Research into widespread educational applications? What difference has all this research made for the average 4th grader? None. Nothing at all has changed

Brain Anatomy 101

Brain Anatomy 101

Dr. John Campbell — Basically the brain is in three areas. The brain stem, the cerebellum and the cerebrum. The brain stem controls autonomic functions such as blood pressure, cardiac activity and respiration. The cerebellum controls automatic learned functions such as writing, walking and riding a bike. The cerebrum is the upper part of the brain and makes up the cerebral hemispheres. The