Psycho Babble

Magic Fingers

Jessica Love

Do baby sign language courses really work?

What Makes Hemingway Hemingway?

Jessica Love

On the psychology of artistic style

On Expecting Things to Fall Apart

Jessica Love

We understand entropy surprisingly early in life

Limericks That Leave You Hanging

Jessica Love

When we expect to hear a rhyme and don’t

Tuesdays with Siri

Jessica Love

How to Talk Shakespeare

Jessica Love

Headless Bear Walks Up to Woman; Awesomeness Ensues

Jessica Love

The search for the perfect title

When Nouns Verb Oddly

Jessica Love

Verb meanings are slipperier than noun meanings

Are Our Screams, Sighs, and Giggles Universal?

Jessica Love

Two studies suggest yes and no

Don’t Mock the Monocle (A Webcomic)

Jessica Love

On our unspoken preferences for ordering adjectives

Zugzwang in the New Year

Jessica Love

You can’t win—should you even try?

Are You Smarter Than My Cat?

Jessica Love

The Disappearing Accent

Jessica Love

For a while, youngsters stop noticing differences between dialects

A Modest Proposal and a Goodbye

Jessica Love

On improving science coverage, and finding the good stuff already out there

Baby Got Rhythm?

Jessica Love

Keep the beat and improve your language skills

Solidarity in Confusion

Jessica Love

What we convey when we converse

Wounded By Books

Jessica Love

Brits of an earlier age read at their own risk

English vs. English

Jessica Love

On the concrete and the abstract, the Germanic and the Latinate

Reading Humans

Jessica Love

One way dogs really are better than cats

Perfect Memory (Webcomic #9)

Jessica Love

On remembering and misremembering

All Eyes on the Eyes

Jessica Love

On the many powers of visual contact

Depends on How You Tell It

Jessica Love

On the psychology of narrative style

For to Sound Folksy

Jessica Love

What do we know about this odd, antiquated construction?

As an Aside (Webcomic #8)

Jessica Love

On processing parentheticals

Nap Your Way to a Bigger Vocabulary?

Jessica Love

On word learning and sleep

Describing a Visual World Without Vision

Jessica Love

On blindness and language

Ethics Across Borders

Jessica Love

On shifting values and Facebook’s big misstep

The Power of Um

Jessica Love

On putting speech disfluencies to work

Anthropomorphic Trees (Webcomic #7)

Jessica Love

What’s that book teaching your child?

I Say Shutout, You Say Clean Sheet

Jessica Love

What happens to our speech when we watch international soccer

Not Enough Brain (A Webcomic)

Jessica Love

On the persistence of a myth

Who’s John Again?

Jessica Love

On novels and names

When Nouns Verb Oddly

Jessica Love

Verb meanings are slipperier than noun meanings

Out of Office (A Webcomic)

Jessica Love

The vacation message reimagined

How Many Words Does a Wordsmith Make?

Jessica Love

On Aesop Rock, DMX, and the importance of a large vocabulary

Leave Your Laptop Home

Jessica Love

Taking notes? There’s a memory advantage to using pen and paper

Don’t Mock the Monocle (A Webcomic)

Jessica Love

On our unspoken preferences for ordering adjectives

Wave Your Hands and Say It Right

Jessica Love

On the surprising relationship between gestures and memory

A Reader’s Guide to Ha Ha (A Webcomic)

Jessica Love

On the many strange spellings of a very strange word

Sneak Attacks (A Webcomic)

Jessica Love

What’s that word again?

How to Talk Shakespeare

Jessica Love

A primer

Here, There Be Ambiguity (a Webcomic)

Jessica Love

On contrastive reduplication

Think Like a Bilingual

Jessica Love

Is it ever too late to benefit from a second language?

What Jorge Luis Borges Knew About Knowing

Jessica Love

Of Memory and Forgetting

Labels for People

Jessica Love

Language encourages children to categorize by gender and race

Emergencies in Spanish

Jessica Love

When emergency calls and miscommunications collide

Are Our Screams, Sighs, and Giggles Universal?

Jessica Love

Two studies suggest yes and no

What We Don’t Read When We Read

Jessica Love

On the words and letters we miss

“You’re Saying It Wrong”

Jessica Love

Why the Pledge of Allegiance may have some soul-searching to do

What Does the Owlet Say?

Jessica Love

On the competitive squabbles of barn owl siblings

Why So Few English Words for Odors?

