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About Nicholaus Noles

Nick is a dad and avid gamer. He writes about psychology, games, and the psychology of games. Nicholaus received a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from Yale University, and works as a developmental psychologist at Michigan State University, but he learned the most important lesson in life early: Don't play Contra with your older brother, because he'll jump in a pit just to make you angry.
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Three Reasons Why Babies Make Great Activists
5 years ago

Three Reasons Why Babies Make Great Activists

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Two lawmakers, Lisa Brown and Barb Byrum, were recently banned from speaking in the Michigan House of Representatives after arguing against a piece of legislation that contained a bunch of essentially anti-woman program cuts and abortion restrictions. The legislation itself raised some concern in Michigan because it was being rushed through at the last legislative minute, but things really got kicked off when the news came out that these women had been silenced for speaking their minds. This spurred an event called, “Vaginas Take Back the Capitol!”

Since you don’t actually have to have a vagina to help vaginas take back the capitol, my son and I attended the event, and I discovered that babies make awesome activists.

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Gymboree’s Gender Gaffe
5 years ago

Gymboree’s Gender Gaffe

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 Kids clothing retailer Gymboree recently came under fire by activist moms for selling onesies that say, “Smart Like Dad,” without also selling onesies that say “Smart Like …
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Not-so-Pretty in Pink
6 years ago

Not-so-Pretty in Pink

Here’s another entry into 8BitDad’s pink-themed coverage. I was walking through Toy “R” Us when I saw two sets of stacking rings. Now, stacking rings are great toys …
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Ruin Marriage? Really?!?
6 years ago

Ruin Marriage? Really?!?

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People connect. Mentally, physically, spiritually, politically, socially, and philosophically, we connect ourselves to other people. Marriage isn’t for everybody, but there are a lot of reasons that connecting yourself …
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Are you two daddies?
6 years ago

Are you two daddies?

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As a developmental psychologist, I spend a lot of time chatting with kids. I was talking to four-year-old girl recently and the name “David” entered our conversation. Here is …
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Learning to ride a bike is never just learning to ride a bike.
6 years ago

Learning to ride a bike is never just learning to ride a bike.

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Kid Gives Speech After Learning To Ride A Bike

This video of a kid making an off-the-cuff inspirational speech after learning to ride a bike is popping up …
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The Last Post
6 years ago

The Last Post

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In a heartfelt final post addressed to his family and friends, blogger Derek Miller posts about his own death. Miller’s last post is, by turns, matter-of-fact, poignant, …
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A storybook that says what we all feel
6 years ago

A storybook that says what we all feel

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Adam Mansbach’s forthcoming storybook is decidedly not for kids. It articulates the feelings of frustration that every parent experiences when their young child refuses to go to sleep, with …
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