Sunday, December 30, 2007
I visited my sister yesterday and spent almost all day with her family. I had great meals and also a lot of cookies and candies that she especially prepared for me. I think I am too old to have grand meals and I was overfed by my sister, but I had good time with them.
We watched some TV programs together when we had our meals. I had to watch Doraemon because my nephew loves it; I had to watch some Japanese soap operas because my sister loves them. I think I am right that I don't have television in my house because I found out that most Taiwanese people spend too much time in front of their TV. (Well, I spend too much time with my laptop and this is a problem, too.)
When I finally had chance to control over TV remote controller, I switched to movie channels. I rarely knew what channels were showing what movies so I was channel hopping absent-mindedly. I switched to Cinemax and the movie that it was showing caught my attention immediately.
I didn't know what the program's title was at that time, and I was caught in the middle of the movie. I enjoyed it though and I found out the storyline right away. The story was about CIA during Cold War. I could recognize few familiar faces from the movie, so I did some search online and figured out what the movie was.
The program is called The Company, a TV mini-series starring Chris O'Donnell, Michael Keaton and Alfred Molian. The mini-series is based on Robert Littell's almost-nine-hundred-page novel of the same name, and it covers most famous events happened during Cold War.
The first impressive feature of the series is it gives those household names new faces different from their previous characters. I was especially impressive by Michael Keaton's performance when I watched it. He was no longer the wicked and nasty ghost in the Beetlejuice or the not-so-dark dark knight in Batman. And Chris O'Donnell wasn't the young student in Scent of a Woman any more. I hadn't seen other good movies he stared for years, but he is pretty cool in The Company.
The second feature that interests me is the story. It depicts few famous historical events happened during Cold War and the manipulation of CIA behind those events. I love historical drama, I am no expert of Cold War so I don't know if the cause and consquesence of those events presents in this mini-series is accurate or not, but the storytelling was fluent and I was confused even though I don't have enough background knowledge.
I found out that only watched two episodes: The Hungarian Uprising and the Bay of Pigs. Few lines from those two episodes made me think of few things.
When I watched The Hungarian Uprising, Frank Wisner--played by Ted Atherton-- questioned why US didn't give military support to the uprising against the Soviet. The US had spent some much time and money to train those who are against the communism all over the world, and wait the right time like the Hungarian Uprising, but the government didn't take any measure when the timing was right.
When I read/listened to the lines, I had an idea that Taiwan was one part of them, the one trained/manipulated by the CIA. Taiwan was one that swallowed up in the conflicts between the Democracy and the Communism. I suddenly felt a strange bond that connects Taiwan to the rest of world. But what price Taiwan has been paying?
I watched first half part of The Bay of Pigs. One scene was funny to me. Harvey Torriti (played by Alfred Molina) asked one head of mafia to assassin Castro. Taiwan Intelligence agency learned the lesson--recruiting gangsters to conduct secret mission-- from CIA. I was thinking no wonder Jiang Nan Case happened. All I should say all intelligence agencies are all the same.
The Company is a 360-mintue mini-series, I only watched 100 minutes yesterday. I think I wouldn't have chance to watch it replay on TV, I would watch its complete version when its DVD is available.
Compared with the Road No. 9, Suhua Road is more winding and dangerous. The zigzag road made one of my classmates have severe car sick. We pulled over to give her a break. When we were chatting on the shoulder, we saw amazingly beautiful rainbow hanging high above the ocean. That's really breathtaking.
I found that the picture doesn't show the rainbow well because of the light when I was posting it. Too bad. 我發現我拍的照片因為逆光的關係，沒有把這道彩虹拍得很清楚，真的是很可惜啊！
After enough rest, we continued our drive to Taroko.
When we were near the sign of Welcome to Taroko National Park, we saw two people lifting yellow strip and waiting for us to pass through. We didn't know what was happening. Few minutes later, we got a call from my classmate in another car. They were blocked because Suhau Raod was in reparation, and they were only allow to pass in one hour. We realized we just passed through the blocking line in time, but our other classmates didn't make it. And we had to wait for them for an hour. We didn't want to waste our time, so we decided to go to Qingshui Cliff. (Later, I found out that my classmates in another car also had great time near the entry of Taroko National Park in the same time.)
When we arrived at Qingshui Cliff, it was getting dark, but it was great that it didn't rain. We could take a pleasant walk along an abandoned road.
