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Remember this video? A few weeks ago we used it to demonstrate that facial expressions can disrupt the perceptual system in fundamental ways. Actually, because we could only show a few short clips, we weren’t able to duplicate the research results found by John Eastwood, Daniel Smilek, and Philip Merikle. But in their, more comprehensive…

When Jim and Nora were toddlers, they were huge fans of everything Disney. Here they’re wearing their Disney pajamas as they play next to their Seven Dwarves figurines, underneath their TV, which was frequently used to watch Disney videos. We even took them to Disney World, where they had an absolute blast, but turned out…

Philosophers have wondered for centuries whether someone who was blind from birth would “see” the world in the same way as people with normal vision. After all, there’s much more to perceiving the world than properly functioning eyes. Think of it: otherwise all you’d need to do is strap a camcorder to a car and…

Links for Shireen Campbell’s class

Today I’m visiting Shireen Campbell’s class at Davidson College to talk about Cognitive Daily and other writing projects. This post collects the links I’ll be using for class. If you’re not in the class they might not be relevant to you, but they include some of our most popular posts, so maybe you’ll enjoy reading…

Last week we asked our readers to predict the result of the election. How did they do? Out of the 474 people who guessed the results of this year’s presidential election, only six got the electoral vote right – 365 votes for Obama (assuming Missouri goes for McCain and Omaha goes for Obama). None of…

I play soccer every week with an ever-changing group of people. We’re all busy, and people get injured or lose interest, so every week the crowd is slightly different; it often feels like we need to re-acquaint ourselves before every game. The easiest way to do this is during warm-ups when small groups kick the…

Take a look at this quick movie. You’ll be shown a “ready” screen, followed by a quick flash of eight letters arranged in a circle. Your job is to spot either a “Z” or a “K” in that circle of letters, while ignoring other letters appearing outside of the circle. You’ll see two different circles…