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My book, Modeling Social Behavior, comes out in just 5 days in North America and the EU. Zounds! I think it's very good and you should get it, but you don't have to take my word for it -- the 1st chapter is free on the PUP website.
PUP: press.princeton.edu/books/pape
AMZN: amazon.com/dp/0691224145?tag=i

I kind of hate the standard Cognitive Science "hexagon." The disciplines feel totally false to the realities of actually understanding human cognition and behavior. When I teach intro to cogsci, here's the version I present, in case it's useful to anyone.

I kind of hate the standard Cognitive Science "hexagon." The disciplines feel totally false to the realities of actually understanding human cognition and behavior. When I teach intro to cogsci, here's the version I present, in case it's useful to anyone.

Diggin’ the way my book looks on the old modelin’ shelf.

My Intro to Cognitive Science students get a surprise lesson in parasitology in Week 2 in order to think about the relationship between cognition and environmental predictability. Trying to fill in some gaps here.

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Question about the Trichinella spiralis lifecycle. Specifically: when larval cells are released by females in the intestines, how do they make their way to muscle tissue and encyst there? Is this totally a passive process, or are their catalysts that trigger behavioral responses?

A record that I worked on over the last year, and which is very dear to my heart, is out in the world today! #newMusic

Dad Songs is the second album of goofy, sweet, bizarre indie-pop singalong anthems by The Small Dinosaurs. It's about being a dad and part of a family — with heartfelt songs about favorite foods, cat friends, and going into labor. p/r/m/m by me!

Available anywhere you stream music, including Bandcamp. I hope you love it 🖤

smalldinosaurs.bandcamp.com/al

open.spotify.com/album/0fJnZzY

here's a mixing idea that you probably should not use very much if at all: put a cassette tape emulation on the master bus and crank the wow and flutter a bit

smalldinosaurs.bandcamp.com/tr

won't lie, i'm proud of this one 😂🏆 check out how the guitar is barely hanging together in the solo!

I read an earlier draft of this paper by Francisco Gil-White a few years ago and found it to be a very insightful critique of modern academic institutions. I haven't read the new version, but I imagine it's only gotten better. papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cf

As promised, here's the full album, out today. DAD SONGS is 13 indie/garage/art-rock songs about the milieu of fatherhood. Enjoy.
open.spotify.com/album/0fJnZzY

All the socials! Now additionally trying out bluesky, we'll see how it goes.
@psmaldino.bsky.social

I’ve finished Abram’s new book on competition. It is rewarding but hard. The most revealing passage is on page 288 after 100’s of pages of math. Abrams asks:

“Why have the aspects of [competition theory] been ignored?... A scientific approach to this question… is not possible, [but it may involve] the economics and sociology of the research environment.”

Makes me wonder if us theory folks need to focus less on the math and much more on the "economics and sociology of research environment".

This is the funniest thing I've read in ages. Also, mastodon is going to lose to bluesky because of lack of quotetweets infosec.exchange/@codinghorror

Now out in Perspectives on Psychological Science, our discussion on how changing the reward structure to reward the group, instead of individuals, might lead to better science. journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.11

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