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Accepting Impossibility is Admitting Defeat

What is red? Red is the property of redness. What is redness? Redness is the commonality between an apple, blood, a stop sign, my girlfriend’s pajamas, Santa Claus, and Kool-Aid.  Okay, they all have in common the quality of redness, but what exactly is redness or the experience of it? Well, redness is the experience … Continue reading »

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Change Blindness Paper

Our experience of the world is vivid and filled with rich details.  We view the world as one continuous, smooth motion, not as a rapid interaction of stimuli colliding with our visual sensory system.  It is not like watching a homemade video where the camera continually shakes and the film is out of focus, rather … Continue reading »

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Feng et al Article Summary

A widely accepted folk psychological view has been that spatial attention capacity differs between genders.  The authors state that it is important for the scientific community to test this folk psychological hypothesis, and more importantly discover if the gender difference can be reduced or altogether eliminated.  Such an investigation of the folk psychological view is … Continue reading »

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Blakemore et al. Article Summary

In the article “Why Can’t You Tickle Yourself,” the authors review several studies which seek to explain why we cannot tickle ourselves in comparison to their hypothesis.  Through their research the authors also make inferences about patients with auditory hallucinations and/or passivity experiences.  The proposal set forth by them is that there is a decrease … Continue reading »

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Dani and Montague Article Summary

Tobacco use is one of the major causes of death in the world.  Half of the world’s smokers will be killed by tobacco eventually if they do not quit.  The paper by Dani and Montague, “Disrupting Addiction through the Loss of Drug-Associated Internal States,” introduces the addictive problems of tobacco and drugs, and posits a … Continue reading »

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