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"His devotion to reasoning and logic is what put me on my future path to becoming a reasoning and decision-making researcher...So this scientist says in all humility, "Thank you, Leonard Nimoy, for bringing this beloved character to life. I am glad you lived long and prospered."
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"Imitation is a powerful form of learning that comes on-line early in development and shapes who we become."
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"What these studies consistently show is that

* human memory is greatly resistant to tampering,   

* when a "false memory" is successfully created, people have low confidence in it

* false and true memories can be distinguished at a neurological level

* and even under extreme duress, all memories are not equally subject to meddling.

So let's stop perpetuating the myth that human memory is as fragile as a butterfly and as malleable as clay."
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"...as we mature, we need to undergo a subtle shift in the way we think about friendship. We need to think not in terms of emotional sustenance but in terms of social connections for the diverse roles you yourself now play."
A very common dilemma that we face as we age: where did all my friends go?
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Our Frontiers paper on moral decision-making is included in this intriguing volume, now published as an ebook.

"As illustrated by the present collection of contributions, emotion-cognition interactions can be identified at different levels of processing, from perception and attention to long- term memory, decision making processes, and social cognition and behavior. Notably, these effects are subject to individual differences that may affect the way we perceive, experience, and remember emotional experiences, or cope with emotionally challenging situations."
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Last evening, I was on Chicago Tonight along with Dr. David Figlio (economist at Northwestern) discussing whether tenure is an outdated tradition in academia. Here is the video link to the discussion. You can either scroll forward to about 45:00, or simply click on the video below that to the video link showing David and me.

http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/video
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Thanks so much for sharing the video, Denise!

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What this "news" article lacks is any evidence that dissection has anything to do with science. It doesn't. If it did, then every butcher would be considered a scientist.

Dissection is just a "hands-on" activity to entertain children. Whether they actually learn any biology is debatable. What they do learn is that animal life is cheap and cutting up animals for entertainment makes them scientists.

According to the National Science Education Standards (link is external)(NSES) and the Benchmarks for Science Literacy (link is external),the major ideas that students must learn in biology are cells, heredity, matter and energy flow, behavior of organisms, interdependence of life, and the evolution of life. It is difficult to see how any of these are learned from watching or performing dissections.

Of six studies that actually compared test performance outcomes, four found no difference between real and virtual dissections, and one reported that the alternative group scored higher. But contrary to teachers' beliefs, no differences in interest in science were found.

My daughter refused to do a dissection in middle school, and students who had done the dissection scoffed at her, claiming, "Frogs don't have nervous systems, so it doesn't matter what you do to them." Let me repeat: This is what students who HAD done dissections told her. She did a virtual dissection and knew otherwise.
In science classrooms across the country, middle-schoolers will take part in an iconic activity this year: frog dissection.
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The phenomenal success of Fifty Shades of Grey offers a glimpse into the dark side of the feminine psyche
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From the thousands of articles on PsychologyToday.com published each year, the editors select approximately 300 as “Essential Reads.” This was was recently selected.
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The media is the "fourth estate (link is external)". It has tremendous power to influence policy and hence history. And for that reason, news anchors can't just be pretty faces, charismatic celebrities, or entertainers. They have to be people of integrity who are held to high standards. We need to know that what we are being told is the truth. And that means that news anchors must remain dispassionate, disinterested, and truthful reporters.
Those who cover the news wield enormous power to shape policy and history.
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Here is a guide to dressage that I wrote for Amazon.com. Enjoy!
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