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Taming My Distracted Mind

There is mounting evidence that digital devices, screens, smartphones are a real roadblock to productivity. The very tools that are supposed to make us more productive might be robbing us of that ability. The Modern Worker I’m a psychology professor at a large research institution. This means that although I do spend some time teaching in […]

Le biais de confirmation: The story of the Bilingual Advantage 

The newest salvo in the psychology’s “reproducibility crisis” is not in social psychology, but is hitting the field of psycholinguistics. In this case, the evidence is mounting that the so called “bilingualism advantage” may not be an advantage after all. Worse, it may something like the Mozart Effect for psycholinguistics…That is, an effect that is plausible […]

Cognitive Bias and Guns in America

I posed the following question this week (Oct. of 2015)  to the students in my 3rd year Psychology of Thinking class. “How many of you think that the US is a dangerous place to visit?” About 70% of the students raised their hands. This is surprising to me because although I live and work in […]

The Way the Music Died

I almost never listen to music any more. That’s a sad state of affairs for anyone, but strikes me as a nearly complete disconnect from my former self….

Redesigning my Graduate Seminar

I’m writing this to crowdsource and to get advice on course design, so this might not be the most interesting blog entry I’ve ever written. But if this is the kind of thing that intrigues you…read on! I teach a graduate seminar on cognition every two years. It’s one of the required courses for our cognition […]

Almost no one reads my work. Should I care?

I recently read an article that has been going around social media in which the authors argue that basically no one is reading academic journals. They argue that in order to be heard, and in order to shape policy, professors and academics should be writing Op-Eds. The article, which I’ve linked to here,  should be read with […]

Grade Inflation at the University Level

I probably give out too many As. I am aware of this, so I may be part of the problem of grade inflation. Grade inflation has been a complaint in universities probably as long as there have been grades and as long as there have been universities. Harvard students receive mostly As. But the issue […]