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Archives for May, 2009

Last week, we asked our readers whether certain characters or “stories” were sexist. I said that the survey was inspired by the story I had told the previous day: Joe and Michelle are having dinner at a romantic restaurant. It’s their first anniversary, and everything is perfect — until an attractive woman walks past the…

A few weeks ago, a new study made headlines in major newspapers across the country: Study Finds Some Youths ‘Addicted’ to Video Games, proclaimed the Washington Post. The Post article cited a figure of 8.5 percent of gamers age 8-18 nationwide showing signs of a behavioral addiction. Since the study found that 88 percent of…

I’ll never forget the one and only time my mom made quiche for dinner. I was in fourth grade, and she had proudly followed the recipe in “Joy of Cooking” to create an exciting gourmet treat. Naturally, my sister and I absolutely hated it, but mom made us clean our plates. Choking down that quiche…

Yesterday, some commenters complained that the story I used to introduce the study I was discussing was sexist. They might be right. So let’s see what our readers think — what is sexist, and what’s not? In this study, you’ll see eleven different scenarios, and you’ll be asked to evaluate how sexist a person in…

Joe and Michelle are having dinner at a romantic restaurant. It’s their first anniversary, and everything is perfect — until an attractive woman walks past the table. Michelle notices that Joe casts a quick glance at the woman. Michelle flashes an annoyed glare at Joe, who knows he’s in trouble. “I didn’t mean to look…

The SNARC effect is a fascinating phenomenon (and no, it has nothing to do with cheeky one-off blog posts). When asked to recognize numbers, people react faster with their left hand for low numbers, and faster with their right hand for high numbers. Take a look at this graph: This shows the results of an…

Listen to the following music clip. Last week on Casual Friday, we asked our readers to explain what it’s about, in concrete terms. Did you get it right? Chances are, you did not. It’s a selection from Claude Debussy’s La Mer, from the movement intended to represent the wind and the sea. Only 36 of…