Issues with the WISC-V normative data - low N's make for shaky norms

Issues with the WISC-V normative data – low N’s make for shaky norms

  The Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children-Fifth Edition was released recently, in the fall of 2014, and has begun to replace its predecessor, the WISC-IV, as the gold standard in IQ testing. IQ tests have always been surrounded by controversy…

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Pathology or Pseudo-Pathology?  What do racism, sexism, and obesity have in common?

Pathology or Pseudo-Pathology? What do racism, sexism, and obesity have in common?

One of my favorite concepts from my psychological training is the idea of a pseudopathology. A pseudopathology is any trait that was selected for through evolutionary pressures, that at one point was adaptive and due to rapid changes in environment…

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Human Behavior – Active vs Passive and the concept of a default state

Human Behavior – Active vs Passive and the concept of a default state

Before I get into this article too deeply, I want to make a comment on the distinction between an excuse and an explanation. As I fumble around with the ideas for this post in my head I realize that there…

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EidolonTLP: Artificial Intelligence and The Last Prophet

EidolonTLP: Artificial Intelligence and The Last Prophet

I thought it would be fun to share this little nugget of sci-fi and A.I genius from a few years back. EidolonTLP, or The Last Prophet. Back on January 10, 2008 an odd video popped up on YouTube featuring an…

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3D Printing, Recycling, and Disassemblers

3D Printing, Recycling, and Disassemblers

3D printing has had some amazing advancements in the past few years and rapidly approaching a price point in which this revolutionary technology will begin to move from the hobbyists into general day to day usage.  This technology has the…

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The Demon Core - Both the first and the second person to die from an accidental uncontrolled nuclear reaction were working with the same plutonium core

The Demon Core – Both the first and the second person to die from an accidental uncontrolled nuclear reaction were working with the same plutonium core

  Since the dawn of the nuclear age there have been at least 60 “criticality accidents”, or uncontrolled nuclear chain reactions due to the unintentional assembly of a critical mass of a particular fissile material. The first 2 deaths due…

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At some point prosthetics and artificial sensory systems will rival that of natural biology - This is when the fun begins

At some point prosthetics and artificial sensory systems will rival that of natural biology – This is when the fun begins

At some point a generation of the technologies designed and developed to help people with disabilities will rival that of natural biology in terms of ability. This essentially means that one generation after this the technology will start to improve…

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Interstellar – Imagining the Tenth Dimension

I plan to do a proper post on the fantastic movie Interstellar at some point but for now I just wanted to toss up a post about visualizing up to 10 dimensions that seems particularly relevant to people thinking about…

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Programming, Artificial Intelligence, and Minecraft: Post 1 - The Dirt/Grass Cycle

Programming, Artificial Intelligence, and Minecraft: Post 1 – The Dirt/Grass Cycle

I have always had a strong interest in artificial intelligence, simulated life, simulated worlds, and video games. Unfortunately, I have never really had the patience to sit down and learn to program beyond the classic “Hello World” program in C++….

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Effects Of Chewing On Alertness, Attention, and Cognitive Processing Speed

Effects Of Chewing On Alertness, Attention, and Cognitive Processing Speed

I saw these two articles about an interesting effect I was completely unaware of. I figured some people might find it worthwhile to try out. These findings appear to indicate that the simple act of chewing has a positive effect…

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Biology Based Diagnosis of Mental Illness - "Brain Disorders"

Biology Based Diagnosis of Mental Illness – "Brain Disorders"

A few months ago I published a paper I had written back in graduate school about The Transition Toward More Biology Based Methodology of Diagnosis in Mental Health.  The gist of this paper was essentially that while we are not quite there yet…

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Google Glass and Attraction: How psychological science and new technology will transform the dating world

Google Glass and Attraction: How psychological science and new technology will transform the dating world

More and more news has been coming out about Google Glass over the past few weeks and it really looks like an impressive product.  I am sure there are a million different things that people are going to think of…

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Combining Technologies: Neuroscience - Real Time Single Cell Resolution Activity Mapping Of The Brain + Transparent Brains

Combining Technologies: Neuroscience – Real Time Single Cell Resolution Activity Mapping Of The Brain + Transparent Brains

Recently I came across an amazing article about new technology allowing for real time single cell resolution activity mapping of the brain: Whole-brain functional imaging at cellular resolution using light-sheet microscopy by Misha B Ahrens,Michael B Orger,Drew N Robson, Jennifer M…

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Fact vs Theory vs Law vs Hypothesis vs Proof

Fact vs Theory vs Law vs Hypothesis vs Proof

There is a reasonable amount of jargon across all scientific disciplines and it is absolutely not surprising that the general public does not keep up to date on all of them, nor should they be expected to.  That being said,…

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Neuroscience Sketches

Neuroscience Sketches

I figured some people might be interested in these drawings I did to study for a behavioral neuroscience exam back in grad school. They came out quite nice so I scanned them and saved them. Maybe they will help someone…

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Nature vs Nurture: The Debate Is Framed Wrong - It's All About Ranges

Nature vs Nurture: The Debate Is Framed Wrong – It’s All About Ranges

The great debate between what matters more, nature or nurture is as pervasive as ever.  For such a long time people would argue about which mattered, nature or nurture, with each side yelling at each other that one or the…

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Reading Comprehension - The Importance of Prior Knowledge

Reading Comprehension – The Importance of Prior Knowledge

The Importance of Reading Reading with comprehension, as described by Hume and Snowling (2011), is one of the primary goals of early education. Learning, whether in an academic setting or on one’s own tends to be highly dependent on the…

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Recent findings in neuroimaging and psychopathy: diagnostic, legal, and ethical implications

Recent findings in neuroimaging and psychopathy: diagnostic, legal, and ethical implications

Given an impending return to an official diagnosis of psychopathy in the DSM-V and the advances and developments in neuroimaging over the past decades, the role of neuroimaging in the diagnosis, treatment and understanding of psychopathy is of ever increasing…

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The Neuropsychological Implications of Interhemispheric Communication

The Neuropsychological Implications of Interhemispheric Communication

“I believe it then to be entirely unphilosophical, and tending to important errors, to speak of the cerebrum as one organ…The two hemispheres of the brain are really…two distinct and entire organs… as fully perfect in all its parts…as the…

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