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Archives for February, 2008

Cognitive Daily readers know that we generally shy away from political issues on our blog. The goal of this blog is to show readers what science is all about, through the example of the fantastic research being done cognitive psychology. But when James Watson made his most recent comments about race and intelligence, we took…

Is responding to sudden cues automatic?

Take a look at this short video clip (QuickTime required). It’s called an RSVP (rapid serial visual presentation), meaning that it’s a quick sequence of still images. In this case, it’s a random sequence of letters. Your job is to look for a number among the letters. At some point during the clip, you should…

Last week’s Casual Fridays study elicited quite a few confused reactions. Listeners heard short music clips and then were asked to indicate which color they associated with each piece from a list of 13 colors. So were we able to come up with consistent results? Yes. For some of the clips, our 377 listeners were…

You’re trapped inside a rectangular room with four doors, one in each corner. You try the first door. It’s locked. You try the second and the third door — locked again. Finally the fourth door opens. You make a point of remembering which corner of the room it’s in, which turns out to be useful,…

A particular source of dread for politicians is how to respond to negative campaigning or other information impugning their character. By responding, they might only bring attention to an issue that voters hadn’t even recognized: “Contrary to my opponent’s claims, I have stopped beating my wife, and I haven’t consumed more than a fifth of…

We’ve heard from a few teachers who use Cognitive Daily in class, and we know several class web sites link to CogDaily. So we were wondering: if you’re a teacher, instructor, or professor, how do you use Cognitive Daily in your class? As a suggested supplemental reading? A required assignment? Or maybe you’ve consciously chosen…

A while back we did a little non-scientific study on whether people experience different colors based on their emotions, and indeed found a very small effect. For this week’s study, we thought we’d see if we could extend those results to music. All we’re asking you to do is listen to eight short audio clips,…