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What are the best cognitive science blogs?

If you look to your right, you'll see I've been doing some long-needed maintenance to my blog roll. As before, I'm limiting it to blogs that I actually read (though not all the blogs I read), and I have it organized by subject matter. As I did this, I noticed that the selection of cognitive science and language blogs is rather paltry. Most of the science blogs I read -- including many not included in the blog rolls -- are written by physical scientists.

Sure there are more of them than us, but even so it seems there should be more good cognitive science and language blogs. So I'm going to crowd-source this and ask you, dear readers, who should I be reading that I'm not?

10 comments:

Daniel said...

I like:
Developing Intelligence
Mixing Memory
and Mind Hacks

and I'll just point to Chris's blogroll which has a bunch of neuroscience, psych, and cogsci blogs on it.

Daniel said...

Also will mention Invisible Gorilla and HowWe Drive ... often good content, sometimes related to their books, not necessarily broad coverage.

Daniel said...

Last one I promise but he just popped up in my feed reader (I should really organize it and I'd be able to answer questions like this better): Psychology of Games - not always cognitive but, as a gamer and a HF researcher, I usually find Jamie's posts interesting.

Sandy G said...

I can suggest my own blog <a href="http://the-mouse-trap.com> The Mouse Trap </a> . Although focussed on the intersection between psychology and neuroscience, it has in the past (and hopefully in the future too) focus on typical cog sci issues like linguistics,philosophy or computation/AI (I am a comp. engineer btw).

GamesWithWords said...

Sandy -- if you're looking at the "intersection of psychology and neuroscience," then I'd probably call it cognitive science.

It's actually hard, on a theoretical issue, to distinguish between neuroscience and psychology. The best attempt I've seen is to say that psychology is the study of behavior, and neuroscience is the study of how that behavior is implemented in neural circuitry. But this breaks down -- both in practice (most cognitive neuroscience is really just traditional psychology with fMRI as a behavioral measure) and in theory (the neural architecture presumably constrains what behaviors are possible).

GamesWithWords said...

BTW it seems Mixing Memory hasn't been updated in two years...

Daniel said...

Oops. Sorry about that.

8'FED said...

[Note: This is not the profile I normally post under, but some temporary Blogger error makes my OpenID profile unusable today. Normally I'm outerhoard.]

Regarding language blogs (I know much less about cognitive science blogs), there are so many great ones that the problem is choosing.

Here are some that may be worth looking at, indicating the aspect of language they focus on.

Evolution of language: Babel's Dawn. Archaeology with focus on writing systems: Babelstone. Blog by well-known scholar of language: David Crystal's blog. Phonetics (also by prominent scholar): John Wells's phonetic blog. Syntax analysis with lots of worked examples: Literal Minded. General language blog by authors with interest in science: Mr Verb. Another general and somewhat scholarly language blog: Ryan's linguistics blog. Mostly usage advice skepticism but encompassing everything including general science: Sentence First. Mostly African languages from an often fascinating perspective: The Ideophone. And finally, a blog that must be good because it often links to Games With Words: The Lousy Linguist.

Apologies to the many great bloggers I've left out in compiling this list of ten.

GamesWithWords said...

I used to read both Developing Intelligence and Lousy Linguist, but then switched my Google Reader account. Thanks for the reminders, folks!

Gary Williams said...

If I may, I would like to plug my own blog Minds and Brains. My blogging is usually at the intersection between phenomenology and psychology, and I have a deep interest in cognitive science and particularly the cognitive science of perception and intentionality.