Got a Booking

David tagged me with the latest meme, and like him I’ve taken a while to get around to posting on it (maybe this virus has a latency period).

Here’s the formula:

  • Go to page 123 of the nearest book.
  • Find the 5th sentence.
  • Write down the next 3 sentences.

And like David, I didn’t think a textbook would be very interesting (zoology is closest at hand) so I’m grabbing another nearby book, Executive Function in Education: From Theory to Practice, edited by Lynn Meltzer (2007, The Guilford Press, New York). This chunk of text quite nicely stands by itself, which I find somewhat amusing, as many people’s quotes don’t make sense out of context.

Schema theory states that all knowledge is organized into units, or schemata, and that information is stored within these units. Thus, a schema is a generalized description or a conceptual system for understanding information — it is how knowledge is represented, stored, retrieved, and used. Though the system is called by different names (frames, schemata, and scripts), the common assumption is that new, incoming information activates, or stimulates, these higher-order structures of relevant prior knowledge.

The book just arrived in the post the other day, so I’ve not yet read it, but it looks promising.

Let’s see, I’m curious what sorts of things other people are reading, so I’m going to query a range of intelligent and opinionated bloggers out there. I’ll tag (in no particular order): Shark-Fu, Elizabeth, lilwaterchergirl, PalMD, and Ms Cornelius.



  1. 6 March 2008 at 3:20

    Well since you have labelled me as both intelligent AND opinionated, I will say you’ve got me pegged…. LOL to the point of snorting painfully…

  2. 3 March 2008 at 18:18

    Krum, D., (2001) “Psychology at Work”; Worth Publ., NY.

    p. 123:

    “Older people are actually superior to younger people in certain types of intelligence and memory. Older people are usually better in crystallised intelligence, which includes skills acquired though education and cultural experiences, such as verable comprehension, numerical skills, and inductive reasoning. This is the kinda of memory that would help a person score well on a game show such as Jeopardy, if the motor skill of pressing the buzzer quickly were not a factor”.

  3. 3 March 2008 at 17:29

    […] book meme—and smallpox! Posted by PalMD under health, medicine, vaccination   I’ve been stung by Andrea. She meme-tagged me with an interesting […]

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