Hoarding Behavior in Birds

From the Mahalonobis Blog: Nicola Clayton et al. sought to tease apart scrub-jays’ momentary desires from their planning for future needs. They let the birds eat as much of one food as they wanted, exploiting a condition called specific satiety—once the birds...

The Value of Education

From the Becker-Posner Blog: Nor is this all. Research increasingly demonstrates that education improves performance in virtually every aspect of life. Educated persons on the whole are healthier, are better at investing in their children, have more stable marriages,...

Microsoft and Being a Good Teacher

From the Mahalonobis Blog: Just as Stephen Jay Gould said we shouldn’t blame the dinosaurs for being obsolescent–they lasted for hundreds of millions of years–we shouldn’t be too hard on Microsoft. Being very popular means having a target...

Media and the Availabillity Heuristic

An interesting post from the Social Science Statistics Blog (see also earlier related posts on Risk Assessments, Diagnostic Tests, and the Taxi Cab Problem): The availability heuristic describes people’s tendency to judge that events that are really emotionally...