Cognitive Daily

Archives for July, 2007

Let’s suppose you’re the proprietor of a European tourist attraction. We’re not talking about a Louvre or Uffizi here, or even a Leaning Tower of Pisa. No, you’re in charge of a hidden gem: the scenic Church of the Saint No One Has Ever Heard Of, or the lovely little Museum of the Famous Artist…

Lights! Action! Kids!

This is a guest post by Laura Younger, one of Greta’s top student writers for Spring 2007. Take a look at these static images from a video clip. Can you tell what the person is doing? It might be hard to make it out from these still pictures, but when you see the same thing…

A continuation of our “greatest hits” from past Cognitive Daily postings: [originally posted on September 27, 2005] All this talk about stereotypes can get you thinking. Perhaps some stereotypes reflect actual differences. Take color vision, for example: men often refer to themselves as “color-impaired,” letting the women in their lives make home design decisions and…

Attentional Set: Set in stone?

This is a guest post by Daniel Griffin, one of Greta’s top student writers from Spring of 2007. Does anything seem stick out about this sentence? I’m sure that if I told you to keep looking for yellow highlighted words, you would not have much trouble finding them in these first few sentences. You could…

A boy and his dog

A continuation of our “greatest hits” from past Cognitive Daily postings: [originally posted on July 11, 2005] There’s something about kids and dogs. The phrase “A boy and his dog” brings up quite a range of images: from the sweetness of Norman Rockwell to what sounds like a truly bizarre movie from 1975. Despite not…

We’ve been away from the internet for a while now, but finally have a slow connection here in rainy Prague. While in Pisa, however, we were able to avail ourselves of a unique opportunity. The favorite trick of the amateur photographers here is to create the “illusion” of their friend/family member “saving” the tower from…

This is a guest post by Christy Tucker, one of Greta’s top student writers from Spring of 2007. Take a look at the following paintings. How alike are they? How can you tell–which clues help you determine similarity? Now, which of these girls are related? If only two of these young girls are related, how…

A continuation of our “greatest hits” from past Cognitive Daily postings: [originally posted on December 14, 2005] IQ has been the subject of hundreds, if not thousands of research studies. Scholars have studied the link between IQ and race, gender, socioeconomic status, even music. Discussions about the relationship between IQ and race and the heritability…

A continuation of our “greatest hits” from past Cognitive Daily postings: [originally posted on May 9, 2006] The Stroop Effect is one of the most-studied phenomena in psychology. The test is easy to administer, and works in a variety of contexts. The simplest way to see how it works is just to look the following…

This is a guest post by Jonathan Leathers, one of Greta’s top student writers for Spring 2007. Take a look at this word: MONDAY What color do you see? Red? Blue? While you may see nothing unusual, some people report being able to perceive colors associated with different days of the week when they are…