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 William Deresiewicz
The end of the school year brings with it a flurry of advice for recent graduates. In a speech given at West Point in 2009, which appeared in our Spring 2010 issue, William Deresiewicz made the case for a new style of leadership. He argued that, as contradictory as it may seem, “solitude is one of the most important necessities of true leadership.” To be a truly effective leader means being someone who can think for himself. And in a world overrun with distractions, there’s no better way to gather the strength and wisdom to challenge conventional wisdom than by cultivating solitude: through introspection, focused work, and sustained reading, among other things.