Category Archives: Site Updates 2011 in review prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 14,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.

Crunchy numbers

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A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats.

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 7,500 times in 2010. That’s about 18 full 747s.


In 2010, there were 81 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 228 posts. There were 21 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 1mb. That’s about 2 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was April 4th with 154 views. The most popular post that day was Woman uses brain implant to stimulate her brain’s pleasure center, study reports.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were, Google Reader,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for cognitive science blog, brain differences between homosexuals and heterosexuals, cognitive science blogs, and difference between homosexual and heterosexual.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Woman uses brain implant to stimulate her brain’s pleasure center, study reports November 2009


Brain differences between homosexuals and heterosexuals? June 2008


Social networking sites harm children’s brains, scientist claims July 2010


About M. G. Saldivar June 2008


The impact of the Internet on cognition: Experts speak out January 2010

Classic article: “Preschool program improves cognitive control”

I’m introducing a new feature here at the CogSciBlog – classic article posts. As regular readers know, my posts typically highlight new research, but there are of course older articles and reports that remain relevant to contemporary cognitive science. So, I will occasionally post a summary of an interesting ‘classic’ article or report (‘classic’ broadly defined).

If you would like to submit an idea for a classic article, please contact me at mgs {at}

This week’s classic article is:

Diamond, A, Barnett, W. S., Thomas, J. & Munro, S. (2007, Nov. 30). Preschool program improves cognitive control. Science, 318(5855), 1387 – 1388.

Executive functions (EFs), also called cognitive control, are critical for success in school and life. Although EF skills are rarely taught, they can be. The Tools of the Mind (Tools) curriculum improves EFs in preschoolers in regular classrooms with regular teachers at minimal expense. Core EF skills are (i) inhibitory control (resisting habits, temptations, or distractions), (ii) working memory (mentally holding and using information), and (iii) cognitive flexibility (adjusting to change)… EFs are more strongly associated with school readiness than are intelligence quotient (IQ) or entry-level reading or math skills. Kindergarten teachers rank skills like self-discipline and attentional control as more critical for school readiness than content knowledge. EFs are important for academic achievement throughout the school years.

The article is available here [PDF].

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