You may be noticing some intermittent and (hopefully) brief outages here at Scientopia. Apparently there are some issues with our webhost, and our resident tech guru Mark is working on addressing them.
In the meantime, he has asked that we disable comments in order to ease up on the server load until the issues get resolved. So, for now, I've disabled comments. I will post again when I've been given the green light to re-enable them.
Until I'm able to open comments back up, you can follow the conversation on twitter by following me (@jgold85) and Melody (@moximer)
Thanks for bearing with us!
You may have noticed a few changes around here. For one thing, the within-network blogroll, instead of being at the bottom of the sidebar, can now be found in the drop-down list at the top.
Additionally, we've solved the issue with the RSS feed. Before, you could only get a 3-4 line summary, but now you can get the entire post (or, when applicable, whatever we put "above the fold") if you switch your subscription from:
You could also just click on the "grab the feed" button at the top. Though if you'd prefer to continue receiving the 3-4 line summary then there's no need to change anything.
Is anything else broken? Do you have any feature requests? (No promises, of course)
Welcome to Child's Play! We're so excited to be a part of this new blog collective experiment. Take some time to look around, peruse the blogroll...get comfortable. We're still adjusting a few things, so bear with us as we get everything set up (and do let us know if anything is broken!)
What is this blog about?
Put simply, this blog is about cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development in children and adolescents. We'll cover peer-reviewed research (including new research and the classics), discuss the ways that the mainstream media misrepresents and misunderstands that research, and talk about the joys and sorrows of doing research with kids. Expect to see such topics in the coming weeks as numerical cognition, color learning, the development of cognitive control, theory of mind, and language acquisition. You can also expect to see us taking a broader view of the major trends and theoretical perspectives in developmental psychology.
Who are we?
If you landed here from Jason's blog at Scienceblogs, The Thoughtful Animal, then you already know him. For those of you who are new readers, at his other blog, Jason writes about animal behavior and cognition and the evolution of this mind. Here, he'll write about his other true love: child development research.
Melody is a researcher in cognitive science at Stanford University, and an occasional contributor to Scientific American's Mind Matters blog. You can access her published research at the Cognition, Language & Learning Lab.
You can find our contact info (including twitter) on the Contacts and Policies tab, and you can find more extensive background information on each of us on the Who Are We? page.
You can add Child's Play to your favorite RSS reader by clicking the link at the top right corner, or grab the address here: