Is Psychometric g a Myth?
- "As an online discussion about IQ or general intelligence grows longer, the probability of someone linking to statistician Cosma Shalizi's essay g, a Statistical Myth
approaches 1. Usually the link is accompanied by an assertion to the effect that Shalizi offers a definitive refutation of the concept of general mental ability, or psychometric g
." [more inside]
There are times when having a fully developed brain can almost seem like an impediment.
Are babies more aware of the world around them than adults are? Can "thinking like a baby" lead us to be more in tune with our creativity and our ability to learn? Scientists have taken a new look inside the baby mind, which is "unfocused, random, and extremely good at what it does."
Microscope Imaging Station
opens a door to the wonder of the microscopic world and allows the layman to explore it. They seek to recreate some of the excitement and wonder that the earliest biological researchers found. Features
include cells with potential
as well as bad oogy
. The microscopic Galleries
are inhabited by zygotes
A New State of Mind.
"New research is linking dopamine
to complex social phenomena and changing neuroscience in the process."
When a Brain Forgets Where Memory Is.
Interesting article on dissociative fugue
, the poorly understood memory disorder where people seem to forget who they are. [Via MindHacks.]
Pot doesn't cause permanent brain damage?
According to this University of California at San Diego study, no it doesn't even though other illegal drugs, even alcohol, can cause brain damage.
"...marijuana has only a marginally harmful long-term effect on learning and memory."