Cognitive Daily

Archives for March, 2009

Last week Greta was telling her class about a study that related to a well-known story. She started off the discussion with a reference to the story, indicating that “of course you all have heard the story of _______” (I can’t tell you the name of the story now because it’s the subject of our…

There’s been a ton of research on the impact of working memory: its importance in learning, its effect on math skills, and its relationship to other mental abilities. Yesterday’s entry on The Wild Side discusses working memory’s relationship with IQ. It’s been shown that adults can improve working memory with training, and training has even…

Last week we asked readers to rate two hypothetical job candidates for a communications assistant position in a large neuroscience lab. The task seemed to pit education against experience. Everyone saw some version of these two resumes: (click for a larger image) Emily was Magna Cum Laude at Harvard, while Suzanne was an average student…

A very quick survey

After taking a first look at last week’s survey responses, I realize there’s one more question I should have asked. So if you have a couple minutes, whether or not you participated last week, could you respond quickly to this short survey? You’ll just be asked to look at two resumes and answer two quick…

A few years ago we discussed a fascinating study which appeared to show that the main reason we stop eating at the end of a meal isn’t because we “feel” full. Instead, we simply see that we’ve finished eating the food in front of us, so we stop. We don’t eat more an hour later…

What’s your first reaction on seeing this picture of Nora? Are you excited because she appears to be excited? Or do you react to her intent? Perhaps you think she’s cute, or maybe even sarcastic. Ultimately you might have all of those reactions. There’s no doubt we’re exceptionally fast at responding to faces, and to…

When I’m writing a post for Cognitive Daily (or doing almost any kind of writing, for that matter), I try to keep outside distractions to an absolute minimum. I even have an application on my computer that shuts off all access to the internet for a specified period of time. I find most music distracting,…