A blog about psycholinguistics with posts each Thursday by Jessica Love, a psychologist and science writer at Northwestern University. Her most recent article “Reading Fast and Slow” appeared in our Spring 2012 issue.
Do baby sign language courses really work?
by Jessica Love | Thursday, January 22, 2015
On the psychology of artistic style
by Jessica Love | Thursday, January 15, 2015
We understand entropy surprisingly early in life
by Jessica Love | Thursday, January 08, 2015
When we expect to hear a rhyme and don’t
by Jessica Love | Thursday, December 18, 2014
by Jessica Love | Thursday, December 11, 2014
by Jessica Love | Wednesday, December 03, 2014
The search for the perfect title
by Jessica Love | Thursday, November 20, 2014
Verb meanings are slipperier than noun meanings
by Jessica Love | Thursday, November 13, 2014
Two studies suggest yes and no
by Jessica Love | Thursday, November 06, 2014
On our unspoken preferences for ordering adjectives
by Jessica Love | Thursday, October 30, 2014
THIS WEEK’S ARCHIVE PICK
by John Kaag
W. S. Merwin, one of the most celebrated and prolific poets of his generation, died last Friday at the age of 91. A former U.S. poet laureate and the winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, Merwin was also known for his work as a conservationist. After moving to Hawaii in the 1970s, he began the decades-long project of restoring different plant species to the former pineapple plantation where he lived. Merwin was notoriously difficult to contact, but in the fall of last year, John Kaag managed to interview him over the phone. Merwin, he reports, repeated the same lines throughout their conversation: “The time of wisdom cannot be measured, and, for me, wisdom is the garden. There is no time in the garden.” In an essay for the Scholar, Kaag explores this relationship between gardening and the passage of time, and how it is reflected in Merwin’s life and poetry.