Casual Fridays

Cognitive Daily

Category archives for Casual Fridays

For last week’s Casual Fridays study we asked respondents to answer James Lipton’s famous ten questions from Inside the Actor’s Studio. In case you’ve never seen the show, here are the questions: What is your favorite word? What is your least favorite word? What turns you on? What turns you off? What sound or noise…

At the end of every episode of Inside the Actor’s Studio, interviewer James Lipton asks his celebrity guests the exact same 10 questions, most notably, “What’s your favorite curse word?” But why should celebrities have all the fun? We thought it would be neat to ask the same set of questions to our readers —…

We received an astonishing number of responses to last week’s Casual Fridays study, which claimed to be able to identify what makes a good writer in just a few minutes. Of course, I wasn’t actually very confident that a brief survey could actually identify the factors that make a good writer. But I did have…

Some people just seem to be natural writers — they can write perfect, elegant sentences with a minimum of effort. Some popular fiction novelists crank out 6 or more novels per year. Some bloggers write 10 or more posts per day. Others labor over every word, or simply choose careers that don’t require a lot…

Political opinion polls are very tricky. Answers to questions depend on the order they’re asked in, and on precisely how they are phrased. If you ask people whether they’re in favor of killing unborn children, you’ll get a much different response than if you ask if there’s any situation where women should be allowed to…

Political opinion polls are funny things. A recent poll suggests that Americans are much less concerned about global warming than they were a couple years ago. What happened? The science hasn’t changed, and the world isn’t putting out any fewer greenhouse gases. It seems that respondents must simply be distracted by other things — the…

Almost three years ago, we conducted our first-ever Casual Fridays study, where we asked who says “hi” to you while you’re outside exercising. The results confirmed my suspicions: Runners report that they say “hi” to walkers 57.1 percent of the time. But looking back at the other graph, walkers claim runners only say “hi” only…

For the first-ever Casual Fridays study nearly four years ago, we asked readers who said “hi” to them while they were out for a walk or run: Today’s entry is a survey designed to test a hypothesis I’ve been developing during my daily run. I think I’ve noticed a pattern in the responses of people…

Whenever I create a demo for this site, there’s always a balance: Do I make the demo dramatic, so it’s most surprising when it works? Or do I make it less dramatic, so it works for more people? (There are other things to balance as well, such as my time and technical proficiency) The Troxler…

Casual Fridays: Who can see illusions?

A couple weeks ago I discussed the Troxler Effect in my column on SEEDMAGAZINE.COM. Some people said they couldn’t see the illusion, so I thought it might be interesting to play around with the effect and see if people can see it under different circumstances. For this week’s Casual Fridays study you’ll see a variety…