Two neuroscientists from the National Institute of Mental Health are winners of the 2012 Grawemeyer Award for Psychology. Leslie Ungerleider and Mortimer Mishkin began working together in the 1970s. In 1982 the pair began publishing their research, which involved studying the brain’s reaction during visual exercises in primates. Further reports focused on circuits in the […]
1:06pm: Flooding from rains dumped by tropical storm Irene have isolated entire towns in the Northeast, and some communities are warily watching swollen rivers for signs of cresting. More than 2 and a half million people from North Carolina to Maine lacked electricity today, three days after Irene churned up the Eastern Seaboard. The storm […]
Mischel designed what’s come to be called “the marshmallow test,” in which preschool children learned to resist an immediate treat of a single marshmallow for the promise of a larger treat later.
We’ve all been told at one point that the secret to success is listening to your intuition, following that gut instinct. But cognitive psychology is now showing us that a lot of our intuition is not only unreliable, but an illusion created by our minds. Join us Tuesday as we talk with the authors of the book, The Invisible Gorilla: And Other Ways Our Intuitions Deceive Us, about how our minds may not be as reliable as we think they are. Listen to the Show
Today, the University of Louisville has announced the recipient of the 2010 Grawemeyer Award for education. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer reports. In an era when standardized tests are highly regarded, one cognitive psychologist points out that they don’t measure rational thinking. Keith Stanovich is that psychologist and he gets the award for his 2009 book What […]
A recent state-sponsored survey showed that only one percent of Kentuckians rank global warming as the most pressing environmental problem, even though scientists have been warning us about the consequences for years. But some emerging research may hold the key to helping us understand why we do—or don’t—care enough to act. WFPL’s Kristin Espeland Gourlay reports.
Today, the University of Louisville is announcing the winner of the 2009 Grawemeyer Award for psychology. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer reports. Cognitive psychologist Anne Treisman receives the Grawemeyer Award for her work that explains how the brain takes bits of information — or features of objects like color and shape — to identify complete images. Treisman […]