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Last week’s Casual Fridays study was inspired by my annoyance at a website form which required me to constantly switch between typing in information and selecting it from a menu. I wondered if there was really any significant benefit to requiring the use of menus, when typing (for me, anyways) seemed so much faster. So…

We’ve all had the experience of a completely infuriating electronic form. My “favorite” example is a calendar application I once had that wouldn’t let me delete numbers in certain places: there had to be something in the box, and you couldn’t even delete a number temporarily to replace it with a new one. The only…

Last week we asked readers how far they’d go to save a little money. Would you wash and re-use disposable plastic silverware? Get a “Doggie Bag” for your restaurant leftovers? Over 5,000 people responded to our Casual Fridays thriftfest last week — the most popular Casual Friday ever, thanks to a link from Consumerist.com. In…

Greta and I are back from a busy summer, the school year has started, and today’s high temperature here in North Carolina will only be in the 70s! I can actually wear long pants again. You know what that means: It’s time to ramp up Survey Monkey for another season of Casual Fridays studies. This…

We’ll be hosting Encephalon here at CogDaily on Monday — it’s a bimonthly festival of the best cognitive / neuroscience blog posts on the web. If you’ve got a post you’d like to see included, send an email to encephalon — . — host — @ — gmail — . — com (remove dashes). In…

Last week we asked readers to rate a set of statements they might see on Twitter. The premise of our study was that sometimes it’s difficult to decide whether someone is insulting you or complimenting you. But we were actually examining a slightly different question: what effect does an emoticon have on a statement? Can…

It’s never been easy to communicate clearly online (or in person, for that matter). Often a statement meant as a compliment can be taken the wrong way. Or someone can mistake a statement made in jest for a serious statement. Now with tools like Twitter and texting limiting the total number of characters in a…

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…

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…

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…