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Color after image demonstration - Seeing color when there is none. by J. Stephen H. Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I'm teaching about opponent processes in color vision today and thought I'd share one of my favorite examples. This is how you use the human visual system to turn a black a ... Read on »
The difference between objects and scenes... random thoughts by J. Stephen H. Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I'm in the middle of my qualification exams and ran across this interesting paper: Liu, Z Kersten, D Knill, DC Dissociating stimulus information from internal representat ... Read on »
Is it me or is the Swine Flu waaay overrated? A case of the Availability Heuristic. by J. Stephen H. Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I think it's a bit like terrorism. It scares the shit out of you but there's next to zero chance it will actually happen to you. Seriously... you have a much much higher ch ... Read on »
How to tell if you have swine flu by J. Stephen H. Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Go here to tell with 100% accuracy. Read the comments on this post... Read on »
More thoughts on student blogging in class by J. Stephen H. Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Jason, a graduate student at USC, shot me an email asking for more information about my blogging experiment and I thought I'd post some of the things I sent back to him. To ... Read on »
Using science to kill people by J. Stephen H. Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Ok ok.. how about 'Using science to kill the fewest people while seeking world domination'... hmm... maybe not that either, how about 'Using science to protect our way of li ... Read on »
Blogging for University Honors Credit. A Success - I think. by J. Stephen H. Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I'm currently teaching Introduction to Psychology which has a number of university honors students who are required to do extra work in a certain number of their courses eac ... Read on »
Grad students on spring break by J. Stephen H. Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Funny! From Jimmy Fallon: Last night, Michael Showalter (from Stella, Wet Hot American Summer, The State, your dreams) made a cameo on the show. He and o ... Read on »
XKCD certainly got this one right on the nose... reporting the data the right way makes a HUGE... by J. Stephen H. Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Straight from XKCD... I had this exact same reaction. Now that we're on the topic. I don't like federal money going to pay bonuses but seriously... this money was ... Read on »
Obama doesn't hate the Special Olympics he hates retarded people by J. Stephen H. Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I'm not sure what this whole thing is about since at no point did Obama make fun of the Special Olympics as an organization - he straight up made fun of retarded people (or ... Read on »
Can you explain to me why hospitals want to know my religious beliefs? by J. Stephen H. Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Why in the world does my hospital/doctor need to know what my religious beliefs are? I was running through this check-in form where they asked the usual questions like, w ... Read on »
I told you so... Brain Games suck by J. Stephen H. Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I love 'I told you so' moments...Brain games don't do shit. (this is totally going to come back and bite me in the ass though) A number of months ago, I made a claim t ... Read on »
Encephalon.... the late prize winning February edition by J. Stephen H. Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine In preparing for this issue of Encephalon I got access to the submission email account and realized that I had won 500,000.00 euro! I am in no way going to share this wealt ... Read on »
Video game plays strange message - it's a conspiracy! by J. Stephen H. Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I always get a kick when people see patterns in noise - especially when it's of the paranoid conspiracy religious type. Pareidolia is an amazing thing! So onto this peach ... Read on »
Would you take this Intro Psych Course? by J. Stephen H. Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine From the syllabus: Why Psychology?! Psychology 100 is the most popular course at nearly every university and there's a reason why. The science of psychology covers an am ... Read on »
Crackpot therapy for Alzheimers by J. Stephen H. Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine It seems that a brilliant doctor in the UK has come up with an amazing piece of machinery and convinced a famous author to wear it in order to stave off the onset of Alzheim ... Read on »
Another device in a car to kill you by J. Stephen H. Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine In the never ending quest for death gadgets Mercedes has come up with a specialized screen that will show the driver one thing and the passenger another. Just think, now ... Read on »
Check your Chinese characters before you make it the cover of your journal by J. Stephen H. Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I've always joked around about girls who would walk into a tattoo parlor and ask for a Chinese character that means something to them... like love, hope, or faith. Of cour ... Read on »
The worlds smartest mouse by J. Stephen H. Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Seriously... I'm totally amazed. I've seen pigeons play ping pong (well more like real life pong). But this is amazing. Check it out: Read the comments on ... Read on »
Religion on the brain - literally by J. Stephen H. Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Oh pareidolia. I mean I understand seeing something that maybe looks like something else in the clouds or one time I accidentally peeled an orange that looked like a penis ... Read on »