The ocean was clear and it had two kinds of blue. The water of the inner part near the cliff was milky-blue; the water of the outer side was light-blue. Beautiful!
I love QingShui Cliff very much. It is really spectacular. The cliff is main reason I want to visit the east coast of Taiwan. I would like to spend more time in this region. I have been thinking hiking in the region around Qingshui Cliff, but it seems not a good idea so far because of the traffic in the region. I wish the big trucks driving through the Suhau Road could get fewer and fewer and the place would become friendly for travelers.
I took picture of those two rocks was because the scenery was funny. The bigger rock in the right side resembles a terrier and the one in the left side is doggy poo. :D
When we were talking a walk, one helicopter flew over us. It made high volume of noise which made me think of a movie-- Apocalypse Now directed by Francis Ford Coppola. The scene of the attack and the music-- Ride of the Valkyries--replayed in my mind. I had surreal feeling when I was taking picture of the helicopter.
Friday, December 28, 2007
I am always keen to travel in east coast of Taiwan. About three weeks ago, I learned my classmates planed to travel in Yilan and Hualian. I knew it would be a good chance to carry out my idea of traveling in east coast; I invited myself to join them. I was lucky that we had no trouble to get an extra seat of cars, so I made it. We spent three days (from Dec. 24th to 26th) traveling in Yilan and Hualian. It was cold and raining in Taipei before the trip. I was worried of the bad weather and kept checking weather forecast for few days before the trip. When we were in Yilan and Hualian, it was overcast and sometimes rainy. Even though the weather wasn't perfect, it didn't undermine our travel and it was actually a wonderful trip.
Nine of us we in two cars left Taipei in the morning of 24th. We got on highway and passed though Xueshan Tunnel --12.9 kilometers, the second longest tunnel in Asia-- to Toucheng in Yilian within 1.5 hours. It takes fewer hours for travelers to get to Yilian than before. After we arrived Toucheng, we turned to Suao to pick up the tenth member and had our lunch in Suao harbor. We had really fresh seafood for lunch. After lunch, we headed to Taroko National Park.
While I took photos of our delicious seafood dishes, my classmates were busy eating up those dishes, so I decided not to take any photos of our meals. They never wait for me when it comes food. :D
I saw no fish boats sailing out nor harboring, only few old residents fixing broken fishing nets alone the port .
Saturday, December 22, 2007
I wrote those articles and I will translate them into English or rewrite them in English when I have more free time .
I found that my school provides online English article editing service. I think I can take the advantage of the system and send what I write for this blog to them so I can improve my English. It's probably a good learning-process. And it also makes me happy becaue I like to learn English. :)
But I think it could really take visitors 2 to 3 hours to walk there if they spend more time on observing and investigating historic and geological traces in Zhishan Yan. Zhishan Yan has profound historical events and insteresting natural environment, and there are clear information boards along the path. Visitors can learn a lot by taking a walk there. It is fantastic.
I took a lot of pictures of inforamtion for the plants and geological features there. My flikcr account has limit so I haven't uploaded those pictures. They include many plants' names and explaination of Zhishan Yan's geological features. I would make a special reports of plants or geology of Taiwan when I have more free time.
I can write my religious journey in Zhishan Yan, I feel it's quite interesting. In Zhishan Yan, there is a temple, Huiji Gong. I learned few things by visiting the temple.
Huiji Gong is a temple which combines Taoism and Buddhism, followers worship gods from those two religions. I think what Mingde has said is quite accuate. The temple is some kind of department store that followers only have to visit a temple and they can worship many gods and ask for many things in one stop, some kind of one-stop-shopping.
When I was checking the above picture, I found every decoration has a little statue on it, and every statue represents different characters in mythological stories. It would cost tremendous effort and be a time-consuming job if someone count how many statue in the temple and find out every statue's identity.
Well, the array of alcohol bottles was pretty impressive. We opened most of the bottles and had a great party in his store.
The party became alumni reunion. A get-together of psychology majors is all about research, thesis, interaction with instructive professors.
Mingde's thesis is about two-timers so I kept calling him the master of two-timer. Junxian was misled and thought Mingde was a two-timer. And we started talking about how to design questionnaire to investigate the psychology of two-timers, how to find two-timers as subjects and how to interview them. Junxian and I shared our research insterests and subjects of our thesis. I was interested in the nueropsychological results of visual perception span and working memory capacity that he brought up, and we dicussed the possiblity to their application to cognitive trainings for the elders. He gave me some information about the psychology of aging in Taiwan. That was great!