Jessica Love

Another language shows it doesn’t have to be so

Zugzwang in the New Year

Jessica Love

You can’t win—should you even try?

Spanish in the City

Jessica Love

What’s behind an ongoing change to the Spanish spoken by New Yorkers?

The Powerless I

Jessica Love

Can pronouns carry social meaning?

The Search for Meaning in Sound

Jessica Love

On kerfuffles and hullabaloos and rethinking iconicity

The Disappearing Accent

Jessica Love

For a while, youngsters stop noticing differences between dialects

Much Reading. Wow.

Jessica Love

On the delicate dance between humor and inscrutability

Compendiums of Everything

Jessica Love

A brief history of the modern encyclopedia

Headless Bear Walks Up to Woman; Awesomeness Ensues

Jessica Love

The search for the perfect title

Quick: What’s the Past Tense of “Pet”?

Jessica Love

On regular and irregular verbs

On Expecting Things to Fall Apart

Jessica Love

We understand entropy surprisingly early in life

Limericks That Leave You Hanging

Jessica Love

When we expect to hear a rhyme and don’t

Common Ground in Video Games

Jessica Love

What can we expect from NPCs?

The Rules of Pleasant Conversation

Jessica Love

How do we know when to chime in?

What makes Hemingway Hemingway?

Jessica Love

On the psychology of artistic style

When Tech Turns Nouns Into Smarter Nouns

Jessica Love

How might an influx of smart gadgets change the English language?

Sharing Or Oversharing Online?

Jessica Love

These days, who’s to say what the difference is?

Y’all Look Different From Up Here

Jessica Love

On the surprising link between face recognition and learning to sit

Tuesdays with Siri

Jessica Love

On talking to computers

Are You Smarter Than My Cat?

Jessica Love

On animal IQ tests

When Babies Bang

Jessica Love

A new study says the ruckus readies us for tool use

The Internet is a James Joyce Novel

Jessica Love

On the playful language of image macros

Freshman, Meet Your Roommates

Jessica Love

Prepare to share toothpaste—and dialects

On Zombie Eating

Jessica Love

Nom nom nom

Language in an Age of Seamlessness

Jessica Love

What happens to conversation when everyone’s using a different device?

Picturing a Whole New Language

Jessica Love

Could images be the new words?

Well, Hey There, Search

Jessica Love

Soon we may query search engines as naturally as we query each other

A Dog With Two Names?

Jessica Love

For bilingual babies, words don’t come with the same assumptions

Search: A Primer for the Rest of Us

Jessica Love

Search engines are the ultimate gatekeepers. How do they work?

Tell the Riddle Right

Jessica Love

Subtle linguistic manipulations can change how we interpret questions

Friends Don’t Let Friends Listen and Drive

Jessica Love

Is it dangerous to drive under the influence of … language?

No English, No Career?

Jessica Love

The new lingua franca of science

A Mind to Navigate

Jessica Love

An evolutionary story for a visional illusion

N. K. Y. S. A.

Jessica Love

(Nobody knows your stupid acronym)

Where’s the “The”?

Jessica Love

Do babies mistake function words for object labels?

Magic Fingers

Jessica Love

Do baby sign language courses really work?

Time Traveling Through a Sentence

Jessica Love

To understand language we relive the past and predict the future

CAPTCHA That Bot!

Jessica Love

Behind the distorted text that decides: human or not?

The Internet Remembers

Jessica Love

Sometimes entire populations behave a lot like individuals

Hardwired for Talk?

Jessica Love

There’s a problem: languages change really fast

Kiki or Bouba?

Jessica Love

A short test with a complicated answer key

My Feeling for 11 Is Almost One of Pity

Jessica Love

A new study argues that some synesthetic associations may be learned

The Allure of the Intuitive

Jessica Love

What happens when we no longer understand our own minds?

The Allure of the Counterintuitive

Jessica Love

It’s not enough for social science to inform: it must surprise

Dr. Doolittle Calling

Jessica Love

Do nonhuman animals have grammar?

Ye Olde Blogge Postte

Jessica Love

An ironic phrase with an ironic past

Aquatic Cognition

Jessica Love

Small aquatic creatures learn (and forget) to live another day

Of Mutant Mice—and Men

Jessica Love

What can rodents tell us about language learning?

