Cognitive Daily

Archives for August, 2005

Perception in Legoland

Rummaging through your bag in search of keys, it’s clear that you can recognize objects using just your fingers. But is it easier to recognize the keys if you feel them as if you were going to open to door, or if you encounter the key’s teeth in some odd orientation–like pointed straight up? Consider…

In every courtroom drama, the most dramatic scene is always when the star witness points her finger at the villain and proclaims that “he did it!” The confidence with which an eyewitness describes the perpetrator of a crime is often the most convincing evidence in a court battle. But how accurate is eyewitness testimony? Do…