Let sleeping babies lie in peace

Most parents are probably cautious and quiet around a sleeping baby, worried that the slightest sound will jar them from their slumber. Now, there’s even more reason to watch what you say when a sleeping baby is around, because we know that even if it doesn’t wake them up, they can still hear it – and…

Why moms cry at the movies

My sister recently presented me with a little puzzle to solve: before having her son, she doesn’t think she would have teared up at the ending of Toy Story 3 or the opening of Up; now, despite the repeated viewings my nephew has insisted on, they are guaranteed to wash out her eyes. A few months…

Mindfully balancing work and life

The buzzword of modern America seems to be “work-life balance”. While some have stepped forward to say that we’re thinking about the relationship between work and life all wrong, they are still a minority whose voices are drowned out by the thunderous advice from the news media, therapists, and even some employers about how we…

Invasion of the Cootie Cells

Sophia Loren said that “When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts”. She was more right than she knew: a mother isn’t alone in her thoughts, because her child’s cells have quite literally taken up residence in the mother’s brain. The umbilical cord is not a one-way street of nourishment…

My $5 Worth: Speech Slip-Ups

My first paycheck for pontificating in a professorial manner was a five dollar bill. It was Thanksgiving of my third year in graduate school, and my seventh year of studying cognitive science. My father, older sister, sister’s boyfriend, and I were visiting my aunt’s palatial California abode, and I had indulged in a mid-afternoon nap…