Theory ‘o Everything: Rats, Coffee, Drugs, Booze, Decisions

A new study involves rats, coffee, amphetamines, booze, decision-making, and lots more. It answers a good percentage of the questions you might care to ask about psychology or anything else. The study is: “Sensitivity to Cognitive Effort Mediates Psychostimulant Effects on a Novel Rodent Cost/Benefit Decision-Making Task,” Paul J Cocker, Jay G Hosking, James Benoit […]

Alert: Coffee spill (and wine swirl) in Baltimore next Monday

If you’re in Baltimore on Monday, November 21, grab a cup of coffee and (carefully) stop by the American Physical Society meeting. The most exciting session is likely to be: Session H17: Geophysical Flows: General IV, Monday, November 21, 2011, 11:22 AM–11:35 AM, Room: 320 Chair: Keith Julien, University of Colorado Abstract: H17.00005 : Walking with […]

Coffee people baffled, bemused by science people

The coffee-centric web site Sprudge.com seems somewhere between baffled and bemused at the Ig Nobel audience reaction. They write: Ig Nobel Prize “Chemist In A Coffee Shop” Mini-Opera Baffling. We thought we knew nerds. But these nerds out-nerd the nerdiest nerds we’ve ever dreamed existed. These are opera singing nerds. These are nerds that throw paper […]