What Your Child Watches When She Watches TV

Jessica Love

2-D learning about a 3-D world

Demons Where Once There Were None

Jessica Love

Exploring the darker powers of suggestion

Can Reading Be Unlearned?

Jessica Love

Researchers have looked somewhere surprising for answers—hypnosis

Your Baby Is a Statistician

Jessica Love

What does an 11-month-old understand about random sampling?

Why We Know So Little About High Achievers

Jessica Love

Inquiring minds want to know—just not scientists

What Toddlers Know They Don’t Know About Plurals

Jessica Love

Fifty years later, the Wug Test is still teaching us how children learn new word forms

Derailed By “Who’s On First”

Jessica Love

On committing to the wrong thing

The Liberal Grammar Fanatic

Jessica Love

Why do grammatical errors turn Jekylls into Hydes?

Psychology and the Elite College Undergraduate

Jessica Love

The world is theirs; but are they the world?

Acting Like a Baby

Jessica Love

Why is it so hard to hear non-native sounds?

The Psychology of Playing the Part

Jessica Love

What makes an actor?

Much Ado About Acting

Jessica Love

On learning lines

Your Brain On Risk

Jessica Love

The neuroscience of world domination; or, what happens when bad science meets bad writing

Big Toddler, Teeny Slide

Jessica Love

Playtime gets curiouser and curiouser …

When Foreign Words and Native Accents Meet

Jessica Love

The politics of saying it right

What Little Girls Are Made Of

Jessica Love

Sugar and spice and linguistic precocity

A Language Without Exact Numbers

Jessica Love

The curious case of Pirahã

Babies Bamboozled by Numbers

Jessica Love

What’s so hard about four?

On the Psychology of Swearing

Jessica Love

Could cursing be good for us?

Changing the World, If Only in Our Minds

Jessica Love

How we describe what isn't around us

When the Mind Wanders, the Eyes Stay the Course

Jessica Love

Try not to zone out while you read this post

Pilloried Prepositions

Jessica Love

How We Talk to Babies

Jessica Love

American Culture Makes Us Egocentric—Maybe

Jessica Love

So Totally On My Mind

Jessica Love

Little Scribes

Jessica Love

On Word Learning, Incidentally

Jessica Love

The Art of Word Learning

Jessica Love

Dude Sounds Like a Lady

Jessica Love

Language Finds a Way

Jessica Love

Survival of the Thriftiest

Jessica Love

Give Ishmael a Break

Jessica Love

When I See a Monkey Read

Jessica Love

On Drunk Speech

Jessica Love

Rules Versus Rules: What The New Yorker Got Wrong

Jessica Love

Extreme Empathy

Jessica Love

Does Language Change How We Experience Color?

Jessica Love

These Thoughts Were Made in American English

Jessica Love

Nounsy Nouns and Verbsy Verbs and Little Wugs Eat Ivy

Jessica Love

Golfers, Toothpaste, and How Not to Overthink

Jessica Love

Is the Future of English Bad Science?

Jessica Love

Calling All Psychonarratologists

Jessica Love

The Mind Paused / Not at All

Jessica Love

On Caddy-corner ... Or Whatever That Word Is

Jessica Love

Oprah: 2, Attenborough: 0

Jessica Love

What Prestige Sounds Like

Jessica Love

Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sentence

Jessica Love

Should Two Constructions Diverge

Jessica Love

Submissive Sentences

Jessica Love

isthistytelhardtoreed

Jessica Love

What Actually Works

Jessica Love

When Words Are Neighbors

Jessica Love

Spelling and the Mind

Jessica Love

When Rosemary Should Be Rosy and Merry

Jessica Love

When Characters Speak Off the Page

Jessica Love

And I’m Like, Read This!

Jessica Love

The Grammarian Was a He

Jessica Love

The Spaghetti with a Dark Past

Jessica Love

A Cocktail Conundrum

Jessica Love

Nullified

Jessica Love

The Magazine Ran with Ink and Columns

Jessica Love

The Accented Among Us

Jessica Love

If It Talks Like the Truth

Jessica Love

Speech in Action

Jessica Love

Nailing It

Jessica Love

Aliens in the Mind

Jessica Love

The Lion, the Yurt, and the Xbox

Jessica Love

The Elephant in the Room

Jessica Love

Parse This

Jessica Love

Tyler Is Setting Up a Tent

Jessica Love

When the Upshot Is a Downer

Jessica Love

This Column Needs Edited

Jessica Love