Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Can modern day gadgets help combat prejudice?

Prejudice...we've all experienced it at one point or another. Defined as a preconceived belief, opinion, or judgment toward a group or person because of race, social class, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, etc., it also means a priori beliefs that include any unreasonable attitude that is unusually resistant to rational influence.

It's been the cause of countless wars and an infinite amount of unnecessary suffering. It must be put to an end once and for all! But first we must look at the underlying mechanisms that continue propagating such maladaptive cognitions and behaviors. So how do today's researchers go about investigating prejudice anyway?

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

So we've figured out memory huh?

A snippet of the article from Science Daily documenting Tsien's work:

"It's a beginning, a first glimpse of a memory," Dr. Tsien said.