Science of NFL Football - Newton's Second Law of Motion

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"Science of NFL Football" is a 10-part video series funded by the National Science Foundation and produced in partnership with the National Football League. In this segment, NBC's Lester Holt breaks down Isaac Newton's Second Law of Motion and how it can effects the flight of the football as place kickers shoot for the goal posts. Professors Tony Schmitz of the University of Florida and Jim Gates of the University of Maryland explain why it truly can be "hit or miss" when it comes to...

Gut Feelings: The Intelligence of the Unconscious

submitted by: dougramsey
We think of intelligence as a deliberate, conscious activity guided by the laws of logic. Yet much of our mental life is unconscious, based on processes alien to logic: gut feelings, or intuitions. I argue that intuition is more than impulse and caprice; it has its own rationale. This can be described by fast and frugal heuristics, which exploit evolved abilities in our brain. Heuristics ignore information and try to focus on the few important reasons. More information, more time, even more...

Talk by Diamond

submitted by: dougramsey

Professor Diamond talks about the importance of play in a child's development of executive functions such as inhibitory control, working memory, and cognitive flexibility, as can be seen through a program called "Tools of the Mind," based on the theories of psychologists Lev Vygotski and Alexander Luria.