This week’s study is a simple test. You’ll first be directed to a Quicktime movie of a painting. The painting will flash repeatedly, changing slighly between flashes. You have 9 seconds to identify the change; then your browser will automatically redirect to a survey, with (as usual) 5 questions to answer (most important, of course: what changes in the picture?). The whole thing should take less than a minute to do, so why not give it a whirl?
Make sure you’re ready to look closely at a flashing picture before you click on the link to start!
UPDATE: We’ve received 250 responses, in record time. You can still see the painting, and you’ll be redirected to this post. I’ve opened up the comments, so let us know what you think.
Click here to begin
By the way, here’s the information on the painting:
French, 1798 – 1863
Christopher Columbus and His Son at La Rábida, 1838
What we’re trying to do with this test is to see if we can identify relevant factors in how people identify change. It should be more clear when we publish the results next Friday.
As usual, you have until 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern time Wednesday, January 25 to participate, or until we’ve collected 250 responses, whichever comes first.
I’m going to close the comments for this post so that readers aren’t tempted to give clues about what changes!
Here are the survey questions:
- What items did you notice changing in the painting?
- Which item did you notice changing first?
- In general, what is the first thing you notice when you enter a room?
- What is your gender?
- What is your age