Think video games make you smarter? Not so fast...

Wouldn’t it be great if you could improve your attention and perception abilities by playing video games? Over the past decade, many papers have made just that claim. Expert gamers often outperform novices on some cognitive tasks, and gaming novices who spend many hours practicing a game tend to perform better as well. Although the accumulated evidence seems strong, the literature is fraught with methodological shortcomings. In fact, some of the limitations are sufficiently severe that it’s not clear there is any benefit at [...]

my animated mug on CBS

My animated appearance on CBS Sunday morning discussing the illusion of [...]

Book review: Deadly Choices by Paul Offit

Review of Paul Offit’s new book, Deadly Choices: How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us [...]

Science or Sciencey [part 4]

The final part of a 4-part series examining what happens when science is used for marketing (using brain-training software as the central example). [...]

Science or Sciencey [part 3]

The third of a 4-part series examining what happens when science is used for marketing (using brain-training software as the central example). [...]

Science or Sciencey [part 2]

The second of a 4-part series examining what happens when science is used for marketing (using brain-training software as the central example). [...]

Science or sciencey [part 1]

The first of a 4-part series examining what happens when science is used for marketing (using brain-training software as the central example). [...]

Toyotas, media hysteria, and the illusion of cause

Independent investigative journalist Mike Fumento has been looking into the recent media uproar over Toyotas that suddenly accelerate out of control. Recall the tearful testimony before Congress of cars going out of control, media coverage worldwide documenting all of the deaths from sudden acceleration problems, and Toyota’s unprecedented recall. His surprising conclusion: There [...]

Cracking up about patterns and cause

I just received an email from a contractor in Austria who described a legal problem that many contractors face. Apparently, demolition crews are sued regularly by homeowners for damage to nearby homes. After a blast that causes vibration in a house, homeowners search their house and discover big cracks. They then blame [...]