Cognitive Daily

Archives for May, 2006

We’ve discussed implicit attitudes on Cognitive Daily before, but never in the context of food. The standard implicit attitude task asks you to identify items belonging to two different categories. Consider the following lists. Use your mouse to click on items which are either pleasant or related to Genetically Modified foods (GM foods). (Clicking won’t…

We’ve had plenty of discussion of the Stroop Effect on Cognitive Daily, and a cool effect it is — but it’s not the only effect with a catchy name. How about the spatial numerical association of response codes effect? Not catchy enough for you? The scholars researching the effect have taken to calling it the…

The Stroop Effect was originally just a language effect: we’re slower identifying the color text is printed in when the words themselves name different colors. In the 81 years since the effect was first observed, it’s been applied to a variety of very different phenomena. In general, the effect is explained by automatic processing: when…

Take a look at this photo: What emotion would you say I’m expressing here? Let’s make this one a poll (make sure you answer before you read any farther):

The Economics of Conservation

My article The Economics of Conservation is up on seedmagazine.com. The article discusses the clash over global warming, and how economists and climatologists deal with the uncertainty inherent in each of their disciplines. It was an interesting article to write — I got to talk with a number of economists and a climatologist, and I…

This week’s Ask a Scienceblogger question is “will the “human” race still be around in 100 years?” The short answer is yes. The slightly longer answer is this: we could face a number of catastrophes, including a pandemic, massive global warming, nuclear war, or all of the above. Our numbers could be reduced to a…

The text below will bring up an animation. Just look at it once — no cheating! A picture will flash for about a quarter of a second, followed by a color pattern for a quarter second. Then the screen will go blank for about one second, and four objects will appear. Use the poll below…

Every so often on Cognitive Daily, someone will post a comment asking for help on a paper they’re writing for school. It’s pretty clear where these people come from: they’ve done a Google search on video games or whatever it is that interests them, and our post is the first thing they’ve found that seems…

Some site news: Now that summer is upon us, Casual Fridays is going to take a little hiatus. Don’t worry, it will be back next fall, but it’s pretty much impossible for us to keep Casual Fridays going in the summer since we’ll be traveling quite a bit. We can schedule regular posts in advance,…

When our son Jim “graduated” from preschool, there was a very formal ceremony, complete with little caps and gowns. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your perspective), we had already planned a trip to Disneyworld for the same dates. Forced to choose between Disney and sitting through a scholarly ritual, for some reason little Jim chose…