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Submitted by firstname.lastname@example.org on Fri, 06/11/2010 - 11:54.
Mental Measurement Yearbooks provide test users with descriptions of the various tests, references, and critical reviews of the tests. Criteria for inclusion in these volumes are that the tests either be new or recently revised, be available commercially, and be published in English. The year 2005 marked the publication of the 17th volume of the Mental Measurement Yearbook. Note that the Yearbook contains reviews only - not the tests themselves.
Buros Institute of Mental Measurements online keyword search allows you to Search by Keyword Anywhere for commercially published tests reviewed in the Mental Measurements Yearbooks, without having to look through each print volume. Results from the online search indicate which volume of Mental Measurements Yearbook provide scholarly reviews and summaries of the test. With that information you can find the reviews and summaries in the Mental Measurements Yearbooks, available in Green Information Center and Cubberley Education Library.
Submitted by email@example.com on Thu, 04/01/2010 - 14:09.
There's a great article in the New York Times about what some scholars are calling the Next Big Thing in humanities research: a cognitive approach to literature.
The article first provides an example of theory of mind ("one person’s ability to interpret another person’s mental state and to pinpoint the source of a particular piece of information in order to assess its validity") from the television program Friends: Phoebe says to Rachel about a prank they want to pull on two other characters: "They don't know that we know they know we know."
As the article states, the "layered process of figuring out what someone else is thinking — of mind reading — is both a common literary device and an essential survival skill. Why human beings are equipped with this capacity and what particular brain functions enable them to do it are questions that have occupied primarily cognitive psychologists."
Literary scholars are now getting into the game as well, asking "fundamental questions about literature’s very existence: Why do we read fiction? Why do we care so passionately about nonexistent characters? What underlying mental processes are activated when we read?"
Jane Austen's novels are cited in the piece as being "frequently constructed around mistaken interpretations," and those of Virginia Woolf as "especially challenging" because they demand that readers juggle up to six different mental states at the same time.
Research by Stanford Associate Professor of English Blakey Vermeule is also addressed in the article. She is "examining theory of mind...[with] the assumption that evolution had a hand in our love of fiction," and also examining "the narrative technique known as 'free indirect style,' which mingles the character’s voice with the narrator’s. Indirect style enables readers to inhabit two or even three mind-sets at a time."
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