Cognitive Daily

Archives for September, 2007

You might have thought we’d have a new study for you to participate in this week. You’re half right. If you’ve read CogDaily, Terra Sigillata, Uncertain Principles, or Chaotic Utopia in the past two weeks, you’ve actually been participating in today’s non-scientific study. ScienceBloggers have a private forum where we can discuss technical issues with…

Soccer is better exercise than jogging

I play a pick-up game of soccer for two hours once a week. This game is notorious for causing injuries: one time I twisted my foot and was out of commission for a year. The game has resulted in multiple surgeries for some of the players involved. So why do we play? Mostly because it’s…

Here’s a task that four-year-olds can do but three-year-olds have some trouble with. Imagine Sally in the picture below is playing with a ball. She puts the ball in the box and goes to the kitchen to get a drink. While she’s gone, Bill takes the ball out of the box and puts it in…

Sleep disorders: The rap

Here’s a creative way to present a report on sleep disorders: Not bad!

Synesthesia is a fascinating phenomenon: It almost seems impossible that some people can see colors associated with sounds, emotions, or letters and numbers. Yet many do — as many as one percent of people experience some synesthesia. V.S. Ramachandran and others have suggested that synesthesia is less of a disorder than an exaggeration of some…

The headline on Science Daily reads “One-third Of Spam Is ‘Health’-related,” but the real news comes from the highly readable PLoS Medicine source article, “Will Spam Overwhelm Our Defenses? Evaluating Offerings for Drugs and Natural Health Products.” Peter Gernburd and Alejandro R. Jadad analyzed the spam in three different email accounts last November and came…

Magic dragon illusion video and how-to

We have one of these little dragons in our living room. Here’s the page with instructions on how to make your own. Hint: Use stiff paper!

Do verbal metaphors affect what we see?

Take a look at this video (QuickTime required). The screen will turn white for 1/2 second. Then a word will appear for about 1.5 seconds. Pay attention to the particular shade of gray the word is printed in. Next, a strip of five different grey squares will appear. Which square matches the color of the…

Music history quiz, via the LSAT

When we were in Vienna this past summer, we were surprised to learn that in Mozart’s time, symphonic concerts were often mish-mashes: single movements and “greatest hits” arias instead of complete works. Audiences applauded after each movement. We saw a reenactment of such a concert, in 18th-century costumes: If only we had been studying for…

David Amodio and his colleagues have taken a lot of heat across the internet for their recent brief report on brain and behavior correlation with political views (see here for one of the more strident pundit reactions). The Neurocritic was able to track down Amodio himself and get his responses to some more serious criticism:…