When we were exchanging ideas about study of aging, professor Liu asked me what the problems with the elders were. I quickly told her my ideas of the application to train the elders' working memory and didn't realize the possible meaning behind her question on the spot. I think professor Liu thinks I would do research in the fields of social psychology or family study on basis of the qualitative approach. But actually I had had discussions with professor Wang that I would do experimental research. I think my decision must surprise most professors in our department, well...and I haven't had time to have dicussion with professor Liu.
I think she must have some thoughts when she learned I would do research with professor Wang. I think it's necessary to talk with her when we have time.
I read some Junjian Yan's introuduction online and learned that the trail is actually concrete steps, very easy, and its length is only 500 meters. One of its entries is in Yangming university. I had took a course: professor Hong's Neruopsychology in Yangming university before, I thought I wouldn't get lost, and Junjian Yan hiking trail is an easy one, so I wore sneakers and skirt for the hike, and it turned out to be a disaster.
Well, I was to confident that I wouldn't get lost, but I did. I still had to stop to ask for directin from passerby.
After I arrived Yangming university, the quest for hiking trail's entry became easier. Along Zhenzhi road on compus, there were clear direction signs leading hikers to the entry. I found it easily.
Beautiful red fruits grew alone two sides of the trail. I found out that actually the red fruits were parasitical plants which grew over other plants. Its vines seemed very aggressive and could easily strangulate other plants.
Before I reached the peak of Junjian Yan, I saw an impressive scenery. I am curious what the place was and how to get there because I didn't read anything about it. And I also felt it seemed more interesting than the concret steps. I walked to the edge of hiking trail and asked a lady in the hill across me few questions.
The lady told me how to reach where she was, so I turned to a branch trail leading to Zhaoming temple. The surface of the trail was dirt and rocky; it was more interesting for me.
開始寫關於電影的故事，那就順便寫另一部我最近在回想的電影：「Harold and Maude」，又是一部比我老，然後我又不知道中文片名的電影。不知為何，我其實很喜歡70年代的電影。
The subject of my thesis is about age and emotional memeory, which means I wouldn't be able to graduate from school in two years because elder subjects are difficult to find. I have started reading relevent research references. One theory I have read is Socioemotional Selectivity Theory which proposes some processess to explain the difference of emotion regulation between young people and elder people. I am not satisfied with its explanation, but I am not going to discuss it in this article; it would come up soon. I thought over some problems generated from the theory few days ago when I was riding home from Fu Jen university. Harold and Maude suddenly jumped into my thought.
我論文的主題大致已經確定要進行關於老化與情緒記憶的研究。（這也注定我應該是兩年畢不了業，因為老人受試非常難找。）我開始在閱讀相關的研究文獻，其中有一個理論：「Socioemotional Selectivity Theory」，試著要解釋年輕人與老人在emotion regulation不同的機制為何。我非常的不滿意這個理論的解釋。細節先不多談，以後還有機會。有次從輔大回家時，騎著我的摩托車，思考著這個理論的問題，「Harold and Maude」這部電影突然跳進思緒中。
I went to my haunts and found many good movies were released on DVDs. Herzog's early movies were almost on DVDs, Kubrick's movies were rereleased on collection edition DVDs, and BBC's new minseires-Jane Erye-was available, and the most surprising thing was Deliverance was also available now. All I could think when I saw it was "Oh! My Goodness! I can't believe it, how come this movie was on collection edition DVD!"
"Ji Liu Si Yong Shi" is Deliverance's Chinese title which means "four warriors in the rapids," I didn't know this title and only knew its English title. I found out the Chinese title when I saw the DVD in DVD shop. This movie was released in the US in 1972. I don't know when it was released in Taiwan, but this title brings the sense of passionate patriotism to me. The Chinese title implied the sense--"counterattack the China to rescue our suffering counterparts." I think the title was given to in order to deal with government's strict censorship at the time when martial law was enforced. But acutally the story of Deliverance has nothing to do with warriors and patriotism.
I can't remember the reason that made me see Deliverance; it seems that Eric and I talked about movies of 7o's and Deliverance was one among the movies we discussed. I thought it could be an interesting one so I bought the DVD and watched it. After I watched it, I realised it wasn't an interesting movie at all, but a triller that made viewers in depression.
