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Daniel Simons
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Nice piece on different reasons to try direct replications in your research.
 
Replicating Down vs. Replicating Up
More and more people are involved in replication research.
This is a good thing. Why conduct replication experiments? A major motivation for
recent replication attempts appears to have been because there are serious doubts
about certain findings. On that vi...
More and more people are involved in replication research. This is a good thing. Why conduct replication experiments? A major motivation for recent replication attempts appears to have been because there are serious doub...
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+Andrej Drapal The funny part here is that you actually think that you are clever. I will bet my annual salary that your family and friends believe that you are a dunce. 
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Another video that made me happy

Great for anyone who likes New Orleans jazz or 1980s rock. 
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+Roy s Well you have no idea what music is. Also without this kind of music rock, heavy metal, metal, etc. wouldn't exist. So educate yourself and go listen to Axel, a bloated alcoholic, coke head.
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Videos that made me happy today, part 2
Goats balancing on a flexible piece of steel
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nice video guys "Andrew B Cloverfield" really works xD
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Cool things you can do with strips of paper

This is a really neat video showing what happens when you fold, tape, and cut strips of paper in the right ways. Appropriate for Valentine's day (watch to the end). HT: Mark Mitton.

A Valentine from Möbius || Radcliffe Institute
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Some really top-notch pin jugglers. Looks like the might be college students. Almost certainly professional. Definitely worth a watch.
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Yup. It'd be stunning if they pulled off all of those tricks on the first attempt, especially the long tosses into the patterns. I assumed it was heavily edited to remove drops, but still quite impressive. You're right - good filmmaking too.
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HI-BAR: Benefits of Lumosity training for older adults?
HI-BAR (Had I Been A Reviewer) A post-publication review of Mayas J., Parmentier, F. B. R., Andrés P., & Ballesteros, S. (2014) Plasticity of Attentional Functions in Older Adults after Non-Action Video Game Training: A Randomized Controlled Trial. PLoS ONE...
HI-BAR (Had I Been A Reviewer) A post-publication review of Mayas J., Parmentier, F. B. R., Andrés P., & Ballesteros, S. (2014) Plasticity of Attentional Functions in Older Adults after Non-Action Video Game Training: A R...
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Sue -- As far as I know, Lumosity was not directly involved with this study. I'm guessing they'll tout it as support for the program, but they didn't conduct the study and it doesn't appear that they funded it. I would have no objection if Lumosity did conduct their own studies or supported other clinical trials, provided that the studies were well-designed so that they could actually be informative and that the results would be published even if they did not support their claims.
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How experts recall chess positions
How experts recall chess positions Originally posted to  invisiblegorilla blog  on 15 February 2012.  I am consolidating some posts from my other blogs onto my  personal website  where I have been blogging for the past year. In 2011, a computer ( Watson ) o...
How experts recall chess positions Originally posted to invisiblegorilla blog on 15 February 2012. I am consolidating some posts from my other blogs onto my personal website where I have been blogging for the past year. In...
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Interesting article.  When I was actively playing chess, I could remember a position after just a glance.  In our chess club we would drill players by having them memorize a chess problem and reproduce it on the board before solving it.  Of course, I have no idea how this would effect the "random" test.

Deep Blue used a brute force search of a decision tree to make decisions.  People will use a combination of "position" and "tactics" to make theirs.  Positional playing focuses on how the pieces occupy the board and how they work together.  You're generally looking to maximize your potential while minimizing your opponents.  Tactics on the other hand attempts to take advantage of imbalances on the board.  Discovered attack, double attack/forking, removing the guard, etc.

Experience allows players to recognize when aspects of a position lend themselves to certain strategies.
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Videos that made me happy today, part 1

Brian Williams does Rapper's Delight
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HI-BAR: 10 questions about Inattentional blindness, race, and interpersonal goals
HI-BAR (Had I Been A Reviewer) A post-publication review of Brown-Iannuzzi et al (2014). The invisible man: Interpersonal goals moderate inattentional blindness to African Americans.  Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 143 , 33-37. [ pubmed ] [ fu...
HI-BAR (Had I Been A Reviewer) A post-publication review of Brown-Iannuzzi et al (2014). The invisible man: Interpersonal goals moderate inattentional blindness to African Americans. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Ge...
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+Chryle Elieff - thanks for the book tip. Handn't heard of that one before. Looks like a great teaching resource. Just ordered it.
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Interesting that NIH is planning to make changes to improve reproducibility. Psychology as a field (and APS in particular) has been taking the lead on such changes in the past 2 years, including implementing some of the changes noted in this report.
 
NIH and Obama weighing in on #reproducibility .  

Plus +Elizabeth Iorns thoughts! Check it out.
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I am a Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois. I conduct research on visual perception, attention, and awareness, and I am the co-author of The Invisible Gorilla: How Our intuitions Deceive Us (with Chris Chabris). If you really want to know more, go to http://www.dansimons.com.
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    Psychology & Cognitive Science, 1987 - 1991
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[6] Samples Can't Be Too Large
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Reviewers, and even associate editors, sometimes criticize studies for being “overpowered” – that is, for having sample sizes that are too l

Hands-Free Texting Is No Safer to Use While Driving: Scientific American
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Hands-free apps attempt to make it safer for drivers to send text messages. They fail

Review: Chabris, Simons, The Invisible Gorilla
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Inattentional and change blindness are two fascinating phenomena that more people should be aware of. The Invisible Gorilla describes them a

How Valid are our Replication Attempts?
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Direct replications are very useful, especially given the current state of our field. However, direct replications do have their limitations

Bayesian and Frequentist Approaches: Ask the Right Question | StatsBlogs...
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(This article was originally published at Win-Vector Blog » Statistics, and syndicated at StatsBlogs.) It occurred to us recently that we do

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Your memory is not as powerful as you think
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A significant number of Americans believe that memory is more powerful, objective and reliable than it actually is, a new survey finds. Some

The Invisible Gorilla: And Other Ways Our Intuitions Deceive Us
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Just Do It!
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I want to chime in about the exciting new section in Perspectives on Psychological Science dedicated to replication. (Note: Sanjay and David

Mirror images: You don't perceive the reflection, just the object : Cogn...
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Take another look at this picture of the Rokeby Venus from last week's post on mirrors in art: Now, imagine you're actually in the room with

The Brain: A Body Fit for a Freaky-Big Brain | Mind & Brain...
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Human biology reorganized itself to cope with the punishing burden of our oversize thinking parts. That shift completely reshaped who we are

Protect yourself during the replicability crisis of science
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Scientists of all sorts increasingly recognize the existence of systemic problems in science, and that as a consequence of these problems we

Reflections on a foray into post-publication peer review
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Recently I posted a comment on a PLOS ONE article for the first time. As someone who had a decent chunk of his career before post-publicatio

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Psychology is Starting to Police Itself
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A new initiative aims to get scientists to replicate key findings.

How Much BAM for the Buck, and Other Thoughts on the Brain Activity Map ...
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Today's New York Times reports that the Obama administration is considering a massive, partly government-funded project to map the human bra

The Brain on Trial
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Advances in brain science are calling into question the volition behind many criminal acts. A leading neuroscientist describes how the found