Cognitive Daily

Archives for September, 2008

One big problem with many of the studies of video game violence is that they compare different games. Sure, people might behave more aggressively after playing Carmaggeddon instead of Tetris — they’re completely different games! What would be more impressive is if we could simply remove some of the violence from a game and see…

Take a look at these pictures. Each picture depicts four shapes — irregular vertical columns spanning the height of the picture. It’s easy to tell which letter is on a column and which is not, right? If our readers are typical, over 90 percent would agree that a is on a column and b is…

I’ve been dragging for the last few days — I just can’t seem to resist watching the latest speeches from the Republican National Convention. I was similarly distracted by the Democratic Convention last week. It’s affected my sleep habits: I got 1 to 2 hours less sleep than normal each night I stayed up to…

You may have heard of the idea that people can only remember seven things at a time — a seven-digit phone number, a license-plate, etc. While the size of working memory actually varies from person to person (it usually ranges from 6 to 8 items), and while people can use strategies like “chunking” to remember…

Over the weekend we finished transferring ResearchBlogging.org from its dependably quirky old home to sleek new digs. If you haven’t visited the site in the past 72 hours, you should definitely head over to take a look — or even if you have, you should go back again, since dozens of new posts have been…

On Saturday, September 20, the action in North Carolina will be at the Asheboro zoo. All the North Carolina ScienceBloggers will be there, and you can too — there will be a guided tour of the zoo led by one of their staffers, a get-together afterwards with tons of zoo staffers and volunteers, and food…