The plot is about four friends decided to go camping in remote mountains during their vacation and to raft along rapid river down back to town so they can stay far away from their familyand enjoy natural life in the wild. In the isolated moutains, two of them were assulted by local hunters. During the chaotic fighting and resisstence, one of the hunters was killed and the other one fled. To this point, the story of hunting down the hunter in escape in the vicious moutains and dangerous unfolds. Their friendship gradually changed and their humanity and moral strongly conflict with their instinct for survival.
The movie actually is a good one; it has great narrative that develops tensity and suspicion, but after I watched because I felt really down. I thought I would never watch it again. And I felt I was traumatized. Every time I think of this kind of story set in the backdrop of remote moutains, I always feel scared, and sometimes I feel terrified without reasons when I go hiking alone.
Robert once suggested I avoid going hiking alone in Wulai region. I could be in danger. Several scenes from Deliverance came into my mind immediately when he was giving the suggestions to me. This is not an interesting movie at all, but a movie that makes viewers horrified. I think it is the effect that the author and director want to bring out.
The most impressive scene is that in the protagonist's dream, one hand holding the murder weapon--a hunting gun--emerging out of the surface of deep blue water. The image is still clear in my mind even though I watched it several years ago and never saw it again.
I once wondered why the scene is so similar to one scence from Excalibur--Excalibur raising from a lake. I googled some information about those two movies and found out that the movies were both directed by John Boorman. Same idea was used in two different movies. Arthurian stories are my favorite stories. But Excalibur directed by John Boorman was very dark that ruined my interest, so I will never see any movies directed by him.
我曾經想著，為什麼這一幕和Excalibur（另一部我不知道中文片名的影片）裡神劍Excalibur從湖中伸起的影像那麼雷同。稍微古狗一下，原來這兩部電影是同一個導演（John Boorman）執導。同樣的手法，嗯～用了兩次。而且還把我最喜歡的亞瑟王傳奇故事講得非常黑暗，完全弄壞我的胃口，從此之後，我再也不看John Boorman的電影。
Friday, December 21, 2007
I like the Little Lion's Head Mountain pretty much. It has two favorite kinds of trails: dirt road and wooden stairs. Compared with some hiking trails' concrete stairs, it's more comfortable for me. And in the Little Lion's Head Mountain, many different kinds of flowers blossom in all seasons, many beautiful birds perch in the woods and cute squirrels sometimes reveal themself to hikers. At the second and third peak, hikers can enjoy really great scenic views, they can see AnKeng, QingTan and Bitan regions. The only drawback is the traffic noise from the foot of the mountain sometimes disturbing the sound of the nature.
The flower was common in my neighborhood when I was a kid, but I hadn't seen it for years. I saw it on the trail this morning and it was not just one plant but several plants of it. The flowers hanging down from branches formed beautiful decorations which resembles red and orange lanterns.
I finally took some decent photos of wild birds. This picture is a little bit out of focus, but it's not bad as I am a green photographer. I realised it's very difficult to take photos of wild birds. I could only hear them at very beginning but couldn't see them. I tried hard to locate them and when I found them and tried to adjust my lens, they flew to other branches or even dissapeared.
Compared with old Bitan Bridge 20 years ago, today's bridge is uglier.
The upper photo was taken with Nikon E2500, and I took photo of similar feature with Olympus SP-500UZ this morning. The new one is much better.
第一張照片是我用Nikon E2500拍的，同樣的主題，我用新的Olympus SP-500UZ拍攝，效果好很多。
The upper photo was taken with Nikon E2500, and I took photo of similar view with Olympus SP-500UZ this morning. Its background and distant view of mountains are much better.
Taking pictures is capturing images of the nature. Painting is capturing images from mind. I want to paint beautiful landscape and woods when I go hiking. I know painting gears are heavy, too. It's another impractical idea of mine.
I went to eWhat (The most famous bootlegged-camera store in Taiwan) to pick up the camera with my classmate, YiZhong, after the class of Family Psychology last night.
We were at eWhat and a serviceperson showed us the camera, and we could test functions the camera before we made the deal. YiZhong taught me its functions and how to operate it to take test shots. I took several pictures in different modes and people could easily tell that I was an inexperienced buyer because I awkwardly operated it. The serviceperson knew well that he didn't need to persuade me to buy it because my happy face was saying: "I want to buy it! I want to buy it!"
