Category Archives: Cognition/Linguistics

Book Review: The Storytelling Animal

About the Book This book reviews the roles and uses people make of “narratives”, both the positives of using stories to teach cultural morals and negatives of people being deluded by their own stories and nightmares. I became interested in … Continue reading

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Why Don’t Students Like School? (Book Review)

About the Book Willingham’s goal for this book is explain how findings from cognitive science can be used to explain how learning works. Topics include memory, a review of learning style theory (partly to debunk it), and the importance of … Continue reading

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Pack and Play Brownbag on Social Network Analysis

ETS is happy to announce a "Pack and Play" brownbag session on Social Network Analsysis in which Elizabeth Pyatt will introduce general concepts of social network analysis. Date: Monday April 1, 2013 Time: Noon – 1:00 PM Location: 202K Rider … Continue reading

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Possible Improvement in Speech Recognition?

One of the challenges of video captioning is that it does rely human intervention to achieve the most accurate results. That’s because speech recognition is only reliable in certain circumstances, usually when the speaker has set up a profile on … Continue reading

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Why “Accessify” is a Word

The accessibility been using the verb “accessify” in recent months and a question that has come up is – “Is accessify a word?” My answer is yes, and most linguists would agree. Here’s why: It Sounds Like English With very … Continue reading

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Understanding Speech Recognition

One of the dreams of solving the captioning backlog is to rely on speech recognition. I do have to say that speech recognition is far more effective at time than I would have dreamed, but still my intuition has told … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Wisdom of Crowds (via Clickers?)

In the spirit of continuing to clean my desk, my next book to review is The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki. I think a lot of people at ETS are familiar with the book, but I think it’s worth … Continue reading

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New Media Seminar Week Final!: Comics and Design

We ended this seminar with a reading from Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics which was presented in…comic format. Frames and Time The topic was “Frames” or how we interpret the passing of time based on the sequence of panels. Perhaps the … Continue reading

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