Monthly Archives: October 2013

Do Chimpanzees Use Weight to Select Hammer Tools?

I review a paper which is testing whether chimps can perceive weight, something that is apparently quite controversial in the comparative literature. I generally like the paper, but the real problem is that weight is not really the kind of … Continue reading

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Number Sense in Infancy Predicts Mathematical Abilities in Childhood

In the first of what will hopefully be many original content HIBAR posts we host here, Lucy Cragg and Matthew Inglis raise some questions about the statistical analyses used in a recent high profile paper by Starr et al (2013) … Continue reading

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Do marmosets take turns in conversation?

Language Log hosts a guest post by Margaret Wilson, an expert in monkey communication. She reviews a recent paper (Takahashi et al, 2013) that claims to demonstrate conversational turn-taking in marmosets. Turn-taking is a crucial feature of human communication, but … Continue reading

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Does the “why” tell us the “when”?

This article tests whether knowledge of how an event is supposed to go can affect your perception of how the event actually happens. They find that yes, it does; but, as I discuss on my blog, the nature of the … Continue reading

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Does Reading Literary Fiction Improves Theory of Mind?

Mark Liberman from Language Log has some choice words to say about a recent study published in Science: Kidd, D. C. & Castano, E. (2013). Reading literary fiction improves theory of mind. Science, DOI 10.1126/science.1239918 Liberman details numerous problems with … Continue reading

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50 Questions About Messy Rooms and Clean Data

In this post, Rolf Zwaan gets very detailed in his critique of this recent study that investigates whether messy rooms interfere with mental functioning: Vohs, K., Redden, J. P., & Rahinel, R. (2013). Physical Order Produces Healthy Choices, Generosity, and … Continue reading

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19 questions about video games, multitasking, and aging

In the original HIBAR post, Prof. Dan Simons asks 19 questions about this paper on video gaming that he would have asked as reviewer: Anguera et al (2013). Video game training enhances cognitive control in older adults. Nature, 501, 97-101.

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