After buying the digital camera, YiZhong gave me basic lessons of photography. I went home happily with my brand-new digital camera. I decided to take more test shots to learn more of its functions. I thought I would go hiking in XiaoShiTou Shan next day.
The abovementioned experience is what happened to me last night.
I came back from XiaoShiTou Shan and just got in my office. I will upload my test shots to my Flickr and post the comparisons of photos taken by my old Nikon E2500 and new Olympus SP-550UZ. I will post introduce of my backyard garden: XiaoShiTou Shan. : )
P.S. Oops! My right ankle is aching; the old injure is really troublesome.
現在，我剛剛從小獅頭山回來，進了辦公室。晚些回家之後，我再把測試照片上傳到我的Flickr和這個部落格，可以比較一下我先前的Nikon E2500和這款Olympus SP-550UZ有何不同，並且可以再次介紹我的後花園：小獅頭山。
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
After finishing the 2-kilometer walk, we arrived at the entry of TongHou Hiking Trail and finally we stepped on the TRAIL. We couldn't finished hiking because it was getting dark. We got to a branch road to XiaoJiaoXi Shan, and then we decided to walk back to our car.
We left the trail and went to Daxi to meet Trail_Hacker and had our seafood feast.
Trail_Hacker has profound knowledge of trails in Taiwan and Daxi Fish Market as well so he chose fresh seafood and bargained with a seafood restaurant serviceperson for us. He picked a really fresh JianYu (Bonito) for us and asked the serviceperson made it into three different kinds of dishes. We had steamed fish, sashimi and nice soup. And Trail_Hacker shared a lot of information about hiking with us when we had dinner. We had super nice seafood feast and pleasant conversation during our dinner which made my fatigue go away. It was a very nice day.
The road to the trailhead was really nice because of the cold and fresh air and misty scenery. I felt like to lie down on the bushes alongside the road, to blend myself with the nature and to enjoy solitude and serenity.
The misty scenery had me embraced by some kind of mysterious atmosphere. It made me remember one thing. I often dreamed of one scene when I was eleven and twelve. The scene was that I was in fears and lost in a fog which I barely see things. I walked alone and tried to look for my parents. I didn't know why I often dream of it. I talked about the dream with my sister. She laughed at me and told me that we travel ed in Ali Shan with our parents when we were little kids. I got lost on the way to see sunrise in Ali Shan and all grownups tried to find me all the way. I really didn't remember this event but the dream went away after my sister explained it to me.
I talked about it with Eric. He smiled and said: "Freud got his theories right!" Well, I am never a follower of psychoanalysis, but I agreed with Eric. Mr. Freud possibly had his theories based on something beyond my understanding.
The bonito we had in our dinner. It was made into three dishes: steamed fish, Sashimi and fish soup.
We spent almost 5 hours on finding the trial head, we gradually felt tired and an idea of giving up the trail merged. At last, we decided to go hiking in PaoMa Hiking Trail, so we turned to the road to PaoMa. We passed by a sign which indicated we were in LongTan of YiLan. We had turned to Trail_Hacker for direction of the trailhead around lunch time. He told us it was near somewhere in LongTan. When we saw the sign, the idea of looking for TongHou came back to mind. We wanted to give it a try, so our quest of TongHou Hiking Trail continued.
We saw a police station on the road, and I came to it for direction. Two police officers were in the office. They tried to figure out what TongHou meant when I asked them few questions. It seemed that they didn't know the name of the hiking trail so I tried to explain its route to them. One of them realized what I meant and told me he knew the trailhead's exact location. A hope arose. The policeman checked my outfit and started persuading me not to go hiking there. He told me it was getting dark so I definitely couldn't make it in time. The trail was dangerous that many hikers get lost in the mountains. He said he often has to go there to rescue hikers. He just went there a week before and he himself also fell during the mission. As he was talking, he turned his back to me as if he wanted to show me where he got injured. (I was thinking in mind: "Sir! I really don't want to see your butt.")
Anyway, I got the information that the entry of TongHou was in XiaoJiaoXi. We only had to go straight down the road and turned right when we saw a TuJiCheng (chicken restaurant.) And soon we would see the entry.
We finally got the clearest direction for the locals, We were (I was) happy because soon we would arrive at the trailhead. But we had a wrong turn before the TuJiCheng. We spent extra time to go back on the right track. About 2 or 3 o'clock in the afternoon, we finally see the direction sign of TongHou Hiking Trail.
