Cognitive Daily

Aaron Couch

Lights! Action! Kids!

This is a guest post by Laura Younger, one of Greta’s top student writers for Spring 2007. Take a look at these static images from a video clip. Can you tell what the person is doing? It might be hard to make it out from these still pictures, but when you see the same thing…

A continuation of our “greatest hits” from past Cognitive Daily postings: [originally posted on September 27, 2005] All this talk about stereotypes can get you thinking. Perhaps some stereotypes reflect actual differences. Take color vision, for example: men often refer to themselves as “color-impaired,” letting the women in their lives make home design decisions and…

Attentional Set: Set in stone?

This is a guest post by Daniel Griffin, one of Greta’s top student writers from Spring of 2007. Does anything seem stick out about this sentence? I’m sure that if I told you to keep looking for yellow highlighted words, you would not have much trouble finding them in these first few sentences. You could…

A boy and his dog

A continuation of our “greatest hits” from past Cognitive Daily postings: [originally posted on July 11, 2005] There’s something about kids and dogs. The phrase “A boy and his dog” brings up quite a range of images: from the sweetness of Norman Rockwell to what sounds like a truly bizarre movie from 1975. Despite not…

This is a guest post by Christy Tucker, one of Greta’s top student writers from Spring of 2007. Take a look at the following paintings. How alike are they? How can you tell–which clues help you determine similarity? Now, which of these girls are related? If only two of these young girls are related, how…

A continuation of our “greatest hits” from past Cognitive Daily postings: [originally posted on December 14, 2005] IQ has been the subject of hundreds, if not thousands of research studies. Scholars have studied the link between IQ and race, gender, socioeconomic status, even music. Discussions about the relationship between IQ and race and the heritability…

This is a guest post by Jonathan Leathers, one of Greta’s top student writers for Spring 2007. Take a look at this word: MONDAY What color do you see? Red? Blue? While you may see nothing unusual, some people report being able to perceive colors associated with different days of the week when they are…

This is a guest post by Martina Mustroph, one of Greta’s top student writers for Spring 2007 Rats are often useful models for understanding human behavior,. Testing drugs on rats before testing them on humans is particularly enticing because it is relatively free of ethical concerns (relative to drugging humans, at least), and the amount…

[originally posted on February 2, 2006] In connection to Monday’s posting, Other-race faces: Why do they seem different?, I thought readers would be interested in a post from early last year concerning implicit attitudes on race. The link to the original post is above if you would like to see previous comments. Twelve years ago,…

This is a guest post by Rivka Ihejirika, one of Greta’s top student writers for Spring 2007 Do you find it harder to recognize the face of someone from a race other than your own? Does it take you longer to recall the face of someone from an unfamiliar race? Some researchers believe that we…