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Paul Minda
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Creating a 3d ASL signing avatar to explore language acquisition in deaf children and also bilingual acquisition of ASL in hearing children.
 
When It Comes To Learning for the Deaf, ‘It’s a 3-D Language’

"In a small, sparse makeshift lab, Melissa Malzkuhn practices her range of motion in a black, full-body unitard dotted with light-reflecting nodes. She’s strapped on a motion capture, or mocap, suit. Infrared cameras that line the room will capture her movement and translate it into a 3-D character, or avatar, on a computer.

But she’s not making a Disney animated film.

Three-dimensional motion capture has developed quickly in the last few years, most notably as a Hollywood production tool for computer animation in films like Planet of the Apes and Avatar."  Find out more on our #digitalhealth blog  #FutureofYou  
English nursery rhymes don't translate well to ASL, a visual language. One team is merging high tech with cognitive research to improve language learning for deaf and hard of hearing children.
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New variety of bubble wrap will not pop when squeezed... Thanks, Satan...
 
Hate to burst your bubble, but there's a new form of Bubble Wrap coming out -- and this one won't pop.
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future generations would never know what they became deprived of. 
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A quick and fun example of the psychology of problem solving ...After you guess, the article gives a nice example of the basic cognitive science behind this example. Try it and see how many guesses it takes...but please don't post the solution! 
A short game sheds light on government policy, corporate America, and why no one likes to be wrong.
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I did the test, I received two correct answers. My first input was 1-3-5, to eliminate the obvious. Next was 13-25-38 to confirm the obvious. Then I attempted to receive a no, which was successful. I did not feel bad, I felt happy because I was trying to get a no. Then I applied negative numbers and it still worked. Then I submitted my results. 
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A quick and fun example of the psychology of problem solving ...After you guess, the article gives a nice example of the basic cognitive science behind this example. Try it and see how many guesses it takes...but please don't post the solution! 
A short game sheds light on government policy, corporate America, and why no one likes to be wrong.
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Humbling example of confirmation bias
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Dusting off some old Yes...RIP C. Squire.
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OMG!! What a terrible loss for the classic rock genre. Paul, I just listened to this album last night. (FLAC though) I was a sophomore in high school when it came out. 
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I made two excellent pizzas for dinner. One with thin-sliced red potatoes, red onion, olive oil, garlic, and fresh herbs, and the other with tomato sauce, summer sausage, red onion, and cheese. The potato one was the best, I think...but both were perfect for a cool, rainy Sunday
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Agreed +Rubi Hammer ...even when I use a a basic tomato sauce,  I still top with additional Olive oil 
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Could there be a less inspiring way to enjoy music than Apple iTunes (and now "Apple Music")? With all the other streaming sites, music players, services, Google Play Music (on my HTC phone)...not to mention vinyl record resurgence. I'm amazed at how iTunes/Apple Music seems to get worse each year. It's as if they want to make you not enjoy music.

I love my iMac, my MacBook, and my iPad Air...but iTunes is one of the least used apps.. Each time I open it (I sometimes use it to stream my favourite NPR stations, +WKSU ) I get a little angry...

I suspect iTunes would largely die if it were not the default way to manage music for billions of iPhone users. When you have nearly 100%  captive market, you don't have to innovate, don't have to improve, don't have to make things better for the consumer.

But as I'm contemplating buying a 6th or 7th gen iPod Classic to use in my vehicle and for travel, I'm probably stuck with it. 
Too many rough edges mar Apple's late entry to music-streaming ecosystem.
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The article says "all streaming services" but Prince is still on +Google Play​​ music unlimited. Just saying... I think it's still the best music service around, from a consumer's perspective at least
 
Prince pulls music from Spotify, Apple Music: According to Spotify, the artist is removing his music catalog from ‘all streaming services,’ but for now, his songs are still streaming on Tidal
According to Spotify, the artist is removing his music catalog from ‘all streaming services,’ but for now, his songs are still streaming on Tidal
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"So now you'd better stop and rebuild all your ruins,
For peace and trust can win the day despite of all your losing"
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Positive thinking can be helpful, but not always...Too much of it can be detrimental, especially if you fall into the pattern of fantasizing about ideal outcomes. This article by G. Oettingen discusses the downside of positive thinking from a health psych perspective, but it extends to many other domains. I don't think she's saying be a pessimist. Optimism is still an important aspect of personal psychology. But we need a little realism, some fear, some anxiety, and some negativity, otherwise we risk being lulled into complacency and the false sense that we'll succeed...
Fantasizing about positive outcomes may make them less likely.
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Positive thinking can be helpful, but not always...Too much of it can be detrimental, especially if you fall into the pattern of fantasizing about ideal outcomes. This article by G. Oettingen discusses the downside of positive thinking from a health psych perspective, but it extends to many other domains. I don't think she's saying be a pessimist. Optimism is still an important aspect of personal psychology. But we need a little realism, some fear, some anxiety, and some negativity, otherwise we risk being lulled into complacency and the false sense that we'll succeed...
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Positive....negative.
We all have A Axes or polarity if you will...ie...disposition...
ether you are...or are not.....unless you have A schamatic to The nurological system And The Ability to rewirer The Human physique.....all efforts will be short lived And change temporary at best.
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When we write, we often see drafts, snippets, and final products. But we rarely get to see the work in process. By that, I mean the real-time process of staring at a blank screen and getting out a few words, deleting them, a few more...A delete. A correction. And edit, more words, etc. the real work. A chrome extension called "Draftback" imagines writing to be like coding, with version control. If you used GoogleDocs, this program will track every key stroke and essentially allows you to reply or watch an entire document being created in real time. It's fascinating and sort of painful...
If you could watch a replay of James Somers building a program that lets us see our own writing played back to us, you’d need to start seven years ago. You’d catch a glimpse of him sending drafts o...
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Education
  • Hiram College
    BA - Psychology, 1988 - 1992
  • The Kiski school
    1984 - 1988
  • University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
    PhD - Psychology, 1995 - 2000
  • Bucknell University
    MA - Psychology, 1993 - 1995
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I am professor of Cognitive Psychology and I study concepts, categories, and thinking. I like ideas...I'm interested in things.
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    Associate Professor, 2008 - present
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The Mark Bittman Trello Board: How To Cook Everything, And Organize Anyt...
blog.trello.com