I was extremely happy to see the direction sign and gave it a big hug in enormous joy.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
We turned to locals of YiLan for direction so I had some conversations and interactions with people of YiLan. I felt their temperaments were really different people of Taipei City. I can't find precise phrases to describe them. I feel it seems that I took a time-machine to go back to Taipei in 80's. I think the feelings I had when I talked to the locals are like talking to my neighbors when I was a child. They were simple, nice and friendly.
I went to a square in front of a house and asked few people for direction. There were several people sitting outdoor and chatting, and one old man was scooping TangYuan. I asked them the direction of TongHou Hiking Trail, but none of them knew where it was. They were nice and started giving me suggestions about good tourism spot in the region, and they introduced LinMeiShiPan Hiking Trail and PaoMa Hiking Trail to me. I found out that the house was actually a temple and they were having JianJiao which the temple provided free food to followers and passersby. The old man hospitably invited me to join them and wanted me to have some TangYuan with them. I was really hungry and wanted to eat TongYuan, and I wanted to join them and to chat with them. But Robert and Chris were waiting for me to report back the situation. I shouldn't enjoy the feast alone. I only had to walk back to our car and told them what had happened to me.
When I talked to those people, I had to speak Taiwanese. I could only have some short and simple conversation with them. I found my Taiwanese had become really rusty, it was even worse than my English. I still remember I could interview my subjects in Taiwanese few years ago. What happened to my Taiwanese?
Monday, December 17, 2007
I browsed other Taiwanese blogs and figured out that there are three national hiking trails in Wulai. They are TongHou Hiking Trail, BaFu Hiking Trail and HaPen Hiking Trail.
I hope I can complete hiking those three beautiful trails in 2008.
桶后越嶺 TongHou Hiking Trail
巴福越嶺 BaFu Hiking Trail
哈盆越嶺 HaPen Hiking Trail
Sunday, December 16, 2007
I especially like the picture of the flower. I often saw this kind of unknown flowers when I was a child, but nowadays, it is hard to find in urban areas.
The flower solely grows out from a patch of gravel, not the soil of the grassy field, which brings feelings of unyieldingness and loneliness to me. It is seemingly close and seemingly distant from the field of weeds, independent from the rest of the world. I like the scene very much because it projects my awareness of my existence.
We didn't know the exact location of TongHou Hiking Trail's entry. We asked for directions from locals; we explored some possible roads. We sometimes had hopes for some possible routes and sometimes we were (or I was) frustrated by the wrong turns. We passed by WuCiFeng Waterfall and PaoMa Hiking Trail, and we even reached the entry of FuShan Nature Preverse where I am keen to visit, but we still couldn't find the right road to TongHou Hiking Trail.
Without clear guidance and certain direction, learning from exploration and discovering new meaning on the road are superb and profound experiences for me. (But I feel sorry that Robert spent most of his time driving and it was tiring for him)
Hiking Club: One Out Of Three
Robert and Chris, two of three key figures of Hiking Club; Peter couldn't join us because of his back pain problem.
Robert 和 Chris, Hiking Club的兩位核心人物，Peter因為背傷的關係，無法參加這次的郊山活動。
They were busy taking pictures of high-density Taiwanese cemetary, I was taking pictures of their concentration on the views of the cemetary. I was amazed by their interest in Taiwanse style graveyards.
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- Emotion Rules
- Change Detection: Attention, Memory and Decision
- Cognitive Training
- Kensinger/Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab (Boston College)
- Lisa F. Barrett/Interdisciplinary Affective Science Lab (Boston College)
- Diego Pizzagalli/Affective Neuroscience Laboratory (Harvard)
- Brian Scholl/Perception and Cognition Lab (Yale)
- Lynn Hasher/Hasher Aging & Cognition Lab (Toronto)
- Kevin Oshsner/Social Cognitive Neuroscience (Columbia)
- Roberto Cabeza and Kevin LaBar/Center for Cognitive Neuroscience (Duke)
- Laura Carstensen/Life-span Development Laboratory (Stanford)
- Elizabeth Phelps/THe Phelps Lab (NYU)
- James Gross/The Stanford Psychophysiology Laboratory
- Mara Mather/Emotion and Cogntion Lab (USC)
- Psychology Software Tools, Inc.