Now that we’re settling in to our new home, we’d like to introduce a fun new feature to Cognitive Daily: Casual Fridays. Every Friday, we’ll post a quick, nonscientific survey or experiment for you to participate in.
These “studies” will be very, very short — fewer than five questions for surveys, and for experiments, the stimuli will require no more than a moment or two of your attention. But with the power of thousands of Cognitive Daily visitors, we may be able to obtain some results that approach statistical significance.
The goal is not to duplicate a laboratory experiment or a controlled study, but just to start to answer those niggling little questions we’ve always wondered about.
You’ll have until 11:59 p.m. Eastern time next Wednesday to respond (or until there have been 250 responses–whichever comes first), and we’ll do a thumbnail analysis of the results and post them next Casual Friday, along with a new “study.”
Today’s entry is a survey designed to test a hypothesis I’ve been developing during my daily run. I think I’ve noticed a pattern in the responses of people I see while I’m running, and I want to find out whether it’s a local quirk in the way people react to me, or if it’s a universal phemonemon. The question centers around who says “hi” to you while you engage in your regular outdoor fitness activity. If you’ve never thought about this before, you might want to go out for a run/skate/bike ride before you respond.
Update: some commenters have pointed out that the “which gender is most likely to say ‘hi’” question doesn’t allow an “equally likely” response. Sorry about that — unfortunately it’s too late to update the survey, but if that’s the case with you, just skip that question.
After you take the survey, feel free to add any questions or additional observations in the comments.
Also, we’d like your help coming up with topics for future Casual Fridays. Remember, they’ve got to be quick, simple, and fun, and participants must be able to respond in survey form (e.g. we’re not going to be able to measure reaction times). Post your suggestions in the comments, or if your idea requires that participants not be aware of its purpose, then send us an e-mail using the addresses found in the “contact” tab above.