Mark Bittman gives tips on being efficient in the kitchen, plus one month of his recipes already planned out on a Trello board. You're welco

The Noam Chomsky Garden Gnome
www.openculture.com

Images via JustSayGnome The Noam Chomsky Garden Gnome. That's right, I said it, the Noam Chomsky Garden Gnome. Over at justsaygnome.net, you

What are the Chances of Becoming a Psychology Professor?
www.geekpsychologist.com

In my last post, I presented some data from the U.S. Department of Education on the number of people that graduate each year with a doctoral

A look inside Quebec’s Fort Knox of maple syrup
www.theglobeandmail.com

Operating under a government-sanctioned cartel, Quebec’s citadel of sap houses $100-million of the sweet stuff, conferring security to both

Meet Devonte, the little boy with a big heart - Paper Trail
www.papertrail.co.nz

This young boy will not only capture your heart, he will make you think.

Home at last
www.lfpress.com

Without so much as a crack in a window, London’s 166-year-old fugitive slave chapel made its way to its new home on Grey St. Wednesday where

Canadians get a good laugh at Apple's mixed-up map
www.theglobeandmail.com

Delivery map for new iPhone puts several Canadian cities in the wrong place

Faculty jobs are rare, but Canada still needs its PhDs
www.theglobeandmail.com

The myriad calls for the demise of the traditional PhD are premature. Doctoral work provides students with critical skills

The curious case of the cyclist’s unshaven legs
www.theglobeandmail.com

Sleek-legged riders have been vindicated as new wind-tunnel research disputes belief that opting to go hairless is simply for style

Humans Already Use Way, Way More Than 10 Percent of Their Brains
www.theatlantic.com

It’s a complex, constantly multi-tasking network of tissue—but the myth persists.

Meats: A Health Hierarchy
www.theatlantic.com

The biggest reason to eat chicken instead of beef has nothing to do with saturated fat.

The Dark Knight Of the Soul
www.theatlantic.com

For some, meditation has become more curse than cure. Willoughby Britton wants to know why.

Ontario election 2014: Final hour of voting in a tightly fought campaign
www.cbc.ca

It's down to the last hour of voting in the Ontario election, with parties pushing to get their final waves of supporters to the polls and c

This vegetable vending machine is our kind of fast food
grist.org

Anything not sold in 24 hours is donated to a homeless shelter.

The long, slow decline of the nation's industrial heartland
www.theglobeandmail.com

With a pivotal election fast approaching, The Globe and Mail’s Adam Radwanski travels to the Achilles’ heel of Ontario, the southwest. Once

Psychology students launch petition to raise their grades - The Daily Texan
www.dailytexanonline.com

While many students resign themselves to bad grades or use poor scores to motivate themselves to study harder for finals, students of Marlon

World Book Night: cops are called as Idaho teen hands out challenged book
www.csmonitor.com

On World Book Night in Meridian, Idaho, police were summoned when a high school student and bookstore workers handed out copies of 'The Abso

Blue Canary in the Outlet by the Light Switch
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He's your only friend. He's not your only friend. But he's a little glowing friend. But really he's not actually your friend. But he--neverm

Over the last few years, we have purchased several bicycles (children's and adults) from Reynold Cycle and have serviced several bikes there as well. We're casual riders and commuters, and I have been very pleased with their service. My older bike was serviced there last year, and it made a dramatic difference. And one specific visit deserves special mention, on Aug 7 we purchased an Electra cruiser single-speed bike for our daughter, and the next day decided to exchange it for a 7 speed version. For both the original purchase and the exchange, the sales person was extremely helpful and patient, they worked with my daughter to find the right bike and allowed us to trade in a older bike we bought from them two years earlier at a very competitive price. I am happy to give Reynold a strong recommendation.
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Remark is an excellent food resource. We've been shopping there since they opened. Produce is always fresh, local when possible, and attractively displayed. The Deli has more expert workers than any other deli in town. So the service is attentive. Special orders are easy. The meat counter is incredibly helpful, meat is cut in house by skilled meat cutters, and they sell serve Ontario Pork, beef, lamb and Chicken (as well as locally made sausages). The store can be crowded on the weekend (very crowded) but since they always keep most of the checkout lines open, you can get through in much less time than one of the bigger stores. They employ a lot of really good people. Remark is one of the best stores in London over all, and the best place to buy food in West london.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
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We've used DD for over a year now, and I'm very pleased. The owner worked with us to find a good schedule, and made sure we were satisfied with the person who cleaned for us. Have the same person each time ensured that the cleaning was always done very well, and the same way. And the prices are reasonable. In particular, I was very happy and impressed with just how responsive the owner is any concerns, questions, scheduling changes, etc. Any questions we had were answered right away. I recommend DD to anyone.
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Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago